Footwear — Ice

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

First Look: Arcteryx Acrux AR boot

The Acrux AR boot from Arc’teryx is a study in modern aesthetic, design and construction. The blacked-out look, with just a flash of red over the toe and for the zipper pull, screams modern industrial. The construction is through-and-through Arc’teryx, with superb attention to detail and incredibly fine workmanship — […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

First Look: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Unlike the Scarpa Phantom Tech, the new 2016 Phantom 6000 doesn’t lose weight but gains warmth instead. Scarpa claim a 15% increase in warmth, and though I don’t know how to measure that, the boot does feel warmer on my feet than the previous version. Weight, as mentioned, stays pretty […]

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

First Look: Scarpa Phantom Tech

Mountain boots are getting ever more high-tech and nothing proves this better than reading the spec sheet for the new-for-2016 Scarpa Phantom Tech: Super Fabric, Cordura, Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, FlexSeal. No wonder these things now cost almost a thousand dollars (in Canada, anyway!). As I’ve been getting questions from all […]

Review: La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX

Review: La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX

The first thing you notice about the La Sportiva Trango ICE Cube GTX (other than the unnecessarily long name) is how light they are. My size 43.5 come in at 776 grams. That is a scant 36 grams heavier than the 3-season Trango Cube GTX, on which they appear to be closely […]

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Long Term Review: Scarpa Rebel Ice

Intro image of yours truly posing hard on the icy roof of a glacier cave. Photo by John Price Photography If the local crags are any indication, mixed climbing, and the dry-season off-shoot known as dry-tooling, are becoming more popular by the week. And with the rise in popularity, not only […]

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Long term review: Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

Scarpa’s SockFit system debuted, in North America anyway, on the Rebel Carbon GTX in 2012. Since then SockFit has appeared in a few more boots in the Rebel line (Ultra, Pro and Ice) and has trickled down into a few other mountaineering boots, as well as an approach shoe. The […]

Field Tested Review: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

Field Tested Review: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

I’ve been using the Nepal Evo GTX for a few years now but recently had the opportunity to try the new Nepal Cube GTX (these names are a bit of a mouthful… let’s go with Evo and Cube for simplicity).  This new addition to the Nepal line-up not only looks […]

Long-Term Review: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Long-Term Review: Scarpa Phantom 6000

Scarpa’s Phantom 6000 double boot has been in my boot stable for over a year now, so I figured it’s time to do a long-term update. As mentioned in my First Look post (click here), the Phantom 6000 is only a bit bulkier than its smaller sibling, the Phantom Guide. […]

Comparison: Scarpa Rebel Pro vs Ultra

Comparison: Scarpa Rebel Pro vs Ultra

The Scarpa Rebel Ultra and Rebel Pro are virtually identical boots. They share the same last, fit, insulation and, best as I can tell, the whole lower 2/3 of the boot – basically the part that encases your foot. Both boots have front and rear crampon bails, Gore-Tex waterproof linings […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Rebel Pro Review

Field Tested: Scarpa Rebel Pro Review

When Scarpa North America announced they were dropping the Rebel Carbon (see review here) after barely two years on the market I was, to put it mildly, slightly annoyed (because it is an absolutely phenomenal boot and I hadn’t yet bought a replacement pair). And I also wasn’t the only […]