Narrow, difficult to customize
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I bought this boot imagining it would be a good boot for alpine mixed terrain with serious ski approaches. What I had in mind was something like mixed faces in the mont blanc range (e.g. the Ginat on Les Droites). The liner seems a bit light for that, but otherwise the boots are a cool concept and design. I hope to see more along these lines in the future, because right now there's no real cross over ski/mountaineering boot aside from the procline.
Unfortunately, some of the features work against the boot by making it difficult to customize the fit. My foot is on the slightly wide side (D/E) and several parts of this boot would have needed to be punched/stretched to make this boot work for me with the stock liner (and a thicker liner wouldn't work at all). Unfortunately, because of the design features like the rubber toe cap and the integrated gaiter, my boot fitter was uncomfortable modifying this boot, despite being one of the more experienced and reputable boot fitters in the area (front range of Colorado). I begrudgingly returned these boots, but if it can't be made to fit, that's a nonstarter.
If you're looking at this boot, just hope it fits well out of the box, and you can move fast enough to keep your feet warm while climbing with the thin liner.