Waterproofing in high mountain boots
To enjoy the high mountain it is essential that we keep our feet dry and warm, so the presence of waterproof membranes in this type of footwear will be more than important. These tissues will keep us protected from water in an activity where contact with snow or water can be more than usual.
Gore-Tex and waterproof membranes
Speaking of waterproof membranes is talking about Gore-Tex. This offers us a wide range of variants - Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort or Gore-Tex Performance Comfort, among many others - that always give us the best response at all times.
In the case of high mountain boots, one of the most interesting variants of the Gore-Tex membranes is undoubtedly the Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort. This fabric is designed for cold climates and combines lasting waterproofness, optimum breathability and good thermal insulation thanks to its insulating lining. With this membrane the water and the snow do not penetrate the footwear, keeping us protected and dry at all times.
High mountain boots without waterproof membrane
We find models of high mountain boots that do not incorporate waterproof membranes since they are designed for use on expeditions. In situations of this altitude, the humidity we encounter is minimal, so that the presence of these membranes is not necessary. In any case, these boots usually incorporate a leather coating, which functions as a waterproof fabric.
The types of soles of the high mountain boots
To properly choose the model that best suits our needs, we must distinguish between the types of soles we will find. This item will provide us with the grip and the pull of the boot at the time of walking, so it is essential to know in depth the types of soles offered by the market.
Vibram soles in high mountain boots
Vibram soles are one of the most common models of high mountain boots, and they are characterized by being manufactured by a special rubber compound that guarantees an optimal grip on the floor. In addition, this material is not affected neither by high nor by low temperatures, maintaining its original traction intact on all surfaces.
One of the most popular variants of the single Vibram is what is known as Vibram Mega Grip, which is a rubber designed for activities that require a great grasp of the boot or what use is produced on firm sliders. The high mountain boots that incorporate it adapt to the damage of the terrain.
High mountain boots with Contagrip soles
Contagrip soles are another of the options offered by the market for high mountain boots. This sole, developed by the Salomon brand, has a different composition depending on the area in question: the areas that are more likely to wear out before include more denser and more resistant compounds to slow down their wear and tear. Other areas, such as the central area, use compounds of lower density that offer a little more flexibility.
Among its variants we highlight the recent Senar Marking Mountaineering Contagrip, which offers a special traction in the boots for high mountains that incorporate it. The only Contagrip will be found in those models manufactured by the brand Salomon.
High-rise or semi-mounted mountain boots
Another aspect that we must value when choosing our high mountain boots is whether they support automatic or semiautomatic crampons. The boots prepared for automatic crampons have cracks or bushes both in the front and in the back (in the area of ??the heel) to be able to place them.
By his side, those that only admit semiautomatic crampons have cracks or notches only in the area of ??the heel. In this way you can adapt some belt crampons and that the snow or ice will not stop you.
Do you need high mountain boots for women?
If you are looking for women models, we invite you to visit our collection. In it you will find the model that best suits your needs, since you can find specimens with different types of soles, grampment system or waterproofing features.
For those looking for a footwear for severe cold conditions, we recommend the hottest models in our collection. These boots have a special thermal reinforcement that will keep your feet always protected from the toughest conditions of cold.
Find your high mountain boots for men
You can also enjoy a wide variety of models of high mountain boots for men. Such prestigious brands, such as La Sportiva, The North Face, Salomon and Salewa, among others, cover our range of models in which you will find the highest quality guaranteed.