New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

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New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by Guillermo » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:25 am

I've been curious about Gronell boots ever since my first season back in '06. One of the vets on my crew had a pair that was on its fourth season, while my shitty Salomons were falling apart after 2 shifts. So after using caulked chainsaw boots and hikers for my first two seasons, I got a pair of La Sportivas and I now swear by leather mountaineering boots. So much more comfortable than caulks, and stiff enough to climb steep hills and carry heavy bags comfortably.

Unfortunatley the only model of Gronells available anywhere in North America are the Klondike backpacking boots from MEC (which are really nice, but heavier and more expensive than the La Sportiva Glaciers), and they cannot order other models for some reason. So when I heard that my mom was going to Italy, I asked her to keep an eye out for a pair of fancy new Gronells in my size. Luckily she found some and damn are they ever nice. Hands down the most comfortable boots I have owned, and lighter than my old La Sportivas and Scarpas. Best of all, they were cheaper than any similar mountaineering boot MEC sells, at just under 300$ with currency exchange. I'll post some photos now and some after the season to see how they hold up.
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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by krahn » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:54 pm

in a way they seem pretty sweet, but all those different parts, i think they'd fall apart too soon.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by Guillermo » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:36 pm

I was thinking that too, from the pictures, but they feel sruprisingly solid. What I really like is how there are no seams on the leather uppers, just the standard stitching at the back. Only time will tell if they last though I guess.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by somesilviguy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:57 pm

Ya but they're f-ugly ..and we all know how much fashion matters in the bush.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by Guillermo » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:11 pm

Ugly? Not in fashonable? What are you talking about? Crampon compatible green leather boots with big heels are all the rage on the Paris catwalks this season.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by gilkie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:16 pm

Guillermo wrote:Ugly? Not in fashonable? What are you talking about? Crampon compatible green leather boots with big heels are all the rage on the Paris catwalks this season.
Its true, those boots are fine. I found a website during my 'me time' devoted to chicks wearing nothing but those boots and doing unspeakable things... to the boots.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by krahn » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:42 am

one man's ugly... anyways i'd wear em.

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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by Guillermo » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:27 pm

Just to update, these boots were amazing in every way. Took ages to break in, but once they had, they were the most comfortable boots I have ever used. They easily have another seasons worth of use in them, possibly more. Now somebody just needs to start selling them in Canada.
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Re: New Gronell Mountaineering Boots

Post by Sebastian » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:04 pm

wow, I'm looking at boot porn, and I kinda like it...

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