Mountaineering is a very popular activity for mountain lovers. It can be practiced in summer as well as in winter. Much more than a simple climb to admire the landscape, this discipline combines sport, thrills and pleasure. It can take several forms, depending on the desires of each. The climbers evolve through specially fitted out paths, which allows them to progress at their own pace. Whatever your level, sporty or not, rock and ice climbing will give you the same sensations. In order to get started in mountaineering, it is important to equip yourself with the necessary equipment to face the cold and the wind. The mountaineering boot is a key element to enjoy your outing. Nothing like a boot that is too big, too small or not insulated enough to turn a dream into a nightmare!
Hiking boots VS mountaineering boots?
The choice of mountaineering boots is a crucial step. In addition to protecting your feet, they play a decisive role by providing excellent grip on the ground and allowing the foot to roll properly. The wrong choice could be dangerous in certain situations. This is why it is important to take into account a few criteria when making your choice.
Alpinstore is here to help you make the right choice!
What distinguishes them from classic hiking boots are :
- their larger stature: whether they are made of leather or synthetic material, they will be thicker to provide full thermal protection, and will most of the time have a Gore-tex membrane, which will increase their weight.
- their higher upper: to provide maximum support and stability for the ankle.
- the rigidity of the soles: more rigid to protect the foot as much as possible against shocks and to guarantee a maximum of grip and stability during the climbing phase as well as a better transfer with the crampon.
- comfort: where foot comfort is a priority on a trekking boot for walking on trails with a loaded pack, on a mountaineering boot support and stability will be more important criteria to guarantee optimal safety whatever the terrain and the gradient.
These shoes are also thicker, with varying degrees of thermal insulation to provide climbers with optimal protection.
The stone guards covering the front of the boot help protect the feet from impact. While all mountaineering boots have some common features, some models are designed for specific terrain and practice. The different models available on the market are classified into two categories, including shoes with semi-rigid soles and those with rigid soles. For beginners, the former will do.
The best models of mountaineering shoes
All the models proposed byAlpinstoreare tested and approved on the ground and of very good quality: the choice of your model will depend mainly on your type of practice.
For glacier trekking and the discovery of the discipline :Our selection La Sportivawill allow you to find the perfect pair of shoes with semi-rigid soles
For expeditions and ice climbing: opt for a rigid boot.
For the highest summits and expert level practice: choose a lined model that will give you the best thermal properties.
Some modelsVery technical models from Scarpawill give you maximum precision and thermal insulation while keeping an exceptional weight/heat ratio at only 730g per shoe!
Ladies, even if some top-of-the-range models can be mixed, equipment manufacturers also offer models adapted to women's morphologies. Here are some models:
Scarpa : Charmozmodel, Ribelle
La sportiva : Tango Cube GTXmodel
Dolomite : Miagemodel
Asolo : Elbrusmodel
Salewa : Crow GTXmodel
Alpinstore will help you in your choice thanks to the best manufacturers of the market: La Sportiva, Scarpa, Millet, Asolo, Mammut, Dolomite , Salewa, ...
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