Spring is in the air, and the SheFlogger bids farewell to another season of ice climbing. She is sad because it means putting away her newest best friends, the Lowa Ice Expert GTX Lady boots. This was one of our most-requested reviews for women, and SheFlogger's verdict: they will seriously improve your vertical ice performance.
Where I complain about making room for more sport-specific footwear, the SheFlogger embraces specialization and she is on the verge of convincing me with these boots. Light at 3.8lb but still warm down to mild negative temps, the split leather/Cordura uppers sit on top of a beefy Vibram sole with serious traction for messy approaches.
The Gore-Tex liner wards off trenchfoot, and the very cool integrated Schoeller gaiters cinch around her shapely calves to keep out the shower of ice shards generated by her particularly aggressive climbing style known as "extreme cavitation."
The beauty of an ice-specific boot is the stiffness for calf support. With the GTX Lady's on her feet the SheFlogger climbs farther, faster and longer, while I whine louder and lamer. Pair these with a serious crampon like the Grivel Rambo 4 and you will you smoke that waterfall like a cheap cigar.