There is an interesting sensibility for those of us who enjoy climbing in cold, wintry weather—a dynamic that is different from sunny rock climbing. Ice, wind and snow are the norm, a trinity of variables that command our attention and create a myriad of ever-changing challenges in the frozen vertical wilderness. And it’s in these landscapes that many climbers aspire to thrive.
SCARPA’s contribution to this aesthetic is the Phantom 6000, the most technical double boot for climbing in cold conditions. Built for alpinists who demand precision and performance in cold, harsh environments, the 6000 is a culmination of fit, performance and durability, the hallmarks of storied Italian craftsmanship.
From the ground up, the 6000 uses the SCARPA/Vibram Mulaz Sole Package, a deft arrangement of materials organized to maximize warmth, comfort, traction, dexterity and climbing performance. The outer sole features a design that facilitates precision edging and front pointing, while the dual-density midsole employs a polyurethane insert below the heel for superior absorption on long summit pushes. TPU inserts on the toe and heel are designed for a snug, exact boot/crampon interface. To enhance dynamic climbing performance, rear rands around the heel area, not unlike what you’d find on a rock shoe, securely lock the heel in place.
The upper construction boasts multi-directional flex for natural foot movement with optimum ankle support, offering dexterity and ample stability for shouldering the load through complicated terrain and technical cruxes. The Cordura/Kevlar outer gaiter uses Outdry® technology to create an abrasion and tear-resistant shell that is also waterproof and breathable for optimal cold-weather protection.
On the inside, the boot’s base layer is a svelte, articulated inner boot with a single tab Velcro® closure, utilizing 3mm EVA plus heat reflective aluminum for optimum warmth and comfort. Armed with a simple, effective outer boot lacing system, the 6000 gives specific attention to the ease of the liner removal — because there’s nothing quite as sublime as creature comforts at 6000 meters.