This is a thoroughly modern mountaineering boot, and a pleasure to wear. The stiffness hovers somewhere between B1 and B2; there’s enough flex to render walking comfortable and enough stiffness to give a good platform and allow edging on steeper, snowy slopes. To that end, the sole is designed for a semi-automatic crampon, and I’ve found the Vibram sole to provide excellent traction, even on rimed up rock. The fit is on the narrow side, but my wider forefoot still manages in these comfortably, with the advantage that my equally narrow heel doesn’t slip at all. The boot does feel quite long and therefore the toe isn’t as precise as I’d like for more delicate footwork, but it does give my toes plenty of room when descending. The insole is made of something called ‘DuraPU’, a little like memory foam and is very comfortable. The tongue has a built-in gaiter, there’s a big rubber wraparound rand and as you’d hope and expect at this price point, waterproofing has yet to be breached! Weight 750g per shoe.
► Verdict: Expensive, but exceptionally comfortable and grippy.
► Best for: Higher mountain expeditions at or above the snowline, easier mixed winter climbing.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern