The exciting thing about the Grym Keprotec boot is that is comes with a Recco reflector. If you’re not familiar with the technology, it’s a safety system used by more than 600 rescue teams globally. This reflector is permanently affixed within the boot, and can be detected by compatible search and rescue radar devices at a range of 200m through air and 30m through snow. Its main application is in skiing resorts, where any avalanches can be efficiently scanned by rescue teams to locate survivors swiftly. Although not many groups in the UK currently use the system (it’s rescue teams in Fort William, Glen Coe and Tayside) the list of Recco-compatible agencies in the alps is long and inspiring – full details can be found on recco.com. Beyond this, the boot itself is also rather excellent, with a shapely Kevlar-based upper, very high ankle support, a Vibram sole, a Gore-Tex lining and a pleasingly light 845g weight rating. It all adds up to a meaty mountain footwear choice. Dan Aspel
VERDICT: An innovative pair of mountain boots which might just save your life.
BEST FOR: International winter trekkers.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple