Re: New boots.
Not had to buy any boots for a while, but my old Berghaus boots are very good.
They've got gore-tex so are breathable and waterproof and if I need to I can wear thermal seal-skins as well. They're quire lightweight too. REALLY comfortable! Cost me about £130 when I got them.
Mine have been in the mountains of Slovenia and through the streams, up Mount Etna (10 foot of snow. On a VULCANO!?), through the Sahara... Great boot.
Modern 'Civilisation'? Pah!
The day I stop learning is the day I die...