Best Climbing Boots For Outdoor Health and Wellness Performance 2019

Best climbing boots for outdoor health and wellness. Concerns about good health and fitness are at an all time high, and activities like hiking, and climbing are a popular and effective way to keep up with your health. These activities require the right type of gear in order to prevent injuries and get the most out of your fitness adventures. This includes having the right kind of climbing boots. Selections of the best boots have exploded over the last few years so it can be overwhelming trying to choose the best pair. We’ve reviewed many climbing boots and in this guide we’ve listed four of the best climbing boots for men as well as four of the best for women. Keep reading to check out the best of the best.

Climbing Boots for Men

1. Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 3 GTX Backpacking Boots

This boot provides amazing, right-out-of-the-box, quality performance so you can get on with your health and fitness climbing goals faster. Forget a break in period–this hiking boot is designed with the comfort of the Salomon line of trail runners in mind. Salomon usually produces top quality footwear and this third generation, updated model incorporates the Advanced Chassis for extra sole cushioning and protection. This boot provides amazing, right-out-of-the-box, quality performance so you can get on with your health and fitness climbing goals faster. Forget a break in period–this hiking boot is designed with the comfort of the Salomon line of trail runners in mind. Salomon usually produces top quality footwear and this third generation, updated model incorporates the Advanced Chassis for extra sole cushioning and protection. The Contagrip technology allows this boot to be used confidently on a range of surfaces including wet environments. The one point that drops this boot down from five star performance is the GORE-TEX fabric. The fabric is supposed to be waterproof, and the boot is advertised as such but there have been many complaints about wet feet in this boot. It could be a faulty design so we hope that in the future Salomon addresses this issue. However, if you aren’t planning to hike in wet conditions, this is one of the best choices for men.
Pros Cons
Comes in 5 different color schemes. Has a two year warranty. Great support from the 6.5″ shaft to ensure the health of your ankles. Rubber sole provides more traction that other boots with synthetic soles. Boots have a narrow fit. They aren’t completely waterproof as advertised. They aren’t 100 percent leather. No breathability–not good for keeping feet cool in hot weather so they may not be great for other types of fitness activities.
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2. Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot

Timberland is a brand that has been known for some of the highest quality work boots for decades. This lightweight hiking boot continues to be a testament of their quality footwear. We’ll admit that it isn’t the best choice for rugged trails or heavy hiking use, but it’s great for outdoor workers who may need to trek a range of surfaces. As climbing boots, they’re okay as long as you aren’t climbing something as rugged as a mountain. While the boot is 100 percent leather, the leather seems to be a bit thin. This allows object to possibly poke through the leather if you kick them the wrong way. However, the superior waterproof construction balances this design flaw. If you work in a situation where you need to keep your feet dry, the Timberland White Ledge is the perfect boot for this.
Pros Cons
One of the best seam-sealed waterproof constructions on the market. Stylish enough to be worn with regular clothing. They are good for running and other health and fitness activities also. They are very affordable. They come in five different color/style schemes. Speed lacing makes lacing very easy. Objects can easily poke a hole through the side. Not the best for ankle support.
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3. La Sportiva Men’s Makalu Mountaineering Climbing Boots

If you are a serious climber that tackles monstrous terrain on a regular basis, the Makalu Mounaineering climbing boots are the best choice. These climbing boots are absolutely designed for the roughest terrain and environment. The Idro-Perwanger leather repels water like a champ while still allowing circulation to keep your feet cool. The steel shank provides exceptional stability for your feet while allowing automatic crampon compatibility. The steel shank has zero flexibility. That paired with the thick, tough leather can be hard on feet that aren’t accustomed to this level of stiffness. The break in period can be discouraging, but once the leather develops some give, you’ll have a great all-terrain boot with excellent ankle support.
Pros Cons
The climbing boots are made in Italy.. They are super, high quality climbing boots with excellent craftsmanship. It’s waterproof. D-rings and rollerballs make lacing simple and fast. Very expensive. Only comes in one color/style. Break in period is rough.
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4. KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

The Targhee II are really good, lightweight, budget hiking boots that can provide great protection for your feet on any hike. The soles are the most impressive point on the boot. It’s 100 percent rubber and has an aggressive lug pattern that gives you great traction on a variety of surfaces. It’s also designed with a stability shank for walking/climbing on uneven surfaces. There are two concerns that you should be aware of. First, it’s not as waterproof as advertised. There is also quite a few complaints about the outer sole peeling off of the boot, although these complaints could be from people using this boot on the wrong terrain. Overall, this is a great boot to get if you need to save money and you plan to use it on somewhat forgiving terrain.
Pros Cons
It’s very affordable for a hiking boot. Pull on strap makes it easy to put the boots on. Comes in four different colors/schemes. It’s lightweight and easy to walk in. There are quite a few complaints about the sole separating from the shoe. It’s not as waterproof as advertised.
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Climbing Boots for Women

1. Salomon Women’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX W Hiking Boot

Although it’s slightly bulkier than the Ultra 2 boots, these are some very comfortable climbing boots. Like the men’s version, comfort is definitely a key point in these boots. The boot is full of padding, especially in the tongue. Just like the men’s version, the advanced chassis Fit is also incorporated for cushioning and comfort. The Sensifit technology incorporated in the boot ensures a snug fit so your foot isn’t sliding around in the boot. Unlike the men’s version, the women’s Ultra 3 boots don’t seem to have the apparent water leakage problem so they are waterproof and breathable. However, they may rub the ankles a lot, especially during the break in period.
Pros Cons
Comes in 6 different color schemes. Has a two year warranty. They are good for running and other health and fitness activities also. The leather is coated with polyurethane (PU) for extra weatherproofing. The back may rub your ankle too much. Too much padding in the tongue–makes it feel a bit awkward.
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2. Timberland Women’s White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot

The women’s version of this boot is so similar to the men’s that they could have the same review. There are just a few design difference with the most obvious one being that this boot is more specifically designed to fit women’s feet. These boots are also really good for walking, so if you’re just trying to improve your health and fitness without a lot of climbing, these would not be overkill. One gripe that we have with the women’s version is that it doesn’t have the same speed lacing that the men’s version does. They also don’t really have any insulation so they aren’t suited for cold weather. If you’re looking for the best lightweight boot to do some simple hiking or simple climbing, these are a good choice but don’t expect it to stand up to extremely rough terrain like heavy duty climbing boots would.
Pros Cons
Comes in 6 different color schemes. Great waterproof construction and great craftsmanship in general. They are good for health and fitness in general. Stylish and attractive for a hiking boot. Would be nice to have speed lacing like the men’s version. Not good for cold weather. They are a bit bulky despite being lightweight.
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3. Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot

Columbia is a great company that produces stylish, high quality outerwear and these boots are no exception. They are attractive for more reasons than the seven different colors they come in–they are great budget-priced light climbing boots. While these aren’t the best choice for serious “mountain-climbing”, they offer great comfort and good protection for hiking and basic climbing. We love the fact that it’s made from waterproof full grain leather with a nylon tongue and lining. This allows this boot to work in basically any type of weather. Health and fitness enthusiasts would enjoy these climbing boots because they are actually flexible (after the break in period). The Techlite cushioning midsole gives the boots the feel of a running shoe while the Omnigrip lugged outsole gives it the durability it needs to grip surfaces while doing various health and fitness activities. While this isn’t exactly desirable for an avid climber, it does lend a hand of versatility to the boots.
Pros Cons
The best color choices-comes in 7 different color schemes. Actually has a nice, feminine, stylish look. They are good for running also. Not great for serious climbing. Doesn’t have the best ankle support. Toe crease is in an odd, uncomfortable spot.
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4. Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

These climbing boots make the list because of functionality, not style. One of the most positive features of the shoe is the accommodation of wide feet. Many boots are advertised as wide but still are made a bit narrow, especially in the toe box. The Moab 2 boots have a good sized toe box and comfort right out of the box. This means little to no break in period. The boots are padded in all the right place, including the tongue. While they aren’t the most attractive women’s boots, they are the best pair of boots to get if you’re on a budget. However, with a budget option comes quality sacrifice. Instead of 100 percent leather, these boots are made of suede, mesh, and nylon. This is not a good combination for multiple weather conditions. They won’t keep your feet warm or dry. We’d recommend these to new hikers/climbers who will mostly be hiking in ideal conditions.
Pros Cons
Comes in 6 different color schemes. Very affordable. They are good for running also. Seems to be cheaply made. Not the most stylish, especially for women’s boots. They aren’t waterproof.
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