The Salewa Condor is undoubtedly the most serious-looking boot here. They are the only ones with a warm gusseted cuff and that cuff is higher than on the rest of the boots. Salewa say they are for “Alpine spring routes on snow, ice and rocks.” I reckon they’d also work nicely for Scottish winters.

Remarkably, they’re far from the heaviest here. The uppers are high quality Perwanger suede and there’s a very wide rubber rand. Like many Salewa boots, they use the distinctive 3F system (it’s the wires working across the rear of the boot) that they claim allows the foot to move more freely. It’s certainly allows freedom of movement, while maintaining lateral stability.

Unlike La Sportiva’s Trango there’s a good roll across the sole and I could happily walk distances in this before donning the crampons. I could probably get fairly high too, thanks to the sparsely lugged sole unit that grips very well. The lacing goes far down the toe, like the Asolo, and locks on the third eylet. It grips confidently around the forefoot, perfect for scrambling. There are cleats in the heel for crampons. Of the boots here, these are the ones I’d pick up most for winter mountaineering, but they’d be way too warm for out-of-season use.

First published: Jan 2014

Overview

  • Overall: 4-5 out of 5

Pros: stability, durability

Cons: price

  • Details: PRICE: Ј235 WEIGHT: 1966g UPPERS: Perwanger suede LINING: Gore-Tex OUTSOLE: Vibram Teton FLEX: very stiff SIZES: 6-13 ORIGIN: Romania
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