What sets a special via ferrata boot apart?
A via ferrata boot appears to require opposing characteristics.
For long treks it needs to be comfortable and stable to withstand alpine challenges when climbing over iron bars and ladders (robust material, stable soles and good grip). On the other hand difficult via ferratas often require a firm grip on the rock. This is where a sole with strong edges is important (so that force is transmitted directly). But plenty of flexibility in the shaft and a flexible sole are also a must in the case of frictional step climbing. In general climbing footwear has a much narrower cut than trekking boots. A bridge between the place on the shoe where the ball of the foot is located and the heel prevents slipping on iron bars. Because the weather and conditions in the mountains aren’t always predictable, we also make all our climbing and alpine boots waterproof with a GORE-TEX® membrane.
HANWAG shoes particularly suitable for via ferratas are the ultra-light Badile Combi GTX, our alpine all-rounder Ferrata Combi GTX and the Cengalo GTX for very harsh terrain. The Badile Mid GTX and the Badile Low GTX are special via ferrata and rock-climbing boots. Its snug fit provides ideal grip on the rock.