by NDrakefromExcellent 3 season bootThis is a great 3 season boot and perfect for alpine rock routes with glacier travel. The stretch material used on the tongue fits incredibly well, the upper feels more like a well fitting trail runner then a mountaineering boot. This makes the boot not only comfortable but placement on technical terrain (rock) is much more precise.
Despite the soft upper, the rubber rand is stiff to provide support and protection from scree and talus.
The outsole is the vibram mulaz used on the boots from all the manufacturers in this class, but the shank and cushioning is much different. The shank is made of carbon fiber and aside from being extremely light they have a unique flex. When you put pressure to the outside on your little toes there is enough flex to make for a more natural stride then the trango or charmox. When you apply pressure on your big toe in the "climbing zone" section of the sole it is stiff and supportive though. With crampons they are stiff enough to front point steep snow well.
On alpine rock I feel that these perform much better then the other "3 season" boots such as the charmoz and trango. The combination of light weight and very snug fit make for accurate foot placement.
Keep in mind that these boots are not insulated, if you're the type that stays around on Rainier for 4 days on the regular or have circulation issues you probably want a warmer boot. I've done a 14hr push on Rainier with these and my feet stayed warm without issue. I really think that these shine in areas where you will be climbing alpine rock with snow/glacier travel mixed in, absolutely perfect for the North Cascades.
Date published: 2013-08-28
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