Perhaps the best way to start is to describe where the Charmoz have been used: exploring the ridges and glaciers above the Chamonix valley, an ice climbing taster session in the Mer de Glace, winter wild camping in the hills of mid-Wales, and early spring hillwalking around the Northern Lakes. From a technical point of view they’ve absolutely suited all of those things. The inner cushioning and fabrics have been extremely comfortable throughout and I’ve never once doubted that the Outdry membrane would keep my feet warm and dry (phew). They are, however, quite stiff (rated B2), which means that whilst I was glad that I could take on some really quite challenging activities in them, I have found myself occasionally wanting something a bit more flexible for less intense activities. The lacing system is worth championing, as it locks the lace in position once pulled tight against the foot, meaning it won’t slip as you pull it around the upper eyelets. Very reassuring. Weight 702g per boot.
VERDICT: Well made for winter climbs and via ferrata, a little stiff for softer stuff.
BEST FOR: Technical winter activities.
Review by Ruth Aspel