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As a summiteer you'll know that good mountaineering boots are vital as the air becomes thinner and the paths more uneven. Mountaineering boots give you grip and ensure warm, dry feet on snow-covered alpine plateaus. This lets you get on with your outdoor adventure and focus on your goal: reaching the summit.

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Summit success with high-quality mountaineering boots

If the ground below you is nothing but rubble, snow and ice then it's time for a good pair of mountain boots. The robust sole with its excellent grip and durable outer material gives you the security you need on a mountain. Easily combat steep hills and snowstorms since your feet are firmly anchored in their shoes, do not slide and stay dry even on long tours. A soft footbed ensures maximum comfort, providing the best conditions for finally conquering that peak.

What makes mountain boots so special?

Mountain boots are specially designed for using with crampons. You can attach the crampons of your choice to the thick, durable sole while a cushioned midsole provides the necessary protection against water, cold and wind. Durable outer materials such as leather and synthetic fibres provide a protective barrier between your feet and rubble, stone and ice. The high, multi-padded shaft is also characteristic of these boots, preventing folding on uneven terrain. Reinforced liner tape, donning loop and protective adhesion on the toes and heels are some of the highlights of these robust mountain boots.

The differences between mountain boots

As an outdoor enthusiast you'll know that there is plenty of difference between mountain boots. Depending on your adventure you'll require category C or D mountain boots.
If the Himalayas are calling, category D mountain boots are essential. These shoes have a front and rear sole edge, a stiff sole and a hard outer shell. The foot sits inside a warm, removable inner shoe. This is stiff and is designed for glaciers, ice tours and ice climbing. This is the perfect shoe for extreme adventures in alpine settings!
Mountain lovers who prefer high-altitude alpine tours or trekking are best off choosing category C mountain boots. They do not feature a hard outer shell but have a harder sole with a firm sole edge for attaching crampons. The ankle-high shaft is multilayered to cushion against all external forces and keep the foot firmly anchored inside the boot. Many models also include a gaiter on the upper end of the shaft to keep snow and ice at bay.

Durable materials provide long-lasting warmth

Mountain boots need to provide secure grip and resilience; that's why materials such as leather and synthetics are used since they are heat-insulating, breathable and comfortable when layered up. Leather mountain boots are comfortable and breathable, although they are generally a little heavier than shoes made from synthetic materials. Synthetic materials are light and the multilayered shaft is made from insulating material. This is important since it can get extremely cold at higher altitudes. The gaiter on the end of the shaft stops snow from getting into the boot and so prevents wet feet. This is extremely important since you'll most likely want to feel like a legendary mountain climber rather than a novice.

How are mountain boots compatible with crampons?

It's quite simple: The rigid sole has overhangs and notches for you to attach your crampons. This means you can attach light and normal crampons with strap bindings as well as crampons with a rocker to your mountain boots.

The advantages and disadvantages of mountain boots

Natural materials, synthetic fibres, crampon-compatible: with so much out there it can be hard to choose. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages:


  • rigid sole construction is crampon-compatible
  • perfect grip thanks to high, multiple padded shaft
  • insulating inner sole and gaiter guarantee warmth and protection
  • breathable and weather-resistant


  • Mountain boots are designed for a very particular purpose and are therefore not versatile

Summit success at last

No mountain is too high, snowy or icy with crampon-compatible mountain boots from Keller Sports. Discover your new premium mountain boots to tackle any mountain peak.