/ Which mountain boots do you wear?
I have a small hole in my old Raichle's and have decided to bite the bullet and get a new pair. They don't have to be Raichle's, but having had them for many years I like the fit, and they're very warm, a great all-round winter boot for trekking or climbing.
Outside are currently doing the 90 Degree for £120, I just wondered if anyone has these and if they're fit for purpose? They're going cheap because they've been bought by Mammut and they're ending the current lines.
I'm leaving my current job and the guys here are in the process of a collection for me, I'm not supposed to know but a colleague told me as she wants me to have something I'll use rather than become next months landfill. So I'm probably going to suggest that they get me a voucher to put towards the boots. :-)
So, 2 questions really:
1) Do you have/use the Raichle 90 Degree and if so what are they like?
2) Would you recommend an alternative.
Many thanks, Tony
Scarpa Omegas on rockrun for 115.
"and nigh on indestructible."
apart from the toe welts which crack rather easily. Also they are rather heavy!
Mine fit my feet but they really hurt the balls of my feet on long days!
Last year I got the chance to upgrade to Mammut Mamook GTX, and my thoughts on those are in this review: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/gear/review.php?id=4385
However they are designed very much for climbing and it does of course depend slightly on what you want boots for. By way of variety there's a winter walking boot and a more general winter mountaineering boot in that review too. Any of these work well, in their relevant niche.
But of course there's no point recommending something that doesn't fit you - to state the obvious.
I have several.
Scarpa Jorasses are my faves for the Alps and Scotland.
Scarpa Cumbres if it's very cold.
Scarpa Mantas I pretty much use all year.
I like Scarpa in case you can't tell.
My current Raichle's are the full leather ones, they weigh about 2½kg!!! Which is partly why I like the look of the others.
Ex-E, Curly & Grid: I relly do like the SNE's, a couple of mates have them and swear by them - but damn, they're expensive!
Neuro & Kid: Why Scarpa's? Any given reason?
Dan: Great review - VMT
They fit my feet and are good quality, but everyone's feet are different.
Scarpa SLs - great all-rounders
Scarpa Charmoz - lightweight B2s
Scarpa Vegas - keep my feet warm, a bit heavy
Scarpa Maestrale - ski boots
Scarpa Helix - rock shoes
I did buy Scarpa Mantas a few years ago but they didn't fit me.
Another vote for Sportiva Nepal Extremes, best boots I've ever had. They've been resoled once and are still very comfortable and good for rock-climbing considering they are a high mountain boot...never get wet feet either. The bright yellow colour soon fades :-)
PS. If you don't need such a warm boot Sportiva do very similar model with less insulation which is a bit cheaper.
Really? I need to get myself some light modern B3 boots... I thought Nepal Extremes were really light, but I was comparing them to Scarpa Vegas!
I'm another Scarpa fan - again, they just all seem to fit me nicely and are very long-lasting:
Mantas for winter
Rangers for summer
Vantages for long easy routes (a fairly old pair)
Vapours for harder stuff
I used to like Berghaus, but I had a pair of walking boots from them that fell apart in a year of very light use, so have gone off them!
go for something with an integrated gaiter. they all do them these days including mammut.
good luck to those who like them, but god knows why people buy leather gaiterless winter boots any more.
How weak are first gen Baturas? In terms of how long one'll get out of them.
For winter I've had or have these;
I had Scarpa Manta's
I have Scarpa Charmoz
I have Scarpa Phantom Guides
All excellent boots for diffrent needs provided they fit.
i wear them for early season, still have a pair going fine after about 100 days of use (many multiple days on a row)
Scarpa Mantas and Scarpa Vegas
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