Mountaineering

Expedition, alpine and ice-climbing boots designed primarily for climbing and, though most climbing involves a considerable element of walking, these are not boots to consider if you solely want a walking boot.

Usage: We are often asked "Is this boot suitable for Rum Doodle", or somewhere of that ilk. Beyond the obvious ie that a thin 3 season leather boot is not going to keep your toes warm on Everest, it is hard to be precise on this issue. Some manufacturers are cautious and so may undersell the capabilities of their boots, while others may do the opposite. The way the boot is fitted makes a big difference too. A relaxed fit, with room inside for a medium thick sock, plus a thick mountain sock, and room to wiggle your toes will make a boot a lot warmer than fitting half a size lower and just having room for the mountain sock. Use of an overgaiter increases the warmth. Finally people feel the cold differently.

With all those factors in mind we have given an approximate idea of what each boot is capable of - but it is only a guide. Standard plastic boots have been used on many successful Everest attempts and modern leather boots have been seen on top of Aconcagua - so often you can get away with things that the boots weren't really designed for. At the same time, you might meet with considerably colder temperatures than normal - so don't blame us if all your toes fall off! Ultimately there is no 100% correct foolproof answer.

Fit: Buyers beware, sizing on boots varies a great deal. This is true, not only between different companies but also between different models from the same manufacturers. As most boots are still hand-made, even the same sizes in the same model can vary! When you take all these factors into account, buying boots unseen over the internet is not recommended. Therefore this service is intended for those who have already worked out what size and model they require but for one reason or another cannot get to a shop to make their purchase.

Scarpa also have good advice on fitting boots here. Please note that sizes given are UK or Continental - not USA. Please note that sizes given are UK or Continental - not USA. 

Returns: Please note that we cannot under any circumstances at all accept returns of any boots that have been "used" - not even a little bit! This includes a "just a few minutes outside to see what they feel like". Please try your boots on in your own home when you receive them. If you are unhappy with the fit we will refund or replace them provided that they are returned with their packaging and in (in our opinion) "as new" condition. Please see our section on Returns.

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