Regatta’s new boot for 2011 – the Alpha Pro VXT – marks the first time the brand has used Vibram soles – and they’ve certainly chosen to shout about it with bright yellow panels splashed throughout the rubber. Colour aside, the lugs are suitably deep and widely spaced to give good grip on muddy ground, though the heel breast is minimal – a more pronounced one would help on steep descents. The sole is very bendy, the bendiest of all boots on test, which means you’ll feel every stone underfoot on rockier ground. It’s not necessarily an issue for all walkers, but as they are also the heaviest pair here your feet will potentially get very tired on long mountain days. A rubber rand covers the toe and heel for added durability, but the toe box is soft, giving only limited protection from loose rocks. When first tried on, these felt instantly comfortable – but the high ankle cuff started to feel a bit restrictive after walking for a few hours. Designwise there’s a lot of stitching on the upper, which could affect its durability, but the Regatta Alpha Pro VXT does win plus points for including a waterproof lining to help keep your feet dry.
Weight 1149g (pair, size 39)
Upper materials Endurance Mesh and satin PU
Waterproof lining Isotex XPT
Sole unit dual density Vibram
Women’s sizes 36-42
Men’s sizes 41-47
A decent lug pattern gives good grip on muddy ground and a waterproof lining keeps your feet dry, but the Regatta Alpha Pro VXT’s heavy weight and a very bendy sole may be a turn-off.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine December 2011