Scarpa Omega Thermo
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Peebax Nylon shell remains flexible at low temperatures. High density foam inner insulates from the cold. Lightweight construction reduces fatigue. High grip rubber sole unit. Flexibility and stability combine for precise control. Boot Grade B3. Also known as the Scarpa Omega Intuition Thermo.
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Scarpa Omega Thermo Reviews
Reviewed by Ron (Glasgow) on 2007-07-01:
General comments: I got these boots at the start of the winter season and they have been fantastic. really rigid ant take my grivel Rambo 3's with ease. I have used these for winter walking and they are fine but for a long day I would recomend using something a little less rigid as my friend borrowed these and got sore feet. The inner boot was custom moulded for me in the shop and this definately seems to work. not too heavy either. If you get cold feet, you should get these!
Pros: No cold feet for me
Cons: price, not the most comfortable for long walks in.
Reviewed by Jacob Davies (Scotland) on 2008-01-03:
General comments: I bought these boots for a March-June expedition to Svalbard, and they kept my feet warm above about -20C. That said, they have still been comfortable at +5C for Scottish winter (although not above this, but why would you?). The outer boot is very durable and as crampon-proof as you could ask for, kicking into ice is pain-free. The sole is completely stiff and as with any plastic boot, walking on hard surfaces for a distance is uncomfortable on the front of the shin but this can be alleviated by loosening the laces. Although I know other users who have had many problems with blisters, this has only been a problem for me on a long wet 3 day walk where we didn't encounter snow; otherwise I've had no blister issues. My boots fit well after the natural moulding process. You can take the inners out easily to dry the boot.
The main problem I and other users have had with this product is the flimsiness of the inner boot - this is comprised of an inner high density foam layer which moulds to your foot and a fabric outer. The foam layer seems to break up around the ankle area after a while. As far as I can see it this will not actually cause discomfort or any other performance issues, but it is obviously not meant to happen. Although the boot is pricey, I wouldn't expect to pay much less for this kind of boot.
Pros: Comfortable, strong, warm mountaineering boot.
Cons: Price, boot inner not very durable.
Reviewed by Ben (Colorado, USA) on 2008-07-09:
General comments: I have only used these boots for one season, but so far have been generally impressed with the perforance aspect. I have used them for short trips to ice falls and extended multiple day trips for 14,000ft (4300m) summits. Most of my winter travel is general mountaineering with crampons and single ax. These boots hold the crampons excellently and the rigidity of the frame helpd the legs when the going gets vertical. No cold feet, no major fatigue. However, nothing is perfect, and the downfall to these boots seems to come from the brilliant liners themselves. After only a couple trips I noticed the outer fabric lining beginning to fray and tear in areas where it rubs on the pebax shell. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend these boots to a friend. Utmost performance, comfortable, they fit my wide feet after molding, and weigh virtually the same as my trekking boots. And, by the way, I contacted Scarpa NA about my liner issue and they sent me a spare set of liners they had laying around... apparently they are updating the liners this fall 2008.
Pros: Comfortable, great generous fit, warm, light enough to forget you're wearing plastics
Cons: Longevity of the inner liner
Reviewed by Piers Harley (Essex) on 2010-08-29:
General comments: A very warm, light plastic boot that that provides enough "feel" to climb in.
Pros: Tough, light, warm and perfect for cold weather miced/Ice climbing.
Cons: Not very waterproof! There are plenty of gaps for water to seep in and the inner boot isn't waterproof either. Modifications easy enough though.
Reviewed by Al Barnard (Nairn) on 2011-02-25:
General comments: Great boot for the Greater ranges around 6500m.
Pros: Light, comfy and warm (down to -20). Combined with a yeti gaiter - bombproof.