Alt-Berg Tethera 2011

The Alt-Berg Tethera is very much a traditional hill-walking boot. The upper is built from one piece of leather, so there is no stitching to fray over time. Behind the upper is a Sympatex waterproof lining, so dry feet are virtually guaranteed even if you don’t treat the leather well. Further durability comes from the rubber rand, which extends around the whole boot for maximum protection on rockier ground. The upper, toe box and heel cup are all very supportive, so again this is great for rockier fells. Underfoot you get a Vibram sole with an aggressive pattern of lugs for a great grip with minimal clogging, thanks to the lugs being widely spaced. On top of that the boot is available in five width fittings and it’s made in the UK.  But as it is built to last and built to tackle the hardest hill and mountain terrain, it is heavier than lesser boots. Equally the traditional style may not match everyone’s idea of looking good on the hills. While the Alt-Berg Tethera is a very durable option, if you don’t get to the hills much then it may be more boot than you really need.

Upper one-piece full-grain leather upper; Sympatex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram dual density sole, PU cushioning
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 4½-8½ (women’s)
Weight 1708g (pair, size 11)
Made in UK
Stores in the UK 30

The Alt-Berg Tethera is a superb, durable boot for those who head to the rockier hills regularly and want long term performance, rather than short term fashion, weight or price benefits.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011