Traditionally not updated that often, a couple new climbing boots for Fall 2015 revealed themselves at Outdoor Retailer. La Sportiva adds breadth to its winter collection, while Mammut continues to improve upon its Eiger Extreme boot collection, this time built in close cooperation with Mammut Pro team member David Lama.
Joining popular climbing boot classics such as the Batura 2.0 GTX and Olympic Mons EVO, La Sportiva now adds a high-altitude mountaineering boot, the G2 SM, and a new technical ice-climbing boot, the Trango Ice Cube GTX. With both these boots, weight and warmth is the name of the game.
A double boot style with integrated zipper gaiter, dual Boa closure systems on the outer boot for a secure fit, and a three-millimeter Honeycomb Tech insulating carbon midsole, the G2 SM ($790) is your big mountain powerhouse. You can think of the G2 SM as a bit burlier version of the Batura 2.0 GTX–similar to what the Scarpa Phantom 6000 would be to the Phantom Guide.
Designed to perform on steep, technical mixed and ice routes, the Trango Ice Cube GTX ($550) uses La Sportiva’s proprietary QB3 fabric to create a seamless, waterproof upper with an integrated gaiter. The dual composite, completely rigid midsole creates a solid platform for vertical climbing performance.
For Fall 2015, Mammut created the new Nordwand 2.1 High GTX ($700) expedition boot. This climbing boot is based on previous Mammut technical climbing boots, but differs from its predecessors in a few key areas.
This time around, Mammut added a separate removable inner liner to the outer waterproof gaiter boot, creating a new double boot style. The company also added Thinsulate Ultra insulation–in combination with the light and double insulated carbon insole, these boots will keep your feet warm down to minus 35°C.
The Base Fit 2.0 technology features a doubled heel strap, which works to keep your heel in place and helps prevent painful blistering. The Boa lacing system and PowerStrap further contribute to a secure fit.
The new Mammut climbing boot features a lightweight Vibram Teton sole for superior grip and durability, while a special Climbing Zone at the toe allows you to do some basic friction climbing in an alpine environment.
Time to get your climb on.