La Sportiva Glacier EVO
I have difficult feet to fit for this sort of boot.
Price Paid: $209
I have difficult feet to fit for this sort of boot. One foot is a bit larger, I have ridiculously narrow heels with a medium width foot overall, and low arches.
I will say these are quite true to size.
All right, I've been using these on very steep pitches on uneven/rocky, and scree terrain. They'll take some more breaking in but here's the good part, the overall shoe is so stable that I can hit even the tiniest and uneven rock surface on "toe-point" and maneuver right up with no slipping off or instability whatsoever, as the shoe grips and maintains its "platform" in the sole very well. Stability on descent seems to be right up there, as the shoe does what it is meant to do by allowing me to pick correct lines rather than concentrating on trying to keep my own foot and ankle stable...the shoe does that for me.
These are not tennie-like "day hikers" per se, and really are called for only on technical terrain and/or where you might encounter snow fields/glaciers. I have not had a chance yet to use on snow. For general non-technical backpacking/hiking I would not choose these.
There is some heel slippage on steep climbs but so far no blisters/hot spots. Definitely plan on a break in period of several miles. If you have narrow feet, expect some heel slippage. If you have slightly wider or thicker feet, expect some pinching across top near the toes until the shoe is broken in. Don't get the regular width if you have quite wide feet.
Overall, worth the $200 smackers I spent!