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Do Your Research: Boots

Do Your Research: Boots

There’s nothing that can spoil a mountain hunt sooner than having the wrong boots. And, questioning your choice of boots on a hunt should be the last thing on your mind. Boots are the most essential piece of equipment in your kit. For mountain hunting in steep vertical terrain, there are 5 key elements you need to consider.


Improper sizing of your footwear can lead to hotspots, blisters or worse. It’s better to be slightly too large than slightly too small. With KUIU/SCARPA boots, we recommend ordering a half size larger than your normal shoe size. If you’re between sizes, go up one full size. All boot sizes fit an average foot width.

The lighter the boot, the less energy you’ll burn on every step of the climb. The old backing rule-of-thumb is one pound on your feet equals five pounds on your back.

Not all waterproof membranes are created equal. KUIU/SCARPA boots feature an HDry® waterproof membrane that’s laminated to the boot’s upper, ensuring protection from creek crossings, wet vegetation, saturated ground, and precipitation.

Full synthetic construction will absorb less moisture and dry quickly while remaining lighter weight and more breathable than traditional all-leather boot materials.

Boots with a mountaineering stiffness only flex at toe and pivot at the ankle to give you more control and support while front-point climbing, side-hilling, and gaining purchase on steep and vertical terrain.


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