Verdict from 3 experts and 32 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Some experts admired the quality construction of the Tora Bora Alpine from Bates.
  • This mountaineering boot delivered excellent traction on most ground surfaces, according to a couple of outdoor adventurers.
  • Based on a written review, it was surprisingly comfortable even in temperatures greater than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
  • A few mountaineers stated that the Bates Tora Bora Alpine was very supportive.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of users were a tad frustrated with the significant break-in period.
  • A small number of wearers didn't like the restrictive fit.
  • A couple of online buyers stated that the Tora Bora Alpine was an ultra-expensive purchase.

Bottom line

The Bates Tora Bora Alpine is a mountaineering boot complimented for its performance. Consumers generally liked its grippy, comfy and supportive build. However, interested buyers might need to save up to obtain this costly footgear. Furthermore, its width issue might not be for everyone.

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Good to know

  • Developed in partnership with the United States Special Operations Command, the Bates Tora Bora Alpine is created for high-altitude missions and complex mountaineering. It has a breathable, waterproof and durable upper, thanks to the combination of materials used.
  • It has a removable polyurethane insole for comfort. It’s also integrated with a fiberglass shank for support. Its Vibram outsole with aggressive lugs promotes grip on a variety of terrain.

The Bates Tora Bora Alpine is a mountaineering boot for men. The lengths offered are whole and half sizes. In terms of width, there are standard and wide options. The traditional lace-up closure and its removable padded tongue help users customize the fit.

The Tora Bora Alpine from Bates has a crampon-ready, slip-resistant Vibram rubber outsole. The side lugs are aggressive which renders lateral traction on uneven grounds. The pyramid lugs on the heel and forefoot bite on ice. The space in between the lugs prevents muck and snow build-up to maintain traction.

The brand’s engineers added a fiberglass shank to the midsole of this boot to provide lightweight support. The shank also renders underfoot rigidity to prevent accidental twisting of the ankle.

The unit comes with a rubber cupsole that delivers lateral stability and renders protection against rock-strewn trails. Additionally, it has a mono-density PU insert to enhance comfort.

This high-cut alpine boot features the Wolverine Warrior Leather integrated with Scotchgard protection. It is combined with SuperFabric for added durability. This blend of materials makes the Tora Bora Alpine easy to clean, impermeable to chemical and oil, and slash resistant.

This gear is lined with a Gore-Tex fabric which also gives weather protection while allowing the boot to breathe. A 200 g Thinsulate retains heat without the added bulk.

Its built-in leather tongue is not padded but is fully gusseted to protect against trail debris. Its removable tongue, on the other hand, is padded and can be attached through the use of Velcro straps. It has a rubber toe cap which protects against scrapes and accidental knocks. Also, its lacing system uses rust-proof combination eyelets to facilitate quicker and secure closure.

  • This boot is compatible with step-in (automatic) crampons.

How Tora Bora Alpine compares

This shoe: 70
All shoes average: 83
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This shoe: $655
All shoes average: $461
$175 $1250
This shoe: 41oz
All shoes average: 30.6oz
18.7oz 54oz
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.