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The best boots for ice climbing and mountaineering

Ice climbers and mountaineers know the importance of quality gear. Whether you’re on a snow or ice climb, your boots are the most important part of your setup—they will either make or break your adventure. Ice climbing boots need to be stiff so crampons will have a good hold on them, but flexible enough so they don’t kill your toes with every step.

I will help you find the best boots for your next ice climbing adventure!

Our favourite brands for ice blimbing shoes

There are a couple of famous brand that make great ice climbing shoes. Here are a couple of them in no particular order:

La Sportiva ice climbing boots

Possibly the most well known brand in the ice climbing world: La Sportiva. This Italian company started manufacturing mountaineering boots al the way back in 1928!

Their most famous shoe is the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX. A great universal climbing boot that will work for pretty much every adventure in the mountains.

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The La Sportiva Nepal is a perfect boot for ice climbing as well! The sole is rugged and will not bend, making it a great fit for some quality crampons.

Amazon sells the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX. This is a great place to get the best deal and the ability to change sizes if one doesn’t fit.

Scarpa ice climbing boots

Scarpa is another great manufacturer for all sorts of outdoor shoes. Luckily for ice climbers and mountaineers they also have a great range of rugged and extreme boots.

Our favourite of them all is by far the SCARPA Zodiac Tech Waterproof Boot made with Gore-Tex. Let’s have a look at what we do and don’t like about this mountaineering shoe.

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the SCARPA Zodiac Tech ice climbing boot is a bit more light weight compared to its competitor. However, if you are looking for a boot specifically for climbing this is could be great news! The sole is stiff enough for crampons and since the boot is made with 100% suede it keeps your feed warm and dry during long multi pitch climbs.

This boot is for sale on Amazon and as we stated before this is a great place to buy your boots.

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