User Review: Salomon Super Mountain 9 Guide
Materials: leather/plastic hybrid
Use: technical snow & ice
Break-in Period: 10-20 mi.
Weight: roughly 4 1/2 lbs.
Price Paid: apx $350
I really dislike heavy, clunky plastic boots, but want a boot that can handle technical stuff. This boot held up to the test for almost a week on Mt. Rainier. It's a comfortable boot, and comes with gizmos that allow you to vary the lace tensions on different parts of the boot (which is helpful, although actually stopping to adjust the tensions during a climb is something I rarely take the time to stop and do).
The boot behaves well on all surfaces up to and including verticle ice. Although it's about as stiff as leather boots come, it's still not quite stiff enough to perform as well as the high-end plastics on the verticle stuff (though using rigid crampons would certainly enhance performance).
After five days in wet snow, the boots got a bit wet, but the plastics did, too. Overall, a great boot that I'd recommend highly. My only problem so far is that it eats through laces like mad (including 4mm spectra).