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Top Mountaineering Boot Choice

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Justin. S · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 120

Looking to get into some Mountaineering this season, and would like some advice as far as a good boot goes. They're pricey just like everything else that has to do with climbing but I know with price generally comes quality so I don't mind dishing out some $$ for something that will last. I've looked at a few reviews and I'm leaning towards a La Sportiva boot. Just would like to hear some opinions. Salewa brand caught my eye as well.

Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 321

La Sportiva is a great bet, the boot itself is a bit more specific. For general mountaineering the Trango Cube, Nepal Cube, and the Batura are all awesome. I actually have all 3 of those boots. The Nepal is probably the best all around boot of the 3, while the Trango is better on rock and the Batura is warmer.

Matt Zia · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 146

You're gonna hear this from just about everyone: the best boot is the one that fits your foot.

Just about every reputable mountain boot manufacturer (Sportiva, Salewa, Scarpa, Asolo, Lowa, etc) makes a range of boots for different conditions. Hard to go wrong with any of them as far as build quality goes. But having worn a pair of boots that didn't fit and seeing others try to make it work, having a good fitting pair of boots makes the difference.

I had a friend try to make an ill-fitting boot work and they got blisters the size of a dollar bill on each ankle. No joke the blisters wrapped around the back of their foot and down both sides. Try to find a mountain shop that stocks a selection of different brands and try on each one.

Ben Stabley · · Portland, OR · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 171

I'd recommend something with both rear and front bail spots (for automatic/step-in crampons) and a full shank. It'll be less comfy for approach hikes, although you get used to it, but it'll remain a viable boot as you get into steeper and more technical climbs.

Justin. S · · Big Bear City, CA · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 120

Thanks I'm going to head to a local shop with a few different types to try from and then see if anyone has my size on here for a decent price.

Allen Sanderson · · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,145

You need to better describe by what you mean by mountaineering. That could mean a winter stroll up a hill like Mt. Washington to summer run up Mt. Rainer.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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