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Needs plenty break in time

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used them on few gut bust'n hikes and so far the left boot performs as advertised in walk mode but the right boot is still really stiff. I continue to work with them on the trail and in the garage to get it lose but the right boot is very stubborn. The 9 performance is a good fit me so I hope they will come around soon. I did one hike in snow and was warm and dry. I had to insert a cushy footbed because these are stiff hard boots. I hope to get them in shape for next season ice.

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they look like they would be more suited for high altitude mixed hiking...what about for mostly low altitude 5,000-10,000ish ft? overkill?

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@frederich - Use green superfeet and toggle them from walk/climb a LOT. Should loosen up the coil spring in the sole action a little. If all else fails and they're still beating up your feet, contact Salewa about it.

@Crash - They're great for just about anything you throw at them. Elevation wise, it doesn't really matter. I've climbed 6k ft mountains in the Olympics that had snow and ice in May with these boots. Just depends on where you're taking them and what the conditions are. For extended (3+ days) trips in temps below 15deg F, I would choose a double boot like the Scarpa Phantom 6k