Hanwag Alaska (2013)

The Hanwag Alaska has been around for some time but the price has come down from £250 to £215, making it a bargain. It’s a traditional German style, with full leather upper and relatively high ankle cuff to provide plenty of support when traversing slopes. There’s very little stitching on the upper, so it should be very durable, but you also get a full rubber rand as well as Gore-Tex lining for a belt and braces approach to protecting the foot. The outsole is a good aggressive unit with deep lugs that are well spaced to prevent clogging, plus plenty of cushioning underfoot gives a springy step. The sole unit isn’t as stiff as many of the other 3-4 season boots here, with only the Brasher Ahklun being more flexible. The flex point across the toes also isn’t as comfortable as that of other boots, but this may vary between foot shapes so it's worth trying them on to see how they feel before buying. The Hanwag Alaska lacks the precision feel of more climbing-orientated models, but is a good option at this price if you want a general purpose year-round boot without the stiffness needed for more challenging winter slopes.

Upper materials nubuck leather

Waterproof lining Gore-Tex

Sole unit Vibram Foura

Women’s sizes 3.5-9

Men’s sizes 6-14

Weight 2002g (pair, size 11)

Website www.hanwag.de


Supportive ankle and durable design make the Hanwag Alaska good for easier winter conditions, as long as the fit around the toe suits you.

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine December 2013