Altberg describe the Keld as a classic English hiking boot, and in looks and quality it certainly harks back to a bygone era when delicious 2mm nubuck uppers came as standard, and a hardwearing Vibram outsole could be relied upon for the best traction in the hills. The modern bits are a breathable Sympatex waterproof membrane, plus research in to foot shape and strike pattern. The Keld is designed for a wider foot with supportive heel cup, yet lots of room to spread the toes. I like the rubber rand that wraps the length of the boot, and the sealed bellows tongue that keeps water out. It’s a heavy boot, and although Altberg recommend it for lower fells, I think it has the ruggedness to explore the higher summits too. For this reason, and because of it’s unquestionable durability I’ve awarded it “Best Buy” despite being the most expensive listed. It is certainly great value. Weight 714g (size 9).
VERDICT: A beautifully made all rounder.
BEST FOR: Hiking the hills of Britain.
Review by Lucy Wallace @