Rated 1out of5
by jolen adventr lvr
fromIf you are prone to blisters do not buy! I had rented this boot the previous year for Mt. Rainier and got major blisters (silver dollar size) on both heals, but I wrote that off as a biproduct of them being rentals.
I bought a new pair for Mt. Shasta, and within half an hour on the trail to base camp the blisters started. By the time we got to base came (despite several mitigating attempts at blister control) my feet were wrecked. The guides were also telling me how these boots tend to wreck feet. I'm sure there are people out there that fit well with these boots, but if you do not fit the mold I advise against purchasing them. They are too rigid and unforgiving. By the time I started the descent from the summit my feet were completely trashed. Huge, deep blisters on each ankle, then weird square shaped bruises with blisters on the medial and lateral malleoli of both ankles (very painful!). I am so glad the trip was only 3 days because I don't know what I would have done if it was longer (I gritted my teeth and sucked it up for those three days). It's been a week since the trip and my blisters still haven't healed, and continue to crack open and bleed (they were that deep... hence the "unforgiving"). Also the fit is a bit funny if you have a wide toe box as I do. Maybe if you are narrow footed with a certain heal type, have narrow ankles and are not prone to blisters, these boots would be amazing. I'm not dissing the design (that seems to be well thought out).
Unfortunately this is the only plastic boot REI sells :(
REI, please carry Koflach! I hear they are fantastic, well-fitting boots! ... and aren't they owned by Scarpa now?
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 3out of5
fromWarm, But Bulky I bought these boots primarily for warmth during alpine excursions, and for that purpose they worked well. Unfortunately they are heavy, bulky, and uncomforable, and I found myself dreading the prospect of wearing them. I experienced painful toe bang, and they feel like you are wearing ski boots due to minimum ankle flex. In my view they work best in colder slow type hiking, but because I am in Search and Rescue I need to move fast. I finally gave up and bought some Scarpa Mont Blanc leather mountaineering boots, which I love. They are a single boot, so not in the same league as a double boot for warmth, but they make up for it in light weight and comfort.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 3out of5
fromSplurge for something better.... These are decent (read "old standard") boots and I wore them on both Mt Washington and Mt Hood. These were my first double boots. I had to make regular adjustments to the lacing to moderate heel lift and avoid shin bang which was a nuisance and always seemed to be a compromise. Also the tongue and ankle hinge are not waterproof which means slush and meltwater will work their way in if you step in a puddle or stream. The water collects in the grooves at the bottom of the boot so I never had issue with water penetrating the inner boot.
I have wide/flat feet (sz 11US) and the 12.5 invernos were still pinching my arches and cramping my toebox.
I ended up selling them and buying some La Sportiva Baruntse in the 12.5+ size and after heat molding the liner they are spectactular. Fully waterproof, built in ankle gaiter to block spin drift, and less bulk. If I had to do it over I would just splurge to begin with.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 4out of5
by Ecuador Explorer
fromDurable high altitude boot I am using these boots for climbing with crampons in the Andes. The temperatures have not been below 10F so I have not put them to an extreme cold test. They have been warm, very stable with crampons, dry with regular gaiters and, for the most part, are comfortable out of the box. I have been getting unusual hot spots on my chins wearing these boots. I rented some Koflach Degree boots (also plastic) and did not have a similar problem so it appears to be the Scarpas rubbing my chins. Being plastic, they are not great for the hike to the glacier. Given the relatively mild temperatures here in Ecuador, I wish I had looked at some of the more flexible alternatives such as the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot.
Date published: 2008-11-18
Rated 4out of5
by 14er fan
fromNice boot. These boots did not do noticeable damage to my shins or toes on Rainier. You must get it sized right by someone who knows their stuff (about 2 fingers behind your heel w/o sock) or your toes will hurt. I also used expedition wool socks and I've never gotten a blister. My feet are not that tough so this is saying something. These are great for December climbs of 14ers in Colorado. I have used chemical toe warmers and it works great for the cold mornings. Even w/o the warmers my toes don't get too cold but I get cold toes very easy. Overall this boot is very good and simple. I will be buying the high altitude liners and overboots for McKinley. It is more versatile than a single boot and cheaper than buying the second pair of boots.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 4out of5
fromwarm and stable mountaineering boot This is my only winter mountaineering boot. I'm not a vertical ice guy, but i have used it for every other kind of winter hiking, climbing, and mountaineering. mainly in the white mountains. They are excellent with crampons and snowshoes, fine for walking in a little snow. like all plastic mountaineering boots, they are heavy and clunky for walking on dry ground. these are warm boots (comes with an insulated/high altitude inner liner as standard equipment now) - i have worn them to -25 fahrenheit, and my toes were fine with two pair of wool socks. they have worn well despite the proximity to steel spikes, ice axes, ski poles, and so on. make sure to try them on well in advance of any excursion so the size is correct, as they may be UK-sized rather than US. leave extra space for very cold weather. worth a test hike; some people find these boots very uncomfortable on their shins, though i haven't had that issue.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 4out of5
fromGood one First off everyone has different feet and one type of boot may be good for you and horrible for someone else. Take the time to try on several different types and try them out. [...]. Tie your boots loose unless you're doing ice climbing. Tying them as tight as possible will lead to blister city regardless of the brand. You want heel lift. I used these on a Rainer climb and not one complaint aside from being obnoxiously loud sounding like a robot going up and down the mountain, but eventually you tune it out. Besides you cares about noise when your feet feel great. Crampons go on with ease. Recommend the blue superfeet for less volume for added comfort. The blue ASOLO plastics feet trash feet and fall apart . Witnessed it 1st hand. only reason not for 5 star was because the boots aren't fully waterproof and noise.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 4out of5
fromA Great Plastic Mountaineering Boot I got mine for [$] off [@]. Only used once! I'd tend to ignore the comments from the folks that rented vs. purchased their Invernos... I wouldn't recommend anyone try Heading up Rainier with unfamiliar boots without having logged the training miles to learn how to properly tension the laces, break in the boots, and get their feet used to them... Insanity. The best boots in the world will make hamburger out of your feet under conditions like those. Mine have been to the top of all of the Northwest strato-volcanoes multiple times. When bivvying, I like being able to remove the plastic outer boot and just wear the inner boots like a comfy pair of camp booties.
Date published: 2012-04-14