- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
Bought specifically for a trip to Aconcagua. These performed very well down there. Have since used winter mountaineering in Colorado.
These boots feel very sturdy and solid. They appear bulky but have a precise fit and feel agile once on your feet. The double lacing system makes them feel snug for moving on varied terrain but not too tight to cut off circulation. The cuff is a bit shorter than many other mountaineering boots, but I thought this gave a bit of comfort for stomping around on rocks and snow. Still able to scramble and climb easier technical ice decent enough. Never had any issues with blisters or hotspots. They do have a relatively roomy toe box. Overall they're warm boots. My feet only start to get cold at about -20f in these.
Mine are also quite durable. Have had them for three years and don't have any breakdowns or problems either in the plastic outer boot or the liner. With proper care and use I expect them to last a long time.
I typically wear an 8.5 or sometimes 9 in other shoes. Initially bought the 9.5 but they felt too big so returned for 9's. 9 was the perfect fit.