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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Devin Krueger

    Everything about this boot is incredibly over-engineered.

  • 85 / 100 | 49th Parallel

    [O]verall, very great mountaineering boot.

  • 90 / 100 | Military Morons

    It's a specialized boot - designed and built for soldiers who have a need for a very durable and tough boot to survive a broad range of temperatures and harsh environments.

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  • 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.