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Nov 16, 2015
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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:

sportiva.com/products/footwear...

or

asolo.com/en/products/alpine-e...

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?
Justin S
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 13, 2013
69 points
Nov 16, 2015
ICE Cube hasn't been release yet. I'm excited to try them though. Based on the Nepal last too. alpinejason
From Minneapolis
Joined Apr 25, 2010
149 points
Nov 16, 2015
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The ICE CUBE looks amazing no doubt cant wait to hopefully demo some at an icefest or something Alex Mason
From Denver!
Joined Jan 22, 2013
167 points
Nov 16, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Stolen Chimney
You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now. I'm waiting for some type of discount though. mountaingear.com/webstore/Foot... Justin S
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 13, 2013
69 points
Nov 16, 2015
Justin S wrote:
You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now.


Expected ship date 11/20...
alpinejason
From Minneapolis
Joined Apr 25, 2010
149 points
Nov 16, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenste...
If you're thinking M7 the Scarpa Rebels are as close to a fruit boot as you can get. It's worth checking out. Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Joined Jul 21, 2012
444 points
Nov 18, 2015
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.
Graham Johnson
Joined Apr 27, 2006
1 points
Nov 18, 2015
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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
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Aug 20, 2012
56 points
Nov 18, 2015
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The Asolos run really big btw. I'm a 9.5 street shoe and wear a size 8 Eiger. CCChanceR
From Bozeman, MT
Joined Aug 20, 2012
56 points
Nov 19, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Stolen Chimney
@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. Justin S
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 13, 2013
69 points
Nov 23, 2015
Justin S wrote:
You can buy the ice cube on mountaingear right now.


Expected ship 12/21 now.
alpinejason
From Minneapolis
Joined Apr 25, 2010
149 points
Nov 25, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: After a very very damp and cold evening climbing o...
I can second scarpa rebels, a boot designed by ueli steck, how much lighter can you get? that guy named seb
Joined Oct 24, 2015
182 points
Nov 25, 2015
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+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. TheIceManCometh
From Albany, NY
Joined Aug 15, 2011
634 points
Jan 1, 2016
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 Phil Powell
Joined Jan 1, 2016
0 points
Jan 17, 2016
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
Patagonia
Joined Nov 1, 2015
0 points
Jan 18, 2016
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 Phil Powell
Joined Jan 1, 2016
0 points
Jan 18, 2016
Phil, sense of warmth compared to Batura's ....? MDimitri
Joined Apr 1, 2010
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