Hiking boots, Private Collection. Photo NVMA.



To Get a Grip

Mountaineering requires specialized footwear, and not just to keep feet warm, dry and protected. The best boots efficiently transfer body weight to traction on all terrains. Older leather boots laced above the ankle and were fitted with hob-nails and/or edge-nails on their soles to improve gripping. Newer boots with modern materials are lighter, more waterproof, breathable and abrasion resistant - yet require less maintenance. Rubberized soles are great improvements over the leather with nails used earlier.

Related topic: Nails on Rock

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