Anatom has released a range of good-value boots over recent years, and the Q3 is designed to deliver ‘mountain performance’. For the mountain you get a good leather upper with minimal stitching that’s wonderfully robust and gives a reassuring feel of support and protection. The toe box is particularly stiff compared to many others we looked at, which is ideal for rockier mountain terrain. You don’t get the rubber rand or rubber toe cap of some other boots here, but for most users that thick leather upper should be durable enough. The upper also has a well-padded ankle cuff and there’s good flex in this area too. The outsole is made by Vibram with well-spaced lugs that are ideal for gripping soft terrain without clogging. Grab the Anatom Q3 by the toe and heel and the stiffness is very good laterally but very soft from toe to heel at the flex point, and when this is translated onto the heel I couldn’t help feeling I wanted just a slightly more graduated flex that would also improve scrambling performance. You get a lambswool footbed inside, which is okay, but personally I would prefer a standard footbed.
Upper materials 2.8mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Tri.aria
Sole unit Vibram Grivola
Men’s sizes 42-48
Women’s sizes 36-42
Weight 1790g (pair, size 46)
The Anatom Q3 is a reasonably good leather boot for general valley and hillwalking, but the sole flex isn’t ideal for rockier mountain performance.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013