Millet Davai Mountaineering Boot - Men's

High-altitude climbing just got more enjoyable.

When you want to tackle the world's toughest climbs in some of the world's toughest regions, you need a boot that has been specifically built for the task, such as the men's Davai Mountaineering Boot from Millet. A PTFE membrane combines with a built-in gaiter to help keep moisture and snow outside. The Cordura and Superfabric uppers are extremely durable and abrasion-resistant, so you don't have to worry about what your boots are doing while you're struggling to place your next piece of pro. Belaying in the snow on long pitches can be really cold on your feet; luckily, Millet added Primaloft synthetic insulation throughout the Davai to maintain warmth and circulation through the boot. An EVA midsole provides cushioning for those long, all-day pushes, and the Vibram rubber soles ensure traction when you're on top of the world. The Davai is compatible with all types of crampons, so there's no need to change anything up just to upgrade your boots.

  • PTFE membrane
  • Cordura and Superfabric upper
  • Semi-rigid outer with built-in gaiter
  • Laces with gaiter overlay
  • Primaloft synthetic insulation
  • EVA midsole
  • Vibram rubber outsole
  • Compatible with all crampons
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Wider Toe Box

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: 8.5 & 9

I bought these because I have a wide foot and heard Millet's run a little wider than most. My feet are an E/2E swelling up to a 3E after a long day of being on my feet. I wear a size 7.5 US normally and bought a 8.5 and 9 in this shoe.

The 8.5 wasn't quite wide enough for one of my feet (though still better than many other boots), but the width on the 9 was perfect. However, these shoes also have more room in the heel which made my heels lift what felt like almost an inch. If you have a larger heel and forefoot, I think this would be a good boot for you. They are nice and light too.

Warm, Light and Comfortable Boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: US 8

I really do love these boots. They required very little break in. The first season, I used them in San Juans to climb Mount Wilson, El Diente and Quray ice park. I am now into my second season and recently climbed Cayambe, Antisana and Chimbarazo in harsh conditions. They were soaked in rain and my feet stayed warm, dry and blister free.

This weekend I summited Mount Rainier in good conditions and had another great adventure on the Emmons Route with 5000 vertical ascent on summit day. Still no blisters.

I have never worn gaiters with these boots and always pack them in my bag. On the descent we had about 2,500ft of slushy soft Noon snow where I was stepping into the snow past the gaiter tops. Not a drop of moister was in the boot. Then we had a 1000ft Glisade down and snow was piling up around my knees. Still, dry as can be. I will never carry extra gaiters again, thus lightning my load another 12oz.

The trick I learned for pro Guide Chad Peele is to keep the boots fairly loose so that you get a little heel lift. Too tight and you will cut off circulation and force the boot to rub, causing blisters. On flat approaches, I basically cinch the laces and zip them into the gaiter without tying them at all. Very comfortable!

The fabric is also super durable. At times when exhausted, I have kicked my boots with crampons on at least two dozen times. I have torn my pants and ripped some nice shells, but the fabric on the boots are perfect with no signs of crampons ever touching them, although I have.

These boots are awesome and a super value. I only paid around $300 for these, new on sale.

The only critisimn I have is that most Guides have not seen these boots and they seem skeptical when I am at the gear check, but I just say they are comparable to La Sportiva Baturas and they leave me alone.

Hi Scott, what size running/hiking shoes do you normally wear? Do you go half size up when buying this Millet boot?

Millet Davai selected in Climbing Mag

"28 ounces per pair is damn light for a 6,000m ready boot..."

Millet Davai selected in Climbing Mag

Ice ice baby!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

This is the warmest boot of its kind!!
Love the outer gaiter and how precise they climb.

Hi Andres, what size running/hiking shoes do you normally wear? Do you go half size up when buying this Millet boot?

First trial

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 11.5

First time I had tried Millet Davai on one day hiking. So, winter boot, air temperature about 0 C. Anyway, no complains. I have got 11.5 size boots, fits good for my 10.5 feet. Rubber sole designed for real ice and snow. Do not use them on pure rocks terraces. I has used them ones on crossing glacier without crampons. Unacceptable behaviour, but the gripping features had worked brilliant.

First trial

Is the sizing UK or US?

joa2605875 I checked out a size "10" and we have them under US sizes.

LIGHT, Warm, well-priced.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been climbing in these boots for 2 seasons now, mostly in Ouray, but also doing some winter mountaineering in RMNP. They fit great (I have a slightly wider foot than most), and I dig the usage of lots of Cordura super fabric for extra-burlyness. They are very light- when they first came out, they were lighter than the Phantom Guide 6k, Batura, and comparable Salewa Boot. Although there are lighter options out now, for the money, these are hard to beat. Primaloft insulated and Italian made, they are warm and extremely well-built. The EVa midsole is huge for the long days in the park (like hiking/climbing Longs peak in winter). My feet weren't completely jacked after 15 miles in/out . Looking forward to another big winter in the Millet Davais.

I have an extreme wide foot due to being born with 6 toes on one foot. Would you say this boot left some wiggle room for you on the sides (since you say it fits great even with your wide feet). Do you think the material is stretchable?

Millet's boots definitely have a wider toe box. I have Hobbit-feet from 15 years of rock climbing, so my feet are all wide at the toes... The Davais feel good to me because of this, and I think they would accomodate your extra toe (you must have really good balance!).

Do you think the boots run large/small/true to size?

I wear a size 10.5 to 11 from most US shoe companies, and I wear a 10.5 in the Davais.... So true to size.