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Looking for quality Boot

Postby Scott Rogers » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:40 am

So I've gone through quite a few pairs of boots, but have never really found a pair that I have liked. My last pair were the Asolo Fugitive gtx, but they fell apart after only 150 miles or so. I have no problem hiking the 14ers during the summer in trail runners, but snow gives me cold feet.


-Must be waterproof
-Must be rigid enough to accept strap on crampons (I'm not looking for a mountaineering boot, already have a good pair, but I'm looking for something that will get me up a few couloirs in the spring if necessary)
-Must have a good sticky sole
-Must have a heritage of durability. I need something that will last through my rigorous adventures.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for your help
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Postby grock52 » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:13 am

i was about to buy asolo's but now i don't know. my last pair was vasque, and they started falling apart after less than 100 miles.
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Postby gdub » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:35 am

I have the asolo powermatic 400 gv.
I don't really know how many miles I have on them but I would guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 300.
At this point the soles have 'some' traction left but other than that, the boots are in great shape. I also couldn't be happier with how my feet were treated by them.
These are more of a backpacking boot than a hiking boot, but if you want to put crampons on your boots, I believe that is what you are going to need.
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Postby Devin » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:42 am

I've had these for the past 5 1/2 years. They have been with me on all but one of my 14er summits, as well as numerous other trips. I am just now thinking about going and buying some new ones. Best light boot I have ever had.
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Postby hurdles » Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:42 am

my wife has the womens version of the fugitive, not sure what they are called. she has gotten a couple of yrs worth of hiking and climbing out of them and she says they are very comfy. i would say she has at least a 250-300 miles on them and they are still good to go. i myself have used a northface boot but i am not sure how crampon compatible they would be, i have not used them in that fashion.
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Postby tonyw » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:20 am

How about the Danner Mountain Light II? They're not as heavy, or as stiff as you think they would be. Plenty of good online reviews to read. I think Sportsmans Warehouse stocks them if you want to try them on. I don't know why hunting stores seem to carry them, but oh well, the price is right.

Cabela's has them on sale now. They also have a house brand copy, that's made in China. I picked up a pair of those too, and they seem fine.
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Postby quiznberry » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:20 am

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Postby Chicago Transplant » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:51 am

These are what I use in snow conditions:


I use them with a clip-in type crampons (BD Cyborg), but you should be able to use a strap as well if that is what you have. They are warm, waterproof and comfortable all day. I have climbed snowy class 3 and 4 terrain in these as well. They are pretty stiff, you could use them for ice climbing and glacier travel too.

Not sure if that meets your criteria, I know you said you have a mountaineering boot, but these are great. I know other people who have these (and the women's version too) and they all love them in winter.

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