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La Sportiva Karakorum Mountaineering Boots - Women's

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  • Uppers feature 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger silicone-impregnated roughout leather, which is highly water-resistant, breathable and extremely abrasion resistant
  • Vibram® rubber toe rands protect feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion; cuffs are reinforced with Cordura® nylon for increased longevity
  • Dry-Best® linings optimize moisture transfer away from feet with a system that includes Hydrofil® wicking nylon, keeping feet dry, cool and comfortable
  • 3D Flex™ ankle hinge system articulates for side-to-side flexibility and improved agility on uneven terrain; system also helps shorten break-in time
  • Polyurethane SBR Aircushion midsoles absorb shock and provide ample cushioning for long approaches
  • 8mm high-density nylon insoles with anti-torsion plates provide support underfoot for handling uneven terrain and heavy loads
  • Vibram Couloir rubber outsoles supply superb traction on rough terrain; compatible with hybrid crampons


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La Sportiva Karakorum Mountaineering Boots - Women's Specs
Best use
Roughout leather/nylon cuff/rubber
Wicking nylon
Nylon plate
Vibram rubber
3 lbs. 10 oz.
Footwear height
Footwear closure
Crampon compatibility
Average footwear weight (pair)

La Sportiva Karakorum Mountaineering Boots - Women's

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Rated 1.0/5 based on 1 reviews
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by fromNot a Bit Water Resistant I really, really wanted to like this boot. It has a little more flex in the sole than other mountaineering boots on the market and felt really comfortable right from the start. While testing it out for a month on area climbs, I never got a single blister and my feet were usually comfortably warm when I managed to keep them dry. Unfortunately however, keeping my feet dry didn't last for too long on any of my alpine climbs with these boots and after just a couple hours walking through the snow I would start to feel my socks getting wet. After trying the boots several times, attempting to bulk up their water resistance with Nikwax and making sure that my gaitors weren't betraying me by letting snow in through my laces, I've decided to return these boots on account of just not being able to keep my feet from gettting soaking wet by the end of a day long climb (and I mean really soaking). In my mind it is a little silly that this boot wasn't designed as waterproof or at least to perform with a higher degree of water resistance. These boots might be tolerable for shorter day-climbs but I would hate to have to put back on sopping wet shoes on an overnight or longer climb. I wouldn't recommend these boots to others because if you are paying this much for boots you might as well get a good waterproof pair.
Date published: 2010-04-11

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