As a rule, the first pair of mountain boots is bought by someone who is good (most often by the parents who take their child to the mountains at trekking tours), or by some good friend. The second pair of mountain boots you buy on your own, and the extremely varied offer, the presentation of each shoe and the diversity of the manufacturers make the choice complicated.
A few tips to know how to choose mountain boots are necessary and useful to both the most inconvenient and those who are skillful (because they will have the confirmation or completion of the strategy they apply when buying mountain bikes).
1. Do not appreciate the quality of mountain boots by price. The price is a good criterion, in general terms, but do not choose your mountain boots by price only. There are brands that offer exceptional quality and comfort at a price that can be 10-15% lower than other “famous” ones. What matters is: the materials used, the foot quality and how you stand in them. Often smaller manufacturers have products of exceptional quality at lower prices than similar names of large names.
2. The first pair of boots must be in the “3 seasons” category. If you are in the position to buy a pair of mountain boots choose from the category “3 seasons” (you can wear it in spring, summer and autumn) and do not get close to the winter boots (4 seasons – heavy and really good only in winter tours), but also by mountain boots, no matter how much the manufacturers praise them. Mountain boots may be the second pair of mountain shoes, but never the first.
3. Search, ask, prove until you reach 3-4 pairs who are comfortable and fit you. What matters and you have to evaluate between a pair and others are some essential features. Mountain boots must be impermeable. On the boot details a serious producer writes this and what are the waterproofing limits of the boot. The sole of the boot is fundamental. Ideal is the vibram soles that ensure adhesion and stability, which supports the foot and sustains the effort of a long walk and has anti-shock properties. Another key criterion is the boot itself that needs to have as few stitches as possible. Boots must be comfy, as light as possible – is one of its basic features. There are no lightweight boots (the ideal weight is somewhere between 600 and 800 grams) but their weight must be reasonable and comfortable.
Do not buy “opportunity” boots. Purchase only from genuine stores and requires warranty confirmation. Buy what you like, which makes you feel good, not the boots recommended by your friends.