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Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby madman6600 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:21 pm

I'd like some opinions on the best boots for climbing class 2 and 3 peaks, not any technical climbing, and mostly in summer. I've been looking on the internet and obviously there are lots of options out there. I don't want to spend mucho $$$ but don't want cheap low quality boots either. Anyone got any advice? Thanks.
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby Athos791 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:41 pm

Might want to try searching in the forums, as there are a lot of topics about this issue out there.

Anyway, my opinion is that Asolo Fugitive GTX are very nice boots, and have held up to anything I have thrown at them in the summer. They are fairly light, have nice tread, and good traction. One issue that I have heard from others but not experienced myself is that the sole's wear out fast. Mine have one full summer of heavy use in them so far, and they are holding up great. Hope this helps!
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby StevieTwoShoes » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:05 pm

As with all boots, fit is most important, but I can give a couple of recommendations. When I know I'm going to be doing some scrambling, I want boots that have nice, grippy soles. The best boots I've had in terms of grip are Vasque Catalysts, with Stealth rubber soles. I currently wear Montrail CTCs with gryptonite soles. They are not as grippy, but are narrower and allow for more options when looking for a decent foothold if the scrambling gets a bit more vertical.
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby madman6600 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:18 pm

Thanks guys, good stuff.
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby roozers42 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:36 pm

When I'm scrambling, I prefer to be in trail runners because of their flexibility. I love my 5.10 insights (women's) - they are more of an approach shoe that you can definitely climb low class 5 in - fantastic fit and grippy sole. Just a thought.
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby mtngoat » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:01 pm

Athos791 wrote:Might want to try searching in the forums, as there are a lot of topics about this issue out there.

Anyway, my opinion is that Asolo Fugitive GTX are very nice boots, and have held up to anything I have thrown at them in the summer. They are fairly light, have nice tread, and good traction. One issue that I have heard from others but not experienced myself is that the sole's wear out fast. Mine have one full summer of heavy use in them so far, and they are holding up great. Hope this helps!
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x2 - Good boots, nice support, fairly sticky rubber for moderate scrambling. The soles do wear out after about 3 years but you can get new soles and they are as good as new. If I am not carrying a pack or not on horribly unstable terrain (I have weak ankles) I tend to go with trail runners as well. They are lighter and generally more comfortable for shorter treks with no extra weight.
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby Bobo » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:12 pm

mtngoat wrote:x2 - Good boots, nice support, fairly sticky rubber for moderate scrambling. The soles do wear out after about 3 years but you can get new soles and they are as good as new. If I am not carrying a pack or not on horribly unstable terrain (I have weak ankles) I tend to go with trail runners as well. They are lighter and generally more comfortable for shorter treks with no extra weight.


I have a pair that I love, but as you said, soles are worn out...where do you get them re-soled?
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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby andinismo_de_co » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:18 pm

+1 for fugative gtx.. sticks to rock like glue.. and wears out just as fast too.. but i still love 'em :D

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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby Aubrey » Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:23 pm

Low-top Merrells with Vibram have done me really well over the years. They typically run $80 to $110, depending on the model and where you get them. I think I'm on my fifth pair. Very happy with them.

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Re: Best boots for summer scrambling

Postby sunny1 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:42 pm

+1 for Merrell's.
My first pair held up 16 years before the traction was gone!
Currently have Merrell Moab mid Goretex XCR = great traction, lightweight and comfortable. $95/pr.
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