The kings of all outdoors footwear, mountaineering boots are designed to withstand any onslaught from the elements, whether evading minus temperatures or keeping feet dry in the snow.
There are a few different types of mountain boot – you have single boots, double boots and full-on gaiter boots. Each with differing key features and used for various mountain-specific activities, like ice climbing, mountain walking and via ferrata.
But for a little more help on mountaineering boots specifically, here’s a quick look at six of the most talked about on the market from lightweight models to full-on three-layer pairs.
Arc’teryx Acrux AR Mountaineering Boot
In the Acrux AR, Arc’teryx has engineered a mountain walking boot that defines ‘revolutionary’ – it is a double boot that is not clunky, heavy, non-breathable or horribly bulky.
It really is unique in the mountaineering gear world and, like the first smartphone or leather football, it is genuinely a game changer.
We won’t go into too much detail – you’ll find more about the boot in our Acrux AR review – but we will say that the three-layer construction made up of a Gore-Tex laminated gaiter, a PE foam insulated shell boot and a stretchy inner boot is pretty special.
What does this mean? Essentially, Arc’teryx has made a boot with all the traditional double boot features, but has the same weight and rigor as a single mountaineering boot.
It really is about as good as you get if you’re a serious mountaineer looking for a neat, warm companion for your feet.