Of course I think La Sportiva has some amazing designers. The newest version and the "Super Gater" clearly show cases that. We were adding Velcro and zippers on our Super Gaters back in the mid '70s. And most importantly none of us ever had a failure. Labor intensive so it adds to the price but a "good step" in the right direction I think.
More to come with a side by side comparison of the current Batura Evo and this ne 2.0 version that will be available in the Spring of 2012. But first impression? I had admittedly scoffed at the title "Batura 2.0." Adding Goretex to a old boot design doesn't make it a "new" boot. But it seems this is a total rebuild not just a glossy new paint job. It may look like a Batura but my impression is we have a new player here not just a few fancy cosmetic improvements. The under 900g weight per boot should be a head turner for those that keep count! And it would seem an even more rigid midsole than the previous boots. Hopefully I'll have some details from both Gore and La Sportiva to fill in the cracks I miss on the newest boot.
I've been duped by early prodction prototypes before. Hopefully this boot will prove that theory wrong.
Till then enjoy the pictures and think..... ICE :)
Batura II, Batura Evo, Phantom Ultra