Materials: Plastic shell
Use: Snow/Ice Climb
Break-in Period: Minimal
Price Paid: Traded other gear
Awesome boots. Have used them on numerous Cascade climbs including Rainier, Adams, Hood, etc. I have never had cold or wet feet while using these boots. I simply do not have to worry about my feet while wearing these boots. They are warm even when liner is damp, have a very stiff sole (great for crampons) and are fairly lightweight. Highly recommend them and would not think of doing any ice/snow climb without them. I tape up my feet good before wearing them and put sock liners on and I have never suffered from anything but minor blisters. Great Boots.
Pretty unimpressed with these boots--the construction isn't up to the same quality as Scarpa, and once the insulation packs out a little experienced heel lift, which is horrendous for front pointing. The lacing system requires too much force to tighten--I have gotten blisters from trying to do up the laces (and it's not because I have soft hands--I've never experienced anything like it before).
On the positive side, the ankle flex makes them comfortable to walk in.
I certainly wouldn't buy them again though. If only Scarpas fit my feet...
Materials: insulation-lined Plastic
Use: winter moutaineering
Break-in Period: 2 minutes
Weight: 5 lb. +
Price Paid: $255
Excellent boots for snowshoeing and general traversing w/ crampons in cold weather. Koflach's new plastic is very maleable & the ankle, so that your feet don't even realize that they're in plastic boots when snowshoes or crampons are strapped on (fixed Sabertooth crampons fit nicely). Your feet are not too happy however when you decide to bareboot it for long distances. But that is a gen'l complaint about plastic...
Break-in Period: Little/none
Price Paid: $280
Sweet boots... used on some pretty sick vertical combined with Grivel 2f crampons, comfy for medium approaches, dry as it gets, and kept my feet toasty when every one else was headed for the cars (30 below) The lacing system is kinda a pain though... takes blisters in your fingers to get them tight enough for a proper fit.
Use: snowshoeing, crampon walking, & winter camping
Break-in Period: n/a
Weight: approx. 5 lb.s
Price Paid: $255
Excellent for the stated uses; not best suited for vertical ice climbing but perfect for hiking in the ridiculously cold temps of the northeast. Only dislike is that they are rough on the feet when you have to do several miles of barebooting...
Use: mountaineering, ice climbing, glacier travel
Break-in Period: not long
Price Paid: $249 American
This boot is sweet! My first pair of plastic boots. Good for travel in Southeast Alaska with wet snow, cold nights, and leather freezing conditions. Good traction, comfortable, warmer than a toaster oven, sensitive, and chicks dig 'em.
Price Paid: $270
Boot does well for snowshoeing, non-vertical cramponing but fails miserably at going down hill with heavy pack. You will lose your big toes. Guaranteed.