The most afraid of every newbie who has just been in contact with climbing is to buy unsuitable mountaineering equipment. Especially a pair of mountaineering shoes is not cheap. It is not easy to buy the wrong mood when buying the mountain climbing.

However, there are so many types and styles of mountaineering shoes. For novices who have just entered the mountaineering field, it is too much effort to study all mountaineering shoes.

Therefore, this article will share with you when I bought mountaineering shoes at the beginning, helping you to buy the most suitable climbing shoes in the least time, let’s start!

How to choose mountaineering shoes? My 6 selection focus


The following are the six key points I will pay attention to when choosing hiking shoes:


Low Gang OR Zhong Gang

Upper material

Shoe weight

Grip of the sole



Next, let me analyze it one by one.

I do n’t wear the climbing shoes recommended by this article, but I just provide a few friends around or often see the mountain shoes worn by friends around the mountain. Give people who are completely unfamiliar. Store trial ~

The price is a big consideration for a student or a young man who is just out of society. Most people want to buy the best equipment with the least money, and I am no exception.

Every price of each price is different. If you are the first time you buy mountaineering shoes, but you do n’t know how to buy it, you can think about which group of people belong to the following people?

The first time climbing the mountain, but the people who will continue to climb the mountain in the future


Want to start climbing, but people with limited budgets

People who have decided to climb the mountain and want to buy a better equipment

After thinking about it, let me analyze which price you are suitable for!

1. The first time climbing the mountain, but the person who will continue to climb the mountain in the future

For those who come into contact with the mountain climbing, but not sure if you will continue to climb the mountain in the future, what you need is a pair of cheap prices, even if you wear only once, you will not feel distressed.

So I suggest that you can go to Decathlon. Their climbing equipment is very complete and cheap. It is the first choice brand for entry -level novice.


If you only plan to go to the suburbs, you can choose low gangs. The weight is lighter, the activity is higher, and it is cheaper.


If you go to climb the high mountains such as the mountains, you can buy a stronger gang with an ankle.

2. Want to start climbing, but people with limited budgets

For those who want to start climbing, but you need a pair of mountaineering shoes with a price from 3,000 to 5,000 yuan.

Mid -priced hiking shoes usually have good upper materials, durability, comfort and overall performance. If you use it and maintain it well, most people can wear at least two or three years. On average, it only takes one to two thousand yuan a year, which is actually quite cost -effective!

So if you consider to climb a mountain for two or three weeks, I will recommend buying a pair of mountaineering shoes with a little better function and a little better functions in all aspects.


Mid -price climbing shoes brands are: Merrell, SALOMON, Keen, etc.

3. People who have decided to climb the mountain and want to buy a better equipment

For those who have decided to climb the mountain and want to buy a better equipment, my suggestion is to buy good quality climbing shoes directly.

Because the difficulty of challenging the challenge may become higher and higher, and the use of good quality equipment is one of the ways to reduce the chance of injury.

High -priced hiking shoes brands include: LOWA, Zamberland, Mammut, etc.

Low gang or Zhongpang?


Low -top climbing shoes

Advantages: Light weight, convenient penetration, high flexibility

Disadvantages: Can’t protect the ankle, it’s easier to sprain

Suitable: simple suburban trail

Monter climbing shoes

Advantages: Protecting the ankle is not easy to sprain when carrying heavy objects and walking complex terrain

Disadvantages: inconvenient to wear and limited activity

Suitable: Carrying and reinstallation, walking in the complex terrain, highly difficult intermediate mountains and Baiyue

How to choose the upper material?

Mountaineering upper is commonly made of chemical fiber, suede/leather and GOR-TEX anti-splash water material.

Chemical Fiber



Chemical fiber: breathable but not waterproof

Suede/leather: waterproof but impermeable

Gor-TEX: water-proof and breathable

When choosing, you can pay attention to whether he label Gor-TEX, it is recommended to buy Gor-TEX waterproof water as much as possible.

As for choosing chemical fiber or suede/leather, it depends on you want to breathe a little more or waterproof.


Gortex is water -proof instead of waterproof, that is, he can cope with a short time of hair, but if he has a heavy rain for a long time, he will still get rid of it.



The materials used in each pair of mountaineering shoes are different, so the weight will be somewhat different.

Generally speaking, low -top shoes weigh lightly, about 300 ~ 400 grams. Mid -high -top shoes weigh heavier, about 450 ~ 550 grams.

My Lowa Renegade belongs to the middle gang mountaineering shoes, a 485 grams, which is a medium -weight mountaineering shoes.

Lightly mountaineering shoes are difficult to walk, suitable for simple suburban trails.

Although the heavy mountaineering shoes will consume more physical strength, it can help stabilize your lower disk, which is more suitable for back -reinforcement and long distance.

If you wear mountaineering shoes for the first time, you may feel very heavy, but after wearing habits, you feel that you have a certain weight to step on.

Is the grip strong?

The grip of mountaineering shoes is a very important consideration. In the purchase, you must choose the sole with large granules, deep scratches, and rich texture.

The more common soles on the market include Vibram gold outsole, non -slip and abrasion resistance from Italy. It is a brand that many climbing shoes can be used.

Important concept:

It is very difficult for a pair of mountaineering shoes to deal with all the road climbing. In fact, repeated practice of mountaineering skills, and the use of timely with pull rope and mountaineering sticks, is the most fundamental solution to avoid sliding down!

Foot together?

After you screened a few pairs of favorite hiking shoes through the above points, you can actually try it out in the store!

Because the final decisive factor is to put it on and not.

Next I will tell you a few points that you need to pay attention to when trying on mountaineering shoes.

How to choose the size?

When wearing hiking shoes, it will be paired with a pair of thicker wool socks, so the size must be half to the number one than the usual shoe code.

Like I usually wear 23.5, so I buy 24 mountaineering shoes, but everyone’s feet are different, and the actual trial is more accurate.

When you go to the store to buy mountaineering shoes, remember to bring a pair of thick wool socks to try on!

How to measure when trying penetration

Step1: Put on the thick wool socks of the ankle.

STEP 2: The sole of the feet goes forward and let the toes go to the toe.

Step3: The gap left by the heel can be inserted about two fingers.

The reason for reserving the gap is

1. When climbing, the feet will become larger than usual. If the size is too pretty, the instep is easily oppressed and uncomfortable.

2. When the size of the Taichi foot is down the mountain, the thumb is easy to top to the front of the shoes, causing bruises for nails.

Do you know that mountaineering shoes should also adapt to shoes?

Newly buying shoes takes some time to adapt, especially hiking shoes are relatively hard, novices who have not worn may not be used to it.

So if you are wearing mountaineering shoes for the first time, you can walk away from the simple suburbs before you go to your schedule to make your feet adapt to the weight, hardness and walking of your feet.

By the way, check if you need to add a insole or wearing a thicker socks.


The above is the 6 choices when I choose a mountaineering shoes, and I will help you review again:

1. Price

People who will continue to climb the mountain in the future: you can choose cheap and durable Decathlon

People with limited budgets: Merrell, SALOMON, Keen, etc. at the mid -price level

Those who want to buy a better equipment: you can consider high -priced LOWA, Zamberlan, Mammut, etc.

2. Low gang, middle gang


Low gang: light weight, easy to wear and take off, high flexibility, suitable for simple suburbs mountain trails

Middle Gang: High ankle support and covering, suitable for intermediate mountains and Baiyue, which are suitable for back -reinforcement or complex terrain

3. Upper material

Chemical fiber: high breathability but not waterproof

Suede/leather: waterproof but impermeable

4. Weight

The low gang is about 300 ~ 400 grams/piece, and the middle gang is about 450 ~ 550 grams/piece.

5. Grasping

Choose Vibram Golden Osoles with large granules, deep scratches, and rich texture


The most important and easiest point to be ignored. Be sure to try it on in the store to know if it is suitable for you!

The above personal opinion is provided to you with a clueless reference. I hope to help you choose the climbing shoes that suits you at the least time.

Supplement: Selection of the midsole

The choice of Midsole (MIDSOLE) is not put on my 6 choices, because you don’t need to consider so much.

If you are not interested, you will be OK after reading the above 6 points. But if you want to know more, you can look down.

The midsole mainly provides the support of our feet. There are three common materials, namely rubber, EVA, and PU. The following introduces their advantages and disadvantages.


The advantage of rubber is

High hardness


High support

Not easy to deform or hydrolysis

weakness is


No flexibility

Poor shock absorption (I will be sour when the soles of the feet are long)

After a long time, it will be dehydrated


However, the bottom material is rarely used on the market.


The advantage of EVA is

Light weight



Cheaper than PU


It’s easy to compress and deform for a long time

Trail Runner, which is commonly used in lightweight activities, and day hiking shoes.


The advantage of PU is

Moderate hardness

High durability

Good shock absorption ability

quite expensive

And it will hydrate

The way to avoid hydrolysis is to give stress regularly, in fact, it means to climb the mountain occasionally.


It is commonly used to withstand large -scale hiking hiking and Mountain climbing.

In fact, few people will use the midsole materials as their considerations to choose shoes, because in fact, the difference is not large. I think the most important thing is the 6 key points mentioned above.


Gor-TEX: water-proof and breathable

weakness is

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