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If you've ever hunched over a map you couldn't quite trust or wondered if there might be some gnarly ice blocking your route, these are the boots for you. The La Sportiva Glacier Men's Mountaineering Boot is a heavy duty boot that can handle any terrain you might encounter in a week on the mountain. If the trail leads over a snowfield or onto a glacier you can slap on crampons and travel with confidence. The Glacier will even handle light mountaineering and it climbs alpine ice comfortably. With a little more flex and rocker than other heavy duty boots, it's more comfortable on long hikes with heavy loads. *AVAILABLE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SHIPMENT ONLY.

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Great boot, once broken in.

    I'm a plumber, and I've been wearing these 5-6 days a week for the past six months. I'm a US 9.5 EEE and size 43 works for me.

    The leather is thick and very unforgiving, until you break them in. It took me three months of 5-6 days a week wear at work to fully break them in. Now that they are broken in, they're fantastic!

    With the right insoles, and that's entirely up to how YOUR foot is built. You can wear these all day with no fatigue, once you're used to their weight. I use the stock insole over a 3/4 length Dr. Scholl's arch support. With the 3/4 length arch, I don't lose the precious toebox space my fat feet need.

    I gave them 3 coats of sno-seal when they first started breaking in, and one coat a month thereafter. I'm a plumber, so these boots get water and worse on them daily. With the sno-seal, it beads up and rolls off like a turtle waxed car! I'm sure it's affected the breatheability, but I've never noticed.

    On steep ascents, these boots really show their worth. The half shank isn't too stiff for daily wear, but is stiff enough to make steep slopes feel more like walking up stairs. I think they're a little too flexible for prolonged front-pointing or step kicking, but that's what my Makalu's are for. The ankle support, as expected, is outstanding, and I have an ankle that likes to spontaneously roll. The Glaciers keep it in check.

    Great boot and value

      I've had a half-dozen pairs of Glaciers and Makalus over the years. I try other boots but always come back to these due to their toughness, longevity, and fit. I generally wear the sole off (literally wear it through) before the uppers fail. For the field work and hunting I do, the Glaciers are the ticket--the Makalu shank is a bit too still for straight ground pounding. A set of Superfeet insoles are critical.

      Keep these away from heat--the rand and sole easily delaminates if you try to dry them too quickly (campfire, etc). At $170, they're about the best deal going.

      So far so good

        I'm a Minnesota wildland firefighter and I bought these because I felt I didn't need a 'traditional' heel and I didn't want to spend $400-500.

        The sizing was accurate. Has a nice comfortable fit. They have broken in pretty good after just one spring season and I get the feeling it will only get better.

        Great for the midwest, it keeps the water out.

        I have heard about delamination issues but have not experienced anything thus far, although I haven't exposed them to extended periods in white ash.

        Overall very satisfied and well worth the $.

        Recommend hiking boot!!!

          Great boot! I purchased these boots on a great sale in the New England area. Not sure anyone there knew what they were because they were 75% off. I snagged them and have been using them since 2008. I have used them for long hikes in very rough terrain during Adventure Races. I have used them climbing Mt. Baker, WA in wet slushy conditions and on the summit with crampons. What I like about the boot is the comfort and fit along with the warmth when using a good pair of wool socks. The only issue I have had is near the toe area where the rubber covers the leather. There was a small separation between the leather and rubber creating a pocket of less then 1/4 inch. I got some good epoxy, dabbed a little in the hole and everything has been great. I plan on wearing them again for another climb of Mt. Baker in late August and a 14er in Colorado. I will definitely purchase another pair - just waiting on another great sale!

          Great All Rounder

            I love these boots. Great all rounder, stiff yet comfy enough on longer approaches. I got these mainly for Colorado 14ners. They are not insulated but are warm never the less. A really good three season boot. They do require a good bit of a break in period producing some shin bang in the early stages. They are bomber, great support. They work well with my snow shoes and Black Diamond Strap-on crampons. was excellent to work with as well. I am totally happy with these bad boys!

            About how long did your break-in period last? I've used mine on 3 trips up Colorado 14ers and on my last trip up Elbert got some pretty wicked blisters on my heels... I think they may be about a half size too large, but am not sure if it's just that they're still too stiff.

            Just got these

              I just bought a pair of these for a September Rainier climb, and am wearing them on my training hikes (which, sadly, don't test them - I live outside Houston). That said, they have been comfortable from the first time I tried them on. I'm really looking forward to getting them to use them in the kind of environment they're made for!

              What size did you go with based on you standard shoe size? I am normally a 9.5 but when I recieved my size 42.5,my toes touched the end when I stood upright. I am going to try a 43.5 and pray for the perfect fit. Im in dallas, so i can understand the lack of training conditions!

              La Sportiva Glacier's

                Got them in the mail yesterday. Put my Croc boat shoe inserts into these bad boys and they are awesome. I was a little confused about the insert that came with the boots, worthless is all i can say. looking forward to putting many many miles in these.

                Built to Last

                  I live in Alaska and do quite a bit of hiking. I bought these boots in the summer of 2005 for my 6 week geology field course. I'll admit it took a long time to break them in, but once they were, well I wear them everywhere. I wear them in the winter when it's not too cold, the summer when it's not too hot, and all the time the rest of the year. It's now 2012 and I still wear these boots all the time. However, I noticed while hiking this past summer that there is near zero stiffness left in the ankle support; so I decided to finally buy a new pair. They were a winter holiday gift to myself so I could start the long break in period and be ready for summer!

                  Built to Last

                  RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX



                      These are real boots. Not as real as Norwegian welt full steel shank 7lbs per pair, takes two years to break in monsters, but I'll take these.

                      I've had them for a little over a year now, and here's what I've noticed.

                      -Surprisingly comfy out of the box--made me worry about durability, but no issues there. No blisters even on death march style uppy-downy epics. Even more comfy now.

                      -Feel extremely stable on all terrain. I know light is right, but I also grew up learning not to sprain an ankle in the wilderness. Ever. Think it would be hard to injure feet or ankles in these boots, even with a heavy load.

                      -Very warm and dry for a "non insulated, non-waterproof" boot. Yet somehow comfortable(ish) on muggy 90 degree slogs.

                      -Still look embarrassingly new after a year of steady use. Might need to see if some tight slots near the dirty devil might ugly them up a little.


                      -As many others have noted, Size up! I went up about a full size from my measured foot size, and after finally fitting some nice sole insoles wish I would have gone another half size bigger to fit winter socks.

                      -On the same note, go for the thinnest insoles you can to save that precious toe box space.

                      A terrific pair of boots that are more than capable of kicking some sh!#.

                      Big Mountain Work Boot

                        After two years and many miles these boots are still holding together. Best uses are on long hikes with a heavy load on uneven terrain these boots will give you the support and stability you will need. Overall very well built boot but they may become slick on wet rocks.

                        One mean boot

                          First impression is awesome. The boot feels very tough. Definietely needs some break-in period. The adjustable tongue is great. My biggest concern was getting the right size. I went a size higher and it feels great and comfortable. Apparently the boot has no insulation but on a fairly cold winter day it felt VERY warm. I'm wondering if it won't be too hot for July climbs in the rockies. I am so looking forward to getting some miles on it.

                          On another note I always had doubts about getting boots over the net due to fit etc. This is my, oh I don't know, fifth pair of boots bought over the net and I've yet to be dissapointed.

                          i have only two concerns: can these boots...

                          i have only two concerns: can these boots handle wide feet and are they waterproof/breatheable?

                          I am looking for a boot that I can backpack...

                          I am looking for a boot that I can backpack comfortably through the deserts of arizona for 3 weeks and also use the same boot for mountaineering later on in life. Are these the pair i should be looking at? I will be backpacking with heavy loads

                          I normally wear 10.5 shoes. Should I go...

                          I normally wear 10.5 shoes. Should I go a full size up (11.5) for a pair of these boots? I will be wearing normal socks, not thick.

                          How would these boots be on the CDT in NW...

                          How would these boots be on the CDT in NW Montana? Heading that expedition this July...

                          how do these boots hold up in snow, winter...

                          how do these boots hold up in snow, winter like conditions at 3km meter and above altitude?

                          Has anyone worn these when climbing Mt....

                          Has anyone worn these when climbing Mt. Rainier? If so, how well did they work?

                          I have taken these boots up Mt. Baker and really sorry I did not have them for my first attempt on Mt. Rainier where I rented plastic boots that cut into my ankles and a terrible experience. I love these boots and they do well with crampons and snow. While coming down Baker , I post holed all the way down and feet never got cold or uncomfortable. They would be great!

                          can this boots can be also used in long...

                          can this boots can be also used in long treks in summer?

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                          I got these boots and am looking for a...

                          I got these boots and am looking for a good 3/4 crampon for all-purpose mountaineering ( front-pointing, snow-climbing, and traverses.)
                          Any recomendations?

                          Do these have enough insulation for long...

                          Do these have enough insulation for long treks in deep snow with gaiters snow shoes ect...?

                          A friend at work has Glaciers. He says its a 'cold boot'. All of the lower metal lacing hardware inside the boot may not be covered by the inner padded tongue. I suspect that could conduct some cold. foot. No direct experience myself and only one person's opinion, so take my comment with a grain of salt.

                          A friend at work has Glaciers. He says its a 'cold boot'. All of the lower metal lacing hardware inside the boot may not be covered by the inner padded tongue.  I suspect that could conduct some cold. foot. No direct experience myself and only one person's opinion, so take my comment with a grain of salt.

                          Are these hiking boots or mountaineering...

                          Are these hiking boots or mountaineering boots? I have a pair of Maks for mountaineering & use light hikers for almost everything else. I've severly twisted my right ankle twice over the last decade (as well as having completely worn out 3 pairs of lites - a pair of Tevas' and 2 of Salomons) & so am moving away from using light hikers & toward a medium to heavy duty hiking boot capable of heavy loads, long miles, & being able to strap on cramps for glacier/snowfield travel or scree field navigation. These are listed as mountaineering here but hiking elsewhere. I don't want another pair of mountaineering boots I can't really use outside of mountaineering. I'm looking at these, Lowa Banff's, Asolo 520's, & Hanwag mountain lights. After a LONG break-in I love my Maks and they've held up well to 13 years of Oregon and Washington cascade volcanos. The durability & functionality of my La Sportiva's bring me here as a starting point. Opinions or experience welcome. BTW, 240lb w wide flat feet

                          Best Answer

                          BC reccomends them for heavy backpacking with some light crampon use if necessary. They're designed with insulation, so they might not be as nice in the summer time. The leather means they're not designed for really cold weather though. I believe they have a stiff sole, but no shank, so they should be good as heavyweight hiking and backpacking boots. Sounds like they'd be perfect for your purpose.

                          I would categorize them as a cross between heavy-duty backpacking boots and non-technical mountaineering boots. They are notably stiffer, taller, and heavier than Asolo 520. I believe they have a half-length steel shank. They are missing the toe welt but I have used them with both strap-on and hybrid crampons for years. I primarily use them for easier mountaineering with longer approaches while Asolo 520 are my primary hiking-only boots (other than in summer, when I use even lighter boots). My Glaciers were made in Italy while Asolo 520 in Romania. Both have been holding up well so far.

                          Is the fit exactly the same as the Makalu...

                          Is the fit exactly the same as the Makalu boot? (except less stiff and without the front crampon groove)?

                          I have a pair of Scarpa's that are a 45.5,...

                          I have a pair of Scarpa's that are a 45.5, and in the tongue of the shoe it says this equates to an 11 2/3 (American). They fit very snug. I notice on the La Sport sizing guide for the Glaciers a 45.5 equates to a 12- why the difference? These are both Italian boot makers- shouldn't a 45.5 from one be the same size as a 45.5 from the other? Based on suggestions in the reviews, I sized it up and ordered a pair of Glaciers size 46, which I now have and they feel really big on my foot. I would estimate about a half cm from end of toe to the end of the boot and at least a full cm of "airiness" above/around my toes in the box. Also noticing significant heel slippage. Should I keep these boots and perhaps throw in a Sole footbed or (if La Sports run bigger than Scarpa) can I size down to a 45.5?

                          I am actually the person that submitted the above question, and if it will help anyone else I will just say that I went ahead and kept the size 46, put in Superfeet, and wore these things to the top of Windam Peak in CO (14,000+) and also Shasta (with crampons). They rock. Comfortable on the hikes in, warm and stable to the summits. Love 'em.

                          Does anyone know the height of these boots...

                          Does anyone know the height of these boots in a size 39? I am considering them as a back-up boot for wildland firefighting, and am wondering if they meet the 8" requirement in this size.

                          Thanks for any help!

                          Just ordered these boots in 43.5. I...

                          Just ordered these boots in 43.5. I normally wear a 10 but I have other lighter weight La Sportiva boots in same size that fit great. With these, toe box feels perfect, however, my heel lifts off the sole. The only way I can get it to stay put is to tighten down the ankle to the point there I feel its too tight. Has anyone else encountered this problem. I really want this boot because they are supper comfy but feel the heel situation is going to lead to problems. Thinking about getting the 43.0 but worried the toe box will be compromised. Any thoughts?

                          Best Answer

                          An aftermarket insole often will fix minor fit issues--especially if you upgrade to a insole that is larger-volume than the insole that comes with the boot. I use green or orange superfeet in my La Sportivas, and they work awesome. There are also excellent bake-to-fit insoles made by companies like Sole that will customize themselves to your foot after you bake them in the oven according to the directions. This might alleviate your heel-lift problem.