Mountaineering boots are stiffer, and will have a B1, B2 or B3 rating. They’re ideal for multi-day hikes, carrying heavy packs over rough terrain, scrabbling or via ferrata climbing. The minimal flex in the sole means some of these boots are crampon-compatible:
B1 Boots are compatible with C1 strap on crampons. These can be good all-rounder boots if you’re planning to take on the occasional hill in winter.
B2 boots are compatible with C2 crampons. These boots offer more support for front pointing and kicking steps in snow but have enough flew to sustain comfortable walking action.
B3 boots are compatible with C3 crampons, made for ice climbing. These boots are great for climbs on snowed up buttresses, steep gullies and arêtes.
The fit of your boots is the most important thing to consider – you’ll never notice a well-fitting pair of boots, but you’ll definitely notice a bad fit. Insoles aren’t part of your boots but are a great addition if there’s an area of your boots that doesn’t fit well, or if your feet tend to pronate when you walk. It’ll reduce your fatigue, lessen the chance of injury and just make your life outdoors a lot more comfortable. Visit us in-store for free boot fitting and insole advice from our experts.