Hi guys, after some advice and experiences.
I am after a boot for the upper end of mountaineering. For most of the time it's going to get used for moving on rugged terrain and scrambling. However (if possible) i'd like it to be able to do the job on an upcoming trip to the Alps. I'm not worried about the top end of ice climbing, but a little winter mountaineering, with the definite ability to take crampons on steep ground, would be a must. Again moving on steep ground mixed with climbign and alpine style work would be my ideal area. definitely the ability to climb in them.
Unless i've got it horribly wrong, i've been looking at the La Sportiva Tango S Evo and Scarpa Charmoz as two leaders in the area. Can anyone give em a heads up or opinion on which one (if either) is the leader or where each one is better suited; i am aware the Charmoz is a B2, however i've seena lot of Mls and MRT guys using the Trangos and only heard good things.
You help and advise would be much appreciated.
Ed's point re. fit is fundamental. If your boots fit well, even if they're slightly less 'technical', you'll climb well. Ill-fitting boots can make your trip a miserable experience.
A well-meaning suggestion: pay particular attention to fit round the heel and minimal heel-lift when you walk; especially with stiffer boots. Also, hold onto something solid and stand on tip-toe, to simulate a steep descent ( to check your toes don't hit the end of the boot). The ramps in shops aren't steep enough for this.
Oh, and try boots on after you've been for a walk, when your feet have expanded.
Hope you enjoy the Alps.
Another post to reinforce the importance of fit and trying in person, because it's very hard to over-state...
I really like Scarpas 'cause they fit me well. I have a friend who likes La Sportivas for a similar reason. We have remarkably dissimilar feet.
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