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Reviewers Paid: $199.00-$450.00
The best mountaineering boot around. Especially for high altitude mountaineering. People have complained about them fitting smaller, that's because you don't need heavy socks in them. They are made to withstand the elements, and do. Very strong, sturdy and very comfortable. Crampons go on quite easily and stay there, thanks to the groved heel and toe. If you plan to do some serious mountaineering, I recommend these boots. Well worth the money.
Use: High altitude mountaineering
Break-in Period: n/a
Price Paid: $450
Stumbled on these boots on my trip through Paramus, N.J., at Campmor in Dec. of 96. I've used them on numerous occasions on both winter hikes, and long moderate ice climbs (Mt. Washington). I am pleased with their support while climbing vertical ice. They offer solid ankle support and unlike hinged plastic boots minimize stress on the calves. On hikes they are a bit stiff. It is difficult to walk up steep inclines flat-footed as there is little flex. The sole offers solid grip on all surfaces and the liner is warm enough for the coldest New England days.
Use: Ice climbing and mountaineering
Break-in Period: N/A
Price Paid: don't remember (think it was a $199 closeout)