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Mountaineering Boots

The best mountaineering boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 7, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Garmont Tower GTX
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (61)
La Sportiva Makalu
$122 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Scarpa Inverno
$389 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX
$408 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Karakorum
$254 - $339
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Asolo AFS 8000
$375 - $625
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Salewa Rapace GTX
$210 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX
$390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Aconcagua GV
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Approach Shoe / Mountaineering Boot
$300 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX
$394 - $579
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Wrangell GTX
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX
$460 - $649
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Lowa Weisshorn GTX
$250 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Charmoz
$162 - $368
La Sportiva Trango Ice Cube GTX
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (28)
Galibier Super Guide
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Lhotse GTX
$420 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX
$419 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Scarpa Manta
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Alico New Guide
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
La Sportiva Nepal Extreme
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Koflach Degre
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Verto S6k Glacier GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Omega
$389 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mammut Magic Guide High GTX
$449 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Galibier Super Rando
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kayland M11+
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kayland Apex Plus GTX
$450 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kayland Super Rock GTX
$300 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MontBell Alpine Cruiser 2000
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Meindl Island GTX Alpin
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Baruntse
$625 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX
$320 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
La Sportiva Glacier
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Koflach Arctis Expe
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Mamook GTX
$389 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab X Alp Carbon GTX
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Condor EVO
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asolo Makalu GV
$385 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kayland Super Ice
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Mad Rock Alpinist
$240 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Koflach Clima Montana
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX
$420 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Koflach plastic boots
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Koflach Vario Soft
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Koflach Viva Soft
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Recent Mountaineering Boot Reviews

rated 1 of 5 stars
Koflach Arctis Expe

Used these boots in 2010 for 4 years and they were superb and particularly warm and dry. By 2016 after being in an airconditioned closet for 4 years, the plastic shells had cracked so badly they had to be replaced. Replaced shells, used once in 2017 and by 2022 had cracked and torn so badly that they were useless and need to be replaced again. For a couple of years I would consider these are the best boots available but they degrade very quickly to terrible when the shells disintegrate when the… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Salewa Rapace GTX

The 3F System for heel support causes excruciating pain to the Achilles tendon. The 3F System for heel support is truly terrible. The pain in my Achilles tendon has yet to go away, fully 48 hours after only a moderate hike. I can't imagine wearing these all day, or multi-day; I think I'd be crippled. I've been climbing since I was 12 (now in my 50s) and am anything but a newbie. I have never experienced pain like this at the base of my Achilles tendon. These are among the very worst things I've… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Meindl Island GTX Alpin

Excellent ankle support with a stiff footbed for climbing. Meindl quality with unmatched construction and execution for a purpose-built boot. I wanted a boot for rougher terrain and steeper grades. I don't do any mountaineering with rappelling ropes and climbing gear, but these boots meet my needs for my purposes. The ankle support afforded by the MFS system Meindl uses on this model of C rated boot secures your heel and ankle securely in the boot with no movement at all. Laces can be adjusted with… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
The North Face Verto S6k Glacier GTX

The most comfortable ice climbing and mountaineering boot ever made!! Fit: Just amazing for walking and general mountaineering. Could be stiffer and tighter for ice climbing, but would still prefer the TNF boots any day because of comfort.  Comfort: OMG—so nice!!  Support: All you need for mountaineering, see above.  Water resistance: Still waterproof, even on a summer glacier. Just amazing quality.  Traction: ?? It´s a Vibram sole??  Temp control: Low elevation mountaineering.  Construction… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX

Bomb proof boots. The Nepal Sportiva mountaineering boots are intended for full alpinism activities. They are warm under the coldest of temperatures and, yet, do feel light. Their overall quality is undeniable. The boots perform beautifully with full step-in crampons and the sole's rigidity works wonders protecting your feet from the crampon's duress. Ankle length is convenient and doesn't restrict feet's freedom of movement.   The outer material is soft and durable, fully waterproof, and does… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Alico New Guide

I purchased the Alico New Guides several years ago and put them away. Now that we have moved to the mountains I have started wearing them for hikes and walks on the dirt roads in our neighborhood. I don’t understand the concerns over break in. I left the top a little loose and they have been comfortable from day one. Great boots! Just started wearing the Guides, so limited experience with them, but so far no issues and I love them. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Salewa Rapace GTX

High end boots that are truly next level. Worth the price premium. Had these for five years now. They are my favorite boots. Quality is top notch. Super comfortable. Very stylish design. Love the way they lace up. You can lace them tight and the heel will be locked in, without being uncomfortable.  Sizing is just right. I don't do any actually mountaineering in them but they are great for hiking.  The insole is good, but I replaced it with ones better suited to high arches. The ankle support is… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Salewa Rapace GTX

I recently retired my 2011. Mainly worn in the Sierras on multi-day hikes and locally on the Sant Cruz mountains. Lasted 10 years! Loved those boots. I am female 5ft 6, about 128 lbs and my then-boyfriend bought these. I tried them on and they fit like a glove. I am European so maybe it's the European last Salewa uses that fit my feet so well. I have never worn women's Salewas. Most manufacturers of women's shoes think we have feet like Barbie, so that's why I now only buy men's shoes. The laces… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kayland Super Rock GTX

Excellent boots for those moments where a hiking shoe does not provide us with the necessary stiffness or insulation. Also, for those days where we will be for long days on snow or ice.   These boots are the most comfortable I have had the opportunity to use. They are excellent for times where we feel that a trekking boot will not be enough, either due to stiffness or insulation. I always try to use them in my high mountain outings until the moment where I have to start using double boots, since… Full review