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Randy H.

Randy H.

Randy H.wrote a review of on January 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 44.5

I decided to get some insulated boots for the higher elevation winter hikes in the White Mountains of NH, something for those sub-zero days that I've been avoiding. My first attempt was the baruntse boot. But those did not fit me well and were too heavy. I returned those and tried the Batura's. At first I thought they'd be too small as they were a little tight with heavy socks. But after a couple of hikes, they've broken in a bit. They're comfortable to hike in and also worked well for a day of ice climbing.

The gaitor's have a pull string to snug the tops. One of mine was pulled through on arrival, but not an issue that I'd return them over. The Gaitors, don't stand-up to crampons, so I already have one small cut in them. So I'll be wearing gaitors over them when I climb in them. The laces do tend to loosen up and the zipper on the gaitor tends to slide down an inch or two after a few hours of use. My last comment is that I'll also be trying some custom insoles to address some end-of-the day pain. I use them in my other boots, but haven't tried putting a pair in these. I'm a little concerned about them taking up more space in the boot. I expect to work out these little issues as I use them this season.

I really appreciate that they don't feel heavy and they have a reasonably comfortable stride for hiking while being stiff enough for ice climbing.

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Randy H.

Randy H.wrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's been a very icy winter in New England and micro spikes won't cut it and my other crampons don't fit my hiking boot. Decided to go with these over something like the Hillsound crampons. Other than needing to trim the strap down, these are a great pair of crampons for hiking steep trails with heavy, hard ice flows.

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Randy H.

Randy H.wrote a review of on March 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I was looking for a lightweight hooded layer and this is perfect. I've used it on some late winter hikes in Vermont and New Hampshire and it's great to pop the hood on/off to regulate temperature. I wasn't sure how the integrated balaclava would work, but you don't notice it when you're not using it and it works well. I saw that others thought it was "large" and it seems to be made for the over 50 crowd who's packing on few extra pounds. As a "slightly" overweight hiker, I agree that it could be cut trimer.

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