Who should buy the Hanwag Alverstone II GTX
The Alverstone II GTX from Hanwag is quite an enticing investment, with all its short-but-sweet list of trek-worthy features. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a hiking boot that is amply waterproof all over.
- Prefer a hiking boot that offers a cushy midsole and light outsole.
Enabling trekkers to navigate tricky terrain safely is the Alverstone II GTX’s rubber outsole, called Vibram Integral Light. Multi-faceted studs (also known as lugs) are placed across their surface, providing users with extra grip over soft or mushy soil. Its curved arch zone gives way to a more prominent heel brake which enhances the outsole’s capability to grant descent control.
Comfortable and stable cushioning
The cushioning and stabilizing midsole of this Hanwag offering is made of soft PU or polyurethane. Its construction allows it to absorb shock on impact and give backpackers enough rebound during transitions.
The brand designers furnished it with a sturdy shank made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) for additional midfoot support. They are also paired with a removable insole for extra underfoot support and comfort.
Breathable and waterproof
A combination of suede leather, synthetic fabric, and microfiber makes up the Alverstone II GTX’s high-cut shell. It comes with a Gore-Tex membrane (a technology seen in Lowa’s Sesto GTX Mid and one of the variants of Danner’s Mountain Pass), leaving the trekking boot both adequately breathable and waterproof.
Its supportive collar is engineered with LFX (Lateral Flex) technology which, as its name implies, enables outdoorsy folks to pull off freer ankle maneuvers.
The second-gen Alverstone GTX’s 2-zone lockdown system uses combination eyelets mostly made of metal. They are comprised of closed loops, the lower ones of which come with ball bearings, and open hooks. They work hand in hand with the shoe’s round synthetic lace.