This boot has some good features. Break-in was relatively…
Materials: Leather with waterproof lining
Use: backpack/scrambles/light mountaineering
Break-in Period: half dozen trips
Weight: approx 4 lbs
Price Paid: $160 US
This boot has some good features. Break-in was relatively painless, only one small blister. The toe is covered with rubber if you have to kick steps up a snow slope. Vibram sole is very good on all types of terrain wet and dry. The sole is quite stiff as it is crampon compatible. My previous boots were Vasque Superhikers.
Unfortunately until they fix a design problem with the boot I would not recommend you purchase it. The boot has a seam just above the ankle and after only two seasons (hiking and scrambling) the seam has split on both boots. I've taken it in for repair and they are going to sew right through the inner liner in order to fix, just too expensive to fix any other way. The boot should have been made out of one-piece leather with no seams.
Great boot until then. Sorry, Alpina, you need to fix your design.
These boots have been very sturdy and comfortable.
Use: Heavy pack or light mountaineering
Break-in Period: Several long before they were comfortable
Weight: 4 lbs or so
Price Paid: On sale for $115
These boots have been very sturdy and comfortable. They are pretty stiff and have thick leather so they take a while to break in. They felt good on short hikes right away, but it took a few backpacking trips (5+ days) before they were really nice.
They have been very waterproof, but I use sno-seal on them anyway. Especially for the price ($165) they are a great boot. Very, very sturdy, good vibram sole, waterproof, crampon compatible. They have the build quality and ruggedness of boots costing 60 and 70 dollars more.
Best boots I have ever owned. Finally wore them out…
Use: hiking, mountaineering
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $150
Best boots I have ever owned. Finally wore them out after 6 hard years. Want to buy new ones but can't find anywhere. Can anyone help? I feel like I have looked everywhere. If you know of a place please let me know.
These boots have plenty of support and have been comfortable…
Use: heavy backpacking/light mountaneering
Break-in Period: almost nothing
Price Paid: on sale for $120
These boots have plenty of support and have been comfortable with no painful spots from the start. They have become somewhat broken in after only a few short hikes. They have a waterproof liner, but I applied Sno-Seal and they have been completely waterproof. They have a little flex, but not much. They feel really solid while hiking, especially with a pack.