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Bleck Cra
2011-04-15 00:46:55
Tough as old boots
Just a brief note on Critch’s Mantas. If the stories with which he regales us are anything to go by, he and Mantas may be ideally suited. For myself and most at my kind of hillwalking – Munros, challenge type of thing, Mantas would defo not be it. They are classic 4 season rigid shank boots, beautifully made but as with all true 4 season boots, made by none other than the Devil. There is absolutely no mercy except for feet like Critch’s. Sadly they are also now I think a tad passé. Their brothers, maybe also passé and perhaps extinct, were and are in the mind of every serious Munroist in the world, the only show in town: the Scarpa Attack. Now as far as I know you will not get crampons to stick to them (maybe some real bendy ones), But let’s just take a step back. If the Critch is writing about Austria or one of his many exotic destinations, Mantas are good if also awful. If we are talking Ireland, 3 season boots of the best are what you are looking for. I have a friend with a set of Attacks and they are just the most beautiful piece of kit ever. If you can get, get. If not, the new 3 season Brashers are v hard to beat. I write that as an anti-Brasher man all my life. The new stuff is wonderful. In Ireland, go for no crampons – probably if not exclusively, all the time. I don’t believe in kit on the hill. Too much kit means fuss: fuss means danger and danger means dead – and if I had to get off in a hurry with Scarpa Mantas I think I should rather kill myself. Well – to save the time.
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