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.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX logo

Excellent traction

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.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX outsole

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. 

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX midsole

Supportive cushioning

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.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX arch

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.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX upper

Supportive collar

Its supportive collar is engineered with LFX (Lateral Flex) technology which, as its name implies, enables outdoorsy folks to pull off freer ankle maneuvers.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX colar

Secure lockdown

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.

Hanwag Alverstone II GTX laces

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 730g / Women 610g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole / Heel brake
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Hanwag

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.