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KARAKORUM

item #: 856
price: $305

Leather mountaineering and backpacking boot ideal for NOLS and Outward bound courses

KARAKORUM

Leather mountaineering and backpacking boot ideal for NOLS and Outward bound courses

This boot begs for abuse again and again.

We used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon® that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.

The 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger leather upper is ideal for water repellency, breathability and durability.

An  SBR Aircushion sole provides cushion and helps insulate from cold or hot climates.

Perfect for light duty mountaineering, heavy hiking and backpacking or various types of outdoor work situations where you need durable support and all-day comfort.

IDEAL TERRAIN:  general mountaineering and heavy backpacking

WEIGHT: 30.97 oz/ 878 g

LAST: Makalu

UPPER: 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather/Vibram® rubber rand. Cordura cuff

LINING: Dry-Best®

INSOLE: 8mm high density Nylon® with anti-torsion plate

MIDSOLE: SBR Aircushion

SOLE: Vibram® Couloir

SIZES: 38-48 (half sizes)

COLOR: Green

PRICE: $305 USD



Product Reviews

Bruce - Anchorage, AK
03.25.14

I have worn Karakorums since the late '90's and won't wear anything else but these out in the mountains in Alaska when backpacking, rock scrambling, glacier trekking, etc. They are as rugged and tough as the Alaskan wilderness and can take a beating and keep on going. Highly recommended!

Travis - Portland, OR
06.11.13

First day in them I spent 12 hours, They are a little narrow, but they hold my foot solidly in place. No hot spots or blisters, But I had them tightened down almost to the max (they could allow for more tightening room in ankle. SUPER comfortable except for the B.S. foot bed/insole. I give them a 8.5 out of 10 and would buy another pair if these would ever wear out.

Derek - pultneyville, NY
03.15.13

I am pleased with the quality of a bomb proof boot. i have worn them much of this winter for anything from cross snow fields, to rocky outcrops, with little to no weight, to a 75 lb pack to my camp a few mile from home. Over time the waterproofness of the leather seemed to deminish and a couple rounds of sno seal put that to rest. In front of the toe loops the left boot leather creases a bit onto my toes but does not at all effect the toe movement and comfort in that area.. I have them cinched all the way tight to where there is no more tightening if i wore a med weight sock. the cinch loops could be set back a bit more to take into consideration a skinny persons ankle area.. I will wear them til they die like i did my last pair tho.. very comfortable..

Jack - Eureka, CA
10.15.12

Just took my new Karakorum's on their first backpacking trip. The first day they felt a little uncomfortable. The second day they were like old friends! I've heard they are not waterproof, NOT TRUE. I crossed creeks and the water rolled off 100%, like water off a ducks back. They are a tad narrow but, I like them so much I don't care. My feet don't slide around in them, even climbing a steep slope, up or downhill. The Karakorum's protected my ankles in rocky conditions. I am very happy they will accept my step in crampons. Overall I'm very happy with this boot. I've had my heavy mountaineering version for 15 years and they are still like new. Of course I only wear them in snow and Ice

Jason - Kelowna, BC
11.20.11

Great boot! Just picked it up on Friday and went from -5 to -28 in an hour of travel and no change in the warmth on my feet. Looking forward to some years with these. Thanks for making great products.
Regards,
Jason

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    • This boot begs for abuse again and again.

      We used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon® that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.

      The 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger leather upper is ideal for water repellency, breathability and durability.

      An  SBR Aircushion sole provides cushion and helps insulate from cold or hot climates.

      Perfect for light duty mountaineering, heavy hiking and backpacking or various types of outdoor work situations where you need durable support and all-day comfort.

      IDEAL TERRAIN:  general mountaineering and heavy backpacking
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  • Reviews
    • Bruce - Anchorage, AK
      03.25.14

      I have worn Karakorums since the late '90's and won't wear anything else but these out in the mountains in Alaska when backpacking, rock scrambling, glacier trekking, etc. They are as rugged and tough as the Alaskan wilderness and can take a beating and keep on going. Highly recommended!

    • Travis - Portland, OR
      06.11.13

      First day in them I spent 12 hours, They are a little narrow, but they hold my foot solidly in place. No hot spots or blisters, But I had them tightened down almost to the max (they could allow for more tightening room in ankle. SUPER comfortable except for the B.S. foot bed/insole. I give them a 8.5 out of 10 and would buy another pair if these would ever wear out.

    • Derek - pultneyville, NY
      03.15.13

      I am pleased with the quality of a bomb proof boot. i have worn them much of this winter for anything from cross snow fields, to rocky outcrops, with little to no weight, to a 75 lb pack to my camp a few mile from home. Over time the waterproofness of the leather seemed to deminish and a couple rounds of sno seal put that to rest. In front of the toe loops the left boot leather creases a bit onto my toes but does not at all effect the toe movement and comfort in that area.. I have them cinched all the way tight to where there is no more tightening if i wore a med weight sock. the cinch loops could be set back a bit more to take into consideration a skinny persons ankle area.. I will wear them til they die like i did my last pair tho.. very comfortable..

    • Jack - Eureka, CA
      10.15.12

      Just took my new Karakorum's on their first backpacking trip. The first day they felt a little uncomfortable. The second day they were like old friends! I've heard they are not waterproof, NOT TRUE. I crossed creeks and the water rolled off 100%, like water off a ducks back. They are a tad narrow but, I like them so much I don't care. My feet don't slide around in them, even climbing a steep slope, up or downhill. The Karakorum's protected my ankles in rocky conditions. I am very happy they will accept my step in crampons. Overall I'm very happy with this boot. I've had my heavy mountaineering version for 15 years and they are still like new. Of course I only wear them in snow and Ice

    • Jason - Kelowna, BC
      11.20.11

      Great boot! Just picked it up on Friday and went from -5 to -28 in an hour of travel and no change in the warmth on my feet. Looking forward to some years with these. Thanks for making great products.
      Regards,
      Jason

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