Montrail Lotus GTX
Break-in Period: Short
Weight: 2lbs per boot, about.
Price Paid: $220
The Gore-Tex liner was a complete failure despite negligible use, which is why the rating is low. In addition the rubber rand separated with less than 20 miles backpacking on smooth maintained trails.
The rating is higher than "1" or "2" because the boots perform reasonably well--as long as you ignore the fact that they leak like a sieve, don't mind paying extra for the Gore-Tex, and don't mind gluing the rand back where it separates.
Light weight, good sole, good balance between weight, rigidity, and support. Carbon insole performs well, but not perfectly.
Probably good warranty and customer service.
I purchased these boot specifically due to the Gore-Tex lining. The Gore-Tex failed miserably in the first use with wet conditions. To verify, I filled the dry boots with water and they leaked like a sieve. On the positive side, the Montrail warranty department appears to bending over backwards to deal with the boot, but the bigger issue is quality control--plus the hassle of breaking in yet another pair of boots while wondering if they too will fail.
The integral cleat was filed off because it hinders traction (slides on rock surfaces) and is noisy. If you aren't going to use the matching crampon, you won't want the cleat.
I'd prefer a little more support, but again, these provide an interesting combination of light weight with adequate support and good traction.
Materials: GoreTex, Synthetic
Break-in Period: 5 days
Price Paid: $250
Great concept in a light and flexible boot. Very comfortable overall. Great for long approaches. Not insulated, so they need a toe heater in colder weather.
The Gore-tex failed. They recalled the crampons too, but Montrail was very helpful with all of this.
I would not recommend this boot. Better wait until they introduce a new version.
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Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Lotus GTX Boot (Fall 2006) The I.C.E. 9 platform transforms the Lotus by Montrail from a light, flexible hiking boot to a superb, rigid-soled ice boot in the time it takes to put on its companion crampons. Weight 2 lb 2 oz/0.96 kg Support Superflexible Comfortable for long walks and hard climbing Stretch Kevlar instep holds foot in position Our most flexible alpine boot Fit Supple upper for comfort on technical terrain Conforms to many foot shapes Roomy toe box Snug and cushioned heel cup Design Gore-Tex upper Lightweight carbon fiber lasting board Breathable air mesh tongue Hidden stitching Sticky-rubber rand Crampon-compatible Animal Overhanging dry tooling Hard mixed climbing Late and early-season ice Long approaches Summer snow climbs Pushing limits Getting after it
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The Lotus GTX by Montrail is the ultimate fast and light ice boot, excelling at both long approaches and on steep snow and icy terrain. This is an ideal boot for summertime alpine ascents and sport ice climbing where light weight, nimbleness, and waterproofness take precedence over support, insulation, and protection. The Lotus GTX is versatile, yet makes no compromises on performance. The nylon upper is padded and reinforced for support and protection, but is intentionally supple to allow excellent foot and ankle mobility for maximum dexterity and finesse while climbing technical routes. And the stretch tongue gusset construction keeps the boots low-profile and conforming to the foot. Less bulk, less weight, and greater flexibility all make climbing easier and more athletic.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
The light and nimble profile of the Lotus GTX makes it a superb choice for summer mountaineering, sport ice climbing and fast-paced alpine exploits in mild weather conditions. The emphasis here is on performance, so you won't find all the extra support and insulation features that come standard with other mountaineering boot designs. Despite the light profile the Lotus GTX is amazingly stout--most of the stitching is concealed in the clean construction so there's less chance of fraying and apparent wear after a decade of summer use. Aside from a reinforced ankle area the upper is also far more flexible than most climbing designs, giving you better dexterity and flex for enhancing your finesse on tricky technical routes. If you're a fair weather climber looking for a little more range of motion with a lot less weight, pluck a Lotus GTX--and make sure you pair it with a I.C.E. 9 or Khumbu crampon for a perfect fit.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version