Live from OutDoor 2007: Scarpa has seen a massive increase in sales of their technical alpine climbing and scrambling boots, but at 190 quid for a boot like the Charmoz they realise that not everyone is ready to commit. So in Spring 2008 it's going to launch the Cristallo GTX, which offers the same technical spec for just 150 quid.
So if you want the extra confidence that a pair of dedicated scrambling boots can offer on rocky routes, it might be worth holding out till early next year. Scarpa say they'll be in shops by Feb 2008 - look out for a review in the mag soon.
The Daylite is a suprisingly flexible boot that is very lightweight and offers a dedicated climbing area towards the front of the sole, similar to the Cristallo. It's not going to offer a great deal of support but will definitely appeal to people who want to move fast and light and do the odd bit of scrambling.
The Daylite will cost 125 quid and will hit the shelves around Feb 2008. Both boots are pretty bright and have a very European design-ethic. Let us know what you think about them on The Trail Forum.
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy
We thought you'd like a look at Terra Nova's new Superlite Bothy. These are both 2-person bothy's but the one on the left uses the same fabrics as Terra Nova's superlite tent range.
The original 2-person bothy weighed 325g but by using the new fabric and cutting pack on extras like windows and roof sockets the new bothy bag weighs in an an impressive 230g, shaving almost a third off the weight.
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