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Gear Review: Crispi Super Granite Hiking Boot

A rigid, all-leather boot with an integrated heel crampon.
Crispi_SuperGranite-445x260.jpgCrispi Super Granite (Courtesy Photo)

For total grip on icy terrain, you need crampons. But they’re heavy, sometimes overkill, and taking them on and off in mixed terrain can be a hassle.

Enter the Super Granite. This rigid, all-leather boot has an integrated heel crampon—little serrated blades mounted to either side of the heel—that flips down with the press of a button. With the crampon engaged, testers walked securely over the ice-glazed cones of New York’s Haystack and Little Haystack. But on the exposed rocky sections, they simply locked the crampons away in favor of the deep-lugged rubber sole.

The Super Granite—made from nubuck leather and an insulated Gore-Tex Comfort Liner—proved toasty warm, even for a tester who tackled several of New Hampshire’s Presidentials in sub-zero temps. “The boot gave me all of the tools I need for the sketchy winter traverse with a 40-pound load,” he says, noting they could handle 60 pounds. Need forefoot traction? They’re compatible with strap-on crampons.

Downside: weight.

5 lbs. 4 oz. m’s 6-13

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