I've been renting plastics for a while but I'm looking to purchase a mountaineering boot for use on Washington as well as future expeditions in Alaska and South America. I work at REI so I am trying to find one that I can get a good deal on (meaning we carry the brand). I wanted to see what you guys suggest, and I also really like this boot: http://www.rei.com/product/757631 but of course it is "classified" as an ice-climbing boot, even though the Vasque website calls it a general mountaineering boot. Anyone know anything about this one and how it would fare hiking Washington?
Other boots I am interested in....
Asolo Broad Peak - http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...34374302889916
Lowa Mountain Expert GTX - http://www.lowaboots.com/catalog/Sho...egory=1&Type=M
La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light - http://www.rei.com/product/768802
Kayland Apex XT - http://www.guideschoice.com/scripts/...?idproduct=951
Obviously everyone's feet are different, but looking for opinions on the "nuts and bolts" of these. I'm also a pretty small-framed dude so lightweight is important to me.