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IDN NYwrote a review of on December 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I bought these boots to fill the gap between my Scarpa Maverick's and Phantom 6000's for cold, single day adventures on ice and mountaineering.

Fit: I love the Scarpa fit. Nice roomy toe box. Slightly wider than La Sportiva. Really easy to lock the heel in place with the lacing system. RIBS tongue is super comfortable and a welcomed addition. Size 46 fit as expected. Ankle flex should be really nice for climbing. Very comfortable to hike in.

Build: Seems very sturdy and durable. The "gaiter" is my only initial complaint. It doesn't "seal" off access to the gusseted tongue from below as well as I had hoped. Meaning stuff can come up from below and get stuck in there, possibly getting past the tongue and into the boot. I almost always wear a gaiter anyway, so not a huge deal, just a heads up. I would have given this boot 5 stars if the tongue and gaiter were better integrated. The gaiter clearly adds warmth. Sole is nice and stiff.

Warmth: appears to be better insulted that I expected given what appeared to be lower volume from the original Mont Blanc. As soon as I can throw a Sub-Freezing day at these, I will (and update). Boot is toasty, yet comfy at room temperature which generally indicates a suitable breathable and insulted design.