For the vast majority of outdoor enthusiasts, your average pair of well-insulated boots will be more than sufficient for keeping dry and warm in most cold weather applications, though for those taking on more hardcore alpinist expeditions, another level of fortification is required. And it’s this latter group that Salewa is catering to with its latest release, the Ortles Couloir Boot.
Tipping the scales at just 1.6lbs (or 725 grams), the Ortles Couloir is built atop an ultra-lightweight yet thoroughly grippy Vibram Litebase outsole, and features a rugged, nylon construction, 100% waterproof outer boot, and an insulated and Thermofelt fabric-lined inner boot that’s secured via weatherproof YKK zippers. The most noteworthy element on boot, however, is undoubtedly its robust level of protection, afforded by a highly-abrasion-resistant recycled 3D polyurethane rand and an advanced, proprietary Ankle Protection System comprised of a pivoting exoskeleton custom-made from carbon fiber and reinforced via Kevlar inserts. Collectively, the Ortles Couloir’s bevy of features make it something of a game-changer for ice-climbers and alpinist explorers. Though an official release date has yet to be revealed, the company has announced pricing at $1,000.
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