Alt-Berg Tethera (2015)


Built from one piece of Anfibio leather so there is no stitching until you reach the flex point of the boot, the Alt-Berg Tethera is exceptionally durable and weather-resistant. But you also get a Sympatex waterproof lining, a rubber rand and lots of stiffness in the upper and sole unit for rockier ground. The Vibram sole has deep, widely spaced lugs for traction in mud. 5/5


Available in 7½-14 for men and 3½-8½ for women with five width fittings, this boot should fit everyone! On the foot it feels snug and precise with a comforting amount of cushioning all around the foot. The ankle cuff is average height with good cushioning, and once all laced up this boot fitted my foot closely. 5/5


Straight from the box there are no pressure points, and the Alt-Berg Tethera just hugs the foot. There is good cushioning around and under the foot, and while the ankle cuff is more supportive than some it is also soft against the foot. The sole has a stiff flex but it rolls nicely to allow a smooth stride from heel to toe on every step. 5/5

In use

The Alt-Berg Tethera feels great for climbing Munros and bagging rockier Lakeland fells. At 1704g (pair, size 11) it is lighter than some competitors, but it feels slightly more cumbersome on the foot and less precise than the best boot here, although you only notice that if you try each on side by side. The outsole grip is superb and the stiffness is ideal for rockier ground. 4/5


The Alt-Berg Tethera is a top-quality leather boot and this is reflected in the price. It competes well with others around £190-200. 3/5


The Alt-Berg Tethera is simply one of the best 3-season hill and mountain walking boots around. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine May 2015