On Test: The Best All-Round Mountain Boot

Choosing the right footwear is an essential but often daunting prospect given the vast range of options available. If money [and space] is no object you can, of course, purchase different treads for every occasion. But if you’re likely to embark on an adventure that will cross several types of terrain or want the multi-purpose versatility to walk, trek and climb in one set of adaptable footwear, then you’re going to need the best all-rounder boots.

Scarpa Mantas On Test

Best All-Rounder

My pick of the bunch for UK and European exploits are Scarpa Mantas. These feel equally at home on a windswept hike over the Peak District’s Kinder Plateau as they do in the snow-capped summit of Mont Blanc. What’s best of all is that these boots are out-of-the-box comfy and just get better with time.

Scarpa Mantas On TestThey’re also capable of accepting both C1 and C2 type crampons. This comfortably bumps them up into the easy Scottish winter or Alpine summer territory when needed. I’ve used Mantas extensively in all seasons for over 8 years, both in UK summer and winter condition as well as for non-technical summer Alpine mountaineering. Despite also using several other boots over this period, none have been as versatile as the Mantas.

Despite them having been a stalwart in the 2-3 season boot market for over two decades, Mantas won’t suit everyone. What’s important is finding the right balance between weight, rigidity, durability, mobility, support and reliability. Mantas certainly offer all of these qualities in abundance.


The Specs:

Upper materials: Leather, synthetic overlays

Lining: Gore-Tex waterproof

Sole unit: Vibram

Crampon compatibility: C1 & C2

Sizes men’s: 40-50; women’s: 36-42

Weight: 2100g (pair, size 46)

Price: £250-£300

Buy Them!


Altberg Desert Boots On Test

Best For Warmer Climates…

For more desert-based expeditions or in warmer climates in general, I would unreservedly recommend Altberg’s Desert Microlite boots. Having used them extensively through my military career, they really ARE the best that money can buy and worth every single penny. They’re made in Yorkshire too!

One Response to “On Test: The Best All-Round Mountain Boot

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    These are really amazing and an awesome pair of boots!

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