Best Lightweight Ice / Alpine Climbing Boot


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Justin Skaare · Nov 16, 2015 · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 20
I'm thinking about upgrading from my Nepal Evos. This season I'll probably get on WI4 and greater ice, harder mixed in Vail (m7+), and hopefully some alpine mixed in the park. I was thinking of a lighter more technical boot like the:

http://www.sportiva.com/products/footwear/mountain/trango-ice-cube-gtx

or

https://www.asolo.com/en/products/alpine-en/climbing-en/climbing-on-ice-eiger-gv.html

Any opinions on those boots specifically or alternatives? Am I really gaining much over the evos? Will they be warm enough for a Colorado winter?

alpinejason · Nov 16, 2015 · Minneapolis · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0
ICE Cube hasn't been release yet. I'm excited to try them though. Based on the Nepal last too.

Alex Mason · Nov 16, 2015 · Denver · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 30
The ICE CUBE looks amazing no doubt cant wait to hopefully demo some at an icefest or something

Justin Skaare · Nov 16, 2015 · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 20
You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now. I'm waiting for some type of discount though. mountaingear.com/webstore/F...

alpinejason · Nov 16, 2015 · Minneapolis · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0
Justin S wrote:You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now.
Expected ship date 11/20...

Bill Kirby · Nov 16, 2015 · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 40
If you're thinking M7 the Scarpa Rebels are as close to a fruit boot as you can get. It's worth checking out.

Graham Johnson · Nov 18, 2015 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0
I'm really stoked to try the new ice cubes, but I wonder if the "nepal last" is a typo. Otherwise why would they call them Trango Ice Cubes, and put them in the Trango series on their website. I wager they'll be based on the Trango last. Anybody from La Sportiva confirm this?

If WI4 and M7 are the grades you're hoping to achieve this year, I doubt it's your Nepals holding you back. I'd stick with what you have (great boot) and climb more.

CCChanceR Ronemus · Nov 18, 2015 · Bozeman, MT · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 0
I have the Asolos and really like them. They're definitely light and climb really well. Honestly, your nepals would probably be fine for WI4 and M7 though.

CCChanceR Ronemus · Nov 18, 2015 · Bozeman, MT · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 0
The Asolos run really big btw. I'm a 9.5 street shoe and wear a size 8 Eiger.

Justin Skaare · Nov 19, 2015 · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 20
@Graham -- I may end up keeping the Nepals for alpine and moderate mixed. I've been also thinking of getting a fruit boot for hard mixed, that's the other option. WI4 / M7 aren't my aspirational goals, rather grades I've climbed already.

alpinejason · Nov 23, 2015 · Minneapolis · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0
Justin S wrote:You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now.
Expected ship 12/21 now.

that guy named seb · Nov 25, 2015 · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
I can second scarpa rebels, a boot designed by ueli steck, how much lighter can you get?

TheIceManCometh · Nov 25, 2015 · Albany, NY · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 483
+1 for the Scarpa Rebel Pro. Super lightweight and gives me much more precision than a std boot. I tried the Batura 2.0s and while warmer they have almost zero rocker so are poor for any amount of walking / hiking. The Rebels are a joy to walk in. The Baturas have more ankle spt though.

Phil Powell · Jan 1, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0
I have the ice cube. The sole is almost flat, hardly any rocker on them at all. They're very light, super stiff sole and warmer than I thought. Found the gaiter a pain when lacing up the boot though

Patagonia · Jan 17, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0
Do you have any sizing advice regarding the trango ice cube?

I wear a 42.5 in nepal evos/bushido, 43 in gandas and 39.5 in miuras :-P

Phil Powell · Jan 18, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0
I sized them the same as my other boots. My Baturas, Nepal cubes and ice cubes are all 43, as are my Helios SR's

MDimitri · Jan 18, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0
Phil, sense of warmth compared to Batura's ....?

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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