This 4-season boot is well-padded throughout the inside and a rubber rand around the whole boot adds protection on the outside that is ideal for mountaineering. I also like the higher ankle cuff that adds a touch more support for steeper terrain. The outsole is exceptionally aggressive which again is ideal for mountaineering and extensive winter use. On the foot it feels superb, being well-cushioned and having a good rolling action on every step for such a stiff boot. The boot feels great when climbing though and has the edge over the Scarpa in this area. But in general the Raichle is a little more of a mountaineering boot than a walking boot, thanks to the rubber rand, high ankle cuff and slightly more pointed profile. The slightly narrow toe isn’t quite as comfy as the wider boots and the walking action is not quite as smooth as some less technical designs. The main drawback for walkers is that the boot is noticeably heavier than some here.
Upper: 3mm reversed full-grain leather
Lining: Gore-Tex Duratherm
Sole: Vibram Icetrek, PU shock absorber
Sizes: 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Trail Fit Profile: forefoot-medium; heel-medium; volume-medium; length-normal
Crampon compatibility: B2
Weight: 2500g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: 139
Verdict: A great choice if you are heading for a big snowy mountain and want a boot for the walk in as well as scrambling, mountaineering and climbing.