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AJscrambles

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AJscrambles says:

New boots

Hello

I am looking to get some new walking boots, and was hoping some of you might have some good recommendations for me! I am currently walking in a pair of Scarpa's Ranger GTX boots, which I must say are absolutely brilliant. Very comfortable and supportive ...in fact I spent a over a week walking in them whilst climbing various peaks in the Dolomites (Italy) over the summer without any problems. I am also one of those people that do not feel it is strictly necessary to have the top of the range equipment ...people used to climb up everest in suits (with a tie!!!). In fact I "climbed" Blencathra in the snow wearing a pair of trainers earlier this year. I did get some funny looks from the people I passed who were roped up together, wearing crampons and wielding ice-axes.

...having said all that, I am now at the point where I am trying to push myself a little more into the slightly more challenging winter walking and scrambling (starting with the UK and then hoping to move over to Europe). As a result I am looking for a new pair of boots

  • I did try a pair of Mammot Mt Envys on which felt brilliant except that they were a little narrow for my feet. I am blessed/cursed with fairly wide feet so need some width
  • I would ideally like something that is a bit stiffer, so ideally a B1
  • They HAVE to have a rubber rand on the boot (the only thing missing from my Ranger)
  • The weight of the boot is not an issue, nor is the material (I have always used leather boots but am open to change!)
  • I have also tried the Meind Vakuum GTX, which fitted my feet perfectly, but they are only rated as a B0, I think this might limit my use?

Any comments/recommendations that you have for some boots that might suit me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

AJ

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cruachan66

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cruachan66 says:

Re: New boots

 la sportiva trango s evo gtx..best boots i have owned.

cruachan66

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cruachan66 says:

Re: New boots

 http://www.theoutdoorshop.com/showPart.asp?part=PN34640

 

AJscrambles

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AJscrambles says:

RE: New boots

Thanks for your suggestion, I tried the trangos on but they did not quite fit my feet unfortunately! I have ended up going with a pair of Scarpa Cristallos, which fitted pretty well. I just spent two days playing amongst the snow and rocks on the ridges of Snowdon and they felt pretty good. I did notice that by the end of the day the underside of my toes and balls of my feet were feeling pretty raw (no blisters, just bruised bones). Is this just the change in boots? What socks can anyone recommend?

Many thanks

mikebennett

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mikebennett says:

RE: New boots

Hi

 

I had Scarpa boots, they lasted about 14 months of average use, like you i thought they were very good, i moved on to Altberg leather boots now and really like them, they have the advantage of doing wider fittings and if you go to the right shops the fitting service is brilliant with boots being stretched and shaped for the perfect fit.

Denzil

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Denzil says:

RE: New boots

The best pair of boots is the one that fits your feet the best. Don't pay too much attention to particular brands - any of the top names will be fine for quality. In general the more you pay the longer the boots will last. Go to an outdoor shop or three with a good selection of boots and trained staff who will try to find you the right boots, not just whichever brand is on offer or is flavour of the month.

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