Alt-Berg Mallerstang II

It’s hard to find anything made in the UK these days, but Alt-Berg has been making boots here since 1989. The 2.8mm one-piece leather upper of these 3-4 season boots is built to take the knocks, while a Sympatex waterproof lining ensures your stay feet. The high ankle cuff provides plenty of support and the extremely aggressive Vibram sole is ideal for rough scree as well as snow and crampon use on easier icy terrain. It’s exceptionally comfortable too and rolls nicely on every step. If you want to improve the fit then check out one of the five width fittings! But you don’t get the modern styling of some boots or perhaps the quality of finish of others, and you don’t get acres of padding either. But there is really little else to complain about here unless you just don’t want a boot with a waterproof lining. It really is hard to fault.


Upper: 2.8mm anfibio leather
Lining: Sympatex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Ice Trek dual density sole
Sizes:  7-14 (men’s); 6-8 (women’s) in 5 width fittings
Trail fit profile: forefoot medium; heel medium; volume medium; length medium
Crampon compatibility: B1
Weight: 2020g (pair, size 11)
Made in UK
Stores in UK: 28

Verdict: It’s ideal if you want a solid, year-round boot for UK walking, scrambling and backpacking with or without crampons