User Review: Alpine Design Women's Hiking Boot
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40
Good at any price, but GREAT at the price I paid—good fit, comfort, support, water repellency and grip.
- It is priced for the frugal.
- The quality is quite decent.
- Performs well.
- They are not equal to the quality of expensive boots.
- They can benefit from good supportive insoles
I bought these women's size 8.5 to replace a pair of Red Wings I'd had for years that were misplaced in a move. These boots seem to run pretty true to size with plenty of room for my wide feet.
They were good for several miles straight out of the box and never chaffed or rubbed. The arch support needs a little beefing up, but I was able to do that with some inserts I already had.
I don't usually need waterproof boots that keep my feet warm on my routine day hikes, so these were bought specifically for a hike up Kilimanjaro in colder weather than I usually hike. I've been training hard in them. I haven't adequately tested their ability to handle cold, but they do great in rain and 'light' stream crossings.
I am confident they will serve me well, but I'll update my review if they don't. I don't expect they will give the decades of service my old boots gave, but they were about 15% of the current price of boots like my old ones.