|By Dane |
Feb 20, 2013
At the limits, the Ultra will not be as warm as a Batura 2.0 or Phantom Guide. Volume alone will tell you that. And an over gaiter that keeps snow off your feet will always be warmer than a exposed lace system. But the IMO the Rebela Ultra won't be far off either for warmth from my limited experience in the boot (boots). The real key for me is how dry each boot will stay and how well they will both breath from the inside out. The Phantom Ultra is uninsulated and very warm because the boots stays dry internally. It breathes exceptionally well. Better than the Phantom Guide in my experience. And equally if not a warmer boot.
The Rebel Ultra is GTX the Phantom Ultra is Outdry. The Batura 2.0 is GTX. All are insulated.
The Rebel Ultra will not replace a double boot. But then neither will a Phanotm Guide or Batura. At that point it is a slippery slope. I'll likely always go for the most support and the least amount of weight. The Rebel Ultra has both in spades on the other two mentioned. Knowing it will climb better, a lot better, than the other three boots ...makes the decision easy.