Fabulous Phantoms


Whether slaving in the alpine or stomping around the ice crags, your toe-boat choice has major performance and comfort implications. I thus was pleased to fi nd that the SCARPA PHANTOM GUIDE ($525, scarpa.com) offered the most comfortable and performance-minded fi t of any winter boot I’ve worn. Designed with feedback from Ueli Steck and Simon Anthamatten, the Phantom Guide offers outrageous warmth for the feathery weight (4lbs per pair), classleading shock absorption, and locker toe edging, thanks to a new SCARPA/Vibram TT sole. An integrated gater is the cherry on top.

Dave Sheldon