User Review: Raichle Men's 60-Degree
Use: Hiking, backpacking, winter use.
Break-in Period: 2 - 6hr trips plus some wearing around the house
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $55
These boots retails for over $200, but I found them at a consignment store almost unused for $55. I've never had mountaineering boots before, so I found them to be an extremely stiff boot. Unlike plastic based mountaineering boots, there is some flex to them, plus I think they'll soften up a bit once I wear them in.
The boot seems to be incredibly supportive in the heal and there is very little or no lateral flex. It almost feels like a ski boot to some degree, but much more comfort. The boot offers great waterproof protection from the rubberized band around the boot. The suede uppers are fairly thick and offer plenty of insulation for winter use. Because of this, the boots may be a tad warm in the summer time. We'll see.
The soles on them are very rugged and thick. I can't ever see myself wearing out the soles anytime in the next century...
The boots are also design to accommodate crampons, but I'm not sure if it will fit all universal brands.