/ First winter boot
Any advice appreciated.
walking in B3 is not (as) comfy, something like a scarpa manta is ideal
as its a great winter boot (if it fits)
If you are just starting out you'll get years of use from a b2.
Yes the Manta's are great boots, I had some for years, but try lots on to see which fit. It's always good to go to a decent outdoor shop and get your feet properly measured and have the boots fitted.
You can usually pick up some decent boots just after Xmas if you know what boot fits you - try on many and keep an eye out on here and a well known auction site. Happy hunting
P.S Also looking at doing Mont Blanc next year so that was another reason for buying B3s. But like everyone said its what you are going to do that the main reason.
Hope this helps
Try every pair of boots on that you can, with an open mind, and get what fits regardless of cost or whether they're B2/3. I came out of a shop with B3 Asolos for about 180 notes and spent 2 weeks solid in them (no other footwear) without a blister or a complaint. I 'really' wanted La Sportivas but listened to my feet, with no regrets so far.
I've done easy ridges and gullies up to Grade II in bendy B0 boots with G10s, just getting out there is the most important thing.
yes they are suitable, Ive climbed a step ice in scarpa SLs and bendy cramps (b1/c1), it aint great but possible. If you get bitten by the bug then steep ice (and foreren ice rjukan , cogne etc) would be a good reason to go b3.
also depends on your feet, a manta in small size (eg 5 or 6) is stiffer than a size 12)
try loads on a - i piked a manta as an exemplar not as the only option, all the big names do good boots that would suit.
I think the sweet spot is somewhere between B2 and B3 - i.e. either a lightweight B3 or a heavy weight B2. You can do almost anything in a boot like that - from UK scrambling to easier ice climbs and mountaineering.
I have a pair of Scarpa Triolet GTX which fit the bill; you see loads of them in the Alps. Not sure they still make them - Zamberlan Expert Pro GTX looks simlarly specced though maybe slightly beefier.
I also have some La Sportiva Nepal Pros for ice or very cold environments. Also some Trango S Evos at the other end of the spectrum.
Some La Sportivas (Nepals/Trangos) fit me very well and are as comfy as less stiff boots (Mantas) I had previously. Equally I have had some very uncomfortable B3s!
If you are like most of us then you will start on easier winter ground and soon progress on to steeper stuff where you may find the disadvantages of not having a stiff enough boot become more important. However if you only intend to stick to easy stuff then B1 or B2 boots will be fine.
Fit and comfort is more important than anything else.
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+1 go straight for a comfy B3 boot. Modern B3 boots seems to be getting more flexible for comfortable walking whilst still retaining enough stiffness in the right areas for snow travel and C3 crampons. Scarpa boots are great in this regard. I have freneys which are pretty flexible and comfortable for walking in despite being B3. I figured that scarpa may make the next generation stiffer but if anything the jorasses is more flexible than the freney.
I have a friend who started on Mantas and has not really ever been able to justify splashing out on the crampons he really wants as it also means upgrading his boots, a purchase he now regrets.
I love the fit of these!
Hi. An unashamed sales pitch - if you happen to want a size 43 I have a pair of Scarpa Freney XT GTX to sell. They're almost as new, having been used for only one week icefall climbing in Italy and one winter route in the Lakes.
Reputed to be the perfect "all day - all mountain" boot designed for guides to wear all day every day.
The ideal B two and a half compromise. That's why I bought 'em but unfortunately I couldn't get a 42.5 so took a chance on the 43 and am now regretting it.
Let me know if they might be of interest. Cheers. Martin
I've always used B2 boots (Salomon) and the same boots for about 6 years now. OK, so I don't do technical stuff, and am looking at grade III max, but I've worn them to well over 4000m with no problems.
At the moment I'm debating whether they'll be OK for a trip to 6000m and thinking probably not, but limited by insulation rather than rigidity. They are much, much warmer than Mantas though (I tried both when buying).
sorry about the rap writing, hard to pull of in a lecture.
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