Vasque M-Possible Reviewed By Trail Magazine
Tuesday April 28th 2009, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Climbing

Check out this great review of the 2009 Vasque M-Possible boot featuring the Boa Lacing System by Trail Magazine in the UK. What’s a “Doodle”…..?

dsc_0028On first seeing these new M-Possible boots from Vasque I was struck by the integral gaiters, but on picking them up I got a bigger shock. Hidden by the gaiter fabric, instead of the laces I had expected to see, was a dial and a web of fine wires. This unlikely-looking set-up is the Boa closure system – popular with snowboarders and golfers, apparently, but totally new to me. This twist sets the scene for these B2 mountaineering boots, because Vasque has stuffed them full of some very exotic materials. The spec list reads more like a parts list for something dreamed up in ‘Area 51’ than a boot for treading terra firma.

It’s hard not to be impressed by boots with a very respectable weight of 1650g (pair, size 46), particularly in the highly demanding B2 category. Sadly though I have been let down before with featherweight kit, and the airy feeling on my feet when setting off soon becomes the cold and wet sensation of reality.
Click here for the rest of the review

Millet Shoes Hope to Get Traction Among Climbers
Wednesday March 25th 2009, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Climbing

From The Denver Post
By Scott Willoughby

French mountaineering company Millet is hoping climbers will put their faith and their feet in the new BOA 1st (MSRP: $105), the first rock-climbing shoe on the market to feature the BOA lacing system.millet-boa-1st

After making a splash in the snowboard and ski boot market in recent years, the revolutionary BOA system will attempt to get a toehold in the climbing world this spring.

The wire-lace ratchet system is known for distributing equal pressure throughout the laces with an efficient turn of a knob and a quick release in a single move. A reinforced tongue and padded collar help keep the hot spots at bay on these 17-ounce (pair) suede, nylon and rubber shoes designed for technical climbing both indoors and out. A slightly asymmetric design, includes a flexible gum sole, heel and top panel for toe smearing.

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