Raichle All Degree Lite GTX
Materials: Reversed Gore-Tex linned Leather
Use: Light Mountaineering + rough walks
Break-in Period: straigh away
Weight: 1.2kg per boot ish
Price Paid: £120
I've used these for everything from Scottish walking to winter mountaineering. They are extremely comfortable and the close fit is great for scrambling and climbing. They have a thin sole so they aren't the best for long tabs. I mainly use them for summer mountaineering now for which they are excellent.
On the downside however, despite being well made and finished they haven't really worn very well. The rand has started the tear and peel back and both boots now leak extremely badly at the heels. I'm putting up with the leaking as they are only used now on routes and rarely see Scottish bog trotting.
Overall very good boot for its purpose but I am disappointed with the wear and leaking.
Materials: leather, Gore-tex
Use: day hike and backpack
Break-in Period: 1 day
Price Paid: $189
First of all, I loved the fit, comfort, and stability of this boot. Unfortunatly, a year later after only about 10 uses and no hardcore use the inner leather of the seam above my arch pulled out of the stitching (thread still intact on outer leather) along a 3-inch section over a 20-mile backpack. I haven't ever had that happen in 35 years even on light boots, let alone so called mountaineering boots on glaciers, vertical ice, and rock. I hesitate to even call this a backpack boot.
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The rugged Raichle All-Degree Lite GTX mountaineering boots are lightweight, waterproof and crampon-compatible for all your mountain adventures. Flexible, breathable, velour leather uppers feature protective rubber rands for enhanced durability. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex liners make these boots waterproof yet breathable, for comfort in a variety of conditions; nylon linings wick away sweat. Padded asymmetric tongue design is ergonomically shaped to conform to the shape of your feet and helps relieve lace pressure. Gussets at tongue help keep out scree and trail debris, water and mud; heel and toe loops aid entry. To-the-toe lacing allows for a precise and adjustable climbing-shoe type fit. Motion Control Concept uses flex zones and stabilizers to control foot movement inside boots for enhanced comfort and stability. Combination EVA and polyurethane midsoles are durable and shock absorbing, providing mile after mile of cushioned comfort. Nylon midsole supports create torsional rigidity for enhanced stability on uneven and rocky ground. Vibram rubber outsoles provide lightweight performance without compromising grip or stability. Outsoles are compatible with strap-on style crampons.