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La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots - Men's Specs
Gore-Tex Duratherm synthetic liner
9mm Ibi-Thermo cork
4 lbs. 9 oz.
Average footwear weight (pair)
La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots - Men's
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La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots - Men'sis rated4.5556out of5by9.
Rated5out of5byaging alpinistfromthe ads aren't hype!Perfect boots! Surprisingly easy to walk in, too! With a pair of MicroSpikes, fear no ice, even out on an ice fishing day (my toes were warm all day!). Great fit, very comfortable. laces stay tied and the boot is easy to adjust. The toe box is somewhat pointed, which helps prevent your toes from getting smacked when constantly kicking steps. I have narrow feet, and the fit is superb, cradling my feet and preventing slop inside the boot. Love `em!
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated5out of5byMardimusfromAmazing BootI wear a size 8 or 8 1/2 in a running shoe and bought these at an 8 1/2 or what is known as a 41.5 or 42 I think. With a pair of smartwool base layer socks and a pair of smartwool heavy sock, these boots are perfect. I have had little issue with the size and or discomfort. The first few trips I felt a little tow bang on descent. But after adjusting my lacing and support areas, I fixed that issue with no problems. This made the boot the most versatile laced boot I have ever worn. no matter how many times I adjusted past boots, I felt like I always had a small issue. But with these boots I really have been very comfortable. I have used them on dozens of day hikes and over nighters to break them in and then on two summits this year alone. Never a blister and very little discomfort, if any. They are a bit heavy for day hikes and over nighters, but I actually really liked them during the break in. Very warm for summer day trips but not a single blister. I have a pair of BD sabertooth step in crampons to go with them and love the step in feature (quick) and the stability the boot with the crampon together. I have great traction on glaciers, rock and loose snow providing me with good comfort. you need comfy boots when traveling a lot on your feet. It makes life so much more enjoyable. :)
Sizing was a tough one, and I recommend trying them on and spending an hour in REI walking around shopping to see how they fit. A half size bigger would be a great idea. My problem is that one foot is bigger so i really had a dilemma trying to get the right size. But happy with my boot, and can't wait to use them again on my next summit. Great product and so glad I spent my dividend and member discount. Made it so much more worth the purchase.
Date published: 2013-08-21
Rated5out of5byWannabe Mountaineer GuyfromBetter Than I ExpectedMy boot options are very limited due to my shoe size. I was fortunate to pick these up on sale and with a gift card. I put about 10 trail miles on them before a Cascade climb. They performed better than I expected. I don't think there's much break in to be had with these so find out what you need to do to get your feet adapted to the boots (i.e.: calluses, tape, moleskin, etc...). I often put a patch of moleskin on my heel and I did this trip but I don't think I really needed to. The key feature for me is the locking eyelets before the ankle hooks. This lets you adjust the toe box for comfort, then cinch down your heel and ankle for stability. I have an ankle issue so this is important. They're waterproof and rock solid!
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated3out of5byRyt007fromMountaineering Boots - A Difficult BuyI tried on most of the mountaineering boots that are sold throughout the pacific northwest (short of going to Whittaker Mountaineering). I was told I have a long wide foot at the ball of my foot, and a narrow ankle / heel. This makes for a difficult fit. Every boot that I tried on originally had a good fit in the front, but as I walked, my heel would slip up inside the boot about 1/2" and rub against the boot.
I shopped for weeks, and finally started trying on the same La Sportiva boots at REI, but with a different sales associate who suggested I combine the super feet insoles with these boots. With green inserts, the boots felt good enough to use, which meant only about 1/4" rub at times.
I participated in a mountaineering introductory class this spring, and by the end of the class I noticed that these boots are actually too tight with 2 layers of socks after a couple hours. I believe they were cutting off circulation slightly with my thicker warmer socks at the ball of my foot, and making my feet colder than they should be. Now usually I sweat a lot, so I'm not entirely sure, but there were times when my feet genuinely hurt and I could feel some toes tingling. There were also times that it felt like water was dripping down my foot inside the sock, so it could have been waterproofing leakage, or excessive sweat. I have yet to try re-waterproofing the boots. If they get wet, it takes a while for them to completely dry out, especially the leather parts.
I would love to get a pair of ice climbing boots, or something that has a heat molded insert, as I feel that nothing else will work for me. I'm still pretty unsure about this though... :-/
Other than this, the boots were great though, they are really rugged, durable, and good for the job. They're pretty heavy though. Most people say they fit a narrower foot. Obviously I'm not sure anything fits my foot.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated4out of5byAlpineHikerfromGreat Boots, REI is the problemSo the boots are great, BUT! REI sizing is off, which means they are getting two pairs of used boots returned. If you look at their sizing link, they have the sizes off, which led me to buy the first pair too small. Then I went and ordered a full size up, which was supposed to be a full size, according to REI, it was not. So they are going to get these back in time as well. What a hassle, but it's their fault.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated5out of5byXandishfromSupport and heavy dutyI have had a pair of La Sportiva Glacier boots for years and I already know that their products fit my feet fine...so that was never an issue. My foot size is 12 (46) so I bought a size 47 (13). I needed another pair of boots that was more heavy duty than my Glaciers so I bought these. Yes they are expensive but I needed something that was going to last for years. My plan was only to wear these boots in snow and mixed terrain so as not to beat them up too much on dry rock. I contemplated buying these boots or the Scarpa Men's Triolet Pro Goretex Mountaineering Boot…so I bought both. They are both very nice and heavy duty boots but I decided to keep the EVO's and send the other ones back. The EVO's are solid and they give you more support than you'll ever need. Some people complain about weight and I consider it a sacrifice to wear a great product that is absolutely necessary in harsh mountain conditions. I just returned from a May climb on Mt. Shasta and these boots coupled with my Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In Crampons with ABS Plates worked perfectly. I traveled up the Hotlum Glacier, crossed solid ice, ascended up and descended down extremely steep terrain and these boots were solid. My feet didn't complain one bit and that is very unusual for me. I remembered to tape my feet beforehand because these boots will give you blisters. These are leather boots so they will soak up some moisture on the outside but your feet will still stay dry because of the Gore Tex layer. Since the leather will soak up some moisture, you'll need to treat the leather per the manufacturer's instructions. Nikwax is the recommended product but I've always hated it…it never really worked for me…but La Sportiva indicates that it's the only safe thing to use. On previous leather boots that I've owned, I have used Snow Seal and mink oil but you have to be careful because it can cause issues. For example I have learned never to apply heat to leather boots when applying a waterproofing agent or the sole may separate from the leather…a very bad thing. These EVO's are solid boots that I am so glad I bought. I summited Shasta in them and will attempt Rainier later this year. I consider these the best mountaineering boots for the lower 48.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated5out of5byBeach MarkfromI love these boots!I love these boots! I've used them in temps over 90 degrees in SoCal, and temps around zero in the NorthWest...they're not as warm as a plastic boot, but so much more comfortable, light-weight and versatile!
They were comfortable on my feet right out of the box, but as I've put tons of miles on them, they've gotten even better while not losing any stability.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated4out of5byGusty3fromThis is my only choice!I first tried La Sportiva boots about ten years ago. I climbed peaks with my old La Sportiva Trangos ranging from Mt. Adams, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Rainier, all the way down to day scrambles like Mt. Tenneriff. I loved those boots so much that I wore the tred down to round nubs. I just purchased the Nepal Evos in December, and have climbed Tenneriff seven times so far. These boots are amazing, expensive, but amazing! This is one of the best investments I've ever made in outdoor gear.
Date published: 2013-01-23
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La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots - Men's Customer Reviews