Mountaineering is a very popular activity for mountain lovers. It can be practiced in summer as well as in winter. Much more than just climbing to admire the landscape, this discipline combines sport, thrills and pleasure. It can take several forms, according to the desires of each one. The climbers thus evolve through specially prepared paths, which allows them to progress at their own pace. Whatever your level, sportsman or not, rock and glacier climbing will make you experience the same sensations. For a good introduction to mountaineering, it is advisable 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. There is nothing like a shoe that is too big, too small or not isolated enough to turn a dream into a nightmare!
The choice of mountaineering shoes is a crucial step. In addition to protecting your feet, they play a decisive role by promoting excellent grip on the ground and allowing the foot to roll off smoothly. A bad choice could therefore be dangerous in certain situations. This is why it is important to take a few criteria into account when making your choice.
Alpinstore is here to help you make the right choice!
What distinguishes them from classic hiking boots are:
- their more imposing stature: whether they are made of leather or synthetic material, they will be thicker to provide complete thermal protection, and most of the time they will have a Gore-tex membrane, which will increase their weight.
- their higher upper: to provide maximum support and stability to the ankle.
- the rigidity of the soles: stiffer to provide maximum protection for the foot against shocks and guarantee maximum grip and stability during climbing as well as better transfer with the crampon.
- Comfort: where the comfort of the foot is a priority on a trekking boot for walking on trails with a loaded bag, on a mountaineering boot support and stability will be more important criteria to guarantee optimal safety whatever the terrain and the difference in height.
These boots are also thicker, the degrees of thermicity vary in order to offer mountaineers optimal protection.
The stone shields covering the front of the shoe help protect the feet from impacts. While all mountaineering boots have some fairly common features, some models are designed for a specific terrain and practice. The different models available on the market are divided into two categories, including shoes with semi-rigid soles and those with rigid soles. For beginners, the former will do the trick.
All the models offered by Alpinstore are tested and approved in the field and are of very good quality: the choice of your model will depend above all on your type of practice.
Ladies, even though some top-of-the-range models may be mixed, equipment manufacturers also offer models adapted to women's morphologies. Here are some models: