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Joshua Brock

Joshua Brock

Central PA - Rothrock, Laurel Highlands, Allegheny National Forest / Colorado - RMNP, Indian Peaks, Front Range open space

Joshua Brock's Passions

Hiking & Camping

Joshua Brock's Bio

Born and raised in PA...moved to Boulder, CO (2003-2009) to learn to rock and alpine climb, telemark back in central PA.

Joshua Brock

Joshua Brockwrote a review of on December 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Wow! I was back and forth between these and LaSportiva's version of a winter/gaitered shoe and am super happy with the Snowcross. That being said, I wasn't able to find a LaSportiva to try on, but that's typically my go to trail shoe (Akasha, C-Lite, Wraptor, Busido, etc.) but the Snowcross has been getting good reviews everywhere and I see why.

The fit is spot on. I typically wear a 9.5 and chose that size for this shoe. If anything it feels slightly more spacious width and length wise, but nothing that would throw off the sizing for me as too big. These things are insanely light, but provide more under foot protection/firmness than my Altra Lone Peaks...maybe even close to the Wraptor. My feet are so comfortably warm, dry...and light, did I mention how light they are ;-)

I'm really looking forward to using these all Winter long...for daily training and a few races in January here in PA!




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Joshua Brockwrote a question about on January 3, 2016

Looking at between this and the La Sportiva Baruntse. As much I'd hope to be on more trips that would favor a beefier/more insulated boot like the Baruntse (Rainer, Denali, etc) my guess is that won't happen. I am planning on doing Mt. Washington in February on the standard Lion's Head route. I have a set of the Trango S Evo's and Koflac Arctis Expe (about a 1/2 size too big) that I've used in CO, but need something more specific to winter mountaineering (so warmer than my Evos) and a better, snug fit than my Expe's.




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Joshua Brockwrote a question about on November 24, 2013

Thanks for the chance to ask questions on the site!
I am looking at this boot...I'm 5'9" 160lbs and have always worn a 9.5US boot. I have worn the LaSportiva Trango S Evo for a couple years for spring/summer mountaineering in CO, but now need more of a 4-season mountaineering boot for the likes of winter trips on Mt. Washington, Adirondacks, etc.
The Trango fits me quite well...a little tight in the toes at the end of a trip...I've never worn Salewa's but have been hearing great things about them. Can anyone speak to the fit comparison between this Pro Gaiter (performance fit, not the wide) vs the Trango S Evo or the Batura...another boot I'm also looking the length and toe-box width? I usually wear a medium weight merino wool sock. Should I stick with 9.5 or go to 10? I do have a local shop that has the Salewa Alpine trainer and not sure that last is close enough to the Gaiter to compare them.
Planning a trip to Huntington Ravine on Mt Washington in February and hopefully then other winter trips in the northeast and the Adirondacks, possibly Rainier. Bigger/higher altitude trips will be looking at boots more the likes of the Baltoro...thanks much!