Brasher Altai GTX (2012)

Sturdy boots are something you expect from Brasher, and the Altai GTX is no exception. Offering a reinforced heel, a Gore-Tex lining and a pronounced heel breast to help grip on descents, this model keeps feet well-protected. The lugs on the outsole are well-spaced, deep and aggressive to give good performance on mud. Underfoot the sole is a good balance between stiff and bendy, making the Altai suitable for a variety of terrain. There’s also a reasonable amount of cushioning to help keep you comfy on longer routes. Around the ankle there is ample padding but this rises up quite far up the leg, which won‘t be for everyone. The toe box is fantastic at protecting against stubbing and it features a generous rubber rand to help with added durability, but the top is a little soft. However, all this robust design comes at a price, and with these boots it’s the weight. Coming it at 1273g for the pair the Brasher Altai GTXs are the third heaviest boots in our test, and they do feel a little ‘clumpy’ compared to others, especially on longer hill days. These are also definitely on the wide side so better for broader feet.

Weight 1273g (pair, size 6)
Upper materials abrasion-resistant suede with fabric panels
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Sole unit Vibram Winkler
Women’s sizes 4-8
Men’s sizes 7-12
Website www.brasher.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Brasher Altai GTX is a good, all-round hill boot that offers a great level of protection; but it feels a little heavy and ‘clumpy’ compared to others.

 

Review by Phoebe Smith

First published in Trail magazine August 2012