Mountaineering Equipment: How To Choose Mountaineering Boots
Mountaineering boots are one of the most important pieces of mountaineering equipment you will choose. Here is how to pick the right ones...
Mountaineering boots are probably the most important piece of mountaineering equipment you can buy. These will be the foundation of your experience on the mountain. If you don’t have the right fitting boots, it could a lot of pain and problems.
Mountaineering boots differ from hiking boots.”Stiff soles which can accommodate crampons and provide traction on tricky terrain are the foundation of your boots,” says mountaineering equipment expert Snow + Rock.
“Climbing over vertical rock, scree, snow and ice demands an aggressive tread with deep lugs and solid, sharp edges which can cut stabilising steps into soft surfaces underfoot. These won’t be as flexible or as comfortable as your regular walking boots, but they will enable you to make ascents and descents with confidence.”
There are three types of three primary types of boots: single boots, double boots and super gaiter boots.
SINGLE MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
Single mountaineering boots don’t separate in anyway – there is no inner or outer lining that comes apart from the boot. For most people, single boots are warm and stiff enough for all seasons. You would wear these boots to climb most peaks in Europe.
DOUBLE MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
Double mountaineering boots have separate synthetic inner and hard plastic outer boots. They are heavier and generally used in very cold climates because they are warmer and more waterproof, thanks to the plastic outer layer, but they can cause your feet to sweat.
This is where the inner layer comes in handy. If you are camping on your mountaineering trip, double boots are effective because you can dry them out overnight.
Double boots are often very stiff therefore good for tightly attaching crampons to without reducing blood circulation to your feet.
SUPER GAITER MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
Super gaiter mountaineering boots are a hybrid of single and double boots. You can’t remove the inner boot but it is covered in a non-removable outer boot, often including a knee-high gaiter, which provides extra warmth and weatherproofing. They are better than single boots in colder or wetter climates and lighter than double boots.
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