Scarpa Omega Mountaineering Boots are lightweight plastic mountaineering boots that weighs just 5.2 lbs per pair in a size 9.5 US. They retail for $360/pair.
The level of ankle flex in the boot is fantastic: almost like a leather boot instead of a cinder block. Heel rocker was good, making them easy to walk on a flat surface and the sole was very stiff, due to a carbon fiber shank, which makes them good boots for ice climbing.
The Inner boot in the Omega is made with a synthetic material that feels a little like felt and seals at the top with a velcro strap instead of a bootlace system, like some other Scarpa boots. It is not sturdy enough to use as a camp bootie, but provides good insulation. The inner boot is also heat-moldable like good ski boots, which is a huge benefit if you want an ultra-personal fit.
Plastic mountaineering boots, like the Omega are compatible with all grades of crampons, but especially step-ins which lock over the front and rear boot welts. Ankle flex in the Omega’s is really good, particularly when side stepping up steep icy slopes using French Technique where you need to keep the base of your foot completely flat. I’ve never felt like I was fighting the boots to maintain safe purchase. I’ve also never experience any shin bang during the weekend which I attribute to the softness of the plastic in the Omega’s tongue and the cushioning of the inner bootie.
I am very pleased with these boots and glad that I held out until I found a pair available. The excellent comfort and fit that they provide is worth their premium price.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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