There are now a number of companies that supply some top boots for scrambling and scramblers. Lighter than a normal boot they present less for the scrambler to haul up the route, they also offer flexible and well protected ankles for jamming and twisting in cracks.
On the sole is a flattened section stretching from the toe to the inside around the edge that allows the scrambler to stand on small edges with ease and comfort. Some have a slight shank that gives rigidity along the length of the boot and again helps when standing on smaller holds.
The downside with these boots is that they are not particularly water resistant so unless perfect weather is expected, a pair of 'Yeti' style gaiters is recommended for even for summer use - don't forget those deep peaty bogs!
Scarpa have an excellent boot called the El Cap Mescalito and La Sportiva have a couple, the Trango and Trango plus, all highly recommended for scrambling.
Scott is a professional Scottish climbing athlete with a wealth of trekking and climbing experience exploring and guiding routes and peaks around the globe. He is a fully qualified mountain instructor, full time athlete and Scottish Youth Team coach. Scott has climbed with some of the world’s best known climbers including Bonington, Saunders and Zak. Visit Scott's website
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