I saved what I think is one of the best AT boots for one of my last boot reviews of the up coming winter and new ski season. This last flurry of boot reviews has been my attempt at a "buyer's guide" for the best of the current AT boots. I'll do at least one follow up on the Spectra, my stripped and lwt TLT 6 and a full review of the Dynafit PDG a bit later after more time on all of them. But this is my last full size AT boot review. Tracy has her own review coming mid winter on ONE boot as well. Her story of a newbie to AT boots should be interesting for anyone contemplating switching full time to tech bindings and AT boots for lift and side country skiing.
I am knee deep in gear and clothing. But not enough room to store it all. I have a hard time using let alone wearing everything out. I'd rather see it go to a good home than sit idle in the gear room. If you are my size, aka a large jacket, a size mens 12US, 45 Euro or a 28 Mondo for boots, there are some screaming deals to be had if you are quick. A few tools and some technical gear as well. I'll ship it anywhere you are willing to pay for. Gloves, goggles, packs, stoves, pads, snow shoes, old tools, avi shovels and tents go up tomorrow night.
Tim Friesen climbing, photo courtesy of Dave Cheesmond, 1982.
With all the ski nonsense lately I thought I add some real climbing content.
Last and crux pitch, original route, on Deltaform's Super Coulior. Rockies (IV, 5.9 1000m) established by George Lowe and Chris Jones in 1973 .The Super Coulior in NA. 'Nuf said.
Admittedly this is a tough blog to write after the last two on the newest AT ski boots available. Easy thought because I spent the majority of the last winter's ski season and well into Spring and early summer skiing the Scarpa Maestrale RS. Lots of reviews out on the RS by the time I got mine. Many of them well worth reading.
Much more to come on my impressions of this boot. I didn't intend this to become a full blown review. But if you are looking for a easy walking and "stiff ski " boot you'll want to check this new guy out. The Spectre is stiff as 110+/- flex rating. Think Scarpa RS here for flex. All buckled up tight I'd say 110+ but a very progressive flex on the plus side. The farther you go forward the stiffer the boot. No on and off here. Which I really like. Easily the stiffest and most progressive boot I have had on, ever. High and supportive with a lovely single latch walk mode...that is simply (no chit) impressive. Quality of both the inner boot and the buckle system shines through. Although it may take a bit of time to really appreciate the buckle system. They are worth the effort to figure out. Fair warning there how ever :)
La Sportiva Spectre! One boot to rule all? May be.....just may be.
All the pictures are courtesy of and stolen from the various http://www.a2-16.com/ web site and links. My apologies for the blatant theft of the photos. I hope the bog post generates some additional sales for all involved. I think it is a very worthy concept.
Please pardon what might first seem a duplicate of the prior post. But I thought the original idea was worthy of more info/study and consideration. I first saw these unique ski poles being used by a Guide in a trip report skiing in and around the Chamonix valley.
There is nothing I like more than the newest super light technical gear. Especially the newest boots. But there is always a bit of disappointment on my part with every pair I take out of the box. Like most of us these days I own several pairs of alpine boots. Lwt Singles and warm doubles at the very least if you can afford them. And an additional "super gaiter" boot to fill out a full 4 season "do every thing" quiver.
Encapsil down high on Huascaran Sur, Cordillera Blanca
Photo courtesy of Jd Merritt and Carl Dean
Patagonia sez: "The finest down parka ever made. The Encapsil™ Down Belay Parka is 100%
independently baffled and differentially cut, and insulated with Patagonia’s
Encapsil™ down - a proprietary, plasma-treated, water-repellent down with an
unprecedented fill-power of 1000; numbered, limited edition."
OK, up front, ya I want one. This after playing with a loaner from Patagonia for a couple of weeks. And not something I ever thought I'd want to admit to. Just can't get past the $700 buy in.
So I am not much into pants for what ever reason. I like them to stretch and fit well. I like to be able to hook them with a elastic cord under my boots and not shred the cuff even if that takes adding eyelets myself to hook them up. I want them warm. But not too warm.