Here's a short interview with Ed Viesturs on the differences between a plastic boot and a leather mountaineering boot.
Ed is a high altitude mountaineer, a mountain guide and author of three books:
- The Will to Climb
- K2 - Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
- No Shortcuts to the Top
- Better feel for technical climbing
- Better fit
- More padding thus more comfortable
- Friction between inner boot and shell so no blisters
- Covers a larger range of feet sizes (good for rental)
I got the Asolos as a gift from a German climber back in 2005 when I was doing rope access work - tree surgery to be more specific - in the yard of his private kindergarten business.
My personal pros for the plastic boot would be the possibility to wear the inner boot in your sleeping bag (you may need to do this when you sleep in a snow pit) and walking with those inside the chalet (instead of treading with the plastic shell as well).
My first leather mountaineering boots were a pair of La Sportiva Makalu (which still hold to this day even though they look tired) and now I'm enjoying the Mammut Meridian GTX.
Anyway, I'm curious to try the La Sportiva EVO GTX to compare it to Mammut Meridian. If you have or had both, leave a comment below and let me know which one you think is better. Thanks!
Over to you
- Which one do you prefer - leather or plastic?
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