Hanwag Altai GTX 2008

The Hanwag Altai GTX 3-4 season boot looks very light from afar due to the styling, but it is also lightweight on the scales. The upper is made from Cordura with suede overlays, and double stitching reinforces the seams. A wide rubber rand around the whole boot helps to protect it on rocky terrain. Underfoot there is a very aggressive Vibram sole unit, which looks ideal for biting into soft snow as well as clawing a route across mud. On the foot the boot is spacious and comfortable, and easily rolls from step to step. There is also good cushioning to take the sting out of long walks on rocky paths. This feels like a good all-round mountain walking boot that’s potentially ideal for UK mountain walks. But the Hanwag Altai GTX’s synthetic and suede upper is not going to be as durable as a one-piece leather upper. The sole unit and upper are not quite as stiff as some others either, so when used on snow or with crampons it is not quite so good.

Upper Sportvelours suede, Cordura synthetic
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 3.5-9 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1840g (pair, size 11)
Made in Germany
Stores in the UK 65
Verdict
A great general hill and mountain boot, but a little more stiffness in the sole would make it better for winter walks.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008