Does the Baruntse boot have a similar character trait as the Nepal EVO GTX in that one can hike in the Baruntse?
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Yes... but more burly, water resistent, and warm. I'll be climbing Mt. Baker (10,700 ft) (Washington), Cotopaxi (19,000 ft) (Ecuador) and Mount Blanc (15,000 ft) (French Alps)this summer and will have to give you the update afterward. I purposely bought them a half size larger (44.5).. which is identical in fit to the Nepal EVOs.. to accommodate foot swelling at altitude. I have flat wide feet size 10 to say the least (totally archless) and could water ski with them. The boot fit is very good and by varying lacing the outer or inner boot the fit is quite customizable. At sea level, it performs phenomenonally in deep snow, wading through icy streams, and front pointing. I highly recommend these boots over the Scarpa inverno or similar plastics... but this is not the official recommendation of several guide companies. For obvious litigious reasons, guide companies are more worried about foot hypothermia in their clients rather than performance. With the Baruntses neither performance with respect to maneuveribility or warmth is compromised.
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