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Materials: Vibram Sole, Rubber Surround, Gore Tex Lining, Microfiber Upper
Best suited for: Mountaineering, Climbing, Ice Climbing
Best Feature: Crampon Compatible
Location: Chamonix, France
Weather: Patchy Rain
Location Reviewed: Chamonix, France
Tristan Harper puts the Salewa Vultur GTX Boots to the test in Chamonix.
Using the correct Mountaineering boots for the job is essential to ensuring you are protected on your adventures, so here's our run down on the New Salewa mountaineering boots for Spring 2017."
I was heading to Chamonix which is part of the French Alps, this week in the alps l was Climbing a mixed terrain of Alpine Ice, Water ice & Mixed climbing along with walking long distances into the Alps in order to get where we wanted to start our ascent. This gave me a great opportunity of testing out the Salewa Vultur Vertical GTX Mountaineering boots. The weather for this week was a mix of heavy snow, rain, high wind and spells of sunshine all great conditions for testing out products.
European-based Salewa has been outfitting alpine adventurers for over 75 years, and now brings its groundbreaking and innovative all-mountain footwear to our customers. Salewa offers shoes and boots for technical approach, mountaineering, trekking, and speed-hiking that provide outstanding flexibility, fit, and support. Salewa's advanced technologies and versatile, multi-sport designs enable you to traverse rocks, snow, technical trails, via ferrata, and any other terrain in security and comfort.
Before giving my verdict on the boots, we should take a look at the technical features that this boot offers. The first feature is the Climbing lacing which offers adjustment in the toe area of the boot giving you complete control of how the boot will wrap around your toes, this is something l have not experienced with regular boots before as its normally a one fit system. I really enjoyed this feature as it gave me more confidence when l was faced in areas that involved dry tooling giving me more control of the boot, being a climber l like to have as much control on the Ice/Rocks as possible this definitely helped. Take a look below at some of the features of the boots from the design team at Salewa.
My next favourite feature of the boots is the 3D lacing which gives you access of adjusting areas of the boot that accommodate your foot type, l always find it difficult to find a boot that really fits my feet completely as l have narrow feet which would often lead to boots being loose in certain parts causing rubbing then leading to blisters, the 3D lacing gives you the option of adjusting 3 places on the boot “ Forefoot, Midfoot & Cuff” I was very happy with the support throughout the boot especially not having to constantly retie as it has a locking system. The 3rd main feature, which is always a huge focus for me was the Gore-Tex Insulation technology fabric this boot has been made with. l always find that eventually it gets to a point that the Gore-Tex just breaks down and even though we buy all the accessories to fix the boot its never quite the same. I am extremely happy with how much this feature kept my foot dry allowing my feet great breathe-ability while l was really pushing myself in these conditions, when l know with normal boots my feet are constantly gasping for oxygen. Overall, I am very happy with the overall design of these boots.
I would happily recommend these boots, for me a good pair of boots are easy to wear without the trouble of wondering if they will be hard to break in, with the main focus being that they keep your feet warm, protected, giving you the freedom of moving around how you please without hesitating, I really loved these and cant wait to get on the mountains again with them.
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