Altberg Warrior Military Boots Review - £174.99

We didn’t think it was possible to be this impressed with a pair of boots. But here we are! The Altberg Warriors are a versatile, tough, lightweight, breathable, all-day comfortable and supportive boot with an excellent fit. And to top it off, they’re incredible value for money.

Altberg Warrior military boots review

Snapshot

  • Price: £174.99
  • Time tested: 8 months at time of writing
  • Testing conditions: We wore these boots while motorcycling from Georgia to Japan through West Asia, Central Asia, Mongolia and Russia. We wore them while hiking, trekking and on a daily basis through snow and deserts.
  • Durability: 5 ⁄5
  • Fit and comfort:5 ⁄5
  • Looks: 55
  • Value for money:5 ⁄5
  • Contact: www.altberg.co.uk

Features

Yorkshire based firm, Altberg are well known for producing tough boots. So for our round-the-world motorcycle ride we opted for a pair. We went with the military boots instead of proper motorcycle boots because we’re not purely riding, but hiking, trekking and on our feet all day too. So we needed a versatile boot capable of meeting all our needs.

The Warrior’s are Altbergs flagship and best selling lightweight combat boot. The firm say the boot is ultra breathable with excellent drying out properties. They’re made using Anfibio fufll grain leather, which makes them water repellent but not waterproof.

There is is a waterproof option available (the Warrior Aqua - £184.99) with a waterproof lining. However, we didn’t go for that option as we would be wearing our boots in boiling hot deserts as well as sub zero and rainy climates. The standard Warriors are Cambrella lined, which according to Altberg makes then ‘much cooler in summer conditions, and will dry out rapidly once off the foot, so they’re damp rather than wet’.

One of the main draw points to the Altbergs is their sizing, fitting and made to measure system. People with unusual foot shapes can visit the factory and have their boots specifically crafted for them. You can also get your boots custom fitted at the factory using steam or heat. Or you can visit a stockist and have your feet measured in store and then order the specific boot you need from them. When we went to a stockist to get measured, Alissa found out she has extra wide feet and had a special pair made up. They turned out to be the most comfortable boot she has ever worn.

Altberg Warrior military boots review

What’s good?

Both Alissa and I use the Altberg Warrior boots. We’ve worn them while riding our motorcycle from Georgia to Japan, thousands of miles through Central Asia, crossing the hot arid deserts off Uzbekistan to the rough mountain roads of Tajikistan Afghanistan before heading into the lonely grasslands and countless river crossings of Mongolia. We also stop all the time to go hiking and trekking in the mountains for days at a time. We each only have a pair of flip flops and our pair of Altbergs and no other footwear, so they also need to double up as our evening footwear and for walking around towns and cities. This was the main reason we opted for the Altbergs, we needed something incredibly versatile and they fit the bill perfectly.

Alissa said: “The Altbergs are the most comfortable boots i’ve ever worn. I have wide feet and have always struggled to find shoes that fit, but these are just brilliant. I can wear these all day when hiking and trekking in the mountains without any problems. And they’re really comfy when riding. I’m impressed with the support these boots offer, especially around the heel area. I also love the style of these boots!”

Altberg Warrior military boots review

We opted for the water-repellent boots as we need to use them in both hot and cold and wet and dry conditions all year round. In hot conditions through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan we were glad we didn’t opt for the waterproof lined boots. The Warriors were all day breathable and we weren’t gagging to rip them off at the end of the day.

When we were in wet conditions in Mongolia due to torrential rain the boots didn’t let water in, even though we hadn’t waxed them in over a month. I even waded through a shallow river crossing and water didn’t penetrate. Only after standing in a river for a few minutes did my feet start to get wet. But the Warriors dried rapidly in the evening once I took them off.

Other than the sublime fit and comfort of these boots, were also very impressed with the quality. They’ve had a hard life with us and are worn all day, every day and show no signs of damage. All of this for under £200 makes these boots incredible value for money.

Altberg Warrior military boots review

What’s not?

Alissa: “The only downside I have found with these boots is that they can feel clompy and heavy when worn walking around cities. But that’s to be expected. I don’t notice it when riding and hiking”.

I on the other hand am more used to wearing bigger boots and am happy wearing them around towns and for daily walking. It’ll come down to personal preference.

Altberg Warrior military boots review

Round-up

We didn’t think it was possible to be this impressed with a pair of boots. But here we are! The Altberg Warriors are a versatile, tough, lightweight, breathable, all-day comfortable and supportive boot with an excellent fit. And to top it off, they’re incredible value for money.

Total score: 2020

Altberg Warrior military boots review

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