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I wanted a heartier boot than my last pair (Asolo's…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Stiff Italian Leather/Gore-Tex Lined- Heavy Vibram Tread
Use: All hiking, My boot is my boot.
Break-in Period: Wore Everyday. As slippers, work shoes, Hospital Clogs, and day hikers for three weeks in preparation for Three Days in Presidentials
Weight: Boulder Like, maybe 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $225

I wanted a heartier boot than my last pair (Asolo's from 1998-2006). I also wanted the ability to step into crampons for winter trips. Boy did I get it. I almost baulked at the purchase and went with a "softer" boot for comfort. Don't be scared at the out of box "ski boot" feel. Given the love and attention of a good couple good Snow Seal Massages, continual wear, and stretching, these boots began to loosen after a week. Three weeks in and I'm confident to ascend. I'll retract as necessary if further tests prove contrary.

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A crazy-strong all-leather design for year-round backpacking. Though not insulated, the Arete is supportive enough for light mountaineering and easier ice climbs. This is a pretty fab choice when you need one boot to handle a variety of demands. Rough-out leather is heavily treated with silicone and backed up by a waterproof Gore-Tex? membrane. Vibram? Vertige outsole is a classic mountain unit that boasts an aggressive tread pattern to latch onto treacherous terrain. Toe and heel ridges accept step-in crampon bails. Outsole is stiff enough to keep from popping out of a crampon. Rocker shape permits a natural (non-Frankenstein) stride onto mixed terrain. The Arete is built on a men's last. The size/color dropdown box refers to men's sizes. To convert to women's, please refer to the size chart below.

- EMS refers to the men's version



The Arete GTX has been discontinued.

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The EMS Arete GTX is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 22, 2009 at EMS.

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