I "broke" these beauties in up in the Sierras in March and I got blisters in places no doctor has ever discovered on my body...but then...then I got the liners molded pro-style and wore them 6 days straight in the North Cascades and they basically felt like worn in tennis shoes...heavy heavy hot tennis shoes. But seriously, I managed to keep the liners dry til day 4, and even after that with wet liners and wet socks my feet were comfy and toasty. Super stiff sole great for kick stepping and supporting your body + pack weight on your toes. Grivel G12s fit great. I have long narrow feet (normally wear 11.5/12) and 46.5s fit glove-style (after the molding). I would not hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for a double boot and simultaneously looking to lighten their wallet significantly...
"What a Bargain. Light. Rigid, comfoy, warm and fits my Sabertooth also from the Moose!"
I'm usually an 11W US hiking boot size. The Baruntse is a great all round boot. Very comfortable. Plenty of toe room, for me at least. After trying out the 45.0, I settled on the 45.5 EU (~12 US). That's pretty much what other boots sized up to. Most hardshells can demand larger sizes and thereby sacrafice weight. Rigid enough for my sabettooth crampons and light enough for the slow uphill grind. By the way at 45.5, the boot is just enough to fit into the BD sabertooth without having to add on an extension plate. After pransing around the backyard with the pair on, I saw no problems with seperation. looking forward to trying it out on ice.Happy and safe climbing. Cheers.
"good all around alpine boot for the money"
sizing is about 1 size up from regular shoe. I'm an 11w hiking boots, settled for a equivillant 45.5 EUR boot. Moosejaw has been very helpful during the exchange process. A necessity when you don't have an alpine store to ry out the shoes nearby.
the moldable inner boot is an awesome feature. boots are super robust and perform great for serious mountaineering trips. used them for vertical wall ice climbing and they work just fine. you wont get the precision and feel that you would from a smaller, lighter, leather boot but hey, not everyone needs peak performance. great boot
"Bottom line is these boots are extremely warm and still are good for technical routes"
This is my second pair of these boots and I love them! They are extremely warm and I've worn them up to 7,500m. They can be a little clunky but still are good for technical ice/snow routes. When I'm going over 7,000m/arctic I sometimes wear an overboot depending on just how cold it is. My only beef with these boots is that for wide feet you might need to widen them a bit at a boot fitter. I have to get the toe box stretched out a bit by a reputable fitter but besides that they are bomber! I definitely recommend them if you have a fit problem with the Spantik's like I do.
"These boots were brilliant - recently worn on my successful accent of Aconcagua (on the summit 18th"
I bought a size larger than my regular street shoes and they were a perfect fit. Although the temperatures were very cold - in particular on summit day, with just one pair of thick socks inside the liners - my feet were never cold. Fully recommend these boots...Interestingly 2 others in our group of 10 had the same boots and all three of us were happy with the Baruntse boots.
"Extremely Warm and Comfortable Mountain Boot"
I picked this boot up at a local climbing shop and I'm very happy to own it. The boot is extremely warm, comfortable, and sure beats the hell out of plastic boots. The inner boot is easy to cinch up and tighten even while wearing mittens. The boot does cost an arm and a leg and maybe a kidney but for those who venture into really cold areas and parts of the world, they will be glad they are wearing a Baruntse.
Bought this boot to climb Mount Elbrus in Russia - it exceeded my expectations - wore this boot in 80degree weather in Mineral Vody airport in order to save bag room - my feet were very comfortable - once broken in (about 1.5weeks) the boots did not feel heavy at all. Once on the mountain over rocks and then cutting tracks in deap snow and on ice with crampons, the boots performed better than my expectations - feet always comfortable, never over heating but especially, never even remotely cold, even on a +12hr summit day during a raging snowstorm. Definitely recommend these boots!
"Great boots! Comfortable, well-made, solid and warm...so far."
I’m a Noob at climbing, but have decided to try it out by heading to Rainier. I bought these as a part of a massive gear purchase for the trip.I had heard that La Sportiva boots were the best, but they tend to run narrow. This made me nervous about purchasing online, but I pulled the trigger anyway. Upon receiving them I found that they do not feel narrow at all. I wear a 10 E size shoe. The 44's fit me perfectly.I haven't climbed in them yet, but I have been wearing them and I have had no discomfort. They are comfortable and flexible enough through the ankle that I would be surprised if I get any sort of "Shin Bang" that climbers regularly complain about with other Double Boots.