The Berghaus Kibo is a great-value boot that is holding its price well again this year. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials that protects a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. A rubber rand extends around the whole boot to ensure durability. The upper is very stiff so you can crank down crampon straps as well as protect the foot from stray boulders and while scrambling through frozen boulder fields. There is a good supportive ankle cuff too, which again is ideal for mountaineering on more difficult terrain and steeper slopes. The sole is fully stiffened, making it ideal for kicking steps and getting a solid platform on the snow. There is also a very aggressive lug pattern that is ideal for keeping a grip and not clinging onto grime when the foot is raised. A double tongue inside the boot plus plenty of padded insulation makes this a very comfortable boot to wear. But some boots do provide a more natural ‘rocker’ action when walking. Others are perhaps better for climbing and mountaineering as they have a better feel for the rock beneath your feet than the Kibo. There are lighter options too, while the added insulation may be more than you need for British conditions.
Upper leather, suede, Schoeller Keprotec, Lorica synthetic leather; Gore-Tex Sierra waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Granito
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2120g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Berghaus Kibo is a great boot for general winter walking and mountaineering and it offers great value thanks to the relatively low price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010