Going to Mt. Challenger is September. This will involve a long rugged 3 day approach. It doesn't make any sense to haul my plastics for just summit day, so I need a boot I can do the approach hike in. I have a pair of LaSportiva Makalus that I have never been really comfortable in. I've spent the last few years with footbeds, pads etc., and they still give me blisters unless I use tape and moleskin on my heels. Thus, I'm ready sell them and try something else.
A buddy has recommended Asolo 650s as being very comfortable to hike in, and they will take a newmatic(?) crampon. Anyone have any experience with them?
In the store today, I tried on a pair of LaSportiva Lhotses. I figured they would just be an even stiffer version of the Makalus, but to my surprise, they felt fairly comfortable right out of the box. However, there is no getting around the fact that this is a big, heavy, fairly technical (to me) boot. So, question: would I be nuts to take this boot on a trip involving a total of 5 days of hiking?