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Climb in bet­ter boots The right boots make all the dif­fer­ence when mixed climb­ing. An­kle f lex­i­bil­ity is key to ef­fec­tively us­ing your feet when the rock is steep or the footholds are small and tech­ni­cal. Light­weight boots will cre­ate less fa­tigue for your whole body. On the ap­proach you will burn less energy. When you start climb­ing your arms, core and legs will all ben­e­fit from lighter footwear. Comp boots (a.k.a. fruit boots) are both light­weight and of­fer full-range an­kle move­ment. Not sur­pris­ingly they are also much more fun to climb in over tra­di­tional moun­tain boots. While they may seem ex­pen­sive up­front, once you con­sider that you’re buy­ing a high-end boot as well as a set of high-end cram­pons, the pric­ing for the full assem­bly is ac­tu­ally rea­son­able. On non­tech­ni­cal ap­proaches you can use less ex­pen­sive footwear, re­duc­ing wear on your moun­tain boots.

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