/ Scarpa Manta and Yeti Gaiter combo .
How warm are the Mantas , as they don't have additional insulation ?
Are they compatible with berghaus yeti gaiters for total waterproofing ?
How capable are they for real 'climbing' on snow and ice with crampons ?
Is the weight a real disadvantage compared with lighter boots like La Sportiva trango extreme evo light ?
I have manta's and used them in full Scottish hoolie. I used tab gaiters and not had any probs. with good socks they're great. I climb Scottish winter III in them no bother. Not had any problems at all
I've had no coldness issues when I've used them in Scotland in winter though.
I've used Yeti gaiters on them. Tip, glue the Yetis in place with some dabs of rubber solution (Evostick etc) around the toe area to stop them peeling off when you kick steps.
I use "old-style" Mantas in the UK in inter, in the Alps, and even for a trip to Rjukan.
They have been fine for all of those uses, and are nice warm boots, as well as being perfectly comfy for long approaches.
Jerry67 is correct about the risk if using them with fully rigid crampons, but mine take clip-in "normal" crampons very well, and can certainly cope with steep ice.
Good boots, IMO, and certainly worth picking up while they are being discounted.
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