Anyway, the good news is that the Mountain Trekker has been replaced by a boot called the Mountain Peak, which is basically an updated version of the Trekker with similar featuresincluding a leather liner. No Gore-Tex bootie, either (although that's available in a different model). Price is about the same, too, maybe a little more.
The bad news is that Raichle has been going through some U.S. distribution changes and currently very few models of their boots are available in these parts. That situation may resolve itselfa Vermont store called Climb High (www.climbhigh.com) is the new distributor for Raichle and will be importing a full line very soon. Until then, the only alternative is to find a European dealer with a Web site that can sell you a pair, which might well be possibledo an Internet search for "Mt. Peak, Raichle" (not "Mountain Peak," though). Climb High should receive a big shipment around late July.
Several alternative boots with attributes similar to the Raichle include: Scarpa's SL M3 ($220; www.scarpa-us.com); Montrail's Moraine ($235; www.montrail.com); or Tecnica's Ascend Bio-Flex ($215; www.tecnicausa.com). Depending on how they fit, any of these might work very well for you. Otherwise, hang on for the July shipment of those Mountain Peaks!
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.