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KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots

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  • KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots

    One of the warmest plastic mountaineering boots made, the Koflach Arctis Expe Boots are compatible with Randonee ski bindings and nearly every kind of crampon and snowshoe. Rated to -50F. Recommended for serious expeditions, technical ice climbing, and general mountaineering.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Dual-density polyurethane "Y" technology; soft plastic uppers retain their supple flex even in sub-zero temperatures, while the lowers utilizes a stiffer plastic to ensure a steady platform
    • Shell features a rigid shank, a slight rocker for walking comfort, and has prominent "step-in" grooves for binding compatibility
    • A layer of synthetic cork is used in the shell's sole for additional insulation and shock absorbency; EVA heel plug further helps to dissipate shock
    • Special Vibram winter climbing configuration for improved performance in snow
    • Recessed heel pocket in bottom of shell interlocks with the inner boot's heel to prevent any play between the two components
    • Fully lace-removable inner boot made from both open- and closed-cell foam to maximize insulation while blocking out moisture; accommodates all foot volumes and shapes
    • Inner boot features thermo-formable heel and ankle padding (adapted from Atomic's alpine ski boots) to allow for a better performance fit, reduced heel lift, and increased comfort
    • Inner boot can be worn inside a sleeping bag in expedition conditions; men's sizing: consult chart to translate for women
    • Note: These boots are UK sized and shipped according to their UK size. Please use the size chart to find your appropriate UK size

    Country of Origin: Imported

  • KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots

    Gender Men's
    Outsole Vibram
    Outsole Flex Rigid
    Shank Polyurethane
    Upper Polyurethane
    Midsole Dual-density PU
    Avg. Weight (pair) 5 lb. 8 oz.

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KOFLACHArctis Expe Plastic Boots
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm (5)
  • Waterproof (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountaineering (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

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    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great Idea, wrong concept

    By Popeye

    from NH

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Entry & Exit
    • Warm
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy
    • Not Comfortable

    Best Uses

      Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

      I rented a pair of these boots to test for possible future purchase. I want plastic for reported warmth. It provided this, and that's all. My son and I were to hike Mt.Washington. They were fine until I hit the Lion's head trail. When movement required forward bend, these boots put painful pleasure right above the ankle joint. Very painful and cost my son and me a summit of Mt.Washington. Far too heavy and bulky and painful. I admit these were brand new and most often there is a break-in period so that may have been a factor but, these are very not my kind of boot!

      • Gear Usage:
      • Cold Weather Living
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Good boots

      By jafa

      from New Hampshire

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Warm
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Cold Weather
        • Hiking
        • Snow
        • Wet Conditions

        Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

        I take a size 10.5 in my summer hiking boots and the 11's with smartwool mountain socks fit great.
        I bought these boots for camping because you can take the inner boot with you in the sleeping bag and they are sturdy also for hiking in the white mountains. The weight of the boots don't bother me but I found that the inner boot rubs below the calves so I wrap them. I'm guessing it's because I have skinny legs. I have used them three times, once camping in about negative 10 degrees and my feet did feel the cold slightly. The other two times was hiking in the white mountains, about 0 degerees and recently hiking Mount Osceola and it was about 10 degrees. Crampon use is easy, once you've done it a few times.

        • Gear Usage:
        • Camping, Cold Weather Living, Hiking
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent Boot!

        By Steve the Ice Climber

        from Michigan

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Traction
        • Warm
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Don't Breathe
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Cold Weather
        • Ice Climbing
        • Mountaineering
        • Snow

        Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

        I'm glad to see that these boots are back on the market. I have a pair of Expes that I purchased years ago and they are still my favorite boots.

        To anyone who is thinking about purchasing these - do it. The secret to making these boots incredible is to toss out the liner that they come with and replace them with a set of Intuition liners. This lightens the boots considerably, makes them more comfortable, and makes them even warmer.

        These boots are my go-to for all mountaineering and ice climbing. Yeah, some days you could wear a single boot and not freeze your feet, but why bother when you can be assured of having toasty toes with these boots no matter what the thermometer reads?

        I also appreciate the stiffness of these boots. I've tried more "modern" single boots that flex - they're certainly more comfortable to walk in, but the flex just means you're going to tire more quickly when you're frontpointing up a steep section or climbing vertical ice. These boots give you a nice stable platform to stand on.

        Really, with the Intuition liners, these boots are light enough to compete with the newer, synthetic single boots, but are much warmer and more stable. The only real downside vs. a single boot is their bulk, but I haven't really found that to be a big deal for me.

        • Gear Usage:
        • Winter Sports
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        maybe too warm.

        By Isaac

        from Fairbanks, AK

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Rigid
        • Stable

        Cons

        • No longer available

        Best Uses

        • Deep Snow
        • Steep Pitches

        Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

        Climbing in Alaska demands the best and that's what these are. Rigid, yet not heavy feeling at all. Liners are super warm, and ankle support seems to be the perfect balance between flexibility and strength. It's a shame they won't be available anymore.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
         
        4.0

        When does size matter most!

        By Tree

        from USA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attach Securely
        • Easy Entry & Exit
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Discontinued Item

        Best Uses

        • Alpine Mountaineering
        • Crampon ready toe heel
        • Icy Conditions

        Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

        Unfortunate for me, I had to return these due to being to long. The fit is pretty much true to your actual measured foot size. Just be sure and measure your foot after a hard day on your feet. This will give you an indication of your true foot size. I wear a size 12 in Asolo, Vasque, etc. Also, heel lift in the bootie should be avoided.[...]

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
         
        4.0

        comfortable and warm

        By fat feet

        from DC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountaineering

          Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

          No break-in required; very comfortable and supportive. Has a large toe box; sized for heavy socks. Slight heel lift, but it is the booty, not my foot, doing the sliding. Laces are a bit short, so I swapped-out for some utility cord. A lot of boot for the money. Most users would be well served by the [...] if they do not need the extra insulation.

           
          4.0

          Great boot for winter activities

          By Amateur Ice Climber

          from Hamilton, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Warm

          Cons

          • Can be painful

          Best Uses

          • Mountaineering

          Comments about KOFLACH Arctis Expe Plastic Boots:

          Overal, I love this boot. I recently climbed Mt. Washington and then Mt. Cascade, one of the high peaks, and was impressed by their stability in each of these endeavors. I actually bought these for ice climbing but also bought them for their versatilty, including the ability to take crampomatic crampons and to accomodate randonee ski bindings. The one aspect of the boot I don't like is how your toes hurt going down hill. This is alleviated by getting them good and tight, but hard to do with a stiff boot. I really think a ski buckle type strap across the top would be a good addition to this boot.

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