Hanwag Alaska GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

European craftsmanship, waterproof protection.

Handcrafted in Europe, Hanwag premium trekking boots are made with high-quality materials for long-lasting use. The Hanwag Men's Alaska GTX Backpacking Boot features a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane to shed water from passing showers and stream crossings. A waxed nubuck upper and a full rubber rand provide durability against rocks, stumps, and heavy brush. In addition, the rugged Vibram Fourà sole offers reliable grip when you're walking long distances over craggy trails.

This backpacking boot is compatible with strap-on crampons, facilitating general mountaineering and easy travel over snow and glaciers (not suitable for steep ice and harder climbs). Heel shock absorption soaks up vibration for enhanced comfort. An internal harness lock down your heel for full ankle support and blister prevention, and Air Pulse circulation vents this boot through a pumping action at the tongue.

  • Waterproof Gore-Tex membrane
  • Waxed nubuck upper
  • Full rubber rand
  • Vibram Fourà sole
  • Strap-on crampon compatible
  • Heel shock-absorption
  • Side heel clamps
  • Air Pulse circulation
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Used to be Good quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 12

I've owned a set of these boots for 5 years. Myself and coworkers have put in a ton of walking, hiking and running miles. They've held up great. My work as a peace officer had me pick these up as the dog and swat and search and rescue teams were all using them and really liked the quality.
You'll have to treat the leather with whatever type of oil or conditioner you prefer to use to make sure the leather doesn't crack over time. Order a size down as they run a size large as with UK sizing. Not sure if backcountry has already accounted for this in the US sizing conversion. I bought a 12 and I wear 13.
Break in period does take a while but once broken in very comfy. My sole still has tread left but is starting to wear down. The rubber brim is also coming loose where it meets the leather. When it's cold -15 Celsius or colder (from Canada) the soles get hard and don't grip. They do get cold when it is that cold out but grab a good set of socks and you'll be fine.

I purchased another pair of Hanwags special force boots and they've not held up as good. My friend who is a dog man says they're switching the boot as well as they've noticed the quality of the company waver somewhat.

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Is UK or US sizing shown?

Is UK or US sizing shown?

Hey Noah,



Sizes listed in the drop down menu have been converted to US sizes.