Rugged grip, robust durability.
Trek across rocky alpine trails and fern-lined forests with the Alpina Women's Viper Low Hiking Shoe. This durable hiker features a low-profile design for maximum maneuverability when you're climbing steep grades and scrambling across ridgelines. Split leather uppers offer robust durability and rich aesthetics for hiking enthusiasts. Perhaps most impressive, the Alpitex membrane seals out moisture from shallow stream crossings, misty coastlines, and oncoming showers. And to ensure sure-footed dexterity, the Viper's lugged rubber sole grips aggressively across trail surfaces, dirt paths, and loose rocks alike.
- Split leather upper
- Alpitex membrane
- Lugged rubber sole
- Item #ALP002B
- Q & A
Straight Up Sucks
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The shoe sucks. The return policy sucks. This shoe is supposed to be waterproof and within 2 months of walking in DEWY GRASS (not rain, not puddles, not streams) it is leaking like a sieve. My bad for not sticking with Zappos which will take a defective shoe back.
Handle all kinds of terrain
From mud to grass to boulders to talus slopes these shoes are holding up well.
they look good on and off your feet
Nice, comfy, durable shoes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
First off - major thanks to Backcountry.com and Alpina for sending me these shoes to test. I've been using them nearly daily since they arrived (about a month now) and have been very happy with their performance. They've handled wet slippery boat decks, rugged island rock cliffs, and plenty of day hikes all with ease.
Normally I order a 8.5 or 9 depending on brand (or a 40/40.5). I was a little worried about picking a size as I couldn't try them on and went with a 40 since I presumed 41 would be too large. When they arrived the box stated that a 40 was an 8 and I then panicked that they were too small - but they fit more like a 8.5 when I tried them on! I do think a 40.5 would be a little better so it's a bummer that they don't come in half sizes! The good news is if you're worried about sizing Backcountry.com is great with exchanges!
Overall the shoe is very structured (and yes bulky) but also provides good support. They are very comfortable but not quite as comfortable as the hiking shoes I have which have ortholite soles (but almost as comfortable!). The blue is a really nice easy color that is bright but also not overwhelming.
The shoes come with blue round laces - I generally dislike round laces as I find them to come apart more easily than flat laces but kept the ones provided in the shoes for the purposes of testing for the past month. I now plan to swap them out with some flatter laces or elastic laces to make my life a little easier.
The alpitex membrane has done a good job at keeping water out (assuming it doesn't overtop your shoe) keeping my feet dry and toasty. As with any waterproof shoe - this also means that moisture is kept in if you overtop them or if your feet sweat heavily. However, I found that they were easy to air out to dry relatively quickly.
The sole of the shoes is very rugged, durable, and good at gripping the ground in non-ideal conditions. I've been very impressed at how they've handled all types of terrain from scree/loose rock to rocky ledges to wet slippery grass hills covered in goose poop (slipperiest surface on earth!). The structured feel to the shoes also gives extra support on uneven, unpredictable ground.
Overall, I found the shoes to be comfortable, durable, and up to any challenge I gave them. I look forward to seeing how they stand the test of time as they barely show signs of wear unlike most of the other shoes I've used which I usually wear down in a few months. These are definitely worth a look if you're interested in a durable low hiker.
Side view of the shoes
Much bulkier than I thought...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
I thought these shoes looked really cute online, but they were much bulkier than anticipated. Also, for hiking shoes, I always do a 1/2 size or even a whole size bigger, but for these, I would get the exact size you normally are. I got a half size bigger and they feel slightly big.
These shoes are VERY durable though. They have a thick bottom so seem to have a lot of wear in them. These shoes are great for day hikes, but I probably would not wear them on long backpacking trips, since they don't have the ankle support. I also love the colors of these shoes. I haven't experienced any blisters or sore spots with these yet either, so that is a good sign.
Overall, they are bulkier than I originally thought they would be, but they still work great for hiking. They do just fine in the outdoors as long as you only wear them on those shorter hiking trips.