Designed for light and fast ascents.
Designed in collaboration with alpinist Simone Moro, the La Sportiva G2 SM Men's Mountaineering Boot is built to withstand the brutally cold winter ascents that Moro is known for. Intended for merciless Himalayan or Denali climbs, the boot consists of a water- and wear-resistant Cordura upper with an air-injected rubber rand for added protection against alpine rock and ice. The gaiter boasts a water-resistant laminate, complete with taped seams and water-repellent zip closure, which is designed to safeguard you from moisture throughout the course of your ascent.
As mentioned previously, the boot is made with a water-resistant Cordura, which is reinforced by Lorica synthetic leather and an additional, water-resistant Antiacqua coating. And while one might be lead to believe that the G2's myriad of layers would create a marshmallow effect, the boot in fact offers a low-bulk fit—without skimping on performance. For insulation, the G2 utilizes thick perforated felt, low-density PE foam, and a thermo-reflective aluminum to ensure reliable warmth. The inner boot is secured by a solid, dual Boa closure system that can be cinched down tight, without having to expose your bare hands to the biting cold. Additionally, the 6mm PE and EVA foam inner boot offers additional warmth, and can be removed and dried at camp, or kept warm in a sleeping bag until your still-dark alpine start. Sportiva equipped the G2 with a Vibram Matterhorn sole and Impact Brake System to assure solid traction once the crampons come off. And, the stiff 6mm polyurethane midsole (with toe and heel welts) allow the G2 to be worn with step-in crampons to offer quick and secure attachments.
- Laminated and seam taped water-resistant membrane
- Cordura outer gaiter with rubber rand
- Cordura and Lorica outer boot with Antiacqua coating
- Perforated felt and low-density PE foam insulation
- Thermo-reflective aluminum layer
- Dual Boa closure (outer boot)
- Zippered outer gaiter
- Single-density foam inner bootie
- 3mm Honeycomb Tech insulating carbon insole
- 2mm PU midsole with toe and heel welt
- Vibram Matterhorn sole with Impact Brake System
- Step-in crampon compatible
- Item #LSP008U
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 42
I am replacing a pair of original (first gen) Nepali Extremes with these. It was hard to decide because La Sportiva markets these as high altitude mountaineering boots, so I was concerned they may be over kill for ice climbing in Southern Colorado and too much like the Olympus Mons versus the Batura. I will update my review after some vertical with these bad boys but so far I think they are perfect. They probably are a bit warm if you are used to Trangos and climbing while the ice is running. I like to climb early morning or at night when the temps are colder. I think these will be awesome. The double boots is awesome, the BOA is a welcome leap forward, and so far I feel like they are lighter then my original Nepalis. As to how they will climb, I imagine quite well but time will tell. They are wide, but for %99.9 of my winter climbing that really doesn't matter. I am most concerned with stiffness, comfort, and warmth. I think La Sportiva nailed it on all fronts. As for being too warm, after coming from a pair of slightly too small Nepalis and chronic cold feet I will gladly take a sock change mid day because my feet get hot in the afternoon. My only concern is that the gaiter will not hold up. I would hate to have zipper failure prematurely end what should be a long lasting boot. I hope with these boots I will never have cold feet again! As for the weird ankle pinch, I don't think it is a deal breaker, is probably the result of the indendent lacing system, and will probably soften considerable with wear.
Boa failure, ankle pinch point
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: US 11 Mens
I just received a pair of G2 SM's - eventually intended for Denali, but with some adventures beforehand. There's a lot of pros, but a couple of cons too that I wanted to share and perhaps get thoughts on:
- I should first mention that backcountry.com didn't have the size I needed, so I purchased elsewhere online. Out of the box (although I have a suspicion they might have been 'tested' by someone else previously), one of the 4 boas on my pair was a little tricky to push in - looked like it was turning off-axis when trying to tighten, and also skipping as though some internal teeth had been rounded down or something. After continued attempts to resolve it, I guess I rounded them down more, and that boa wouldn't tighten at all.
- when I keep my foot flat on the ground, and pivot forward at my ankle, I can feel the boot dig into the front of ankle. I suspect this is because one boa secures the boot across the top of the foot, while the other secures around the ankle, however there is no support bridging these two sections, so the boot folds in at the junction of them, and into the front of your ankle. That's my best effort at explaining it anyway - anyone notice a similar issue?
It's the new boot in town
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
So many people I have spoken to are ordering the G2 SM's.
I got mine last December as a gift to myself. Thank god for not purchasing the Spantiks.
The majority of guides I see are in Spantiks and they are chewed to hell. Will these G2's hold up to the rigors that someone like that puts them through? That will be an interesting match up. I have had plenty of people check out the boots and everyone is impressed with what La Sportiva has come up with. Many of the guides I have spoken to have them on order. I want to see how well they do compared to the spantiks and Baruntse boots for durability.
I love them. The Boa system is just too easy to use. The inner boot is an upgrade from the Spantiks and the built in gaiters are super sweet too.
I used them in March trying to get up to Muir to drop off Easter candy to my buddies who were up there. They matched up really well with snowshoes and kept my feet plenty warm while I tried to find my way through the whiteout conditions.
I have heard La Sportiva finally got replacement Boa Laces in stock. I am getting a spare wire or two to take with me just incase.
Though, I have heard really good things about Boas durability in recent years.