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Hiking Boots and Gaitors

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With so many choices and so many different kinds of foot sizes, one would be best to try them out in a store first before buying them online. In a dream world, you would want a dozen boots for different seasons and terrain. I lived in that world after an REI employee sale of returned boots. All boots and shoes, $10. For some reason, I was the only one to show up early that day getting over an hour by myself to shuffle through hundreds of boots. I walked away with 17 pairs of boots including ski boots, telemark boots, mountaineering boots, rock shoes, mountain biking shoes, etc. It’s been years since then and my supply is running low (probably not much sympathy for me). I don’t have any suggestions for what hiking boot I use, there’s been so many. One that is comfortable and meets your requirements is all I can suggest.
Taping feet on Wonderland Trail
A friend tapes up his foot around his sock? Then continues another 5 miles with no boot!
Climbing Mount Rainier
Quality footwear a must when glacier climbing

Scarpa Inverno Mountaineering Boot

I couldn’t begin to describe how much I have loved this boot. I’ve had the same pair for over 12 years now and they are just barely hanging on…but still going nonetheless. I try to reserve them for winter and snow climbing but usually I justify wearing them if there is any snow on the mountain. On Denali, one out of three seemed to be wearing them.

Gaiters

Any gaiter is better than no gaiters so just get some. Anytime you are out on the snow, you should put on your gaiters to avoid the snow getting down in your boot. Lately, now that I’m doing a lot less snow climbs, I’ve found gaiters handy avoiding desert stickers and poky things getting down my shoes.

Outdoor Research Gore-Tex Crocodile Gaiters

If you do a lot of hiking and climbing on snow, these are the way to go. They are easy on/off with heaver material for bushwhacking or a light swipe of a crampon point. Unfortunately, a nice sharp crampon can still poke a hole through. I’ve heard the curses of climbing companions many times do this as well as my own. If you are the occasional snow hiker, a more basic model will be fine.

Outdoor Research Brooks Rangers

This is what I used on Denali and sold shortly after as I would never need such extreme gaiters again. They go completely over your mountaineering boot. I did cut the foam to get my clamp-on crampons to work.
Scarpa Inverno Mountaineering Boots - Men's

Scarpa Inverno Mountaineering Boots - Men's

Now with an impressively warm high altitude liner, Scarpa Inverno mountaineering plastic boots provide high-performance support and protection on frigid adventures. Features removable, lace-up high altitude liners with a special reflective coating for top thermal performance, comfortable foam footbeds and an insulating brushed lining. Rigid and durable Pebax® plastic shells are completely waterproof and maintain flexibility in extreme cold. Hinged ankles and tongues made of soft plastic allow ankle flexibility; hard plastic uppers ensure support and protection. Rustproof, riveted hardware secures lacing; full rubber randing enhances edging ability and abrasion resistance. EVA midsoles add critical cushioning and insulation. Vibram® Stabeler outsoles offer excellent grip, stability and durability. Aggressively rockered soles balance the boots' stiffness and allow a normal gait during approach. Boots are compatible with step-in crampons.


Outdoor Research Women's Crocodile Gaiter

Outdoor Research Women's Crocodile Gaiter

Down to the tiniest detail Crocodile Gaiters have everything that made Outdoor Research Crocodiles the premier gaiters for hiking and climbing for so many years. They're fitted gaiters, but the size is adjustable via the 2"-wide Velcro front opening. The uppers are Taslan GORE-TEX, and the tough Cordura lower part is lined with the packcloth that most gaiters are made of! The strap-and-buckle top closure is very comfortable and is bomber secure when postholing. A double-riveted lace hook and a burly nylon-supported instep strap keep the gaiters firmly attached. We're totally confident that there is no other gaiter anywhere as tough, durable, and easy to use.


Outdoor Research Brooks Ranger Overboots

Outdoor Research Brooks Ranger Overboots

Tested on expeditions from Alaska to Antarctica, these lightweight mountaineering overboots have proven stalwart and warm time and again! Closed-cell foam around foot retains heat in frigid conditions; crush-resistant foam insoles insulate against cold crampons. Seamless toe cap construction further helps prevent heat dissipation. Foam foot sections and insoles are easily removed for drying. Internal hook-and-loop strap with turnbuckle holds the heel down for a firm fit. Rugged 1000-denier Cordura® nylon foot shell resists abrasions from ice, rock and crampons; coated packcloth lining resists snow and rain. Knee-length uppers feature rugged, highly breathable Schoeller® Dynamic Extreme® fabric for durability and weather protection. Large circumference uppers with four-way stretch fit over thick expedition clothing and offer full freedom of movement. Hook-and-loop top strap cinches cuff snug to keep snow out; 1.5" hook-and-loop, full-length front closure ensures easy on/off even with gloved hands. Composition: 58% urethane-coated nylon, 24% nylon, 14% rubber-coated nylon and 4% spandex. Average weight per pair is 1 lb. 9 oz. based on size Medium.


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