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. Fit is very similar as well, and other than warmth and the cushioning provided by the inner bootie of the 6000, it’s hard to tell them apart when walking or climbing. Due to its different lacing in comparison to the Guide, the 6000 exhibits a touch more heel lift, though this can be somewhat mitigated by tightening the ankle velcro strap.
Durability wise, I haven’t had any issues – though I have only used them about 20 times. These are the boots I take when it’s -20C or colder and I’m climbing for some reason, or around -10C and I’m expecting long, and potentially exposed, belays. The sole’s lugs are shallower than those of the Guide so will not last as long, however a boot of this warmth will most likely not be used much over rock: mine have mostly traversed snow, or been shielded by crampons.
Another view of the two boots. Notice the much shallower tread lugs on the 6000, and it’s general cleanliness as compared to my Guides: the 6000 has about 20 days of use on it, the Guide around 4. The Guide, however, is no stranger to rocky trails and muddy creekbeds whereas the 6000 only ever sees snow and ice.
Should you be interested in ordering the 6000s, I would advise you to size them either the same or 1/2 size smaller than the Guides. I wear a 43.5 Guide and went with a 43 in the 6000. Due to the boot’s much greater warmth, I wear a thinner sock, and use the liner as additional cushioning. The smaller sizing has also had the effect of making for a better climbing boot, one which feels dextrous and close to the sole.
I’ve been very happy having the Phantom 6000 in my boot stable. It gives me options when it’s really cold, and has definitely saved my toes a few times on frigid belays. Having used them on everything from steep ice to overhanging rock, I’ve gained a lot of confidence in them, and am really looking forward to using them on some alpine climbs this coming spring.