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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Default liners with mountaineering boots?

I just purchased some mountaineering boots from mec http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwe...-boot-mens.jsp. Should I purchase liners of some kind for these boots?
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There's an extra . in your link. This should work better:

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwe...-boot-mens.jsp

I've gone through several mountaineering boots and never used liners. I did have an old pair of Zamberlan boots and they were tough to break in. Don't know if liners would help with that.
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Nice boots. I don't think they were intended to be used with liners but if you have enough space you could double up on wool socks. Did you really mean boot liners or were you thinking of insulated overgaiters?

What's your intended use? They are not insulated so they are really summer mountaineering boots. If you wanted to use them for glacier travel (in the summer), you could probably get away with these just using thicker socks. You'd want insulated boots (usually plastic) for winter mountaineering though.
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I figured it was Hiking and Backpacking, considering it was posted in this area. I've used mine primarily for scrambling. For trail hiking, I'd find these pretty stiff.
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My intended use for these boots is for day and over night snowshoe hikes/ camping. I would wear a thin sinthetic sock with a thick wole sock over them. I purchased these booties to keep my feet warm when I start setting up snow camp. http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwe...s-2-unisex.jsp
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My intended use for these boots is for day and over night snowshoe hikes/ camping. I would wear a thin sinthetic sock with a thick wole sock over them. I purchased these booties to keep my feet warm when I start setting up snow camp. http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Footwe...s-2-unisex.jsp
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That should work well. That's what I do. The booties are definitely a nice luxury.
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I don't seem to be able to edit my comment but I wanted to add something. As trevbo noted, these are summer mountaineering boots, so you'll need to keep moving in the winter to stay warm. If you expect to be standing around for a long time, you might want something heavier.
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I carry a pair of neoprene socks with me year round.

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Paddli...cks-unisex.jsp

If my boots wet out or my feet get too cold I can wear them inside my boots.

I can use them for stream crossings.

I use them instead of booties now for snow camping or staying in a hut.

Superlight and more versatile in a number of different situations.

Make sure to turn them inside out after using so that they dry out.

Also, this might seem obvious but some people forget. When trying on your boots bring the socks you will be using with you to the store. Generally you want to size up your mountaineering boots. MEC has a bin of loose socks you can use if you forget.
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That's an interesting idea. How long do those take to dry out after a creek crossing?

I usually use flip-flops for creek crossings/camp wear in the summer. Creek crossings are usually not a problem in the winter.
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I usually use flip-flops for creek crossings/camp wear in the summer. Creek crossings are usually not a problem in the winter.
Creek crossings can still be a problem in winter. I'll sometimes bring flip flops but I'm usually camping high enough that I'm still on snow even in summer.

They dry pretty quick.
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Neoprene paddling socks have saved me from serious pain a few times when crossing glacier fed creeks that are ridiculously cold. I put them on, put on my sandals (better traction) and can endure a pretty lengthy crossing. Flip them inside out to dry. In the winter, they'll freeze, and then you just bang the ice off them and they're bone dry.
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Wearing neoprene socks for long time in winter or summer is a good way to get trench foot.
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the def of trenchfoot is horrible..dont aquire it..
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post #15 of (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 10:01 AM
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quote:Wearing neoprene socks for long time in winter or summer is a good way to get trench foot.
Just wondering how long is "long". Most canyoneers, myself included, wear neoprene socks as they keep wet feet warm. We're generally talking about 6-8 hours of wet feet....haven't heard of any cases of trench foot as yet.
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