User Review: Galibier Super Guide
Price Paid: $450
I have found an importer. She orders on Thursdays and it takes about 2 weeks to get the boots from France.
Pelle Line Paramus
1148 Garden State Plaza
Paramus NJ, 07652
Fitting and Care of Super Guide Climbing Boots
These boots have a Norwegian Welt and are built on a narrow form. The outside of the boot is formed from one piece of full grain leather from the hip portion of the hide with only one seam in the back. The sole of the boot has a steel plate for protection and rigidly. Do not order these boots if you are not use to walking in a boot with a sole that will not flex. They also make a model with a steel toe so they classify as a military safety boot. To protect your feet from nails and spikes as well as cactus spines.
Fitting the boots run very narrow length should be 1-2 sizes longer than a street shoe to prevent jamming toes going downhill. Put the boots on and force the toes to touch the front of the boot place two fingers behind the heel to check for proper length.
Like all old style European leather climbing and ski boots (also Cowboy boots) they need to be form fitted to your feet. Fill the boots with warm water and let them sit for an hour. Drain the water out and put the boots on with the socks you intend to wear with them. (Changing out sock every hour helps speed drying time) It usually takes wearing the boots about 3 days for them to dry and form fit to your feet. If you have any hotspots have a boot maker stretch those areas with a press. Problem areas are the heel, ball of the foot, and ankle bone. These are very stiff boots people that are not use to stiff hard ankle support sometimes have problems with irritation of the Achilles tendon.
Recommend covering the stitching and the welt with a layer of polyurethane sealant to protect them from moisture and abrasion. Scuff the stitching area with Scotch Bright before using any leather treatment on the boot. I use a product called PLASTI DIP it is used for covering the handles on tools. Paint several coats on the stitching and build up about a 1/4 inch bead between the welt and the leather of the boot. This will protect the stitching from moisture and decay.
Water proofing use Beeswax product like Snow Seal rub the product in to warm leather. The first treatment a pair of boots will soak up an entire can of SnoSeal. Treat the Inside of the boot with Saddle Soap or Mink Oil. I've had several pair of these boots that have lasted 10 - 20 years of daily use by a surveyor that walks 6 - 10 mile a day; Each pair have been re-soled 3-4 times.