Salomon Super Mountain Expert
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Upgraded in 2002 this classic mountaineering boot is the ideal for Scottish winter/ Alpine climbing. Features include:- 2.6 mm mountain leather upper Heel counter and front clip for easy crampon fitting One-pull high resistance lacing for durability Climbing chassis technology with moulded PU midsole Contragrip2 bi-density rubber sole unit Boot Grade: B2 Crampon Compatibility: Grades C1 & C2
Salomon Super Mountain Expert Reviews
Reviewed by David Bell (West Yorkshire) on 2005-12-28:
General comments: I have worn these for 18 months, mainly winter climbing but also rock climbing in Spain. The boots combine a good light weght with complete rigidity in the sole
Pros: Light weight, flexible ankle and good fit for me means these boots are excellent for long days, especially in winter. I have heard that some people find them cold in winter, I have always found them warm with 2 pairs of socks. I have climbed grade IV with complete confidence and my partner commenetd when I was edging on Spanish limestone that with less than 5mm on a hold there was no flex at all
Cons: The laces easily become unhooked when walking through rough terrain without gaiters as the flexibility of the ankle lets the laces get caught on brush, grass etc
like all membbrane boots they take ages to dry if you get them wet inside
Reviewed by Daniel winter (Bangor) on 2006-01-16:
General comments: The SM Experts are the first pair of winter mountain boots I have brought and i'm very impresed with them. I first considerd them due to the tough looking exterior with the large rubber rind around the front to stop sharp rocks cutting through the front when you're climbing.
The first time I wore the boots out walking I was worried about how stiff they were but found that the ankle is flexible enough to walk to your climb comfortably. The laces are good and stay tight as they lock themselves off at the ankle so you dont find them loosening as the day goes on.
They take a C3 crampon so are capable of using for technical ice climbs.
These Salomons keep my feet warm due to the thinsulate lining in them, however, as they are not gore tex lined like most boots now, they can get a bit sweaty.
I have found them to be be made quite large so i would advise buying a half size down or wearing 2 pairs of socks so you don't get too much movement.
Pros: Good flexible ankle make walking comfortable. Lacing system means boots stay tight. Thick rubber rand at front of boot keeps them in good condition.
Cons: No gore-tex lining so they can become a bit sweaty .
Reviewed by Ian Yates (Norwich) on 2006-08-01:
General comments: Found a pair of these at an end of season sale last year and used them properly in anger whilst walking the Haute route from Chamonix to Zermatt. First off, they are not the lightest boots out there but for long distance routes where crampons are on and off your feet regularly they are ideal. These boots coped admirably on the wide range of terrain and were not too stiff for the road/path walking stages, unlike the plastic boots my companion was wearing. He was so impressed that upon our return to the UK he went out and bought a pair!
The lacing system is great and comes with a handy guide explaining how to loosen or tighten them depending on the terrain and slope, great idea and works very well. Only down side is the bright orange colours, could be toned down a bit.
Pros: Good stiff boot for all round winter walking / mountaineering.
Cons: Colours could be toned down a bit
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mark jackson responded : Do you have a copy of the lacing guide still? Or can you advise how best to tie them? my boots did not have one and despite several alternative attempts they are very painful at the ankles (2008-12-06)
Reviewed by Dan Parsons (Moscow) on 2006-08-07:
General comments: I bought these Salomon SM boots before climbing Mt Elbrus in Russia and despite only having 2 months to break them in, they did the job perfectly. I agree with previous comments about the lack of a Gortex layer but with decent gaiters, the insides shouldn't get too wet and they don't cause your feet to sweat too much. Hard rubber protects the outside, whilst the sole provides excellent rigidity for crampons.
Pros: Comfort and soft leather uppers.
Cons: A really niggly point but for some reason these boots chew through laces. I'm not sure whether it was the quality of laces themselves or the metal quick ties but in the shop when trying them on, I snapped one pair and a second, only 5 weeks later. Bring along spares.
Reviewed by Alexander Hughes (Sheffield) on 2008-01-07:
General comments: When I first bought these boots my first impression was good, they appeared to substantial and make from decent leather. However, after about four days of use the rivet on the lacing eyelet snapped, which was not suprising seeing how thin the metal was on closer inspection.
My confidence in the quality of these boots has wained, especially when you compare them to a pair of scarpa's or la sportiva's which are admittedly more expensive but probably worth it.
However, I did find the boots comfortable with a decent degree of ankle flex which aided approaches.
They appear to be quite warm but the boots didn't give the chance to properly try them out.
I used these in torrential rain all day in snowdonia and although one foot was a little damp, the other boot was like a bath and seemed to have leaked from the toe.
I know there are lots of good reviews of this boot, I bought a pair for that same reason and because they are cheaper in price. However my own experience of them has been poor and I would personally recommend spending the extra cash and buy the real deal from scarpa, raichle, la sportiva etc.
Comfortable with good ankle flex.
Cons: Mine leaked at the toe
Let down by inferior quality components and construction
Reviewed by Yatesy (Up North) on 2008-08-09:
General comments: An extremely well made and sturdy boot for Scottish winters and Alpine summer/winters.
After having used these boots for nigh on 6 years I am finding it hard to pick faults with them. I have not found any problems of water ingress as from previous posts, but rather found them to my most comfortablest boot to wear, even down to the point that I wear them even for ow level walks throughout the UK.
Admittedly they are not the lightest boot available on the market nowadays, bit we are talking a boot that was designed alsost 15 years ago!
The lacing system is a breath of fresh air..still..
It has been copied but never beaten, adjust the laces for the terrain and you have one of the comfiest pair of boots that money can buy.
If you find a set of these magnificent pair of boots available, I urge you to buy them, my feet are still thanking me!
Pros: Bomb proof boots that will last you a good many years
Lacing system when used correctly is absolutely fabulous
Cons: Heavy boot compared to some available nowadays
Hard to find
Reviewed by Michael (Glasgow) on 2008-12-30:
General comments: Where can i buy them, been looking but seem to have no results, anyone with the know would be good
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Buachaille.com responded :
Although these boots have been discontinued, Ellis Brigham appear to have some left and are selling them off at half price (£80).
Reviewed by Terry The Shepherd (Ennerdale) on 2009-01-11:
General comments: Any boot you buy will have pros and cons. I had a pair of Koflach Viva Soft for 15 years until my wife bought me the Salomon Mountain Expert for Christmas because I had a pair of Adventure 7's that were brilliant - she thought Salomon's were the boot. Well straight out of the box these boots have been brilliant. While my mates have been buying Sportiva's, Scarpas and the like, I have had these for 5 years. I look after them properly (a big plus for any boot not just for 3 weeks but for there whole life). They have been on Tower ridge in winter where I pulled a d ring off (easily replaceable for 15 quid) and were warm. My feet rarely sweat in these boots and I can put 10 mile walks in without any discomfort. All in all they knock spots off the Viva's but there is 15 years technology in there and I love them. People just buy for buyings sake these days. One of my mates must have ten pairs of boots - George Fishers rub there hands when they see him coming . Get your boots on and get going.
Pros: Warm. Comfy. Light.
Cons: ????..................Eh ................none.
Reviewed by Liam Parry (Llanberis) on 2014-02-24:
General comments: Amazing pair of boots bought mine 6 months ago and have used them for 6 months solid over winter they are Very warm and despite previous comments have kept my feet extremely dry, they are a mid weight boot and are very versatile I have done everything from grade 1 scrambles to E4 climbs in wales and Scotland and would urge for anyone who has the opportunity to buy some to jump at the chance, they are an absolutely perfect boot and I have no complaints.
Pros: Lightweight, warm, dry, versatile, stiff but good ankle flex.