Post subject: Thoughts on using a Scarpa Mont Blanc Mountaineering boot?
Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:42 pm
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:49 pm Posts: 2
I am new to Splitboarding (but snowboarding/hiking/etc for 15years), and will be doing a ski/splitboard mountaineering course in April up in Canada... I own these bomber Scarpa Mont Blanc Mountaineering boots and wanted to hear some thoughts/comments about whether or not these will work alright... I am intending on using the Voile SD Mtn Plate Kit (versus a trad snowboard binding).
These boots have a rigid bottom, but allow for some articulation and movement in the ankle. I have read about issues with laces, but again no experience using this kind of boot w/ above mentioned binding. I also haven't seen much about this boot style anywhere on the forum, to maybe its for a reason.
I haven't used those boots, but have ridden something similar, AKU Spider GTX. They were OK in powder, but I had a bitch of a time holding an edge in firm conditions.
I would be surprised if these boots are stiff enough to be used with standard bindings let alone mtn plates. Unless you really like a really soft boot I would probably suggest you look for a stiffer boot. If you are set on using mtn plates you should be looking at hardboots, or at least the Spantiks (or other comparably stiff hybrid mountaineering boot).
Post subject: Re: Thoughts on using a Scarpa Mont Blanc Mountaineering boot?
Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:57 am
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1324 Location: Colorado
Agreed with 96 on this. I would not recommend using a mountaineering boot in a plate binding-you might have enough support to ride pure powder, but anything else will be dicey. Typically snowboard mountaneering means being able to ride any kind of snow condition: ice, windboard, dust on crust, breakable crusts, avy debris-to handle mixed conditions one needs a supportive boot binding set up. Plates and AT boots can be a good choice, or a carefully selected mountaineering boot in a traditional strap type binding. I would also only consider a double boot, as drying out any single boot is an excersize in frustration, and most of them are also not warm enough for safety. To stiffen a mountaineering boot for use with highback bindings, some riders swap the liners for high, overlap style, moldable liners (Intuition "Alpine" model), this approach can give many mountaineering boots similar flex properties and support to soft snowboard boot, consider adding a powerstrap to the top of the (higher than stock) liner in this case.