The Rainier Boot’s roots can be traced back to 1975, when mountaineering legend Lou Whittaker avoided toe amputation on K2 by descending 10,000 feet in a pair of tennis shoes. His forced innovation gave him an idea for a lighter mountaineering shoe, to be worn until bulky ice boots were actually needed on the mountain. In 2016, his creation, the Rainier Boot, got a remake. The Rainier Remastered is lightweight but supportive, with a breathable full-grain leather and nylon mesh upper and a rugged Vibram sole for rocky terrain. A Gore-Tex liner has been added to keep those feet dry wherever your adventures take you. And in case you were wondering, Whittaker loves the new boots — we asked him.

$180

Upper: Leather/Mesh
Sole: Vibram
Liner: Gore-Tex
Width: D/Standard

Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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