Treksta is a new brand to the UK with a unique IceLock technology in the sole unit that aims to improve grip on surfaces covered in water, snow or ice. There are microglass-infused pads in the sole that break the surface tension of the water to give better grip on wet surfaces. I compared this sole with others in the test and it did appear to be slightly better on wet rock, although you can still make it slip, so don’t expect to always stay on your feet. The Treksta Alta GTX also boasts a NestFit system that’s designed to match the footbed to an average-shaped foot more accurately. The result feels a little like wearing a supportive footbed, and it may take time for your foot to adjust as it can feel a little uncomfortable at first. Whether the foot shape will match your feet and your comfort requirements, only you can tell. The boot also has quite a wide forefoot, which will suit those with broad feet, but for my narrower feet they allowed a little too much movement side to side. There was good stiffness in the sole for rockier ground, while the heel cup and toe box were also reasonably stiffened. Another benefit was that the foot sits nice and close to the ground, giving a very stable platform on every step.
Upper materials nubuck leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Hypergrip HGNS with Icelock Technology
Men’s sizes 7-13
Women’s sizes 4-8
Weight 1456g (pair, size 11)
A unique offering in terms of comfort and fit means the Treksta Alta GTX will almost certainly suit some feet better than others. But for the price, the Alta's grip on wet rock and overall performance for hillwalking is up there with the best of them.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013