Footwear and warm accessories
There are two types of footwear for Mt. Elbrus: everyday boots and mountaineering boots. If it’s your first climb, the mountaineering boots can be rented. It definitely pays to buy them if you are going to climb after Elbrus. You need to have your own everyday boots. These are hiking boots with a hard sole. Should be high-ankled and 1.5 — 2 sizes bigger + CROCS-style footwear with a closed toe. Lightweight and waterproof, they are used during rest and in the shower.
Hat (buff), hiking socks, light gloves, down mittens, gaiters. A buff is a universal and convenient accessory, it’s better to have two (for head and neck). Hiking socks effectively wick sweat from the feet and provide cushion, but can be expensive. Lightweight synthetic gloves for everyday usage protect hands from wind exposure. Down mittens are essential during the summit push and at high altitudes. Gaiters are worn over hiking boots and they protect the lower part of your trousers from dirt, dust, water and wind.