4 out of 5 based on 1 user reviews.
|After coveting these for a few years, I finally had a slot open up in my boot selection thanks to an old pair of Raichle boots that needed retirement. Those boots, however, were seriously amazing and I must have put a couple thousand miles on them. The outsides look brand new, but the lining has been destroyed. I do plan to contact Mammut (the current owners of Raichle) and ask if there's any way they can redo the insides for me. But that's another review...|
I'm not the least bit disappointed in the swap.
These boots come with schoeller kevlar, eVent, primaloft, neoprene, and vibram soles. A plethora of hang-tags from these manufacturers adorn them like Olympic medals upon unboxing. That sets the bar rather high for my expectations.
So... are they that great...? These boots are very light considering their construction and the built in gaiter. They breathe very well. I took them out on an early-season hike where the temps were in the 20's and my feet, while hot, never got swampy, or really even damp. The gaiter has a nice fat zipper on it so you can unzip and adjust your boots with gloves on. The inside edge of the gaiter is kevlar... I had the urge to kick it with my front-points to see if it would hold up, but decided it best not to push my luck. They appear to be extremely robust.
As for comfort, there is a large heel cup, and it has taken me some fiddling with the lacing to get my foot to fit securely enough inside so that my heel doesn't move while on steeper terrain with crampons. I bought these hoping they would be secure enough that I could wear them on some ice instead of my double-boots, but I'm not convinced they lace that well yet. After a season of breaking in, perhaps they will be molded to my feet well enough that I will change my mind.
|The gaiter elastic at the top doesn't cinch very tightly. If I'm wearing just a pair of soft shell pants, there's definitely some space where powdery snow could find it's way in. It will probably never get to my foot, it should get trapped between the gaiter and boot, but this could compromise the warmth.|