Hey everyone!

Welcome back to the blog! Today I have another review for you and we’ll be looking at the Altama Aboottabad mid-trail hiking shoes. Whilst I was in the States, my trusty Pentagon Achilles Trekker boots finally gave in to wear and tear - they’d lasted me just over two years and they’ve travelled with me to numerous countries on my airsoft travels! Although the outer of the shoes were saveable, the insides were trashed so I took to Instagram and asked you lovely lot for your opinions on what my next boots would be - there were SO many suggestions but Altama got in touch and wanted to know my thoughts on a pair of their hiking boots which are now available from their European store, so here we are!

The hiking shoes I decided to test out were, of course, the Altama Aboottabad Trail - Mid WP in green, these are described as being ‘Rugged Trail Runners having tactical features starting with Altama's legendary Panama Sole technology. Using sticky SOFROC™ rubber that wraps up in the arch to aid in fast roping, we've turned a typical trail runner into a tactical machine!’ I’ve worn these since my return from the US and tested them in all environments that I play in - urban, CQB and different woodlands so now I feel like I can give an accurate account on how they’ve performed. This it what they looked like when I got them:

This is what they look like now:

First, let’s start with the features! The Altama Aboottabad Trail - Mid WP have Panama Sole Technology using SOF ROC™ rubber, a dual-density EVA midsole, full-length Rock 'n Roll Plate™, quick-drying nylon mesh and microfibre PU upper, moulded external rubber toe, injection moulded TPU Heel Counter support, nylon loop lacing system, Alta-lite™ blown PU insole and a waterproof membrane construction so these boots were made to perform in tough environments.

I usually wear a 4 UK shoe, in tactical shoes such as these a UK 5 is normally the smallest size so I’d usually opt for that but this style comes in a USA 5 which works out to a UK 4 so I opted for the US size 5. The fit on these is snug in all the right places but gives my toes room to move. They are also SUPER comfortable. With thicker socks, they are a little snugger and don’t go on as easy but they have loops on the back to help you pull them on. One thing that I really like about them is that they don’t make my feet look out of proportion like other tactical boots!

The boots themselves, feel sturdy but still have plenty of flexibility in the sole. They offer good ankle support but are still flexible enough that they didn’t cause any blistering on my heel when I wore them for the first time. The nylon mesh fabric has a lot of movement in, so it bends easily with the feet and the tough sole featuring SOF ROC rubber™ provides a good amount of grip and has no damage considering how hard they’ve been hammered so far. Unfortunately, I’ve not had a chance to test their waterproof qualities as it’s been pretty dry in the UK.

From the European retail store, they retail for just under £115 - which is pretty much in line with other brands such as Lowa and Salomon which make similar products and that are also favourites amongst airsofters. I have a firm belief that your footwear is something you shouldn’t skimp out on because of the environments we play in and how hazardous they can be - protection is worth the price tag in my honest opinion.

Boots gifted by Altama.

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