"Super comfortable, true to size (comparable to Asolo's 3/4 shank hiking line)"
This review is based on the use of these boots in South East Alaska's climate. (Temps ranging from 0 deg F to 40 deg F, try the 8000's for colder temps). Liners broke in after one climb (caused blisters on my arches, but none since first use). Liners are great; comfy, and super waterproof. They have a grippy sole for walking around camp or leaving the snowy, muddy shell outside a restaurant. Sole offers phenomenal edging for scrambling and low grade rock climbing. They're great for ice climbing. They work seamlessly with my Voile splitboard when combined with the automatic style mountain bindings. Sweet for skinning; wrench on both sets of laces for a solid downhill run.
These are much nicer than the Scarpa invernos because they have a velcro inner boot. Much easier to get on and off, plus no inner lace keeper to bang up your shin. I have made two Rainier summits and a Denali summit with these boots. I like them, but you will need to buy a foot bed and custom molded liner for any serious expedition use or for sustained long ice climbs.
Okay - so I took these boots out for the first time this past weekend to get them ready for a Rainier summit (hopefully) in July. The boots were fantastic. Super warm, and I only got 1 (really minor) blister after an 8 mile hike.The boot is nice and I got several compliments from other folks hiking the trail. The only bad part about the boot is that the foot pads aren't very nice. I think I'll have to get some superfeet insoles (hopefully from Moosejaw!).