La Sportiva Alpha GTX 2011

The La Sportiva Alpha GTX weighs 1220g (pair, size 43); suede and nylon upper with Gore-Tex waterproof lining; stiff toe box and heel cup; rubber rand on toe; very precise fit and feel for scrambling; excellent ankle flex for scrambling; excellent sole unit lug pattern for muddier ground; great stiffness for rockier ground. But arguably not an all-round 3-season walking boot; fabric tongue is likely to be less durable than a leather tongue.

The La Sportiva Alpha GTX is ideal for via ferrata, scrambling and rockier ground.

First published in Trail magazine May 2011