If there is one manufacturer that is able to make boots fit everyone then it has to be Alt-Berg. Thanks to their five width fittings it should be easier to get an Alt-Berg boot to fit than any other brand I know. The Mallerstang is only available in a men’s version, however, so half the population will have to miss out. The boot is made from a one-piece 2.8mm anfibio (full-grain) leather upper with good stiffness to support and protect the foot. Then there is a good, high ankle cuff for protection, support and to keep slush out. Underfoot there is a very aggressive Vibram sole unit, which has very deep lugs, meaning this boot should provide grip for many years to come. Unlike some other boots we looked at it also has a waterproof lining, to keep feet dry. Not a lot wrong here, although I did feel that the Scarpa SL Activ placed my foot closer to the ground and provided a slightly more stable platform. But of course the Alt-Berg Mallerstang may fit you better. You don’t get a rubber rand, but only extremely hard users need worry about that.
Upper materials full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Sympatex
Sole unit Vibram Ice Trak
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 5-13.5
Weight 2080g (pair, size 11)
The perfect option if you are struggling with fit, but the Alt-Berg Mallerstang is also great if you want a good-value waterproof boot that will last for years.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2011