The Anatom Q3 is a robust boot, thanks to a very durable leather upper with minimal stitching, plus good stiffness at the toe box and heel cup to provide protection and support on rocky hill and mountain walks. It’s a little heavier than some other models at 1652g (pair, size 46) but it’s stiffer and more supportive than the lighter boots. You don’t get the rubber rand or rubber toe cap of some other boots, but for most users the Anatom Q3’s thick leather upper will be durable enough. The ankle cuff provides good support and protection, and it’s also comfortably padded. The Vibram outsole has well-spaced lugs that are ideal for gripping soft terrain without clogging, making this a sensible choice for a wide variety of softer terrain. On rockier ground the stiffness of the sole is also very good laterally. It’s a little soft from toe to heel at the flex point, and a slightly more graduated flex would improve scrambling performance. But overall the Anatom Q3 is a great boot for general hillwalking. It’s a bit heavy and less clinical in its performance when scrambling, but for most hill treks it would be great. More money brings less weight or more comfort or slightly better performance, if you’re being really picky.
Upper materials 2.8mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Tri.aria
Sole unit Vibram Grivola
Men’s sizes 42-48
Women’s sizes 36-42
Weight 1652g (pair, size 46)
The Anatom Q3 is a reasonably good leather boot for general valley and hillwalking, but the sole flex isn’t ideal for scrambles and if you spend more you get small improvements.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014