a.k.a. Mike D, Mike D.
I winter hike in the Adirondacks and the White Mountains. I've been told by a number of people that Plastic Boots are the preferred choice for winter in these areas. I currently use the La Sport Maks with a supergaitor and have good luck with this combination, however I believe that these may not be warm enough in certain situations (while resting my feet do get cold). It seems that a boot like the Arctis Expe would be plenty warm but I am concerned about the weight and walkability of Plastics. So I was leaning toward getting a warmer leather boot. La Sportiva doesn't rate their boots by temperature, and they appear to only make two cold weather boots now. The Lhotse and the Nepal Extreme (too expensive).
So I was wondering, how much warmer are boots like the Lhotse compared to the Makalu's?
Also is my concern about Plastics (weight and walkability unfounded?
Any other recommendations?
I'd go try them on and see for myself but I live in an area where nobody sells mountaineering boots, so I have to buy them online.