Definition of a thermal comfort rating scale for mountaneering boots


  • Eleonora Bianca Politecnico di Torino
  • Francesca Dotti Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
  • Ada Ferri Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia (DISAT), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy



This study investigates the thermal insulation and moisture management of three types of mountaneering boots and simulated hiking activities under controlled environmental conditions with two elite athletes. Temperature and humidity were determined with six wireless probes placed on the most exposed parts of the foot (hallux, middle toe, little toe, dorsum, ankle and sole). Thermal images were taken to record the thermal insulation of each sample. Methodologically, the study aims to simulate every movement and activity of alpinism in order to realistically evaluate the conditions of use of this kind of footwear (also taking into account the lacing pressure exerted on the foot). Based on the results obtained, in a further step it will be possible to define the best solution in terms of combination of materials by creating a comfort scale for hiking boots.


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Termal images acquired at the end of the test for MODEL A and MODEL B




How to Cite

Bianca, E., Dotti, F., & Ferri, A. (2023). Definition of a thermal comfort rating scale for mountaneering boots. Communications in Development and Assembling of Textile Products, 4(1), 110–119.



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