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picard120

newbie looking for warm winter boots

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I am a newbie in alpine & snow climbing sport. I am looking for a warm winter boots that can serve as mountain and alpine boots

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There are lots of boots out on the market now that are great all round single boots. My preference is for boots that have an integral gaiter, like the Scarpa Phantom series or the Sportiva Baltura.

 

What size are looking for ? I am selling a pair of Scarpa Phantom Lites.

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What kind of climbing will you be doing? "warm winter boots" might be overkill for a majority of the type of climbing around here, especially for someone starting out.

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it kinda depends on your preference. I have the La sportiva Nepal Evos and went to rainier and they kept my feet warm. You can either have leather or plastic boots. Plastic may be a bit heavier but you gotta have two socks definitely. Make sure to get a half size up from your regular walking or hiking shoes.

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Not necessarily winter boots, but I'm using Lowa Mountain Expert GTX boots, and they're pretty toasty. Haven't climbed in them yet, but I've been breaking them in on cold, snow hikes.

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Most single all-round mountaineering boots are warm enough for winter in the Cascades. I've not needed a double boot until well below 0-fahrenheit. Sportiva, Scarpa, Technica, Boreal, Vasque, Lowa, Hanwag, Raichle, Kayland, all make excellent boots -- try on as many as you can find, and buy the one that feels like you were born in it. For a newbie, I would not recommend the integral neoprene gaiter style. I've seen too many friends rip the snot out of them. Warranties are of little value when your gear fails two days from the road... A seamless leather upper like the Sportiva Nepal will outlast anything else, but will also be heavier than synthetic. Ultralight-high-performance must be balanced against long-haul durability.

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Most single all-round mountaineering boots are warm enough for winter in the Cascades. I've not needed a double boot until well below 0-fahrenheit. Sportiva, Scarpa, Technica, Boreal, Vasque, Lowa, Hanwag, Raichle, Kayland, all make excellent boots -- try on as many as you can find, and buy the one that feels like you were born in it. For a newbie, I would not recommend the integral neoprene gaiter style. I've seen too many friends rip the snot out of them. Warranties are of little value when your gear fails two days from the road... A seamless leather upper like the Sportiva Nepal will outlast anything else, but will also be heavier than synthetic. Ultralight-high-performance must be balanced against long-haul durability.

 

Thanks for this rundown! I'm planning a Rainier trip in late Aug or Early Sept. I'm assuming my Single boots will be fine for then.

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