Aigle Altavio Mid GTX
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- Last updated: 26/01/2017
Aigle really seem to be stepping on the gas when it comes to launching new models suited to hunting. I say this, as not that many years ago they only had a few dedicated hunters on their roster, but to counter that, they have always had a good selection of hiking-types. I’m sure many realise that this build-style are also suited to our sport, due to them having all the properties we require from footwear.
This is definitely the case here because the Aigle Altavio Mid GTX is classed as a hiking/walking boot and in my opinion they’ve wisely seen fit to make both a ‘High’ leg and ‘Mid’ version of this footwear. Measuring 7 ½” high at the front and dropping to 6” at the rear, as you’d expect the Mid GTX’s give a good deal of support and protection for the upper ankle, without hindering ease of movement.
The boots are distinctive and stylish, as the upper and main body is manufactured from water repellent split leather. This offers protection, durability and a high resistance to adverse weather conditions. At the top, the leather meets up with a relatively broad, well-padded collar of 800D Cordura for comfort, as it allows flex at key areas of the ankle without rubbing as you walk. Full waterproofing and breathability is ensured due to the inclusion of a full Gore-Tex membrane.
The rubber rand isn’t as thick as you’d expect but this is to allow more flex at the sides of the sole for comfort and flexibility. However, generous protection is added at the toe and heel by what are termed ‘synthetic stone guards’. Plus the shoe collar once again provides extra support and comfort for the ankle when negotiating any type of terrain.
Once again, Aigle have installed an Ortholite insole, which offers more comfort and has shock absorbing properties. Not only that but as it’s manufactured from polyurethane it absorbs moisture and helps air circulate around the foot. No surprise is the Vibram deep tread rubber outsole. This is one of the most rugged I’ve seen on an Aigle boot to date, but the shapes of the lugs and cleat layout is a familiar one, definitely designed and suited to rugged, muddy and harshest of terrain, so thankfully it’s also easy to clean.
Lacing is catered for by four pairs of captive metal hasps, with three sets of speed hooks above. The design of the lacing points helps draw the boot securely and snugly to your foot. A standout feature at this area is the speed lacing system as it couples with the generous articulating padded tongue to make getting into and out of them a cinch. Not forgetting the ergonomic design of the 800D Cordura collar ensures a non-abrasive comfort fit when worn.
PRICE: £130 Sizes 7 - 11UK
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