Alt-Berg Mallerstang II 2010

Alt-Berg has been making boots in the UK since 1989; but more importantly these boots come in five width fittings and can even be made to measure (at extra cost), so there is no reason for a poor fit if you invest in Alt-Berg footwear. The Mallerstang II is a classic 3-4 season hill and mountain boot. The  2.8mm one-piece leather upper is built to take the knocks, while a Sympatex waterproof lining ensures you keep your feet dry. 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. This is a superb boot for general hill-walking, and it’s very comfortable too thanks to the good rolling action of the sole. But it is hard to fault the Alt-Berg Mallerstang II, but there are lighter boots around. There is no rubber rand, so if you are an extremely hard user, then you may want a boot with more protection. The styling is traditional and perhaps less ‘sexy’ than some multi-coloured fabric options, if appearances are important to you.

Upper 2.8mm anfibio leather, Sympatex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Ice Trek dual density sole
Sizes 5-13½ in five width fittings
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1984g (pair, size 11)
Made in UK
Stores in the UK 28

The Alt-Berg Mallerstang II is a superb classic functional 3-4 season boot that benefits from five width fittings so it should fit perfectly.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010