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Best mountaineering boots

best mountaineering boots

Check out our selection of the best mountaineering boots for summer and winter.

The all-purpose mountaineering boot hasn’t been invented yet. So here
a list of boots divided into two categories:

By winter mountaineering boots, we mean boots for icefalls, north faces and high altitudes, with high thermal comfort, a rigid sole structure and a highly protective upper. These are boots designed for cold temperatures and high technical difficulties in winter and/or at altitudes above 4,000 metres in other seasons.

Light or summer mountaineering boots are footwear used for rock and snow climbing in warm weather. These are boots for non-extreme temperatures and for ascents between 2,000 and 3,500 metres, with a particularly comfortable walk and, in some models, also for glaciers and higher altitudes in the summer months.

Happy mountaineering to all!

Winter mountaineering boots

Aku Aurai DFS Gtx

Boot created for high altitude and ice, not afraid of long approaches and challenging routes. Perfect for summer high altitude where comfort in walking and precision are highly appreciated. Does not like too cold temperatures.

Weight: 700gr
Footbed: medium
Use: Icefall and mixed climbing at high altitude.
Crampons: automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Garmont Tower 2.0 Extreme Gtx

Compact design and light weight for a boot designed for winter mountaineering on classic difficulties. Good thermal insulation and comfort thanks to a semi-rigid sole with accentuated rolling.

Weight: 660gr
Footbed: narrow
Use: Channels and ridges in winter, glacier in summer
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Kayland 4001 Gtx

Technical boot for high altitude mountaineering and for use on ice and mixed terrain. Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort membrane. Lightweight, equipped with zippered gaiter and cramponable with snaps.

Weight: 820gr
Footbed: normal
Use: Icefall and mixed climbing at altitude
Crampons: automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

La Sportiva Aequilibrium Top Gtx

Compact boot for technical mountaineering that impresses with small footprint and easy handling. Boa closure system and good insulation for summer high altitude and winter mid-altitude.

Weight: 650gr
Footbed: narrow
Use: Ridges, channels and mixed in winter and glaciers in summer.
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Salewa Ortles Ascent Mid Gtx

Boot designed for those approaching winter mountaineering on classic difficulties and looking for a non-extreme shoe. Good rolling that promotes comfort even during long approaches.

Weight: 850gr
Footbed: normal
Use: Channels and ridges in winter, glacier in summer
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Scarpa Ribelle Tech 3 HD

Thermal and ultralight boot for technical and fast mountaineering. Great sensitivity in rock and ice climbing, thanks to low drop and innovative lacing. Materials with limited durability.

Weight: 640gr
Footbed: normal
Use: Fast mountaineering in winter and at high altitude
Crampons: semi-automatic

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Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Zamberlan Zarathustra

A model for icefalls, north walls and technical mixed climbing at high altitudes and in winter. Boa system for quick fit adjustment even during progression and zipperless gaiter.

Weight: 883gr
Footbed: normal
Use: Icefall and mixed climbing at high altitude
Crampons: automatic

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Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Summer mountaineering boots

Aku Croda DFS Gtx

Designed for fast mountaineering, precise and high-performance on technical terrain while being very comfortable even on long approaches. Evolved lacing for adjustment to suit various uses.

Weight: 650gr
Footbed: medium
Use: Rock, glacier and mixed climbs in warm weather.
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Dolomite Veloce Gtx

A low mountaineering shoe seems like a nonsense. In reality, this shoe is a compromise for those seeking maximum freedom in rock climbing while also having the ability to crampon if necessary.

Weight: 540gr
Footbed: narrow
Use: Rock climbing, demanding via ferrata routes and snowfields
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Kayland Stellar Gtx

Snug, comfortable and protective construction for a boot that accompanies well on classic difficulties and in non-extreme temperatures. The sole and ankle mobility make it especially performant on rock.

Weight: 690gr
Footbed: medium
Use: Classic mountaineering with long approaches, snowfields and glaciers in warm weather
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

La Sportiva Aequilibrium Speed Gtx

Hybrid riser that lies somewhere between a mountaineering boot and a trail shoe. An extreme lightweight shoe for a few high altitude trail running specialists.

Weight: 530 gr.
Footbed: narrow
Use: Mountain running on alpine and high altitude terrain
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

Meindl Wildhorn Gtx

Junction boot between two worlds: usable both for mountaineering on moderate difficulties and for demanding, heavy-duty treks. Good fcomfort even on routes with long development.

Weight: 700gr
Footbed: medium
Use: Advanced trekking and easy mountaineering in warm weather
Crampons: semi-automatic

Comfort

Traction and grip

Performance on snow/ice

Protection and support

Performance on rock

Thermal comfort

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