Montrail Comp XCR
Materials: mixed plus Gore-tex XCR
Use: rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: 1 day
Price Paid: $100
I chose these boots to take with me for my one pair of shoes/boots to Argentina. I replaced the insoles with green surefeet insoles (which I always do on any boots). The trails in the Andes were rough, muddy, deeply-muddy, a lot of rock talus slopes and on both dry days and wet ones, the boots gripped adequately even when shimmying boulders with packs on in rainy/snowy weather.
I would have preferred a Vibram sole but I am here, writing this review instead of there, rotting under a tree or a boulder, so that says something. I also wore the boots with strap-on crampons -- they worked fine for glacier-walking -- and I wore them through deep snow (with gaiters) and they stayed dry. I will add through knife like talus slopes and a couple days of volcanic pumice, not only the soles held, but the design of the boots kept the rock from piercing the fabric.
I had a backup pair of lightweight, Gore-tex fast trail-hiking boots (another brand) and they lost their waterproofness after one day on the talus slopes. The Montrails held up the entire trip and seem to be ready to go again!
Only comment: Montrail, please stick a Vibram sole on these and they would be MY perfect boot, and secondly, for crawling out of a crevasse with ice-axes and crampons, nothing beats a rigid boot/plastic boot. But for everything else, no complaints.
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Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Comp XCR Shoe (Spring 2008) Montrail improved the old favorite TRS Comp by increasing traction and improving the platform. The new lug pattern and sticky-rubber compound works well on all conditions the trails (or slickrock) demand. Weight: 18 oz./0.51 kg Grip Aggressive heel tread for snow plunge stepping Large smearing lugs on forefoot Gryptonite GT compound for all angles Fit Roomy toe box Super-sculpted midfoot Extra-soft tongue and cuff Mid-height cut is supportive and cushioned Design Variable-tension lacing system controls heel cup Full-grain leather and mesh upper GoreTex XCR for all conditions Nylon mesh is strategically placed where boot flexes most Animal Peak bagging Desert hiking Talus scrambling Off-roading Backpacking Scree skiing Fun hogging
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . Montrail's Comp hiking boots feature waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) XCR(R) lining to keep feet dry and warm. Sticky-rubber Gryptonite GT outsoles consist of sharp lugs along the length of the outsole and under the heel to ensure traction. Nubuck, synthetic and suede uppers Lightweight Polyurethane midsole Removable footbed Height: 3- ” Weight: 2 lb. 15 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The Comp XCR from Montrail is an updated, waterproof version of the classic TRS Comp. The highly breathable Comp XCR has a full length TerraFlex protection plate for supportive torsional stability while still providing an easy forward flex in a lightweight package. A dual density polyurethane midsole, variable tension lacing system and Montrail's Integrafit ensure a lightweight, cushioned and secure ride. Gore-tex XCR (extended comfort range) provides waterproof protection while remaining highly breathable Integrafit last technology is a Montrail exclusive innovation created after analyzing thousands of feet to determine the last proportions necessary for a great fit TerraFlex TRS2 full length protection plate offers underfoot protection, support and proper flex while being lightweight Gryptonite GT outsole for durable traction Variable tension lacing system for a precise, secure fit especially in the heel Dual density polyurethane midsole provides long lasting cushion Full grain leather and mesh upper Avg. wt. 1lb. 2oz.
- Campmor refers to the men's version
Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex XCR lining and sticky-rubber Gryptonite GT outsoles make the Montrail Men's Comp XCR Hiking Boots an obvious choice for alpine approaches. These low-top boots also have an aggressive heel for extra traction on snowy descents. Montrail made these boots to excel in demanding locations like the North Cascades, Canadian Rockies, and Yosemite. The Comp XCR Boots have just the right amount of support for a weekend hiking trip or when you make the approach to Half Dome with a loaded haul bag.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version