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New mountaineering boots

Postby MJTreinen » Mon May 09, 2011 4:35 pm

Hey guys, I'm looking for some help on buying some mountaineering boots.

I'm a novice, and a poor one at that, and I need some help with brand, model, and price range I should be looking at. I live in Peru so I will be doing some climbing down here, and maybe some in Patagonia, before I head back to the States, if that matters.
Also, I was wondering what size I should be looking for? I wear a 10.5-11 or 44 shoe. I will obviously need something a little bigger, but how much bigger should I be looking for.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: New mountaineering boots

Postby peninsula » Mon May 09, 2011 5:45 pm

I just bought these, expensive, but very comfortable, rugged, etc...

http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/ShowBo ... y=1&Type=M

Another link regarding cost:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020M ... B0020MMLZS
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Re: New mountaineering boots

Postby robertjoy » Mon May 09, 2011 10:13 pm

LOWA Mountain Expert GTX are great boots. Moderately stiff for glacier and medium snow slopes. Good with crampons. Lightly insulated. I wear mine with one light-medium wool sock.
I got same size as my street shoes, (and I add an insole because I have a high arch).
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Re: New mountaineering boots

Postby peninsula » Tue May 10, 2011 12:32 am

robertjoy wrote:LOWA Mountain Expert GTX are great boots. Moderately stiff for glacier and medium snow slopes. Good with crampons. Lightly insulated. I wear mine with one light-medium wool sock.
I got same size as my street shoes, (and I add an insole because I have a high arch).


I agree, stiff, but with enough flex for the more level ground. I use a light-medium sock, too... Smartwool.
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Re: New mountaineering boots

Postby JHH60 » Tue May 10, 2011 5:22 pm

Without more information on what you are planning to climb (hiking? alpine rock? snow? ice? summer vs. winter? high altitude?) it's hard to give any specific advice, other than get something that fits. Andy Kirkpatrick's article has information you may find useful:

http://andy-kirkpatrick.com/articles/vi ... tain_boots
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