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We just received a batch of MSR's new up-and-coming snow tools for field testing! MSR is debuting two avalanche shovels, three probes and a pretty slick snow saw for Fall of 2014. In our testing package we received the Responder and Operator Shovels the Striker CX 320, and Striker 320 probes.
Tester for this review: Chad Cochran
Item Tested: Salewa Pro Gaiter Boots
Testing Areas / conditions: Cordillera Real, Bolivia; Conditions included everything from gravel road to blue ice to snow
Approximate # Days tested: 20
Basic description of product: The Salewa Pro Gaiter Boot is a mountaineering boot that has an adjustable shank in the sole allowing it to be changed from a ¾ length shank to a full shank with the twisting of a bolt. Other features include integrated gaiter, front and rear bails, and fine adjusting lacing system on the inner boot.
Similar products that you have used: I’ve had my foot in everything from a summer alpine boot with a ¾ length shank to a double plastic boot.