The I.C.E. 9 is designed for alpine climbing, where insulation, waterproofness, support and protection are essential. However, it is not comparable to any other boot on the market for three main reasons:
It is built on the I.C.E. system giving it superior control, feel, and power on vertical ice and rock.
The low-profile upper design conforms snugly to your foot while providing excellent ankle support and allowing more precise footwork and athletic climbing.
Without the crampon, the boot is flexible enough for comfortable and efficient hiking or climbing.
It feels like an athletic shoe, not a boot. Light, nimble, and comfortable. After ice climbing in the boots for the first time, Jim Donini noted, “I felt liberated. Finally able to use my feet on ice the way I can use them on rock.”