/ La Sportiva Batura 2 GTX

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Beano on 07 Dec 2013
Hi

Just seeking some advice on the La Sportiva Batura 2 GTX Boots, been looking at these for awhile now and has anyone used them for general mountaineering as I will be looking at doing some winter routes in the gorms at some stage but can they be used for general hiking around ok above the snow line in relative comfort ?

I normally use Salewa's Repace but now want a stronger boot more compatable for winter conditions.

Thanks in advance.
WILLS - on 07 Dec 2013
In reply to Beano:

I have the previous version. I think the mid sole, out sole and inner boot are similar. I find the comfortable to walk in above and below the snow line. I've used them in Norway at -24c ice climbing. No cold feet. They are awesome for climbing in and so light. I'll be using them for winter alpine next feb. I have low volume feet. I'd had problems getting a good fit with scarpa, spoke to the guys at needlesports. They recommended batura's. found the right size and they are great. No heal lift. Just fit like a glove. Plus needlesports have em on sale at the mo. Ask santa.
Beano on 08 Dec 2013
In reply to WILLS:

Nice Info Wills thanks mate … I have the same problem with Scarpa's but these would only primarily be used above the snow line I'll go in and try a pair on and take it from there … thanks again bud
In reply to Beano:

> but can they be used for general hiking around ok above the snow line in relative comfort ?

I'm not sure why you would pick such an expensive and specialist climbing boot if your main use was going to be hiking. They are designed for ice and mixed climbing - i.e. with a crampon on much of time. Of course you can hike in them, but if that's your main thing I would buy a more classic winter boot, probably of leather which will deal with abrasion of hiking better. The Baturas are impressively light when you pick them up but then you're relying on a layer of basically material to keep your feet dry. Ice climbing in cold, snowy places is incredibly gentle on your boots I've found. My 8(?)year old and very well used Sportiva Trangos still look good except around the toe from front pointing. Most of the wear they've had, has come from a few days usage in Scotland. I reckon 1 day in Scotland does about the same wear as a season in here Finland (perhaps 30 climbing days?).

You can still climb hard in something like a Nepal Extreme but won't worry so much about bashing them in to scree hiking up to the snow and hiking all day in them.
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Beano on 08 Dec 2013
In reply to TobyA:

Hi Toby

They would be used mostly for ice and mixed climbing but with the amount of days that we do have I'd also use them for general mountaineering in scotland as for the price I certainly want to get my moneys worth out of them.
Still overseas at the mo and still considering my options but I'd prefer a good structured boot for winter mountaineering

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