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  • #16
    halocline Unless its going to be a bitterly cold day, I wear the Mammut XT GTX. I had originally bought these for backpacking but found them to be way too hot and stiff for summer. Its really an all leather mountaineering boot.

    For brutally cold days I go with the Adidas Holtanna II. For me these are really for the coldest of cold days though. They're too warm for me on mild to average winter days.
    My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.


    • halocline
      halocline commented
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      I was up the area for the week between Christmas and New Years and used the Lowas on some pretty cold days. They worked great with snowshoes.

    • FlyFishingandBeer
      FlyFishingandBeer commented
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      halocline Which ones?

      Edit: My bad. You said Mountain Experts.

  • #17
    Bunchberry re. non-technical winter hiking boots - I recently got a pair of Summit County's although there were some bad web reviews re. lack of dependable waterproofing and dubious temp spec. I couldn't get any feedback on either of those negatives from "Project 100" - they did however fit me poorly (never been a fan of Keen fit/foot last anyway). The heel bites when ascending enough to make it very annoying, slightly painful, and a deal-breaker. Returned them. I just got a pair of Salomon Toundras and really like them. No fit issues and very comfortable. These are basically the same in performance - the shanks have about the same stiffness - the Summit County's have a slightly more aggressive tread - but the Toundras are really sticky - and both perform the same going up and down on snowy trails with crust or powder.. For a boot used with snowshoes, snow scrambling, and trail crampon use - a good choice. I've had them out for the day in the snow storm in the Hudson Highlands and will definitely keep them. Note -both boots were purchased 1/2 size larger for extra socks. Both are on sale at REI and elsewhere.


    • #18
      The Moutaineer in Saratoga? I was only aware of the one in Keene.


      • Makwa
        Makwa commented
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        Not Mountaineer. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co in Saratoga...

      • salt
        salt commented
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        Ahhhhhh right on. The OP did write "Mountaineer" twice. No biggie obviously. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my backyard. I actually have Mountaineer business and would love to not drive two hours. But alas no. A Mountaineer in Saratoga just wouldn't make no sense anyway, haha. Thanks for the clarification. I'll have to check out this Mountainman Outdoor Supply sometime.