/ 3-Season scrambling boots?
I took a look at offerings from the main players and found the Scarpa Cristallo and the La Sportiva Trango S Evo. However, I can't help but think these will be too warm; although not a real winter boot, they are crampon compatible and I don't imagine they will be much different to my SL's in terms of warmth. I'd imagine they climb better, and they are a bit lighter, though.
Then there are slightly more specialized boots, like the Zamberlan Monster and the Garmont Vetta. I don't think I'd find these in my home city so it would mean a trip to Aviemore or the like. They might be less suitable for general hillwalking; the Zamberlan has a particularly low cuff.
Then part of me thinks why the hell do you need £200+ boots just to do a bit of scrambling, surely any light walking boot with a rubber rand would do? So I've also thought about the Mammut Mt Centry and the Meindl Softline, which can be found a fair bit cheaper than the 'alpine' boots above.
Sorry for the ramble, I don't have much on today! Any review of the above boots or other suggestions would be appreciated.
I also use scrambling approach shoes for low level stuff where ankle support not really needed, but that's a different thing.
Personal preference with me and I am prepared to accept the limitations of SLs for the all round benefit of go anywhere I need to go, but others will be sure to disagree.
Have a look at the Salewa Rapace- i got a pair before christmas, and they may just be the comfiest 3 season boots i've ever worn.
Those look good, seem to have renamed Moutain Trainer Mid:
Can I ask where you got them from? Haven't seen Salewa in the shops yet and I'm reluctant to buy boots off the interet.
Cristallos are fantastic boots but, a goretex lining spoils them for summer and if it is wet, they do slightly slip. Trango's, again excellent boots but quite narrow.
See if you can get hold of a pair of the old Mescalitos, mine are awesome and on their third sole! Failing that, there are also the Mescalitos replacement the Pro Ascent. I think some tree surgeon type companies still sell them, they are excellent.
Didn't expect two comments about Cristallos being slippy in the wet. Still, guess they're too warm anyway so no biggie. I've heard conflicting views on here as to how narrow La Sportivas are. I had to get the BXX wide last for my SL's, so I'd try a pair on for the craic but I wouldn't expect them to fit.
Pro Ascents, never seen them before, but again raise the problem of buying online. Happy to drive to Fort William or Aviemore from the Central Belt to buy boots but I would like to try them on first. Thanks for the info though.
The Trangos are narrow. If you are used to Scarpa you'll feel a marked difference. I've found the narrower toe is great for getting into cracks and recessed holds. Nice and stiff and confidence inspiring too.
Mine are the 'Alp' version and feel like they'll be a bit too cosy for the summer but imo it'll be worth putting up with for the security they provide on the steep stuff.
Cant fault scarpa hope that helps.
Highly likely they'd be too narrow for me then, oh well. If Scarpa made a last with a BXX forefoot and a BX heel they would fit me like a glove.
Just as a guide, I fit Scarpa EU 45 absolutely perfectly with thicker socks on with the Trango's, I needed thin socks and a size 46.5!
The Salewa Mtn Mids are in Tisos
Trango S Evos are pretty light and although warm enough for summer alpine stuff, I wouldn't use them in UK winter. They are my preferred boot in general: I often wear them in preference to my other summery walking boots - possibly because they fit better and also because they're better on scrambly ground.
As has been pointed out the Salewa mountain mid trainer or mountain trainer could be good options. Tiso stocks some of their footwear if you're struggling to find it.
So they are, was in the Glasgow Tiso yesterday and they didn't have them, although I thought their selection was overly rambler-centric. I'll try the Outdoor Ex, as I do like the look of them, hope they fit!
I got mine for a steal direct from Germany from bikedirect.de for £100 including the shipping as a special offer. Having never tried Salewa on for fit, I was wary of the online buying, but it worked out perfectly for me. They have a kind of soft memory foam inside which gives a fantastic fit.
The Alpine approach is very similar, but has a slightly different sole unit- the rapace has a heel clip for crampon attachment, although i doubt they're stiff enough for a c2 crampon. I've used mine for everything except full on winter climbing and i've yet to find a fault with them. The only slight gripe is that they do slip on wed mud surfaces, but then so does everything short of a tractor.
If they are indicative of the quality of current Salewa products, I'll definitely be investing in more!
I have a pair of pro ascents also, and i wouldn't use then for anything other than dry approaches and dry scrambles. They are lethal on wet grass, but awesome in the dry. They are definitely not supportive or cushioned enough for long days in the hills i'd say.
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