Any old hiking boot won't do. You need something light, fast, and sticky.

An approach to a crag could be walking across a road or scrambling straight up scree, but either way, you want to feel safe and secure on asphalt or while traversing rocks. And you also don't want to be left lugging heavy, leather hiking boots up a route. These 11 brands seek to make your life as a climber easier. But here, they face off. Tell us who's best. 

Keep voting at our other polls for best harnesses, best climbing shoes, and best headlamps.

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