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These boots retails for over $200, but I found them at a consignment store almost unused for $55. I've never had mountaineering boots before, so I found them to be an extremely stiff boot. Unlike plastic based mountaineering boots, there is some flex to them, plus I think they'll soften up a bit once I wear them in.
The boot seems to be incredibly supportive in the heal and there is very little or no lateral flex. It almost feels like a ski boot to some degree, but much more comfort. The boot offers great waterproof protection from the rubberized band around the boot. The suede uppers are fairly thick and offer plenty of insulation for winter use. Because of this, the boots may be a tad warm in the summer time. We'll see.
The soles on them are very rugged and thick. I can't ever see myself wearing out the soles anytime in the next century...
The boots are also design to accommodate crampons, but I'm not sure if it will fit all universal brands.
Use: Hiking, backpacking, winter use.
Break-in Period: 2 - 6hr trips plus some wearing around the house
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $55
Bought mine on-line from Cotswold outdoor 2 years ago for £110. Because I bought them on-line I never got to try them on first but I got lucky and they fit great and are very comfortable for such a heavy boot.
As a member of a Mountain Rescue team I wear these boots a lot in tough conditions and they have never let water in. The support is excellent and due to the extremely aggressive and deep tread you feel nothing through the sole.
The insole lacks a bit of padding but this can be solved by fitting a replacement but be aware that Sorbathanes raise your heel too much and this affects the fit. I chose to stick with the original insole after trying several replacements.
Some adverts state that these are a B2 boot but they are not. Use a flexible crampon.
I am tempted to buy another pair while they are available although mine still have years left in them.
Excellent all rounder if you don't mind a heavy boot.
Price Paid: £110
These boots are great. They were comfortable from the start...when I went on a five-day trip after only wearing them around the house. They're extremely durable and waterproof and my feet have never gotten cold in them. They work wonderful with crampons.
I honestly can't think of anything bad to say about these boots. I've had them for a year and a half and other than a little dirt around the edges, they could be new. They're obviously winter boots and are way too warm for anything spring or summer, but they're perfect for any sort of winter hiking.
By the way, I'm a small woman and they seem relatively light...not nearly as heavy as some I tried.
Price Paid: ~$200
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