• Lowa Ice Rocket GTX

      MSRP: $750   For two seasons I’ve been mixed climbing and dry tooling exclusively in Lowa’s Ice Rocket GTX. For the uninitiated, these are lightweight boots ideal for steep ice and mixed routes, dry … Continue reading "Lowa Ice Rocket GTX"
  • Scarpa Phantom Tech (New Version)

      MSRP: $699   Due to a mix up on my part, for the first few months that I thought I was climbing in the newly updated Phantom Tech, Scarpa’s flagship technical ice and mixed … Continue reading "Scarpa Phantom Tech (New Version)"
  • Beer and Gear, Ep. 12 | Zamberlan Boots

    In this special Gear Guide edition of Beer and Gear, Francis and Michael take a look at an ice climbing and mountaineering boot from Zamberlan, the 3030 EIGER LITE GTX® RR BOA.   CHECK OUT … Continue reading "Beer and Gear, Ep. 12 | Zamberlan Boots"
  • La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX

    MSRP: $475 BEST FOR: Ice climbing   The Trango Tower Extreme GTX is the latest offering in La Sportiva’s popular Trango line of alpine boots. With a bit more insulation than the Trango Ice Cube … Continue reading "La Sportiva Trango Tower Extreme GTX"
  • La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX

    MSRP: $550 BEST FOR: Mixed climbing, light and fast alpinism   The La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX is a lightweight alpine boot, perfect for mixed climbing, light and fast missions and Alps-genre mountaineering adventures. … Continue reading "La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX"
  • Asolo 6B+ GV Women’s

    Once upon a time, women’s ice-climbing and mountaineering boots were a misnomer— women’s boots didn’t exist, and when they finally came on the market they were often just smaller versions of men’s boots. Enter the women’s … Continue reading "Asolo 6B+ GV Women’s"
  • Arc’teryx Acrux AR GTX Review

    About 15 years ago I chatted with Arc’teryx co-founder Jeremy Guard. He was hyper excited, trembling even, about a possible foray into footwear. Some time later the company had the first proto, a sock dipped in … Continue reading "Arc’teryx Acrux AR GTX Review"
  • Scarpa Rebel Pro GTX Boot Review

    Scarpa Rebel Pro GX | $499  scarpa.com  ★★★★   Only two months ago I reviewed the Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX, a crazy good ice and mixed boot designed with a dose of input from Ueli … Continue reading "Scarpa Rebel Pro GTX Boot Review"
  • Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX Review

    Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX | $539| scarpa.com | ★★★★★   Last winter, Rock and Ice tested and reviewed the Asolo Eiger, a forward-leaning ice and alpine boot that was lighter, less bulky and more agile than … Continue reading "Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX Review"
  • Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX Mountain Boot Review

    Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX | $539 | Five Stars | www.scarpa.com Sizes 37 to 47 in half sizes, plus size 48 The Rebel Ultra GTX is the lightest insulated technical climbing boots ever made. The next lightest … Continue reading "Scarpa Rebel Ultra GTX Mountain Boot Review"
  • Asolo Comp XT Fruitboot Review

    Asolo Comp XT | $670 | asolo.com | ★★★★ The Asolo Comp XT is a mixed/ice fruitboot that has the most rock-shoe-like performance of all fruitboots. The soft upper (lightly insulated) wraps snugly around your foot … Continue reading "Asolo Comp XT Fruitboot Review"
  • Lowa Ice Comp IP GTX

    Lowa Ice Comp GXT | $675 | lowaboots.com ★★★★   When fruitboots first came out I figured that there would be a mad rush to the check-out counter. What ice or mixed climber wouldn’t want … Continue reading "Lowa Ice Comp IP GTX"