The Anatom Q2 was introduced in 2011, and it offers exceptional value for money. The upper is all leather with minimal stitching and plenty of stiffness, so it really supports your feet on the most uneven rocky ground. The heel cup and toe box are also the stiffest we tested. As there is so little stitching on the upper, it should last for many years and remain water-resistant if cared for, but you do also get a waterproof liner inside to ensure you have dry feet. The outsole is a Vibram unit with an excellent pattern of lugs for keeping a firm grip in muddy conditions, plus a good heel breast for stability when descending grassy slopes. There is good lateral stiffness in the sole but the boot is quite flexible toe to heel, although it’s still better than most boots in its price range for use on rockier ground. Inside there is a lambswool footbed that’s supposed to add extra comfort, although I preferred the conventional footbeds used in other boots. The major drawback is the weight, as at 1536g (pair, size 46) it’s the heaviest boot in our test. Other boots offer more instant comfort and a springier step. But for performance on rockier terrain, nothing else comes close to the Anatom Q2 at this price.
Upper materials 2.5mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Tri.aria
Sole unit Vibram Grivola
Men’s sizes 42-48
Women’s sizes 36-42
Weight 1536g (pair, size 46)
The Anatom Q2 may lack shelf appeal and low weight, but will provide years of stable use on rocky ground. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013