I'm broke and in need of a mountaineering boot! Nothing extreme--just planning on doing three-season mountaineering with it on slopes no greater than 40-45 degrees. Think something like Avy Gulch on Shasta or the Mountaineers Route on Whitney.
Any suggestions? My budget is around 250 (which really includes things up to almost 400 that I can find on Steep and Cheap).
Genie, Just a thought... If you miss all those sales on general mountaineering boots, also consider the Bundeswehr mountain alpine boot made by Haix. It gets good reviews and you may be able to find a pair cheap.
Just a helpful tip for gear-buying in general: I save a little $ by using browser coupons like Ebates. And if you can find them, you can buy discounted gift cards to places like REI or Dick's sporting goods (e.g. a $50 gift card for $40). Every penny counts!