Berghaus Kibo 2008

The Berghaus Kibo is a good, solid, general 4-season winter boot with bags of performance-orientated features. The upper is made from synthetic and leather, which saves some weight, while a Gore-Tex waterproof lining guarantees dry feet. For protection against rock there is a full rubber rand, so this looks capable of withstanding plenty of abuse on the mountains. The upper is very stiff, making it ideal for use with crampons, while the supportive ankle cuff is ideal for steeper slopes. Slip it on and it’s very comfortable, and the double tongue adds extra insulation while improving fit and comfort still further. The sole unit is fully stiffened, making it ideal for slicing steps and getting a solid platform. The lug pattern is very aggressive, making it ideal for biting into slush and snow. There’s good cushioning too. Use this for mountaineering as well as general winter walking and it should be just the job. But some others offer a slightly more natural walking action than the Berghaus Kibo and so this is better suited to long days in the snow, easier graded snow and ice climbing rather than pure winter hill-walking and Munro-bagging where a smoother walking action is often an advantage for typical UK conditions.

Upper leather, suede, Schoeller Keprotec, Lorica synthetic leather
Lining Gore-Tex Sierra
Sole Vibram Granito
Sizes 39-47
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2120g (pair, size 46)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict
A good all-round winter boot that is ideal for long days in the snow and particularly mountaineering trips.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008