Boreal Super Latok
Price Paid: $349
These boots are great for mixed conditions and feel equally good with crampons. Nice grip and tough as nails. I have had zero problems with this boot.
Break-in Period: 15 hours
Weight: 1.2 Kg. (each)
Price Paid: US $260 (in Europe)
The Super Latok are the top boots of Boreal, well known for climbing shoes. They are leather (nabuk, a little delicate) boots with front and back plastic protections. The difference with the lower model (Pamir) consists only in the internal lining, more insulating and with an aereation system.
I've tried them for a season on rock, ice and trekking. They are very well built , and the insulating system works fine: you won't suffer from cold (I've tested them until -14 centigrades), and also walking in low altitudes they become not too warm. The fit is for large feet, and to avoid blisters tie them tight because the heel is not well locked. On the Internet cathalog they are advertised as «expedition» boots, «extremely rigid», very technical etc. Nevertheless, they cannot be considered «technical» or extreme boots. They flex, say, like the La Sportiva Makalu, so that on classical north face terrains (mixed or ice) they become really tiring after 100 meters, and on rock climbs you cannot use little holds. Forget ice falls and serious stuff. They are good boots for high altitude trekking and middle-low difficulty terrains. Do not buy them as technical boots, because they are definitely not that kind of product (what Boreal declares has to be judged at less optimistic).
Use: Winter Mountaineering
Break-in Period: 3-4 weeks
Weight: 5 lbs +
Price Paid: $325
Very Comfortable right out of the box. Break in period was a snap. A few day hikes is all it took. Threw my La Sportivas in the trash and put my Asolo Plastics on the shelf. Insulation is excellent. The boot is great for mixed use especially with a long approach hike in. Worked well with crampons and snowshoes. While not quite as good for ice as the Plastics, they do have an edge on rock when terrain is mixed.
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On Sale. Free Shipping. Boreal Men's Super Latok Mountaineering Boots (Spring 2006) The Men's Super Latok Mountaineering Boots by Boreal are a leather boot for very cold conditions, Himalayan and alpine climbing and technical ice and mixed climbing. The Uppers are a one piece premium quality waterproof and reinforced 2.8 mm split leather and Teramida. Three-piece adjustable Velcro Tongue System (VTS). New anatomic padding system for superb comfort and perfect fit. The Lining is made of Boreal Dry-Line for absolute waterproofness and superior breathability. Full internal triple layer Thinsulate lining for thermal protection. Specifications Weight 4 lbs 11oz (2134 g) per pair size 8 US Midsole Boreal PBG 680 with lateral reinforcements for superior torsion control Sole Boreal Mount FDS-3 with triple density rubber. Plus 10 mm EVA-Pro midsole for shock absorption and thermal insulation. Technical Crampon compatible.