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sourstraw

Patagonia Ice Cap boots?

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I'm doing a traverse of the Patagonian Ice Cap in December and trying to decide which boots to purchase. I currently have the La Sportiva Trango, which I use for mountaineering here in the PNW. I am considering :

 

La Sportiva Baruntse

La Sportiva Spantik

Koflach Arctis Expe

Scarpa Phantom Guide

Scarpa Phantom 6000

 

Any experience with any of these boots? As information, I am a female with a size 8 women's shoe. I usually wear a 40 in La Sportiva. I have medium-wide feet (definitely not narrow, but not really wide).

 

Thanks - any experience/opinions would be appreciated!

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If you don't get much feedback it might be the thread title, I clicked expecting boots from Patagonia called the Ice Cap and was curious to know if they were making real mountaineering boots now. I bet I'm not the only one. :D

 

There should be plenty of experience around here to answer your questions unfortunately I don't have it. Good luck!

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if conditions will b like the AK range May - Spantiks or equiv. if more like BC Coast Range - something lighter. plastics are nice for extended snow trips. no skis? Sounds like work!

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I think a lot depends on if this is a one off trip or whether you will be using the boots for more cold technical climbing in the future. My understanding is the Ice Cap traverse is more of a slog without much technical climbing. Some cheaper plastic double boots would work just fine.

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My wife has similar feet (medium wide) and is a big fan of the Baruntse boots for everything but skiing downhill. They've kept her toasty in the AK Range and while mid winter (-20) ice climbing. She wears a US 9 running shoe and went with the 40.5 Baruntse.

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