The Berghaus Kibo has been available for a couple of years, but unlike some other 4-season boots its cost has not increased significantly this year due to global economics, and so now the price is very appealing. It is packed with good features too. The upper is made from synthetic material and leather, while a Gore-Tex waterproof lining keeps feet dry. A full rubber rand encloses the boot so that it can withstand many years of abuse. The upper is very stiff and there is a good supportive ankle cuff, and this combination makes the boot ideal for use with crampons and for tackling 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 for biting into slush and mud. There is a double tongue inside, plus plenty of well-padded insulation, which makes this a very comfortable boot to wear. But a more natural walking action can be achieved with some other boots. Others are better for pure climbing and mountaineering too, rather than walking, as the Berghaus Kibo does not have the best ‘feel’ for the ground beneath it. There are lighter options of course without all that insulation, which may be better choices for milder winter conditions.
Upper leather, suede, Schoeller Keprotec, Lorica synthetic leather; lining Gore-Tex Sierra
Sole Vibram Granito
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2120g (pair, size 46)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Use the Berghaus Kibo boot for general winter walking and easier mountaineering, and it should be ideal. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009