There are other candidates. Montrail makes a classic leather mountaineering boot called the Verglas, which sells for $310 but recently was on sale at Mountain Gear (www.mountaingear.com) for $189. This boot is so traditional it even has a carved birch insole, adding insulation, shaving off weight, and allowing more flexibility than steel, without sacrificing any rigidity. Tecnica's T-Rock ($320; www.tecnicausa.com) combines fabric with leather to save weight without diminishing the traditional comfort of leather. This pair will take any crampon. La Sportiva's Makalu ($245; www.sportiva.com) will take a crampon with a security strapnot a bad idea for any boot, reallysomething like the Grivel G14 ($165; www.grivel.com). These crampons hardly take a second longer to put on than fully automatic ones, but they'll add plenty of security.
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