This review should have been posted long ago, however due to unforeseen circumstances, the boots weren’t worn as much as they should have been last winter.
Anyway, what an awesome pair of boots they are! They have replaced my faithful old Salomon SM Experts as my go to winter boot.
They were unbelievably comfortable straight out of the box, and have proved to be very comfortable on long walk in’s. They were not designed for this of course, being aimed at ice climbing, high level use and glacier approaches. They are stiff and stable, however they have a nice forward flex, which does make them comfortable for long walks with heavy loads.
They are beautifully made from a single piece of Hydrobloc Perwanger leather, with a double tongue system and high rubber rand, and are insulated with Gore-Tex Duratherm. They also have a Vibram sole which gives good grip on rocky ground.
The acid green colour does make them rather loud, and maybe not to everyone’s taste, indeed until recently, they wouldn’t have appealed to me!
In use, the boots proved to be supportive and rigid, providing all the stiffness required, yet were surprisingly sensitive underfoot. They were used on several ridges and a couple of Grade 1’s, and were superb.
Verdict: if you’re looking to replace some worn out winter boots, you won’t go far wrong with these. If they fit of course!