Awesome cold weather and expedition boot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 44
Before I say anything else let me say I know the g2 sm is lighter, has an easier and better fit and and is possibly warmer. I haven't used the G2 SMs and this is not a comparison. The Spantik is an awesome boot and I just want to highlight why it impressed me on its own merits.
It's a warm boot. Used it at ~0F, at 3000m, ice climbing on a shaded north face. Used it winter north-face Alpine climbing proper at 4000m. Used it summer alpine climbing above 6000m in single digits. Even bivied with them on at those altitudes (don't ask why). Toes sometimes got cold but I never worried about it getting dangerous. I've had repeated cold injuries in the past and have learned a pretty keen sense of what's safe and unsafe cold in my toes but also have more cold sensitive toes than most. In these boots in those conditions I always felt safe and "nimble" while partners with other lighter boots struggled with cold feet.
The boots facilitate using approach skis. The same ridifity that works against this boot on highly technical terrain makes these boots better performing on approach skis. It's still not easy skiing, but it's a vast improvement over all other synthetic double boots. This makes it easier to reach pristine, solitary ice climbs. Probably doesn't hurt in glacier bound expeditions either like to the Ruth.
They work as substitutes for down booties. The outer boots are insulated, unique among synthetic double boots. This means you can wear them alone without the inners. The inner boots can stay in your sleeping bag to dry out while you complete short errands around basecamp or take care of business wearing just the outlers
Regardless of what other boots I may own or what other boots are out there the spantik will always have a place in my lineup.