Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX Review
The day on the Triolet Glacier that my Scarpa Cumbres finally died was a sad one, and with a week in Chamonix still to go it was a race to find a replacement pair of B3 boots.
Thanks to Mountain Boot Company for fed-exing a pair of the replacement Mont Blancs to me in unbelievably quick time.
The most noticeable difference between the Mt Blancs and their predecessor is the weight. A significant amount been shaved off, but the new boots still has a solid and business like feel. The fit is good with the addition of the custom footbeds from the old boots and with a bit of tweaking on the laces the softer upper wrapped around my foot securely.
The toe profile is quite narrow, especially as I have quite small feet and the toe bail of a crampo-matic style of binding may need some gentle reshaping to improve the fit. Crampons with a toe cradle fit snug and secure.
On mixed ground the feel is great, the smaller footprint fits well into rocky cracks and the sole bites into snow and rock with a confidence inspiring feel. On a snowy winter day in The Lakes Striding and Swirral Edges were tackled without
crampons for all but the very top of the routes. On a recent visit to an almost alpine Cwm Cenifieon in March my climbing partner had his crampons on about an hour earlier than I did as his softer B2s struggled to bite into the nevé. A big advantage of the stiffer platform of the B3 for kicking steps into well consolidated snow.
Less weight means having to make a slightly more positive kick to place the front points on hard ice but this trades off against a more positive feel and less weight on the feet throughout the day. On alpine and Scottish winter walk-ins the Mont Blanc’s light weight is again an advantage leaving energy in the legs for that last walk to the bar and log fire at the end of the day.
THE SCARPA MONT BLANC GTX:
- One piece 3mm HS12 Suede
- Gore-Tex (Insulated Comfort Footwear) Waterproof and breathable membrane
- Integrated snow gaiter
- Synthetic flex point
- Scarpa Ergo Fit System
- Heel Tensioning Rand
- Lightweight TPU Midsole with variable thickness for walking comfort
- PU shock absorbing inserts in the heel and forefoot gives 30% more shock absorbing support
- Vibrams Total Traction outsole
- Pro Fibre insole provides proven flex characteristics and stiffness
- Last: AG
- Weight: 1840g pair of 42
The Mont Blanc GTX has been replaced with the Mont Blanc Pro
Mountain Boot Company http://www.scarpa.co.uk/mountain/mont-blanc-pro-gtx/