Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $399
Was warm for a June summit of Mt. Rainier. Felt light on my feet and never had an issue with blisters or wetness.
- Water resistant
After considering plastic vs. leather and insulated vs. non-insulated I centered in on these boots for my June 2012 trip to Mt. Rainier. I used a Camp front bail type crampon and never had it fail me.
The boot was light enough for the all day trek to Camp Muir and warm enough that night when we left for the summit. Coming down it was hot and the snow was soft enough that you plunged two feet down with each step. I never had water come in the boot. The ankle cuff was just snug enough to keep out loose snow that got behind the gaiter. The Perwanger leather did get a little wet but never came into the boot, thank you GTX.
Overall, great three-season mountaineering boot. Very comfortable with an added running shoe liner that I used in the footbed. No hesitation for summer trips. Would think about seals socks to keep inside just a little dryer from the feet sweat. Aired them out midday on way to camp Muir.
I am normally a 12.5-13 or 46.5 and I got the 47. It fit perfectly.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: US$280 (on sale)
From day one, it fit me like a glove! No blisters, just comfort!
- Rubber may get cracks
I'd had bought a pair of Nepal Evos (La Sportiva), but after wearing them a couple of times, they became very tight on my feet and pushing on my toes, not comfortable at all. So I sold the EVOs and got a pair of Scarpa Mont Blancs.
They fit me perfectly from day one. Perfect fit on foot, heel and ankle. The lacing system (with a mid point) helps get the right fit both on the feet and ankle part of the boot. I have wide and flat feet, and Scarpas have always fit me perfectly. Just like other Scarpa boots, I've never had to break them in and have never had any blisters with them.
Living in NZ it's always hard to find good climbing boots that are light and waterproof enough to endure the long approaches in mixed terrain (kilometers and kilometers of walking along riverbeds and river crossings, muddy bush tracks, bush bashing and so on) but that are still warm and rigid enough to climb snow and ice. I've found this with the Scarpa Mont Blancs.
I've had them for over a year now, and I'm still very happy with them. They keep my feet warm, they are snug enough for ice climbing, but comfortable for walking long distances. They also keep my feet dry and are very breathable. The vibram sole is pretty grippy and holds well on slippery rocks.
My only tiny nit is the rubber around the front. I'd had it for a couple of weeks and while out on an overnight trip, I noticed a small crack on the rubber on my toe area. I couldn't be bothered sending it back, so I just used a product to cover the crack and have been using it like that since then, having no more problems. I believe I may have just been unlucky, but you might want to keep that in mind.
Price Paid: traded for faulty cumbres
Tried Mont Blancs this morning on a two hour mountain hike strait from the box, was like wearing air inflated socks. I had these as a replacement for faulty Cumbres. To be honest didn't think the Monts would cut it, but how wrong was I.
I nearly sent them back as the sole wear is not as chunky as the cumbres, but thought what the hell just have to resole sooner, but as they are lighter and a tad less stiffer I found there's no dragging or heel slip pulling them down. I will be using them every day for a couple of hours mountain hiking, ace grip inside and out, lots of flex, lots of stability. If they keep up this comfort I'll soon be having a second pair.
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