Down to "Footwear by Use" table
When choosing a boot one of the first questions is, "how stiff should it be?"
It always depends on the terrain.
Boot Sole/Mid-Sole Stiffness:
For trail, talus, rock slabs, and most rock climbing, a naturally flexing boot is best. Flexing at the ball of the foot allows for more secure footing on varied terrain. Stiff or even nonflexing boot soles provide support for standing on a smaller portion of the sole with less fatigue. Stiff soles are recommended for kicking steps in hard snow, ice climbing, and ascending very steep forest slopes. New boot soles with fresh, sharp edges are also helpful.
Naturally flexing uppers allow the ankle flexibility necessary for walking comfortably, talus and rock slabs, most cramponing techniques, and almost all steep terrain. The upper provides protection for the ankle bone as well as the forefoot and toes. More padding and sturdier materials are recommended for protecting the foot from sharp rocks, scree, and talus often encountered offtrail. Laterally stiff uppers are recommended for skiing.
Provide cushioning, support, and ventilation. Remove them after each use to allow the boots to dry properly.
A lug tread design provides traction for mud and snow. Heel lug improves traction on steep descents. Rubber composition should have good friction, and it should wear well.
With their thick, warm, and removable inner boots, these double boots are the first choice for any cold weather use such as winter mountaineering, snowshoeing, and high altitude climbing. They are also good for very wet conditionsspring trips in the Cascadesor any trip that is predominantly on snow. Check out the Lowa Civetta.
All of our boots are crampon compatible, although not all boots will fit all crampons. Backpackers, scramblers, and climbers alike can make use of crampons. A good crampon added to a lightweight flexible trail shoe, greatly increases security and safety when crossing dangerous snow patches. Use of crampons is an old trick allowing mountaineers to use lighter, more flexible and comfortable boots on many of the smaller and less glaciated peaks. Light Packers and Scramblers be sure to check out the new 6 point aluminum trail crampons at only 8 oz. per pair.
Custom Fitting at Pro Mountain Sports:
We have the tools and experience to stretch and improve fit and comfort. One season of FREE boot fitting is included with the purchase of all boots (this applies to in-store purchases only).
Plastic: By carefully heating the plastic shell and using specially designed hydraulic tools, we can relieve pressure points and even increase toe room in very specific spots.
Leather & Fabric: Using the same tools, we can stretch the leather to relieve pressure or increase toe room.