Crampon-compatible mountaineering boots

Made for mountains

All the boots tested and reviewed here are ideal for Scottish winter hillwalking and mountaineering and are crampon compatible (B2 in all cases). Mountaineering boots have a rigid sole and feature stiff, supportive uppers with a high ankle cuff, providing greater protection, support and warmth. All four boots tested have leather uppers, which give a more precise fit and offer greater sensitivity and feel than plastic shells. Achieving a precise and accurate fit is vital when choosing your  new boots as poor fitting footwear will result in discomfort, rubbing leading to blisters and misery. Seek expert advice and assistance from a reputable outdoor shop, spend plenty of time trying boots on and don't forget to take along the walking socks you'd expect to subsequently use with your new purchase.

Raichle 60 Degree MS

Of the four boots on test, the Raichle 60 Degree MS was the most comfortable to wear straight from the box - there was no need for any uncomfortable breaking in period. The Vibram Icetrek rubber sole with PU shock absorbing wedge offers superb grip and protection and is B2 crampon compatible. The outer is made from 3mm Roughout leather and there's an anti-bacterial lining to stop your feet ponging too badly after a hard day on the hills. What I liked most about this boot, however, was the superb comfort it offered with generous padding on the tongue and neck and around the ankle area which felt soft but provided sufficient support. These are boots you would not be in a hurry to take off. The 60 Degree also has a good, modern look to it and comes at a very good price. Highly recommended.  
Weight 1959gm  
Colour graphite  
Sizes 3-8.5 (ladies) and 6-12 and 13 (mens)  
Price £125.00 For more info, log on to

Salomon Super Mountain Lite

Featuring the latest Salomon Advanced Chassis technology, the new Super Mountain Lite is a great four season mountain walking boot with superb modern styling. The Advanced Chassis offers the wearer great feel and shock damping whilst enabling compatibility with semi-automatic crampons and, for those looking for the fastest way off a hill, ski blades. The mountain leather upper, PU sling-shot rand and speed lacing system provide great comfort, stability and foot protection and there's plenty of padding on the tongue, around the neck and around the ankle area. The low weight (this was the lightest of our boots on test) makes this boot a joy to walk in and the price offers excellent value for money. Recommended.  
Weight 1800gm  
Colour grey with yellow trim  
Sizes 7-12.5  
Price £129.99 For more info, log on to

Scarpa Manta M4 Tech

Based upon the original Manta, the new model has been substantially modernised with the addition of Scarpa's 'Comfort Technology' and has won high acclaim from both users and the outdoor press. Shaped around the RS mountaineering last and made from rugged 3mm reversed Crosta leather with HS water-resist treatment, the new Manta is an excellent mountain walking boot and has B2 crampon compatibility. The Vibram M4 Tech sole with an 'Ultralight' insert is lighter and provides better underfoot cushioning than its forerunner. Fitted with Scarpa's Minispeed lace system, the Manta also incorporates the new E.last lace hooks which making lacing up easy and exact. The new Manta provides the very latest in mountain walking boot technology. The boots were very comfortable to wear and provided a very good level of ankle support. Highly recommended.  
Weight 1904gm  
Colour navy  
Sizes 40-48  
Price £150.00 For more  info, log on to

Zamberlan 3100 Biafo RR Plus

The Biafo RR Plus is an all round mountaineering and heavy backpacking boot with B2 crampon compatibility. Superb comfort is offered thanks to the foot wrapping lacing system in combination with the special hardware and exact fit is provided by the sculptured padding. The stiff midsole in combination with the new Vibram Vertige sole and the protective thermoplastic toe and heel give good grip, durability and foot protection and makes the boot compatible with a range of crampons. The lining is Cambrelle and the padding close cell foam and the Biafo offers a good, comfortable fit with plenty of support. The boot upper is Hydrobloc Nabuk leather (durable and water resistant) with additional protection provided by the RRS rubber reinforcement system which skirts round the lower portion of the foot. A women's version is available and the boot, which is distributed by Wynnster, comes with a handy care guide. A great boot from a company with an excellent pedigree.  
Weight 1950gm  
Colour plumb  
Sizes 38-42 (ladies) and 42-46 (mens)  
Price £150.00 For more info, log on to or

Footwear sizes chart

English Continental   English Continental  
2 34   7 41  
2.5 35   7.5 41  
3 35   8 42  
3.5 36   8.5 43  
4 37   9 43  
4.5 37   9.5 44  
5 38   10 45  
5.5 39   10.5 45  
6 39   11 46  
6.5 40   11.5 47  

Note: Actual weight of boots will depend on size selected.