/ B3 boot advice, please.
A pair of VGC La Sportiva Batura 2s in size 45.5??
A brilliant boot I’ll compare for you all day If I’m not too late and you haven’t got sorted already?
Def more advanced and warmer than Nepals (never mind a lot sexier too! ;-)
PM me or let me know here if you prefer.
If you can find a pair, worth having a look at Salewa’s Guide Pro. Nicely insulated and have a fab switch which flips them between B3 and B1 mode!
In the good old days, most scarpas were based on the bx last (SL and the Fitzroy) and the manta used a different last that had quite a different fit. I happily fit the bx last so dropped into most scarpa boots happily with the exception of mantas which felt too low volume for me.
With newer boots (Marmaladas, Triolet etc) I find the different lasts all fit me so I'd be happy to risk taking a punt on a pair of Scarpa online.
That said, if I was in the market for new winter boots, I'd visit a decent retailer (excuse to take trip to Snowdonia or The Lakes) and spend some time getting fitted properly. It may cost a few quid more compared to an online deal but worth the hit to save the misery of ill fitted boots.
I used to think that Nepal Extremes were narrow but I've been persuaded by "people who know" and by my own feet that they are in fact quite broad. They are a neat looking design and have a fairly narrow sole, and it's these that give the impression of overall narrowness.
When I was looking for narrow walking boots, a shop suggested I look at Scarpa, which did seem narrower than equivalent La Sportivas. Don't know whether Scarpa's mountaineering boots are the same.
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