Almost perfect

Verified Buyer Reviewed by A climber from Idaho from McCall, Idaho on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
I expect these boots to last awhile. They are replacing my La Sportiva Trangos, which have served me well but don't last too many seasons of central Idaho mountain scree. I usually wear a men's US size 10 shoe, or a Euro 44. These 44.5 boots fit great right from the start, and the locking lacing system is well thought out to fine tune heal hold down while keeping my high instep happy. The stock insoles are light and supportive, a big surprise. I use these on snow and rock, and they fit my BD Contact semi-auto crampons quite well. So why not 5 stars? Well, compared to the Trangos, they are heavy. About 6 ounces more per boot. That's like carrying 6 more pounds in your pack, per US Army research. Also, the white leather (nagahide, whatever) ankle section and upper tongue don't allow the easy articulation side to side or forward that my Trangos did. That's the performance compromise you are choosing for the durability of these boots. The waterproofness, stiffness, and great climbing rubber make these boots a great choice for peak baggers, summer use on NW volcanos, and they edge and smear well on mid 5th class alpine routes. Not stiff enough for front pointing on ice, not light enough to drag up alpine climbs if you need to use rock shoes on the hard pitches. They definitely have their place though.
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