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Gear Review

4 5

Great boot for playing in the outdoors

I've used these boots for ice climbing and winter mountaineering adventures for two years now. Being leather boots, they took a while to break in, but they have turned into slippers. The heel is narrow and quite snug, but I do have to resort to some lacing techniques to prevent heel lift. The boot has a great lockdown feature to allow your laces to be tigher around the ankle without cutting off circulation on your foot.

I have not tried these in temps below 0F, and I have had some problems with my feet getting cold/frostbite, but I blame that more on my insoles than the boots themselves. I've replaced the cheap felt insoles with a pair of superfeet hot pinks - and I haven't had an isssue since. Plus, you can score these on clearance for pretty low prices. As a boot for ice climbing or for general mountaineering - why pay more for something when this gets the job done?