Gear Review

5 5

Worked well in Ouray with mild weather

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased these on my way to Ouray and used them without any time to break them in. I only climbed for 1.5 days but I can report no blisters and no stubbed toes! They worked great with BD Cyborg pro (step-in) crampons. I climbed vertical ice and walked in them a lot. While climbing I noticed very little heel movement and felt dexterity was good. I did notice hot spots on the backs of both heels while hiking uphill with crampons on and some bruising at the front bend of my ankle that I can comfortably attribute to the boots not being broke in at all. Again, no blisters to report! I even ran one mile back from the climb to my vehicle without crampons through snow, dirt, and road to see if any unbearable hotspots or pain developed, I was pleasantly surprised that my lungs were hurting long before my feet.
The weather was unusually warm so I can?t comment much on their insulation. I?m not really a great judge of this anyway; I tend to have warm hands and feet. I only have one gripe so far, when I cleaned them with some water a little red color rubbed off onto a towel. Not a big deal, but I won?t be happy if my feet and socks start turning red over time, no sign of this so far though.
I read a review below that stated you should purchase a larger size than you normally wear. I would not agree, but foot size is a funny thing. I wear a 9.5 in Zamberlan, Keen, Asics, and Brooks. The 9.5 Lowa GTX fit perfectly with some snugness around the metatarsals which never resulted in a bruise or discomfort. In comparison the 9.5 Mammut GTX fit very loosely, with lots of heel play when I tried them on. I wore different pairs of socks; thin Smartwool ski, thick Smartwool ski, thick wool Kirkland (Costco, which are pretty nice socks to be honest). I noticed the best results with the thicker Smartwool ski socks that have additional padding in high impact/wear areas for skiing.

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I spent a couple days in Hyalite Canyon, MT where the temperatures were low. At 0-15 degrees my feet stayed warm with a pair of medium weight Smartwool skiing socks.