Thanks...but, unfortunately, the Baffin won't be available until Spring 09....suppose I could wait, though
But, I've got the Banffs on now and love them!
Some quick observations...I love the leather liner! It's much nicer and cooler than the Zamberland Vioz's Gore-Tex. And, I just love the way it hugs and holds my feet!
The Banffs have a rubber rand. The Scarpas and Zamberlands don't.
I love the way they roll...much less clunkier than the Scarpa SL M3s, despite being nearly the same weight (Banff = 1635g vs SL M3 = 1669g). The SPS System seems to be effective.
The Scarpas have a full-length tongue gusset, whereas, the Zamberland Viozs and Banffs don't.
Both the Banffs and SL M3s have tongue eyelets, which I like. I find they help to keep the tongue in the proper position. A small detail that seems to work.
I'm going to be returning the Zamberland Vioz GTs tomorrow...after trying the Scarpas and Lowas, I'm just not a Zamberland fit. Nice boot, just not for me.
So, it's now down to the Scarpas and Lowas (http://www.pbase.com/onespeed/backpa...boots_20081119