Ribelle Tech OD Mountaineering Boot
- Hybrid mountaineering boot built for light-and-fast alpinism
- Scarpa's Sock-Fit Plus with waterproof, breathable OutDry
- Primaloft insulation ensures warmth even when wet
- Vibram Mulaz S/Mont sole with semi-automatic crampon compatibility
- Item #SCR006O
- Q & A
I want to like them...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Size Bought: 44.5
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 175lbs
Picked these up midsummer (not misommar thank god ;) because they were on sale and I like the design and concept. It's been way too hot to actually wear them so I can't honestly give a complete review but can offer a few initial impressions. They are definitely not subtle I dig the looks but they can be a bit loud if that matters construction seems great, as I'd expect e scarpa, they are definitely stiffer than my kailash gtx which was also expected, swapped out the usual crappy oem insoles for something better and they came to life so that makes me hopeful they'll be able to hike and climb in as advertised.
I will say they do seem like 3 season boots but by that at least from NY standards, I mean fall-winter-spring, not summer as they are somewhat insulated and just too hot for +85 F temps, the built in gaiter sock retains heat as its a tight fit at the top so I think not for hot weather and I got a half size up as usually so to accommodate thicker walking socks and the internal felt already roomy so a summer weight sock would leave my feet sliding around a bit too much.
A HUGE peeve I have is the stupid lace tensioner on these it's WAY TOO SMALL AND FRAGILE to be of use my less durable, it's a joke tbh, popped apart just loosening these to get them on, doesn't fully tighten and cannot be used w gloves in cold weather its also such a thin delicate piece of plastic I just don't see it lasting even a month of real usage. Wrote to scarpa about it, and honestly seriously considered returning these just because of it ... bit decided to risk it, probably will just tighten laces as best I can wout it but I do fear I may regret decision to keep them because of this really grossly misdesigned aspect of an otherwise really interesting and promising boot. Time will tell...I guess. I told scarpa if they do redesign this part to make a retroactive piece early owners like me can get and install on boots w this as a replacement I hop they listened...
Will try to wrote better review once I've actually put some steps in these after an Adirondack trip planned this fall.
A great compromise in weight and ability
- Size Bought: 43.5
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 145lbs
For me, these boots split the difference between heavier mountaineering boots (scarpa mont blanc, salewa condors and ravens, trango cube, etc..., and something that's just a little too light, like the Salomon options.
I got them for PNW summers (some spring and fall as well). I've found that most mountaineering boots are hugely overkiller for glacier walks, slogs, and usual routes that are availible in the Washington (and Oregon) Cascades.
Personally I don't need a beefy boot to crampon, walk, kick steps, french, or even do a little bit of vertical, and these keep my legs and feet happy and help me cover more miles. Speaking of miles, I do sometimes wear them on trail, but they aren't the best with their stiff soles. However they are WAY better than bigger boots.
Speaking of the soles, they are indeed softer than your standard mountaineering boot, knife hard snow and front pointing... you can feel the flex in your feet. Also, since these boots lack a tall cuff, you need to engage your calves a lot more to stay on your toes. This is the compromise you make though, as they are SO light and comfortable. It's all about your use case.
They smear pretty good, plenty of grip, ankle articulation helps with 3rd 4th and 5th class rock. They edge like CHAMPS.
Waterproofness. Pretty dang good! My Salewa Condors are super bomber and these aren't far behind... They also dry out very fast. Oh, and the built in gaiter is AMAZING. NO MORE DORKY GAITERS ON MY FEET OR IN MY PACK. My feet stayed VERY dry on a 5 day high traverse through the Cascades over glaciers, snowfields, in early July. ALL of my partners had wet feet because they didn't bring gaiters (I wouldn't have either).
Ragged Ridge, Bonanza, Ptarmigan Traverse, these boots are perfect. I'd gladly do a number of routes on Forbidden with them, and I'd consider the N. Ridge of Baker (they take crampons, I use snow leopards, well). Standard Volcano routes in good weather, easy...
All and all... A costly piece of really nice gear that makes predicable sacrifices for some amazing returns in lightness, comfort, articulation, feel, and dryness (ankle gaiter).
I have a "Scarpa" Or "Salewa" foot in the standard boots, easy fit on these.
Any chance of getting some smaller sizes? Like 39.5 to 40.5 do they fit true to size?
Scsrpa Ribelle tech OD.......ya think thos would make a good boot for the Trolltunga trils....late winter ?
Do these run true to size? I usually wear a US 12.5 (EU 46.5-47) and I'm concerned that these only go up to 46. Any chance they run a bit large?