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Kilimanjaro Trek - Thoughts on boots?

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1. Posted by thek (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

I'm going to attempt to summit the Kilimanjaro in Oct, and have narrowed down my boots to two:
1. Asolo TPS 520 GV Wide
2. Scarpa Kailash GTX

I have tried them both, and I'm torn between the these two Gore-tex and Vibram-sole shoes.
Here are my findings:

1. Asolo TPS 520 GV Wide
+ Durable one-piece leather.
+ Ankle has good support, and very comfy (padding).
+ Vibram Triple Power Structure sole - Has this rocking feel.
- Heavy - At about 1700gr (pair), I can really feel the weights just walking around the shop. Wearing them on a 7-day trek may be tiring. I'm a reasonably fit guy - 85kg, 185cm.
+/- Stiff toebox. Will help on uneven terrain and near the summit, but may not be helpful at the start of the trek. Not sure how comfortable they will be once broken in. Toebox also slightly narrower than Kailash, but still ok for me.

2. Scarpa Kailash GTX
+ Mid-weight - 1240gr (pair)
+ Less stiff than the TPS 520.
+ Feels great out of the box, thanks to suede leather.
- Not one-piece, hence have stitchings. Perhaps not as durable as TPS 520.

Those of you who who've trekked to Kili, what are your thoughts on the two boots above? Do I really need the durability of the TPS 520 for Kili? Both boots get good reviews - especially the Kailash as the US Army Rangers and SF's use them.

Note: I may also bring a trail running shoes - North Face Hedgehog for the first and last day of the trek. I've read that boots may not be necessary for those two days.

PS: I'll be carrying a backpack - weighing about 5-10kg.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2011, at 01:11 by thek ]

2. Posted by Neeelio (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y

Hiya, I know you wrote this a while back and I assume you already have bought your shoes. I climbed killi last summer (it was amazing) .. To be honest, I went to sports direct and picked up a Karimor pair for around £40, walked them in a little bit and they were good to go. I did worry they weren't walked in enough but honestly, as long as they're comfortable and sturdy they should be fine.

:) neil

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1683 posts) 2y

I've done it in flip-flops going up and normal running shoes coming down.

Tranquilo.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 2y

Would love to have seen the flip flops :-) Must have had some decent tread on them.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2012, at 07:19 by AndySN ]

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 1683 posts) 2y

Andy, I hope it was obvious that my comment was mostly made tongue-in-cheek, but some of the guides wear home-made sandals fabricated from tires so as a sign of solidarity and as a bit of a joke I did it in my flip flops. I did use gortex socks at the summit and I have a pile of mountaineering experience - plus I'm impervious to cold - so it's not something I recommend to anyone else.

Anyway, the point is that the "climb" isn't a big deal so you don't have to be equipped as if you're in a real mountain range.... Rockies, Andes, Himalayas, etc...

Cheers,
Terry