Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX Review


Mont Blanc Pros in the dawn light on the Coleman Deming Glacier - Mt. Baker

Intro:
The 2015 year has been a rough year as I had foot surgery and the recovery period from it. During the recovery period I've been eyeing my Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX boots with much gusto to use them. My patience has finally been rewarded, this summer has given me much to write about these stellar boots.


Mont Blanc Pro's enjoying a hot summer slog up to Camp Muir

Construction/Material:
The Mont Blanc Pro GTX boots is very much alike other 4 season single boots as they have a burly 3mm Suede leather outer with a Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Footwear liner. The Upper portion of the boot has a built in gaiter which is extremely easy to use and functions as it should.
Close up of the Gaiter
The most important feature about the boot is actually the tongue. Polyurethane ribbing is injected directly into the tongue which distributes lace pressure evenly across the foot. This feature makes the boot. Without this feature, the Mont Blanc Pro GTX wouldn't be the same boot.
PU ribs help create the Mont Blanc Pro fantastic

How it Fits:
The Mont Blanc Pro has a Medium to Wide last that will accommodate most peoples feet. I have wide low volume feet which makes finding mountaineering boots usually a hassle. I normally wear a 10.5 US hiking boot or street shoe. I sized up to a 11 2/3 or 45.5 EU boot for extra toe room and thick socks. My wife with medium high volume feet measures to a 6.5 US womens but has very high instep and wears a 7.5 hiking boot/ street shoe.  She sized up to a 8.5 US or 40 EU.

The Mont Blanc Pro was also able to accommodate my right foot still slightly swollen from surgery while my left foot was fine with using a low volume Sol footbed and a thin smartwool PH.D ski sock. When my feet were mostly back to normal, I used a Medium volume Sol footbed and a medium/heavy weight sock. With the right insole and sock combination, I was able to use the Mont Blanc Pros with basically two different feet. Not something many reviews can say when reviewing footwear.

Performance:
I've used the Mont Blanc Pro's GTX on two cascade volcanoes this summer, Mt Baker and Mt. Rainier. On both climbs, the weather was very sporadic. On Mt. Baker the lower mountain was sunny while the summit was socked in with a lenticular cloud causing high wind and colder temperatures than normal for July. The Mont Blanc's were able to regulate my feet temperature well through out the climb, never to hot or cold. The tongue kept my foot back in the heel cup providing no heel slip and no blisters in the boot.

Mont Blanc Pro GTX's on a whiteout Summit of Mt. Baker
On Rainier, the first couple days brought unsettled weather across the upper mountain bringing everything from freezing rain to snow. For summit day the freezing levels were around 9000 feet but rising to 14000 feet as a high pressure was building across the mountain. This was my wife's first climb in her Mont Blanc Pros with zero break-in period. During the entire DC climb and summit our feet were comfortable and blister free.

Summary:

Scarpa has made on the best 4 season single mountaineering boots that has ever been made. The Tongue on the boot allows the climber to adjust the instep pressure giving unprecedented modulation that hasn't been done well on other mountaineering boots of this type. This allows people with vastly different feet shapes to get a fantastic fit. I have wide low volume feet while my wife has medium high volume feet; both of us love our Mont Blanc Pro GTX's.


Pros:

  • Available for Both Genders
  • Built in Gaiter for warmth and keeping the elements out
  • Best fitting mountaineering boot I've ever put on due to the unique tongue
  • Medium to wide last

Cons:

  • Only comes in Orange

Comments

Popular Posts