CastillejaMiniata wrote:Oof. The suggestions around $600 might be JUST out of price range.
OPHIRTODD wrote:I agree with Sharperblue... Your feet are your foundation and you need to look after them. We only get 10 toes in this life, and I'm partial to each of mine. Divide the cost of your boots by 10 toes and any on the market are a bargain.
Consider what you might mean by "and beyond." I work with a lot of Denali climbers and typically recommend that they think carefully about what their personal "and beyond" might mean. If an 8000m peak or Antarctica is on their alpine radar, they should give serious consideration to one of the many triple boots on the market (Oly Mons, G1 Expedition, Phantom 8000, etc). They are generally lighter overall, and are simpler to use. I'll often shove my feet in to get out of the tent in the morning and just zip my Oly Mons shut w/o lacing them. I'll get breakfast sorted out, pack for the day, etc and then either tie them up right before hitting the trail or just run them unlaced if the day just requires hiking and not steeper terrain.
If not, then a double boot will be sufficient and will save them a bit of money. It doesn't actually save that much, once you purchase overboots for Denali- which you will need with double boots like the Baruntse, Spantik, G1 Lite, Invernos (even w/Intuitions), etc... You do want a true double boot, with a removable liner. The LS Baturas climb great, but are not suitable for Denali. They'd be OK for Aconcagua, but not my choice.
Most Denali boots will be overkill for Colorado in the winter, but might be welcome overkill on some days!
Aconcagua does not require as warm a boot, but you'd still want to be able to pull you liners to dry them, just in case you have a rough weather trip and need to wear your boots from 14K on up. Often, you can wear your trail runners to darn near 20K, but you shouldn't count on it!
I'll also second Mountain Tools as a really great boot fitting resource. The owner, Larry, is a foot/boot guru and has helped many, many climbers have happy feet. Alternatively, you'll often find good used boots online.
Great post, thanks! I will look into the TRIPLE boot concept, and wasn't even aware of it. They sound even more versatile overall.
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