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By Jon E.
Dec 15, 2013
When I got back from ice climbing today I noticed I had a large crack in the tow of my Koflach Degree boots. I have had them for about 6 years and have had some seasons with more use and some with less. I am wondering if this is something that even can be repaired, and if anyone knows some quick fixes that would be safe for this sort of boot. Alternatively if they're trashed, they're trashed... I am also curious if anyone else has had this happen to their plastic boots and if the timeline for this type of wear was reasonable.



Boot crack...
Boot crack...

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By Gunkiemike
Dec 28, 2013
My limited exper. with Koflach boots tells me they die by cracking/breaking. I'd suggest you start shopping.

Usually it's the upper cuff though...odd to see it at the toe like that. Keep wearing them and see if it gets worse.

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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Dec 28, 2013
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.
Epoxy

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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Dec 28, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock
I would have sworn I replied to this weeks ago...

Boots are toast, bro. Once your shell cracks, it's all over for a climbing boot.

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By Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Dec 28, 2013
Stairway To Heaven - all the way to the Pearly Gates <br />(i.e. 10 pitches to the tram station)
Probably kicked the ice just right which caused the impact. Probably nice cold ice as well. As said, the boots are toast. If the liners are any good you might be able to get a set of shells from Koflach.

BTW the newer modern boots will do the same but instead of cracking the toe collapses.

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By Jon E.
Jan 3, 2014
Well I went to a local ski shop and talked to them about repair options to limp them along while I am shopping for new or used boots. We did a high strength (not epoxy) adhesive repair which seemed to work well until my poor excuse for a toe bumper fell off, then the crack slowly opened back up. I am in the process of redoing the adhesive for the crack then I am going to try something different for the toe and see how what happens.

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By Jon E.
Jan 11, 2014
Yeah so that didn't work... Looks like I need to get new ones a bit sooner than I was hoping.

On a separate note does anyone know if there is a known difference between the orange and the red koflach degre boots? I just tried on a pair of the red ones and they felt a bit narrower than my orange ones. Comparison of the soles supports this as well.

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