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Postby sgladbach » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:48 pm

I have a boot that I really like. While I use my Koflach Artic Expe plastic boots on hard steep spring snow, I found a different boot that works well on about 95% of my winter routes. Though cheap, I have climbed a variety of routes in the Columbia Titanium Ice Dragon II. It is rated to -65 F and is much lighter than a plastic boot. It has a Vibram sole with a good cross-over tread. It can be found for $110, though $130 is more common.

I have done mid-winter (Jan/Feb/ March) ascents on Little Bear, Crestones Traverse and Kit Carson as well as moe than one hundred class 2-3 climbs in these boots. You will need a crampon that does not require a toe weld (This style is also needed for high altitude climbing where an overboot may be needed).

I'm certain a non-technical brand like Columbia is often overlooked, but these are a great boot for the price.
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Postby gurlyclimber » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:27 pm

I have a good all around boot that I use for mountaineering AND vertical ice. My feet are never cold or wet in these:

Kayland Super Ice

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