I'm planning a late-July attempt on Mount Rainier and have received conflicting advice on the boots to use. Will the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX boots with supergaiters be warm enough? Or should I bite the bullet and buy a pair of plastics? Andy Denver, Colorado
La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX Boot
La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX
As for the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX boots ($285; www.sportiva.com), well, they have perhaps the longest, most acronymic boot name ever conjured. Their design uses synthetic materials (Cordura and a synthetic leather called Lorica) for the uppers, with an inner Gore-Tex liner. Other features include a half-length steel shank for support and a hinged ankle for easy flex. And theyll take just about any crampon youd care to use. In short, very nice boots. Plenty for Mount Rainier.
You might also look at the Asolo Titan GVs ($270; www.asolo.com), which have similar design features, including synthetic uppers and a Gore-Tex lining. And check out the Vasque Alpine GTX boots ($250; www.vasque.com), which have a more traditional leather upper combined with a Gore-Tex liner. Fit will be very important, so try on several boots.
As for a gaiters, supergaiters are overkill for this trip. Outdoor Researchs Crocodiles ($59; www.orgear.com), the now-classic Gore-Tex gaiter, are perfectly adequate.
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