Re: Whats your favorite Boot to wear ?
The old Berghaus gaiters I have are 19 year old, yetis are newer by far, mine were not that tough, but they were tough to put on. Now in wearing them in steep terrain, you need to know that if it is not tight, or glued on the toe, it will slip over the top of the toe in tough conditions where you use your toes to stick in the slope and go up. Mountaineering boots will do this fine, they are made for this. but in some very tough snow conditions with crust and heavy coarse grained snow, the toe will ride up over the top once in a while. So a tight fit is essential. But I tell you in wet and cold snowy conditions, unless you are using 6 to $700 mountaineering boots with built in gaiters like these, you will realize amazing waterproofness and warmth when using uninsulated boots with Rubber rand gaiters such as the Yetis. I hunt and have hunted in - 25 below and colder in Montana, up high on Mtns above treeline for Mtn Goats in late November. These gaiters will be a lifesaver in long day conditions such as those in tough rocky and ice slopes on high Mtns. I use them mostly on my 20 year old Koflach plastic lightweight Mountaineering boots. Lighter than any similar leather boot and far more durable. Amazing in the steep country for vertical or sidehill. Mountaineering boots have a smaller foorprint per size that all hunting boots, this give you better toe holds, side edging and overall foot control than the average wide " Plodding" footbeds on hunting boots. There is no comparison for foot control in steep and really tough country. I just bought a new pair of Scarpa Triolets for my high Mtn and steep work. Amazing boots and light, waterproof, can use the Rubber rand gaiters, crampons for high snow and ice. Lots of firefighters in the west like the Scarpas for that rough work also. they even hold up to the heat. I would like to see a new pair of the Yetis, they look very good. You will love R rand gaiters if you spend time in snow and wet conditions. Mountaineering technology has been around a long time. hunting boots are for the flatlands. That's my opinion when it gets high, snowy, icy and steep.