Millet Radikal Rock 2009

Designed specifically for summer alpine technical mountaineering on mixed snow and rock, the Millet Radikal Rock 4-season boot boasts a radical design. The upper is made from various synthetic materials, which give it a unique style, as well as plenty of support and protection from its relatively low weight. The lacing system is equally radical as it has a BOA control knob, which winds in steel cables rather than laces. This technology has been used on a number of boots and appears to work very well indeed. The outsole is a Vibram climbing unit with a climbing zone around the toe, and crampons with a heel clip can be fitted. On the foot the boot feels very comfortable with a narrower toe for climbing and a very stiff feel. It felt quite high-volume, which is fine for fitting with thicker socks, but not ideal for those with low-volume feet. It felt great when climbing though and would be ideal for its intended use in the Alps. But below the snowline others offer a more comfortable rolling action, which would be useful for long walk-ins to the snow in the UK. The price of the Millet Radikal Rock is higher than others, as this is a boot with a specific purpose. But it may not be the best way to spend this amount of cash if you‘ll be walking up British mountains in the snow.

Upper polyurethane / nylon / phylon / composite
Sole Vibram Mulaz Light
Sizes 4-12
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2030g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores across UK no info provided

Verdict
The Millet Radikal Rock is a 4-seson boot that’s very light for its performance. Ideal for summer Alpine mountaineering, glacier travel or full winter conditions in Scotland. 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009