User Review: Salomon Super Mountain 9 Guide
Break-in Period: 3 weeks
Weight: 6 lbs
Price Paid: $325 US
Having used my Super 9 Guides for about 6 months, I've got a few observations I haven't seen in other reviews: of these boots:
- It takes me a whole lot longer to break in boots than others. Could be the shape of my foot, but I would not take these on a trip without having worn them for a month and gotten all of the fiddling out of the way.
- The soft, sticky sole is great on Alpine rock. The toe areas also don't have the big gaps common on the vibram soled boots. This is also a big help on rock. The down side to soft sole is wear -- mine are going to need to be resoled soon. Also, due to the lack of "gaps" in the toe, these boots don't kick steps quite as well as vibram soled boots.
- Although quite stiff out of the box, the soles are developing some flexibility. I have big feet (size 12) so perhaps this has something to do with it.
- I've bent the lace rollers/eyelets grovelling around on mixed climbs, but they haven't broken yet. Still, I'm a little concerned about them.
Overall these are excellent boots. The uppers are hardly marked, they have stayed dry on prolonged use on glaciers and they climb rock and ice well. I like em.