Super Alpinista


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Super Alpinista
Manufacturer Vasque
Page By rachelr
Page Type May 15, 2007 / May 15, 2007
Object ID 3209
Hits 4252

Product Description

From Vasque's website: A sure bet for peak bagging in ranges that don't require the warmth of a double boot, the S.A.'s Exo-Therm™ uppers, Stealth® rubber outsole, and carbon fiber insole make it a flexible, agile performer in big mountains.


Unisex boots.
Exo-Therm™ 3-layer composite upper is lightweight, flexible, durable, and warm.
Protective rubber toe rand.
Step-in crampon compatible.
Lightweight carbon fiber insole.
EVA midsole for cushioning.
Skywalk® Fitzroy Stealth® rubber outsole technology.
Insulated Drilex lining and footbed.
Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz (size 9) [2100 g]



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AltitudeSickness - Jan 5, 2008 6:05 pm - Voted 3/5

Plastic Boot
The Alpinista was a solid choice for me to upgrade to from the Alpine Boot-GTX. Attaching the Black Diamond Sabertooth Crampons is a snap in these boots, just step in and lock down the strap and go. If you leave the top laces loose or even completely undone the boot is more comfortable if you have to hike in them for any distance. Work on your conditioning to manage the nearly five pounds per boot. I like the boot for mountaineering over 14K feet.

climbhighnow - Mar 28, 2008 10:06 am - Hasn't voted

Super Alpinista
I have been using this boot for the past 3 years, for everything from long approaches to vertical ice, rock climbing and everything in between.
I have found that they keep my feet warm until the mercury drops to about 0f. I really like the way they perform w/crampons on. I have used g 12's new matic and g 14's w/the metal toe bar (can't remember what they're called right now). Both have stayed snug on the boot, pitch after pitch.
I only have two issues with this boot. 1. the kevlar material is easily punctured. I have two small holes in different areas because i accidentally put a crampon through. (no idea when or how they happend)
2. Just like on climbing shoes, Stealth rubber wears out fast. It took me awhile to realize why i couldn't edge on steep(ish) hard packed snow as well or as securely as anybody i have ever climbed with. Now i'm pretty sure that it's a result of the very rounded edges of my soul which don't allow me to feel secure on that type of terrain. It's sort of a pain in the arse, and kind of a big deal.

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