At the very core of the Millet spirit, lies the Everest Summit GTX. The original extreme-cold mountaineering boot has been an essential piece of expedition equipment, aiding alpinists in high-altitude ascents since its inception over 30 years ago. For 2013, the legendary mountaineering boot has been improved, making it lighter, more precisely fit, easier to get in and out of, and as if it wasn’t warm enough already, even warmer.
In a day where more and more people are attempting the world’s highest peaks, gear selection can make or break the experience. Those who are serious about cold weather expeditions, know that protecting one’s feet is key to successful summits. The new Everest Summit GTX features an additional 3mm of insulation without the addition of extra weight to the boot, coming in at an impressive 170 grams lighter than its closest competitor.
Additional improvements have been made with the design of the removable thermal inner boot, now featuring an easier to use lace-up system, an added heel protector, and an Aerogel insole, which acts as a barrier to temperature change. That, coupled with Prima-loft insulation and aluminum, allow the Everest Summit GTX to keep feet protected down to -75 degrees.
Also notable, is the new fit of the Everest, which is more ergonomic in its design. A more snug side fit provides maximum precision when pushing off, so feet are more protected and supported, allowing one to summit with greater ease and comfort. The outer layer of the Everest features a waterproof GORE-TEX gaiter, and Cordura and Superfabric upper as before, but now also includes easy-to-grab Velcro tabs over the zips and a reflective strip around the calf. Seemingly minor adjustments that make all the difference in the world when in the midst of trekking or climbing in extreme elements.
Millet’s team of expert mountain guides have researched and tested the development of the Everest Summit on all of the 8,000m peaks and the Seven Summits, securing Millet as the leader for this category.
“The heel wrapping is precise and the volume of the toe box area is perfect. I never had problems with cold toes and was in extreme weather conditions for all 18 days,” said Francois Damilano, one of Millet’s technical advisors who tested the new Everest Summit GTX on Shishapangma.
Millet’s new Everest Summit GTX can been seen at Summer OR, or by appointment with a Millet rep. For more information, please contact Maro LaBlance, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based in the heart of the French Alps, MILLET has been developing technical outdoor gear and apparel since 1934. MILLET tests and approves each development in its natural lab, the Mont Blanc Massif, with pure practitioners: its technical advisers and members of the Chamonix Mountain Guides.Backpacks, footwear, ropes, sleeping bags, and apparel – MILLET’s goal is to provide those who thrive on outdoor adventure with gear to help you reach the top, and fully relish the mountain world we love.