/ B3 boots for small feet...

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CacCarnBeag - on 06 Nov 2012
looking for some advice. I've been climbing in mantas for a few seasons now, but am starting to suffer from cold/sore feet. Looking into getting some warmer B3 boots, however (short of buying womans boots), there are almost no shops (online or highstreet) that stock B3s in size 6 to 6.5!

Has anybody else had this problem, and know the cheapest/most faff free way of going about getting small B3s.


Cameron94 on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Fin_C: call the shops in advance and ask if they can get them in if not try the distributer directly.
gear boy on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Fin_C: is buying womens boots a problem? are they significantly worse fitting? I have had womens boots in the past, if they fit, they fit,

very few will do 6/61/2 mens, same as size 13+ mens, rule of averages, not enough of you out there to warrant stocking,

maybe a few specialist stores will stock, try peglers, outside, needlesports, joe browns, climbers shop etc...
isi_o - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Fin_C:
I'm a similar size and had the same problem... Most shops who stock boots of a brand will order in if you ask them, however you obviously don't get to try them first and you will usually have to pay postage unless they are ordering stock anyway. I used Mantas before and just took the plunge and ordered some Phantom Guides in the same size - the fit was fine for me. If you're anywhere near the Ice Factor we have Scarpa Mont Blancs as our ice wall stock, so could let you try a 5.5 or 6.5 no probs if that helps any - we don't have the in between sizes tho...
I also found La Sportiva boots in Nevisport in Fort William when I was trying to find B3s - no idea where you are tho so don't know if that helps at all!
Lamb - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Fin_C: Cotswold now do an extended range whereby you can order, in your case, small sizes direct through suppliers through the Cotswold website. You can then have the boot delivered to your local store, try it on there, if it fits ideal, if not, no worries, you don't have to pay for anything.

Here is a link to the Scarpa Phantom Guides on the website:

At the moment it is not every supplier that they are doing an extended range with, but they have an extended range with Scarpa.
Lamb - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Lamb: Apologies, just realised that you can't have them sent to the store for some reason, but you can either buy them off the website, try them on, and if they don't fit return them. Alternatively, just call your local store and they will get them sent in for you to try on.
evanofthefell - on 04 Dec 2012
In reply to CacCarnBeag: I have a pair of La Sportiva Nepal Extremes. Size 40.5. Worn twice. I advertised on here, but got no replies. PM me if youre interested.

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