Bomber 'old school' mountain boot

Reviewed by Arr-gee from New York on Thursday, September 27, 2007
The New Guide is a throwback. I remember big boots like this back in the 1970s. Remember Fabiano? These are similar. HEAVY! Maybe too heavy.

This is a Norwegian-welted 'light mountaineering' boot, meant for climbing and hiking rugged terrain, not for day hikes, light backpacking or rolling terrain. Good for rugged rocks, heavy backpacking and will work pretty well even for ice and snow. They look and feel like they should last forever.

The good points are that these are stiff, supportive (steel half-shank), well-made and aren't too much of a chore to break in. They have ultra-high quality Ido Perwanger chrome-tanned, waxed leather uppers, which are relatively warm and waterproof, and are as rugged as it gets. The leather is thick enough (3mm) that it repels water very well, even if you're sloshing through cold mud for many hours. The boot seems bombproof. It also fits well and looks like a classic.

The bad point is that all this ruggedness makes the boot extremely heavy - 6 lbs for the pair. I actually had to work my legs into shape for hiking in these. I got leg cramps the first time I took them out on a big hike.

I use these boots for winter hiking and northeastern US mountain climbing, often with snowshoes or strap-on crampons. I'll also use them if I know I'll be carrying a very heavy pack load.

I'd only recommend these if you're looking for an all-leather, light mountaineering boot like those from days of yore -- but only if you don't mind their heavy weight. If that's what you're looking for, then these are the real deal!
  • Best Uses: Backcountry, Cold weather, Rugged climbing
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Great Traction, Stable, Water Resistant
  • Sizing: Feels half size too small
  • Width: Feels true to width
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