Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Mountaineering Boots

Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo

84

2017

Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo

The Lowa Mountain Expert GTX Evo is an incredibly comfortable and sound mountain boot with some interesting features at a fantastic value.

LOWA Expedition 6000 EVO RD

91

2015

LOWA Expedition 6000 EVO RD

Lowa’s Expedition 6000 EVO RD is well suited for climbing moderate to technical routes in cold weather like Alaska, Himalayas and Peru. But with an inner bootie that is slow to dry, this is not the boot to have on wet routes when ample drying time is not available.

La Sportiva Baruntse

88

2015

La Sportiva Baruntse

The La Sportiva Baruntse is well suited for climbing moderate routes in cold weather such as Denali’s West Buttress, Mt. Elbrus and early spring on Mt. Rainier.

Salewa Pro Gaiter

80

2014

Salewa Pro Gaiter

The Salewa Pro Gaiter is a solid “one-and-a-half” all around boot that eats up technical terrain with ease and can handle long approaches. 

Lowa Weisshorn GTX

84

2014

Lowa Weisshorn GTX

If you are looking for a boot than can handle anything the alpine world can throw at you, the Lowa Weisshorn GTX is a great all arounder. 

Scarpa Phantom Guide

90

2013

Scarpa Phantom Guide

The Phantom Guide is a great, highly versatile climbing boot, whether it is technical ice climbing, alpine climbing in Chamonix, or moderate elevation mountaineering such as on Rainier or Mt. Blanc.