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Near perfect balance between comfort and fit, durability,…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £283 (US$372)

Summary

Near perfect balance between comfort and fit, durability, features and innovation, grip, insulation, support, sure-footedness and weight

Pros

  • Patented Base-fit 2.1 system utilising free sliding doubled heel strap cords to improve heel support, minimise heel lift, and prevent blistering
  • Hard-wearing 3.0-2.4mm full-grain Idro-Perwanger leather
  • Gore-Tex Duratherm Insulated Comfort Footwear (PA/PES) membrane provides sufficient insulation down to c-25°C(EN ISO 20334)
  • Integrated Neoprene half-gaiter
  • Resolable Vibram Maton sole
  • Double insulated Carbon innersole offers improved insulation and increased rigidity for minimal weight
  • Bonded high and thick rubber rand
  • Individually adjustable 3-zone lacing system with locking D-ring.
  • 3-D feet lining and mapping for optimal heel and arch support to improve insulation and prevent pressure points
  • Memory foam molds to individual foot for effective cushioning of instep, shin, and ankle
  • Feel reasonably comfortable to walk in on near level or easy gradients for such a rigid (B3) mountain specific boot
  • At 891g (UK size 8.5) surprisingly light for such a generously featured, well insulated, and rigid (B3) leather winter mountain boot

Cons

  • Perhaps a bit expensive at £360-(US$475-)RRP. Would have been unaffordable without offer of price match
  • Slight reservations about having the free sliding double heel strap cords(forming part of Mammut’s Base fit 2.1 system) being partially exposed and potentially susceptible to damage from crampons and ice axes etc.

Handsome looking boots.

Recently purchased these B3 mountain boots for planned late Autumn/Fall expeditions to Alaska, North West Canada, and Chamonix. So haven't yet tried them out in the frigid conditions they were bought for.

But they have seen some use when engaged in less technical (grades I-II) climbing and scrambling in Northern England and Scotland.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonably comfortable they feel when walking, for up to a couple of hours, over fairly level ground or gently rising gradients. Especially for such a stiffly soled (B3) mountain specific boot.

Perhaps a little warm for climbing and scrambling during typical British summers though.

To be updated.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Bob! For what kind of winter climbing have you been using these boots?


5 months ago

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