by Diver » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:37 pm
by Diver » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:19 pm
Mihai Tanase wrote:http://www.lasportiva.com/catalogue/catalogo.php?cat=6&Language=EN#
http://www.millet.fr/catalogue_ete/ever ... ath=1_5_23
by Damien Gildea » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:54 am
by OJ Loenneker » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:37 am
by Diver » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:26 pm
by Diver » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:27 pm
OJ Loenneker wrote:I thought that they stopped making Koflach mountaineering boots. At least they are not available in the USA, except for NOS stuff...
by woodsxc » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:49 pm
by Yeti » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:56 pm
by John Duffield » Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:41 pm
by bdynkin » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:47 pm
by radson » Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:21 am
Damien Gildea wrote:Any company recommendation is just meant as a general guide, not too specific. Considering how much feet vary between people, it is impossible - and foolish - to recommend one type of boot for everybody.
Koflach are good boots but are now considered quite stiff, and old technology. They may also not fit your feet, so you need to try them on, ideally. Bad boots kill trips.
The difference between April & May is not enough to make that a factor in buying boots. More of a factor is whether or not you will use them for anything else other than this trip. Some very warm boots, like LaSportiva Olympus Mons are great for up high but too warm and soft-soled for down low. Whereas their Spantik model is not as warm but better for lower climbs, and more technical climbs. For example, if you felt you needed to train for the North Col trip by climbing Mt Rainier, Shasta or Mont Blanc, you would not want to do this in Olympus Mons! (though I'm sure some people have done this
Other than LaSportiva, good boots for over 6000m are made by Scarpa, Millet, Lowa and Raichle. You should make a choice based on what fits you, what is warm enough and what is available to you at a reasonable price wherever you live. Don't $kimp. Boots are expensive but the treatment and therapy to learn to walk without toes is much more. If you decide that you don't want to continue climbing afterwards, it's very easy to sell your gear in Kathmandu - lots of gear shops there with near-new boots for sale.
The trip you are planning has a lot of infrastructure and is relatively safe, so you can get down quickly if something goes wrong. You really only have one day of climbing on snow and ice, if you don't go above the Col, so you're not on cold surfaces for very long, so super-warm boots are not nearly as critical as if you were climbing higher on the route. If you camp overnight at the Col then you'll want to keep your boot liners warm in your sleeping bag for the descent the next day - or do you not camp and just go down straight away?
by Diver » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:44 am
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