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Hiking & Camping


GeoffSwrote a question about on October 12, 2010

Are these Boots Overkill for My Needs?

I'm in the market for a new pair of hiking boots with some light to medium winter capabilities. I'll be using these mainly three season but also anticipate using them several times per year on winter climbs involving crampons...not necessarily vertical ice, but steep neve.

My question...will I be hating life during non-winter months? Are these boots versatile enough for hiking/backpacking during the summer? Or should I get a lighter duty boot?

I've seen a number of comments from people stating that they used these boots in the desert, etc...are these comments for real?






GeoffSwrote a review of on November 10, 2009

4 5

I bought this for a winter trip in the White Mountains. I have large shoulders and narrower waist, so in order to accommodate the fit, I got the large. Unfortunately, it was too long top to bottom, and the pack was too loose up top...too much swaying around my shoulders. Fortunately, I was able to return the pack for medium torso length pack and then exchange the shoulder straps for a larger size. Presto! problem fixed.

I was able to cram all of my gear into this pack. The only gripe that I have is that the sleeping bag compartment was too small to easily fit a long sized, zero degree sleeping bag. Yes, I used a compression sack. I was able to get the bag in, but I was sweating on a 10 degree morning to do it.

All around, awesome pack, though.