But distribution problems in the U.S. and the relentless drive of Italian boot makers pretty well pushed Galibier off the stage by the early 1990s. The last time I saw any for sale at all was well before that, in fact, when the Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Canada still carried them. The fact is, Galibier just didn't keep up with modern footwear design. Any number of good boots today could easily replace my Super Guides as a high-end leather mountaineering boot, with much more comfort. Among them: Asolo's Annapurna ($280); La Sportiva's Makalu ($245); Montrail's Mazama ($265); Boreal Bulnes ($215) or Salomon's SM Expert ($250). All are great for general mountaineering with or without crampons and off-trail trekking with big loads. They're not day hikers, but then neither were my Galibiers.
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