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John Milne

John Milne

Front Range, CO

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John's Passions

Alpine Touring
Sport Climbing
Bouldering

John's Bio

I love all things outdoors, but especially hiking, climbing, surfing and skiing.

John Milne

John Milne wrote a review of on July 19, 2011

5 5

I'm a 12.5 foot but I usually to jump up to a 13 as very few companies make 12.5's. I have the regular Mountain Trainer in a size 13 but ended up going down to a size 12 in the Mid version because the Multi-fit footbed allows for an adjustable volume in the boot. I may still end up bumping up to the 13 but between the lacing and the footbed it's cool to see just how customizable they are.

I love both versions of the boot but the Mid feels like it's got a little bit more rocker to the sole and took a second to get used to coming from the low. It also has the PU shock absorber which gives a little extra cushion on your heel and makes longer hikes more comfortable.

The lacing to the toe lets you adjust the fit in the toebox to accommodate swelling feet or clamp it down when you need some extra performance, the tread and sticky rubber inspire confidence and the full rubber rand make sure that they'll last.

All around, this is an awesome boot.

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John Milne wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

The Dynafits are a mohair/nylon mix so they'll have better glide but won't have quite as much grip. Dynafit's glue is not as sticky as BD but should still sufficient for all but the coldest days, you'll want to keep them warmed up in your coat for best performance.

Phil, the rubber tips hardly ever break.

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John Milne wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

If walkability and weight are your biggest conerns, look at the TLT5. The Titan's 30 degrees isn't bad but the TLT5's get 60 degrees and they weigh half as much. I did 5 hours tooling around St Marys and James Peak a few weekends ago swapping between hiking boots and the Titans and had a blast, but with the TLT5's i could have hiked in from the car and not thought twice.

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John Milne wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

The Titan last is 102mm in the 27. It's still a relatively high volume boot, but as DM points out, the liners absolutely NEED to be heat molded to get a good fit for 95% of people. I've actually taken to swapping mine for a pair of Intuition wraps out of some Full Tilts.

It's rated by Dynafit at a 130 flex but flex ratings are only comparable within their own company. A 130 comp Lange will be a bit stiffer, but compared to most touring boots its still one of the stiffest.

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John Milne wrote an answer about on July 19, 2011

The Stoke is not a good candidate for tele bindings because it doesn't have a reinforced binding area, only the insert system for tech bindings. This saves weight but it means that sooner or later you'll inevitably rip your tele bindings out. If you do decide to try and mount them up, make sure you mount within the silver titanal plate. As has been pointed out, this will void your warranty.

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John Milne wrote a review of on November 29, 2009

5 5

I picked up a pair of last years model at a ski swap and have managed to put a week's worth of skiing into them, including 2 weekends of race camp at Copper Mt. I have ridiculous feet so full-race boots are not an option but these do just fine with no shin bang and plenty of stiffness, even at 6'4 & 220+ lbs. Definitely reccommended, especially if you have a high instep like me.

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