Who should buy the Altra Wahweap

The Altra Wahweap is a trustworthy companion through approaches and low-grade climbs alike. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that can efficiently negotiate approach routes and be casual dinner-ready at the same time.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that promises freer mobility over different types of backcountry terrain.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that allows for easier transitions, particularly over level surfaces.

Altra Wahweap logo

Excellent surface traction

The Wahweap is engineered with a heavy-duty rubber outsole for multi-surface traction. Its grippy lugs take the form of the bone structure of the human foot. 

Altra Wahweap outsole

Provides slip and skid resistance

It has a siped construction, which delivers additional slip and skid resistance, especially on slick slabs and boulders.

Altra Wahweap outsole 2

Just above the toes of the bony foot design is the outsole’s climbing zone. With it, users can smear and edge with more tenacity.

Shock-absorbing cushioning 

When it comes to giving the foot adequate cushioning and stability, the Altra Wahweap relies heavily on its foam-like midsole. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate—a kind of synthetic material that, much like rubber, provides enough shock absorption on impact. A midsole made of EVA is also highly resistant to wear and tear.

Altra Wahweap midsole

Excellent arch support

Altra designers coupled this cushy component with a soft foam of an insole (a.k.a. footbed). Besides extra cushioning, this removable layer also delivers additional support, especially around the area that bridges the heel and the arch.

Altra Wahweap arch support

Easy to wear

The Altra Wahweap hides the foot in its low-cut upper made of reinforced fabric. It is engineered with 30% hemp for durability. Its collapsible heel has a sturdy pull tab for easy on and off. 

Altra Wahweap loop

Flexible and abrasion-resistant

Both its soft tongue and flexible collar are lightly padded to give the foot extra comfort. Over at its forefoot is a wrap-around rand. Its presence grants abrasion protection and climbing grip at the same time. Completing Wahweap’s upper equation is the approach shoe’s fit management system. It consists of flat lace and a total of 6 pairs of abrasion-resistant eyelets.

Altra Wahweap upper

Nice to know

  • Fans of lightweight approach shoes may also look into the La Sportiva TX2.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.9oz / Women 7.5oz
Features: Breathable / Lightweight
Material: Vegan, Fabric/Textile
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Altra
Randing: Forefoot only
SKUs: ALM1963P01 / ALM1963P33 / ALM1963P66 / ALW1963P02 / ALW1963P024 / ALW1963P92

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.