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Best Mountaineering Boots of 2023

From lightweight models to double boots built for the world’s highest mountains, we break down the top mountaineering footwear.

Mountaineering boots

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No piece of gear is more critical to summiting high peaks than footwear. A great mountaineering boot fills countless roles: It offers support while carrying heavy loads, grips confidently over slick rock and snow, keeps your feet warm when the mercury dips, and allows for the attachment of crampons and skis. Our picks for the best mountaineering boots of 2023 below are broken down into three categories: extreme cold/high-altitude boots for the world’s tallest mountains, 4-season technical alpine boots for keeping your feet warm while moving fast and light, and lightweight mountaineering boots for less technical and lower-elevation routes. For more background information, see our comparison table  and buying advice  below the picks.  

Our Team's Mountaineering Boot Picks

  • Best Overall Mountaineering Boot: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX
  • Best 3-Season Mountaineering Boot:  La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX
  • Best Boot for Technical Ice Climbing: Scarpa Phantom Tech HD
  • Best High-Altitude Mountaineering Boot:  La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube

Best Overall Mountaineering Boot

1. la sportiva nepal cube gtx ($649).

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX mountaineering boot

With advancements in gear, weather forecasting, access, and more, the sport of mountaineering has been awash with change in recent years. Nothing reflects this more than La Sportiva’s Aequilibrium series, which comes in four versions: the synthetic ST, the leather LT , the premium Top , and the minimalist Speed . Many climbers will opt for the Aequilibrium ST GTX, which is most comparable to the Scarpa Charmoz HD below (a boot that used to hold our top 3-season spot). The ST is ridiculously lightweight (over half a pound lighter than the Charmoz); versatile on trail, snow, and rock; and both comfortable and durable. For Lower 48 missions that start in the trees and end on a snowy summit, it’s Sportiva’s best effort yet. 

What do you give up with such a lightweight design? The Aequilibrium doesn’t offer a ton of insulation, so we don’t recommend pushing it into particularly cold temperatures. What’s more, the sticky outsole rubber is a double-edged sword: It offers fantastic traction on rock, but the compound will wear away quite quickly, especially if you frequent hard surfaces more than snow. Gripes aside, after a thorough test of the Aequilibrium Top —which adds an integrated gaiter and Boa lacing system—we still think the Aequilibrium collection is about as good as it gets for a lightweight mountaineering boot. And at $349 for the ST GTX here, it’s competitively priced, too. See the Men's La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST    See the Women's La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST

Best Boot for Technical Ice Climbing

3.  scarpa phantom tech hd ($899).

Scarpa Phantom Tech HD mountaineering boot

Scarpa’s entire Phantom line looks so similar that it can be hard to tell the Tech apart from the 6000 and 8000. To summarize, the Tech HD is the race car of the Phantom family and one of the most popular models for technical ice and mixed ascents. It’s lightweight, streamlined for precision, and warm for a single boot. You get PrimaLoft Gold and OrthoLite O-Therm insulation, Scarpa’s proprietary HDry waterproof membrane, and a durable Vibram sole that can hold its own on icy or rocky approaches. Rounding out the build, an integrated gaiter is secured by a watertight zipper along the side of the boot (not interfering with the foot’s flex), and the newest version adds a Recco reflector to aid in search efforts. Overall, the Phantom Tech HD is about as sleek as it gets among technical ice climbing designs, and it’s priced competitively at $899. 

The Phantom Tech HD is most similar to the La Sportiva G5 Evo below in terms of warmth, features, and design. Both offer a nice mix of precision and performance for steep ice and mixed ascents, but the Tech is the lighter of the two at about 4 ounces less for the pair. On top of that, the G5 does not have a waterproof zipper, which can make a big difference on approaches where you have to splash across creeks or on warm days when things get drippy. All in all, for a technical climbing boot that’s warm and durable but still responsive and precise, it’s hard to go wrong with the Phantom Tech HD. Editor's note: At the time of publishing, the new Tech HD can only be found through Scarpa's website; the outgoing version  ($859) is still available in a wide range of sizes on Backcountry. See the Scarpa Phantom Tech HD

Best High-Altitude Mountaineering Boot

4. la sportiva olympus mons cube ($1,299).

La Sportiva Oly Mons Cube high-altitude mountaineering boot

The La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube is perhaps the most popular double boot on the market for extreme cold. It’s the go-to model for mountaineers looking to stay warm in extreme places like Denali’s West Buttress, Mount Everest, and Antarctica’s Mount Vinson. The uber-comfortable, heat-moldable inner boot accommodates a wide range of foot sizes, and the outer boot’s dual Boa closures (which tighten the lower and upper halves separately) can be adjusted with one hand and don’t require any tying (perfect when you’re wearing bulky gloves or mittens). On top of it all, a durable, wraparound zipper and Velcro strap seal off your feet from the frozen elements of the world’s biggest mountains.

Past versions of the Oly Mons were plagued by reports of the outsole wearing out quickly, but the “Cube” update addressed this with a more durable (and impressively light) Vibram Litebase compound. Many will also appreciate the tech inserts at the toe, which eliminate the need for ski boots when approaching your objective on skis (alternatively, the “Cube S” version has a standard toe). It’s true that the Oly Mons Cube will cost you a pretty penny at $1,299, but for a bombproof boot made to withstand the worst weather on earth, you probably won’t regret the investment. See the La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube

Best of the Rest

5. scarpa charmoz hd ($399).

Scarpa Charmoz HD mountaineering boot

Along with the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST above, the Scarpa Charmoz HD is a great option when you need one piece of footwear to get you from the car to the summit. From long approaches through treeline to crossing glacier-polished granite slabs and cramponing up icy summit pyramids, the Charmoz will keep your feet dry and agile. It is decidedly a 3-season boot—the light insulation, quasi-flexible sole, and high rocker mean that the Charmoz is not an ideal choice for technical ice climbing or mountaineering in cold conditions. But for spring-to-fall weekend missions into the Cascades, Bugaboos, Rockies, or Sierra, it is an excellent choice.

The Charmoz HD used to be one of the lightest options here, but for a half-pound less the Aequilibrium ST above proves you can drop considerable weight without compromising performance. What's more, the $50-cheaper Aequilibrium tacks on premium Gore-Tex waterproofing, while the Charmoz sticks to Scarpa’s in-house HDry. It is worth noting that the Scarpa’s durability is proven—mountaineers have trusted the Charmoz for years now—while the La Sportiva's sole is known to degrade all too quickly when used on rock and other hard surfaces. If covering miles and vertical versatility are what you are looking for, the Charmoz HD is a nice synthetic boot with a great track record. For a warmer and more durable leather option, check out Scarpa’s Manta Tech GTX ($399). See the Men's Scarpa Charmoz HD    See the Women's Scarpa Charmoz HD

6. Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX ($629)

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX mountaineering boot

Of all the technical double boots on this list, the Scarpa Phantom 6000 HD offers the best performance, construction, and overall feel. This is Scarpa’s go-to model for giant ice routes in the Canadian Rockies and technical Alaskan ascents, and we feel confident in saying that it’s also a great option for many mid-season Denali climbers (Scarpa’s Phantom 8000 is even warmer but significantly heavier). And at only 4 pounds 10 ounces for the pair (size 42), the Phantom 6000 HD is one of the lightest in its class, right alongside the premium La Sportiva G2 Evo below.

In terms of construction, a PrimaLoft Black and Gold Eco insulated liner provides ample padding and warmth, and the OrthoLite/Aerogel insole is a great defense against cold ground. On the outside, burly Schoeller fabric offers bombproof protection for your foot from weather and sharp objects alike. And although the wraparound zipper concept can feel weird at first, we appreciate the fact that this design almost entirely protects the zipper from being scuffed by the passing point of a crampon. Finally, with the most recent update, the Phantom 6000 is now made with more environmentally friendly materials, so you can explore your home planet with less impact. See the Scarpa Phantom 6000 HD

8. Lowa Alpine Expert II GTX ($470)

Lowa Alpine Expert II GTX Mountaineering Boots

The Lowa Alpine Expert II GTX is an incredibly versatile option, falling somewhere in between our lightweight mountaineering and 4-season technical alpine categories. As a result, it’s a reliable choice for a wide range of activities and a great quiver-of-one option for those looking to save money. With a relatively lightweight build, the Lowa gets the job done on the trail, but automatic crampon compatibility and ample stiffness underfoot mean it can also tackle steep ice and precise footwork on hairy mixed leads. Tack on a burly leather upper and 400-gram PrimaLoft insulation, and you have a warm single boot that’s hard to kill. To top it off, the Alpine Expert II GTX is priced aggressively at $470.

Keep in mind that with the Alpine Expert’s jack-of-all-trades design, it verges on being master of none. You don’t get quite as much warmth and stiffness as a dedicated 4-season boot like the Nepal Cube or Mont Blanc Pro above. At the other end of the spectrum, it features slightly less rocker than most lightweight mountaineering boots, which can get in the way of comfort on the approach—although the most recent design does boost flex at the ankle. And while it’s one of the most affordable options among boots that feature a toe welt, you can save even more with a model like the La Sportiva Makalu (below). All gripes aside, for a durable and versatile boot that can handle most everything you throw at it, the Alpine Expert GTX II is one of the best values on this list. See the Mens's Lowa Alpine Expert II GTX   See the Women's Lowa Alpine Expert II GTX

9.  Scarpa Ribelle HD ($399)

Scarpa Ribelle HD mountaineering boot

In 2023, it feels like everyone wants to move a bit faster, whether you’re mountain running, climbing, or mountaineering. Answering the call for mountaineers is the Scarpa Ribelle HD, a design that offers the stable platform of a leather mountain boot alongside the easy-moving feel of a running shoe. Scarpa accomplishes this wild combination through their Dynamic Tech Roll System, a fancy name for a rockered sole that helps you efficiently spring off the ball of your foot. We were at first skeptical of the Ribelle HD, but all signs point to it being a comfortable and relatively uncompromised boot for 3-season mountaineering and backpacking alike.

The Ribelle HD is a great boot for objectives that contain equal parts trail, rock, and snow (and even ice), but we don’t recommend it for routes predominantly made up of snow (such as PNW volcanoes). Scarpa’s HDry membrane can’t compete with more premium Gore-Tex, and the suede upper will absorb water unless treated with a repellant or seal. What’s more, you simply don’t need the running-shoe-inspired rocker on snow—to reap the most benefits from the Ribelle’s design, you’ll want to be spending a considerable amount of time on trail. And a final note: The Ribelle HD has a fairly roomy toe box, which is great news for those with wide or finicky feet. If you want to go even lighter, Scarpa also offers the Ribelle Lite HD , which drops about 1.5 ounces off each boot with a lighter and more flexible upper. See the Men's Scarpa Ribelle HD   See the Women's Scarpa Ribelle HD

10. La Sportiva G2 Evo ($999)

La Sportiva G2 Evo mountaineering boot

The original G2 was a radical shift in La Sportiva’s double-boot lineup, shaving an impressive 8 ounces per boot from the technically charged Spantik. And with insulation almost on par with the Everest-ready Oly Mons Cube above, it certainly doesn’t make any compromises in terms of warmth either. In addition to the G2’s impressive specs, you also get a dual Boa lacing system for quick adjustments that eliminate the need to tie laces in the extreme cold, and the built-in super gaiter keeps your inner boot dry and toasty. It all adds up to a warm, lightweight, and easy-to-operate boot, ideal for those with their sights set on 5,000- to 7,000-meter peaks in the greater ranges.

The G2 was recently updated to the G2 Evo, with a few revisions to the outer boot’s materials and design (and a price increase). In addition to a more durable and water-repellant upper, Sportiva moved the top Boa dial from the inner boot to the outside, which is a big improvement for on-the-go adjustments. Compared to the Scarpa Phantom 6000 above, the G2 Evo checks in at the same weight for $150 less, and some will appreciate the added tech you get with the Boa closure (while others will remain dubious about their durability). It's worth noting that we have read reports of the G2 Evo having a fairly high-volume fit; in the end, we recommend trying both boots on and settling for the model that fits you best. See the La Sportiva G2 Evo

11. La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX ($299)

La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX mountaineering boot

The Phantom 8000 is the durable workhorse for extreme cold in Scarpa’s line. From the ground up, Scarpa designed a serious boot here, and a recent upgrade means it’s now warmer, lighter, and cheaper, too. You get a waterproof, PrimaLoft 200-lined gaiter as the first line of defense, while a PrimaLoft 600-insulated liner with a simple pull-down speed lace keeps your foot tight and toasty. The Vibram Zero Gravity Lite sole can stand up to the abuse of kicking up scree, and Aerogel (used in space boots) keeps you warm from the ground up. Finally, zippers always are a cause for concern—it only takes one misstep with sharp crampons to shred a zipper—but Scarpa’s new placement on the outside of the foot should help alleviate that issue.

If you’re looking for the best high-altitude mountaineering boot, it’s a close call between the Scarpa Phantom 8000 and the La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube above. Both boots are extremely warm and well made with huge attention to detail. But the Phantom 8000 is over a pound heavier for the pair, we much prefer the dual Boa closure on the Oly Mons (we’ve experienced slipping with Scarpa’s lacing system), and La Sportiva’s new tech binding compatibility could tip the scales for some. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either boot (it doesn’t hurt that the Scarpa is $300 cheaper), and your final decision likely will come down to fit. Editor’s note: The Phantom 8000 is currently out of stock, but keep an eye out for the updated Phantom 8000 Thermic HD, which adds the option of removable heated insoles. See the Scarpa Phantom 8000

13. Arc’teryx Acrux LT GTX ($400)

Arc'teryx Acrux LT mountaineering boot

We’ve learned to trust Arc’teryx for their top-shelf hardshell jackets, but were admittedly a bit dubious when they started making footwear. The now-discontinued Acrux AR well exceeded our expectations with its innovative design, proving that the BC-based company can indeed make a solid boot. Building off the AR’s success is the new LT, a single boot that’s primed for most mountain climbing in the Lower 48. Notably, its low-profile design offers great precision for scrambling on rock, and the stiff carbon-plated sole gives you a lot of assurance on snow, with or without a crampon. And with a strong SuperFabric upper and the exceptional workmanship we’ve come to expect from Arc’teryx, the LT is incredibly durable for its weight. 

The Acrux LT joins the ranks of models like the Aequilibrium ST and Charmoz HD above as one of the best lightweight mountaineering boots in the game. At $400 it's a good bit pricer than the La Sportiva, and falls between the two designs in terms of weight. Keep in mind that the stiff build that makes the Acrux so stable on rock and snow doesn’t provide a ton of cushion or rocker—designs like the Aequilibrium and Ribelle above offer a plusher feel for those who spend a lot of time on trail. It’s also worth noting that Arc’teryx footwear has a tendency of running quite narrow, and the Acrux LT is only offered in unisex sizes. But for a stiff, stable, and lightweight mountaineering boot, it’s hard to beat the performance of Arc’teryx. See the Arc'teryx Acrux LT GTX

14. La Sportiva G5 Evo ($849)

La Sportiva G5 Evo mountaineering boot

The little brother of the G2 above, the G5 is a highly technical single boot that excels on steep ice and mixed terrain at lower elevations. Like our chart-topping Nepal Cube, the G5 receives its stiffness and support from a Nepal last, and a Vibram Matterhorn sole provides great traction in slick conditions. But with much greater technical intentions, it drops weight and increases precision with a synthetic upper, increased ankle flex, and a Boa lacing system that allows you to tweak the fit depending on your activity (e.g., loose for the approach and tight for the climb). The net result is a design that gives the Scarpa Phantom Tech a run for its money as one of the best ice climbing boots on the market.

With a recent update to the “Evo,” the G5 now features a thin layer of Gore-Tex Infinium Thermium insulation for added warmth, an internal gusset for better water resistance, and an ultrasonic welded upper (read: no stitching) that makes it more durable and protective than its predecessor. That said, it’s important to know your end use before opting for a boot with such a technical skill set. If all-around mountaineering is your main objective (including routes that involve a combination of hiking, snow travel, and maybe some moderate ice or mixed climbing), you’ll get noticeably more ankle support and durability from a leather boot like the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX or Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX. But for decidedly steep and technical terrain, the G5 Evo offers excellent precision in a well-insulated package. See the La Sportiva G5 Evo

15. Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX ($379)

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX mountaineering boot_

Like the La Sportiva Trango Tech above, Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX is a stripped-down design that hits a nice middle ground between mountaineering boot and approach shoe. Its intentions are very similar, with a sticky Vibram Mulaz Z outsole, a heel welt for semi-automatic crampon compatibility, and a proven Gore-Tex membrane for water protection. It’s at the upper where we see the Zodiac and Trango Tech take diverging paths: while the Sportiva uses synthetic materials, the Scarpa boasts more durable, 1.8-millimeter suede. And impressively, the Zodiac manages to pull this off for the same exact weight as the Trango Tech.

In trying both boots on, there are some clear fit-related nuances to be aware of. In particular, the Trango Tech has a narrower profile that feels slightly more technical, while those with wider feet will appreciate the Zodiac Tech’s roomier build. Importantly, both are stiffer and noticeably less cushioned than your standard hiking boot (again, more along the lines of an approach shoe), which could be a deterrent depending on your objectives and what you’re used to. If the shoe fits, we give the edge to the Trango Tech for its considerably more affordable price tag. If you’re looking for more comfort for covering a lot of miles on trail, check out Scarpa’s Ribelle HD above... Read in-depth review See the Men's Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX   See the Women's Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX

16. La Sportiva Makalu ($349)

La Sportiva Makalu mountaineering boot

4-Season Technical Alpine For giant ice routes in the Canadian Rockies, alpine-style ascents of lower mountains in the Alaska Range, and even mid-season climbs of Denali, a 4-season technical alpine boot may be your best bet. These boots come in double and single varieties and are made for both walking and technical ice climbing (some excel at one better than the other), with the commonality being that they sacrifice the highest levels of warmth for technical prowess (they can handle the cold, just not extreme cold). Leading models in this category include the Scarpa Phantom 6000 HD and La Sportiva G5 Evo . Lightweight Mountaineering For lower-elevation climbs and more moderate temperatures, lightweight boots should do the trick. These boots are a technical step up in construction from a hiking boot and built to handle long approaches. Lightweight single boots are commonly used for trips such as Cascade peaks and volcanoes or a car-to-summit adventure starting below treeline and ending with basic to moderate mountaineering. Most are 3-season boots with light insulation, a quasi-flexible sole, and high rocker, which means that they are not an ideal choice for technical ice climbing or frigid conditions. Popular lightweight mountaineering boots include models like those from La Sportiva's Aequilibrium series (including the ST, LT, Top, and Speed) and Scarpa Charmoz HD .

Lightweight mountaineering boot

Nothing is more frustrating or potentially dangerous than cold feet, and toes can go from cold to numb to frostbitten in a matter of minutes. That is why it’s imperative to have the proper boot design for your objective. Single boots lack a removable liner and therefore are the lightest and least warm type of mountaineering footwear. Double boots, on the other hand, have more insulation along with a removable liner, making them warmer and better suited for multi-day trips. The ability to remove the liner and dry it out at night is imperative on big mountains—nothing is worse than shoving your feet into frozen boots in the frigid, pre-dawn darkness of an alpine start.

For spring and summer ascents in lower altitude ranges like the Cascades or Canadian Rockies, a single boot should provide enough warmth. It will be light enough to wear on a lengthy approach, but offer enough support to keep your feet comfortable under the weight of a heavy pack. Single boots almost always have more of a next-to-skin feel, meaning they feel more technical and lower profile than their double-walled brethren.

Testing the La Sportiva Olympus Mons mountaineering boot (Mt. Denali)

Double boots are built for cold weather, multi-day expeditions, and climbing the world’s highest peaks. They often are significantly heavier than single boots and less sensitive overall, but some models like the Scarpa Phantom 6000 HD and La Sportiva G2 Evo  offer a nice combination of the two (reasonably lightweight boots with technical features). For the tallest peaks and coldest climates—think places like the high Himalaya, Antarctica, and Denali—look toward the top of each brand’s collection. The La Sportiva Olympus Mons and Scarpa Phantom 8000, for example, are built specifically for these types of places.

Boot selection is not always a cut and dry choice, and depends as much on your objective and style of ascent as it does on conditions. For example, during an austral summer in Patagonia, one of our testers attempted Cerro Torre in single boots but found that weren’t adequate for the icy flanks of that impressive tower. They were, however, completely sufficient on his ascent of the nearby Fitz Roy a few weeks later (different aspect, different weather, moderate rock climbing vs. ice climbing), and offered more of the streamlined build and rock prowess that he needed. If it’s a toss-up, we do recommend erring on the side of warmth, and the good news is that many modern boots offer great insulation alongside performance.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium Top GTX mountaineering boot (up close)

Shell Materials: Synthetics, Leather, and Plastic 

The shell is your first line of defense against the harsh conditions of a mountain environment. It needs to be durable (able to stand up to abrasion from rocks, crampons, and skis), and also must keep out snow, water, and mountain grit. In addition, much of a boot’s stiffness comes from the shell, which is important when it’s time to ice climb or do a little survival skiing on the way down. The vast majority of boot shells are now entirely synthetic or a combination of synthetics and leather. 

Many climbers prefer modern synthetic boots, namely because they weigh less, offer more precision with less bulk, and don’t stretch out of shape like leather. However, the downside comes in the form of durability—almost without exception, leather boots will last longer. For example, our La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX took a beating during a two-week traverse in the Alaska Range, whereas a leather model might have just started to feel broken in. If you do opt for a leather boot (such as the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX or Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX), we recommend adding an aftermarket snow and water seal to keep moisture from soaking through and weighing you down. 

Mountaineering (on summit)

A decade ago, plastic boots were a popular way to go. Compared to soft leather or synthetics, plastic feels more clunky and less precise when technical footwork is needed. But it does have its benefits: not only is plastic significantly cheaper, it’s also much more durable. If you are an occasional mountaineer on a budget or only intend to climb a few mountains, plastic may be a good option. Adding an  Intuition Denali liner  ($185 plus potential custom molding fees) will make them warmer while dropping almost a pound of weight in the process. For big mountains like Denali, a Forty Below Purple Haze overboot ($220) will be necessary as well, which may require that you purchase a different crampon to fit over the boot. In 2023, however, you will see very few plastic boots, and the leather and synthetic alternatives are far superior. Further, if you customize your plastic boot as described above, it will end up costing over $800, which isn't much less than the price of a high-end synthetic double boot of equal warmth and superior technical precision.

Big mountains require big boots, often with a big price tag. Some of the extreme cold/high-altitude models on the list like the Scarpa Phantom 8000 are over 5 pounds for the pair and take up a decent chunk of your duffel bag. On the other end of the spectrum, you can go with a lightweight single boot like the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX for just 2 pounds 12.4 ounces total. To be sure, it’s harder to move fast with more weight, but serious mountaineering typically does not involve highly technical climbing for extended stretches. It’s more steep walking and basic ice/rock moves, so shaving ounces is not as important as warmth. If your aim is technical climbing—pitch after pitch of near vertical climbing—size and weight will likely be a deciding factor in your boot purchase.

The good news is that high-end mountaineering boots have cut excessive frills, and although still heavy and bulky, are lighter than even a decade ago. A few ounces or grams may not seem like a big deal, but imagine post-holing through steep snow for 20,000 steps. To quantify this comparison, a 1-ounce difference in boot weight means that each leg will lift an additional 1,250 pounds during that time. The old adage that “ounces makes pounds and pounds are heavy” is especially true in regard to your feet.

Mountaineering Boots (lightweight La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX hanging)

Cold feet can mean the difference between sending or going home early, so finding a boot that will keep you warm in the coldest conditions you’ll encounter is key. Double boots like the La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube and Scarpa Phantom 8000 are the warmest models on the market, with features like thickly insulated inner boots and thermo-reflective liners on the outer boot. On the other hand, single boots run the gamut from insulated designs like Scarpa’s Phantom Tech or Lowa’s Alpine Expert GTX, to stripped-down builds that forgo insulation, such as the La Sportiva Aequilibrium and Trango Tech. Keep in mind that warmth usually comes at a cost—a more insulated boot will be heavier, less precise, and suffer in terms of breathability—and you’ll want to be sure to find the right balance for your particular objectives.

When looking at a single boot’s warmth, one of the main specs to pay attention to is the lining, which will either be insulated or non-insulated. For summer objectives that involve a mix of trail, rock, and snow or ice, we recommend opting for a non-insulated design, as the added warmth will be overkill (especially on the approach) and you likely won’t want to carry the extra weight either. Alternatively, insulated single boots are great for all-season use and snowy summer objectives (like Mt. Rainier, for example), when temperatures are below freezing or your feet might not see dry land all day. And in the end, if you plan on doing a wide range of climbing from winter or high-altitude ascents to technical summer scrambling, you’ll ultimately want to invest in at least two pairs of boots. 

Ice climbing (Scarpa Phantom Tech)

Depending on the double boot (remember that single boots don’t have removable liners), liners may provide a significant portion of a boot’s warmth and support. This is the part of the boot that you will want to remove at night during a multi-day trip, and the ability to dry the liner by stuffing it into your jacket or sleeping bag is imperative. Heavy, thick liners made of water-absorbing materials will not dry completely throughout an alpine evening, which is why most modern boot liners are constructed of hydrophobic materials like closed-cell foam. Single boots, on the other hand, feature a built-in liner, which often is made up of a waterproof membrane and a layer of insulation (as we learned in the “warmth” section above, some single boots do not have insulation). Because these liners can’t be removed, they feature thin constructions that wick moisture, whether your boot is on or off your foot.

Scarpa Charmoz mountaineering boot

In some ways, mountaineering boots need to do their best impersonation of a “quiver of one” type of footwear. In addition to the warmth and protection they provide, they need to be part rock climbing shoe , part hiking boot, and even maybe an occasional ski boot. Having the ability to tighten the boot down when ice climbing or skiing and then loosening it when hiking is essential. Mountaineering boots don’t have lock-down modes like backcountry ski boots, but many now feature an upper and lower lacing system to isolate tightness to specific parts of the boot (like the La Sportiva Oly Mons Cube).

Sole stiffness, or stiffness underfoot, also is an important factor to consider—different types of climbing require varying sole stiffness. For low-altitude mountaineering where you won’t be technical ice climbing, you may want a boot with a ¾-shank sole (one that has some flex). These boots will feel like a stiff hiking boot and are better suited for long approaches, technical scrambling, or lower fifth-class rock climbing (like the Cascade’s classic Torment-Forbidden Traverse, for example). On the other size of the spectrum, full shank soles (with no flex) are optimal for technical ice climbing and advanced mountaineering with a step-in/automatic crampon.

Mountaineering Boots (hiking in the La Sportiva Nepal Evo)

Tightening your boots down doesn’t just involve basic laces anymore. Modern boots have a wide array of tightening systems including standard tie laces, pull-down cinch laces, or even the high-tech Boa lacing system. Many companies have moved away from standard laces because they are hard to tie and untie in extreme weather. In addition, having the ability to easily tighten or loosen your boots (maybe with only one hand) while wearing thick gloves or mittens is critical. Lacing systems should be simple, but efficient. The Boa system probably is the easiest to use, but it may be the most susceptible to breaking in an alpine environment (because of this, we love that Sportiva integrated dual Boa closures into their new Oly Mons Cube —when one goes, your entire boot functionality doesn’t go with it). Luckily, Boa sells repair kits for very cheap and they can be reinstalled in about the same amount of time as it would take to replace a shoelace.

Mountaineering boots (lacing leather La Sportiva Nepal Evo)

Automatic (Step-In) Crampons For each boot, we’ve specified whether or not it is compatible with an automatic crampon. An automatic crampon—also known as a step-in crampon—uses a wire toe bail and heel clip to provide the most secure attachment, ideal for ice climbing or technical mountaineering (the Petzl Dart , for example). If we’re climbing anything that is remotely approaching vertical, we want an automatic crampon. In order to be compatible with this style of crampon, a boot must have toe and heel welts and a fairly stiff build that provides a stable structure for the crampon. Every double boot on this list is compatible with an automatic crampon.

La Sportiva Spantik (step-in crampons)

Semi-Automatic (Hybrid) Crampons More flexible, streamlined single boots often forgo the toe welt and otherwise shave weight by having a thinner last. The majority of these models—such as the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX —still have a heel welt, which is essential for compatibility with a semi-automatic crampon (also known as a hybrid crampon). A semi-automatic crampon combines the front plastic loop of a strap-on crampon (see below) and the heel clip of a step-in crampon. While less secure than a step-in crampon, semi-automatic crampons are a far better choice for lightweight or flexible boots as they have more of an ability to move with the boot.

Strap-On Crampons The last type of crampon is a full strap-on crampon (plastic loops in front and back with webbing to tighten). Strap-on crampons are highly adaptable, and even are capable of fitting on  approach shoes  or trail runners (our favorite lightweight design is the Petzl Leopard FL). They do have limited technical performance, however, as they do not secure as tightly to the boot as a step-in or semi-automatic crampon. Strap-on crampons can be attached to any sort of boot, although they would have very compromised functionality when paired with a stiff build, and are not appropriate for ice climbing or technical mountaineering. The lesson here is: make sure your boot can accommodate the type of crampon you need, and don’t forget to check compatibility and fit before any big trip.

La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube (crampons)

If you ever plan on climbing a mountain like Denali where you may use your mountaineering boots with skis (utilizing bindings such as the Silvretta 500), it’s essential that your boot has both a heel and toe welt. These are the same flat rails on the front and back of the boot that serve as the connection point for automatic crampons (see above). Bindings like the Silvretta aren’t made for aggressive skiing, but they do allow you to use skis (skinning tends to be faster than snowshoeing) without needing to bring along your ski boots . And now, mountaineers approaching on skis have a whole new option in the La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube, which features tech fittings at the toe for compatibility with pin bindings (standard on most backcountry skis ).

Different companies use different lasts for their mountaineering boots. Some tend to be slightly narrower (La Sportiva and Arc’teryx) while others routinely have a slightly boxier feel (Scarpa). Just because you wear a size 44.5 street shoe doesn’t mean that it will translate directly into a big mountaineering boot. You may be a 44.5 in La Sportiva, a 44 in Scarpa, and a 45 with a thick insole in Arc’teryx, for example. And every boot has a unique fit and it can take some work to dial it in. Always try on your boots well before a trip—a little extra heel room quickly can develop into a show-stopping blister that keeps you from reaching the summit. Or a tight toe box can restrict blood flow and lead to frostbite. Your feet swell as you stand on them, so we recommend trying boots on in the afternoon after you have been walking around for a few hours.

La Sportiva Baruntse mountaineering boots

Mountaineering involves long days (often back to back for a week or more) carrying heavy packs and using your feet in dynamic ways. Accordingly, an insole is the first line of support in your boot. Custom boot fitters will say, “If you buy a $1,000 boot, throw away the $0.10 insole.” Often that is true, although companies like La Sportiva and Scarpa seem to have taken note. Many of their boots now come with quality insoles that not only offer support and comfort, but a bit of additional warmth as well. A good insole should support your foot, both in terms of supporting your arch and cupping your heel.

If the included insole doesn’t work for you, consider spending another $40 to 50 for a heat-molded insole from a reputable brand like Sole or Superfeet. Aside from providing additional warmth, these insoles come in a variety of thicknesses that can take up space if there is a little too much room (or even work out tight spots). And when making a boot purchase, it’s always better to go slightly bigger as opposed to going too tight—it’s easier to take up room than to make it.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium Top GTX mountaineering boot (approaching Torre Valley 2)

As with other types in climbing footwear, the most important thing in choosing a mountaineering boot is fit. Most of the models listed above technically are unisex, while a few like the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX , Scarpa Charmoz, and Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX also come in women’s-specific versions. It’s extremely common for women to wear unisex boots—again, it’s all about fit and only a handful of models are even available in women’s versions. It’s also worth noting that La Sportiva and Arc’teryx tend to run narrow, which—at least in theory—should be more akin to the shape of a women’s-specific design.

Mountaineering Boots (men's and women's La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX)

There’s an old adage in the outdoor gear world: “between light, durable, and cheap, you can pick two of the three.” Over the last decade or so, mountaineering boots have seen a tremendous jump in precision and technical design while also cutting some weight. Unfortunately, this has come at the expense of durability to some extent. Plastic boots were almost indestructible, but at the same time, could feel rather clunky. Leather boots are heavy and can get even more weighed down when wet, but they’re also built to last. And then there are new-age synthetic boots like the Scarpa Phantom series, which manage to be warm, lightweight, and technical climbing machines. This is attained by using ultralight polyurethanes, foam, and synthetic fabrics, but these materials are much less durable than the plastic and leather boots of old.

Mountaineering boots (Denali)

For most modern climbers, the tradeoff is well worth it. One of our Alaska testers has found that his high-altitude double boots last him about three years (he averages 60 days of abusive use per season), and the average mountaineer will get many more years of use out of their boots. Further, chances are that when you have them on your feet, you’ll be thinking much more about the greater flexibility, technical prowess, and lower weight than mulling over how long they’ll last. Of course, there is a balance, and we’ve found that some of today’s most stripped-down designs (like the Sportiva Trango Tech and Aequilibrium ST GTX) go a little too far for most uses. The good news is that for those who prize durability above all else, there’s always trusted workhorses like the leather Nepal Evo or plastic Scarpa Inverno . Back to Our Mountaineering Boot Picks   Back to Our Boot Comparison Table

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The 10 best mountaineering boots for 2023

Hiking in the mountains is an exciting experience. And hiking in winter, on a snowy and icy surface is more challenging than during the other seasons. But even more difficult is climbing the mountain in extreme conditions. For this, you need special equipment . And an important part of this equipment is your footwear. The footwear you need is called mountaineering boots. So, let’s take a look at the 10 best mountaineering boots for 2023.

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What kind of boots are these

The main purpose of the mountaineering boots is to allow you to hike and climb the highest mountains on the Earth, as well as all kinds of winter (snow-covered) mountains, in all kinds of terrain. But unlike the winter hiking boots , the mountaineering boots are more focused on the terrain, rather than the snowy conditions. They are better for climbing than just hiking.

In other words- if you want to join an expedition to Mt Everest, K2, or even a lower mountain, you need mountaineering boots, as a part of your mountaineering equipment . They are specially designed for crampons, so you can attach everything you need for climbing or walking in slippery places. Even if you don’t plan winter rock climbing, if your hiking route includes more extreme and difficult terrain, mountaineering boots would be better than winter hiking boots.

The 10 best mountaineering boots

The main features of the mountaineering boots

The first main feature of every mountaineering boot is its hard sole. You can’t bend it, and this is with purpose- to allow proper crampon attachment. Yes, some hiking boots also partially allow crampon attachment, but it is not what they are designed for. On contrary- the mountaineering boots are specially made for crampons- automatic or semi-automatic.

Apart from this, mountaineering boots can be divided into different categories, depending on the other important features.

Single vs double mountaineering boots

The single mountaineering boots are just one indivisible whole like the winter or three-season hiking boots .

On the other side, the double mountaineering boots consist of inner linen and outer shell. You can take the inner linen out and dry it if it is wet.

And in general, usually, the double boots are a bit heavier than the single ones, but from the other side, they are more functional.

Waterproof, gaiters

Waterproof is not the most important feature for mountaineering boots, at least not for all of them. Some of these boots are designed for extremely cold conditions where everything is frozen, so wetting is almost impossible. So, weak boots are those used in warmer conditions without waterproofness.

But there is another problem- deep snow. It can enter the boot from above, so some of the mountaineering boots are supplied with gaiters. For those that aren’t you should use independent gaiters and attach them to the boots.

This is a very important function since the environment that you are going to climb would be mainly cold, sometimes- extremely cold. And your feet must remain warm, otherwise, you would be in serious trouble.

Different mountaineering boots have a different level of warmth, and usually, the double boots are warmer. Conditionally, the mountaineering boots are classified for various altitudes- 4000, 5000, 6000 m or higher (although, of course, the conditions in these altitudes are not the same in different geographical zones on the Earth). And in general, the higher altitude they are ranked, the warmer they are.

Technical performance

Mountaineering boots can perform differently in different terrains. Some of them are better in steep ice climbing, others- in rugged rock terrain. Also, some are more proper for beginners in mountaineering, while others- for extremely difficult mountain expeditions.

Mountaineering boots are not designed for hiking- yes, you can still hike with them, but hiking boots are much more comfortable. However, mountaineering is not only climbing, it always includes some hiking. So, good mountaineering boots should also provide at least some comfort for the hiking sections.

Other features

Among the other things that you have to consider and make a boot good are also the following:

  • Lacing system. It should be simple and easy to use.
  • Weight. Of course- the lighter, the better.
  • Break-in period. The shorter, the better.
  • Durability. The longer, the better.

And finally- price. Mountaineering boots are more expensive than the other boots, don’t be surprised about that. But as for every product, usually, the more expensive, the better quality it is, so you have to choose between the quality and your budget. Anyway, there are some really good boots with a better price vs quality ratio.

The 10 best mountaineering boots

Many mountaineering boots come in male and female versions, but some of them are unisex.

So, let’s take a look at the 10 best mountaineering boots for 2023.

These boots are not arranged in a chart from No. 1 to No. 10, but they are just the 10 best boots by the professional testers and user’s experience. And before getting into detail, take a look at the table below:

Scarpa Phantom Tech

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Scarpa Phantom Tech is a single boot, with one inner layer only, but it is still enough warm, although warmth is not its best side. Again, its design is focused on climbing on highly technical and difficult terrain (for example, it is great if you want to climb K2, although have in mind that according to some users, they are not warm enough for that), as well as on icy walls and other extreme places. And you can walk on slippery and technical sections of your route even without crampons.

This boot is quite lightweight, and this is another good side of it. The only weak sides are the warmth (not proper for extremely cold weather), its lace-lock system, and the price- they are a bit expensive.

Pros: Excellent climbing abilities, perfectly waterproof, lightweight. Cons: Not enough warm for extreme cold, weak lace-lock system, a bit expensive.

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La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX

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According to various users’ reviews, one of the best sides of this boot is its lacing system. It is simple and convenient. Its tongue is removable, or it can be adjusted up and down.

Concerning the other features, Nepal Cube is good too, although not the best. It is waterproof, but since it is a leather boot, it absorbs water. It also provides good ankle support, but not for all kinds of climbing or hiking- again, it is best mainly for steep ice climbing.

Concerning warmth- La Sportiva is not the Number 1, but it is still in the middle of the best boots. Finally, it is a bit heavy. But this makes it more durable, so some good features come with a cost.

Pros: Great for steep ice climbing, excellent lacing system. Cons: A bit heavy, leather absorbs water.

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Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

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One of the main differences between these two boots (Scarpa Mont Blanc and La Sportiva Nepal Cube) is the fit. La Sportiva tends to be narrower, while Scarpa is wider.

Concerning the other features, both boots are in competition. According to some users, Scarpa’s boot is not enough warm, but at the same time provides better ankle support and stability. Its lacing system is a bit behind La Sportiva’s. About its waterproof ability- it is excellent although the water line is a bit low.

Finally, Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX is a bit cheaper, so maybe the price can make it a winner, at least for some climbers.

Pros: Great for moderate and steep ice climbing, good lacing system, a bit lightweight. Cheaper. Cons: Some users find it too wide. Not enough warm.

La Sportiva Spantik

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La Sportiva Spantik is lightweight (at least for its class), and surprisingly warm for its weight. Although it is not a hiking boot and can’t compare with hiking boots, you can still feel relatively comfortable when you hike short sections on dry trails. It is also excellent for steep ice climbing, although La Sportiva Nepal Cube is better.

Since this boot is specialized in snowy high-altitude terrains, its waterproof side is not well-developed. It can get wet if you walk on slushy melting snow or mud. But on high altitudes, it is usually dry, so it is not a big problem.

Finally, durability is its weak side, so don’t use it on too rugged dry terrains.

Pros: Very warm for its weight, excellent for high altitude snowy conditions. Cons: No waterproof, less durable.

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Scarpa Inverno

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The best side of Scarpa Inverno is its durability- it is so durable that you can wear it for many years without any sign of damage or wearing out. And plastic has the main role for it. At the same time, it is quite warm for extreme cold weather. Also, it is waterproof and comfortable. The boot has great performance in snow.

However, it is not so technical, it can’t compete with boots like La Sportiva Nepal Cube or Scarpa Phantom Tech. Instead, it is a bit bulky and heavy. But at the same time, its price is almost half of these boots’ prices. That’s why it can be a perfect choice for users who look for something more budget.

Pros: Excellent durability, cheap. Cons: A bit bulky and heavy, not so technical.

Scarpa Charmoz

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Scarpa Charmoz has a great waterproof feature, and it is very important when you hike and climb in not-so-cold weather, on melting snow or mud. At the same time, it is durable and comfortable. Its construction provides good ankle support and shock absorption.

One of its weak sides is the break-in period. Many users complain that it is too long. Others also add that it is not the most lightweight mountaineering boot in this category. Anyway, for its relatively budget price, this boot is quite worth buying.

Pros: Excellent for not too extreme conditions, waterproof. Cons: Long break-in period, not the lightest boot in its category.

La Sportiva Karakorum

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Some of the best sides of La Sportiva Karakorum is its stability and almost no break-in period. In other words- you buy it, wear it, and you can go on a heavy trekking on the next day (at least in most cases, so better try it first). It is also sturdy, with strong grip, so you can walk on a slippery and steep slopes easier than with many other boots. Anyway, you still have to attach crampons, since a “naked” boot can’t replace them.

The main downside of La Sportiva Karakorum is their waterproof- in some cases they can let water enter inside, especially if you hike or climb in wet conditions (in temperature above freezing). Another downside is their lace system- some users complain that the laces don’t fit snugly. 

Pros: Great for those who want to combine climbing with hiking, with high stability. Cons:  Weak waterproofness, laces don’t fit snugly. 

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Salewa Rapace GTX

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Salewa Rapace GTX is a waterproof boot, however, some users experience wetting during a longer trek or climb on a wet surface. It is warm, but not designed for extreme cold weather.

Concerning the other features, it is durable and quite technical, with an excellent crampon connection. The lacing system is also good and convenient, offering a lot of flexibility. Finally, it is relatively cheap, so it is one of the best choices for budget users.

Pros: Extremely comfortable, with almost no break-in period, lightweight. Cons: Weak waterproof, not so warm in too low temperatures.

La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube

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La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube is a double synthetic boot supplied with a high gaiter for full prevention of snow penetrating. It doesn’t have a lacing system but only dual Boa closures that can be much easily adjusted without the need to wear off gloves or mittens.

Another very important feature is warmth- needless to say, it is crucial for surviving the harsh environment in places like K2, Everest, Annapurna, or Antarctica. But all of this comes with a price- this is one of the most expensive mountaineering boots.

Pros: Extremely protective for the harshest environments on Earth. Cons: Too expensive.

These are the best mountaineering boots for 2023. There are many other boots, mainly by these two best brands La Sportiva and Scarpa, but some other brands are also well-presented. I would mention Lowa Alpine Expert, La Sportiva G2 and G5 Evo, and La Sportiva Trango Tech (which is also great for hiking).

As you can see, in general, mountaineering boots are more expensive than hiking boots, but it is mainly because the terrain they are designed for is much more difficult. So, if you want to be a mountaineer, you should be ready to invest in this very important part of your equipment.

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Good guide! Although you are missing some great new contenders with the Lasportiva Aequilibrium or the Lasportiva G5. Something that is not good though is hinting that the Phantom Tech can be used on K2. They can’t, they are nowhere near warm enough ad even if I am sure you just meant the technical difficulty, some people might take it at face value and buy those shoes even though they need the Olympus mons or the Phantom 8000.

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Hi Matt, thank you for your comment. Yes, I miss some models because it is limited to “Top 10”, otherwise I would include Aequilibrium and G5. About the hint that Phantom Tech can be used on K2, I wrote it based on some user’s reviews that I saw, but I have in mind your note, so I edited it to be more correct and precise.

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The best mountaineering boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 8, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro

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Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX Mountaineering Boots - Men's

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The men's Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX mountaineering boots feature supertough leather uppers with integrated cuff gaiters to protect and perform over snow, ice and mixed alpine terrain.

  • Perwanger leather uppers with TPU-reinforced cuffs provide ankle support and durability
  • Sock-Fit™ XT construction creates streamlined fit by making the tongue and Flex-Point of the boot out of a single piece of elastic fabric that wraps around your foot.
  • GORE-TEX® Insulated Comfort keeps your feet dry and warm
  • Compatible with automatic and semiautomatic crampons
  • Vibram® Essential AC soles offer maximum support and torsional stability with specific lug placement for traction and longevity

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The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing.

The waterproof gaiter design uses PU Tek technology to create a lightweight but extremely durable outer with a high degree of dexterity and feel, while also helping to reduce the overall weight by 110g, making the Phantom Tech the lightest boot in its class.

The inner shell features a Primaloft 100 insulation layer and incorporates Primaloft Silver yarns, increasing the warmth and breathability. The revised fast lock system allows an easy to adjust, secure hold over the foot.

The new sole unit on the Phantom uses Dynamic Tech roll (derived from the Ribelle family) to give increased cushioning and a more precise feel underfoot, with a new TPU crampon insert and carbon tech 3 SL midsole for a perfect synergy with the latest C3 automatic crampons.

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Mont blanc line, alpinism climbing focus.

MANTA TECH GTX     -     Mont Blanc line, alpinism climbing focus     -     Blue-Tonic

  • High altitude and climbing with crampons on mixed terrain

Upper construction system designed and developed by SCARPA. Lateral protections (inserts or thermowelded cage) combined with upper, create an exoskeleton that better protect, support and contain the foot.

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ACTIVfit is a construction system that develops different lasts, soles and models designed specifically for women or men feet. The models are designed and constructed for the best performance in various outdoor activities. Thanks to its experience and research, SCARPA offers absolute comfort. When we say “absolute”, we think of a subjective benefit becoming objective comfort. This line establishes a high quality standard for better performance, comfort, style and durability.

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The Vibram® MONT compound formula has been designed to optimize performance in mountaineering and has been used to conquer the world's highest peaks. The Vibram® Mont compound offers maximum reliability on the most difficult terrain at low temperatures, its hardness is a key factor to always achieve maximum compatibility with crampons.

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Products designed by GORE-TEX membrane are waterproof, windproof and durable with toplevel breathability. These products will withstand the test of time as they have been created to guarantee safety, protection and the utmost comfort on any terrain.

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The PERWANGER® leather tannery is a firm that has been handed on from father to son for over five generations since 1780. Products are water resistant with excellent breathability thanks to its one-of-a-kind processing.

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  • 1. CRAMPONABLE TPU INSERT with differentiated thicknesses
  • 2. PU WEDGE with differentiated thicknesses medium density. Horizontal grooves design for support on the heel.
  • 3. PU SHOCK ABSORBING FRONTAL inserts with differentiated thicknesses for better stability and maximum propulsion
  • 4. RUBBER OUTSOLE BY VIBRAM® MONT with toe climbing zone




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