I am completely convinced that nobody makes better shoes and boots than Italians. These La Sportiva Mountaineering Boots for Men are a great example.
If you are a mountaineer, then you know that people claim you have to walk 100 miles to properly break-in your new mountaineering boots. This is close to reality, I have suffered a lot with some of my previous boots of this type. Some of them are with rigid soles and this does not make them very comfortable.
With such heavy boots, in every step you touch the ground with your heel first. Then the foot pivots until it is on the ground with the full bottom, and then this rotational movements continues and repeats. In the process, you will first feel pressure on the back where the collar ends, after that you will feel it on the front. After hundreds of steps, this can be uncomfortable.
As mentioned, some of them are designed with stiff soles so that you can use them with the appropriate mountaineering crampons. In time, the soles will eventually get slightly curved shape but they remain almost completely rigid.
I have suffered a lot with my previous mountaineering boots, I would rather not mention the name of the brand out of respect because they make truly reliable footwear. So when I first saw these yellow boots of La Sportiva shown in the top picture above, and realized how stiff they were, I was expecting the same problems.
But I can tell you that this was not so. I did have several tens of kilometers of walk in these boots around the area where I live before going to the mountains. I was pleasantly surprised with how comfortable these boots were. They are heavy, insulated, and incredibly strong.
La Sportiva factory is located in Ziano di Fiemme in the heart of the Italian Dolomites and they employ around 250 people. They have been making mountaineering boots for almost a century already. I normally do climbing in this and the surrounding areas every year.
You will see several of their boots below with their yellow leather. So this is also something special, they obtain this leather from yet another Italian brand with an incredible history, the Perwanger brand that has been in the leather industry since 1780. So these people know how to make boots.
I think I do not exaggerate in saying that La Sportiva has become almost a synonym for heavy mountaineering boots. However, they make all sorts of outdoor shoes and boots, and you can realize this when you inspect their site of when you check them on Amazon.
But this text is about their strongest mountaineering boots and you will see some of them shown below. You have several of them here that you can use even in Himalayas. So please have a look and follow the links for more.
- Upper Material: high-tenacity nylon, Honey-Comb guard, Flextec3, microfiber, light thermal PU adhesive
- Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
- Footbed: 4mm graded nylon
- Midsole: PU, EVA
- Sole: Vibram One
- Ultra-lightweight technical mountaineering, guiding & backpacking boot
- Durable leather upper with semi-automatic crampon compatibility
- Gore Tex Performance Comfort lining
- Sole: La Sportiva Cube sole by Vibram with Impact Brake system
- Weight: 22.5oz (640g)
- Karakorum used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon® that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.
- The 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger leather upper is ideal for water repellency, breathability and durability.
- IDEAL TERRAIN: general mountaineering and heavy backpacking
- HEAT RESISTANT rubber up to 300c, glue to 70c and 8-inch boot height meet US federal standards for wildland firefighters, post-fire clean-up but not front-line firefighting.
- DURABLE mountaineering style work boot that is tough enough for wildland, forestry, backpacking and trail building work; Roughout leather upper block out moisture on the jobsite and in the backcountry
- LIGHTWEIGHT materials maintain breathability and keeps boot weight low without sacrificing the dependability fire fighters, Forest Service professionals, winter backpackers and thru hikers demand
- HALF STEEL SHANK protects your feet from sharp objects; MtnFlex sole give just the right amount of comfort you won’t see in a heavy-duty boot
- VIBRAM ICE SOLE give you traction across mud, rocky terrain, sand and other conditions found while back packing or working in land management, wild land firefighting, forestry, BLM and hotshot crews
- Upper Material: silicone impregnated Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather (3.2mm), abrasion-resistant textile, air-injected rubber rand
- Waterproofing: GORE-TEX Insulated Comfort
- Insulation: Carbon Tech honeycomb (3mm)
- Lining: GORE-TEX Insulated Comfort
- Closure: lace
- Equipped with a PU coated 2-layer PE insulating outer boot for durable warmth
- Low profile all synthetic outer boot will not absorb moisture
- Insulated with Ibi-thermo, a fibrous synthetic material with superb insulating properties that won't conduct cold from the ground up and locks in natural heat produced by the feet
- Cordura coated inner boot with insulating high-density foam is super resilient and thermo-formable
- SBR Aircushion midsole uses a honeycombe heel grid that flexes upon impact
- Technical boot ideal for backpacking and multi-day walks at high altitude.
- Sole: Vibram rubber SpringLug Tech and PU foam inner lining
- Insole: Carbon loaded nylon
- Lining: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
- Uppers: Nubuk + abrasion resistant, fabric inserts
- OUTER BOOT: PU-Tech transparent, PU-coated, embossed Benecke CeraCom PUR leatherette / Water-repellent Lorica with Antiacqua external coating / Vibram rubber rand / Molded TPU ankle backstay reinforcement / PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam lined with a thermo-reflective aluminum facing coated with an anti-abrasion flocking coated with an anti-abrasion flocking
- INNER BOOT: Micro-perforated thermo-formable PE / Water-repellent Lorica with Antiacqua external coating
- INSOLE: 5mm thermal structure carbon fiber and aluminum insulation
- MIDSOLE: TPU / Dual-density Micropore EVA
- WEIGHT: 44.48 oz (1261g)
- Upper Material: Stretch Cordura, high-tenacity nylon
- Insulation: Carbon Tech honeycomb (3mm), Primaloft Gold Insulation Aerogel (3mm)
- Lining: Cordura Flex Zone
- Removable Liner: yes
- Closure: [gaiter] Corner Zip, Boa [inner] hook-and-loop
- Upper Material: silicone, Idro-Perwanger roughout leather, high-abrasion fabric, Vibram rubber rand
- Waterproofing: GORE-TEX Insulated Comfort membrane
- Insulation: none
- Lining: Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Footwear
- Closure: lace
Last update on 2022-08-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Note that we have quite a number of texts here with boots, so just look around if you need something different. Check in particular these best Scarpa mountaineering boots for men. This is a brand from the same region in Italy, and with a long tradition in this industry.
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