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La Sportiva Glacier WLF Mountaineering Boot - Men's

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    Mountain performance with forest management features.

    La Sportiva designed its Men's Glacier WLF Mountaineering Boot to stand up to light forest management work and post-fire cleanup. The eight-inch height meets US federal standards for wildland firefighters, the heat-resistant sole is resistant to 300C, and the glue is resistant to 70C. However, this boot is not for front-line wildfire work—wear it during backpacking trips and for forest management and fire cleanup. The leather upper blocks wetness without sacrificing breathability, and the MtnFlex insole and half steel shank provide comfortable flex and protection for alpine environments.

    • Idro-Perwanger Roughout leather upper
    • Dry-Best lining
    • 8mm MtnFlex insole, 1.5mm half steel shank
    • PU Aircushion midsole
    • Heat-resistant sole (rubber compound resistant to 300C)
    • Glue resistant to 70C
    • Vibram Ice sole
    • Not intended for front-line wildfire work
    • Item #LSP0197

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Idro-Perwanger (silicon-impregnated leather)
    Removable Liner
    no
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    no
    Lining
    Dry-Best
    Crampon Compatibility
    hybrid
    Sole
    Vibram Ice
    Midsole
    PU Aircushion
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 32.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    forest management, post-fire cleanup, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great boot.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs large
    • Size Bought: 10

    This is my third pair of these boots over the past 7 years. I put these boots to the test every summer on fire assignments, in all types of situations. I think it is still good to have a backup pair of leathers to work in for heavy heat and duff. They run a little bit big but if you are planning on putting insoles in them go with your original size and they will fit just right.

    You need to LEARN how to wear them

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    When I first had put them on, they made my feet ache. Then I noticed you had to adjust the tounge, which is attached by Velcro, that helped. BUT, then I was still having issues with them being uncomfortable, UNTIL I realized that you don't want to tighten the toes laces. I take up the slack, use the hooks to hold the slack, then CRAM down the ankle. They were WONDERFUL after that.
    WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS: if your going from your leather White's/Nick's to this boot, you're probably going to need thinner socks. I wear extra-thick Smartwools with my Nicks and medium hikers with these.
    The tread on these is not as sticky as my traditional fireboots. But, they have great edging if you're on rock and need a foothold.
    They feel like a ski boot, at first, just give them a chance, 2 weeks.
    I am usually a 41 (US 8), but fit in the 41.5, but also have a very wide foot (EE) that is pancake thin (I probably needed the extra space). They also air out very nicely, no need for a boot drier.

    Color me impressed

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    I bought these boots a couple months ago primarily for winter backcountry trips. Decided to go a half size up to accommodate heavy socks, and glad I did. I wore them to work every day for about a week, and on a few minor hikes. This past weekend I wore them up to Hermit Lake/Tuckerman's Ravine, and I was really impressed with their performance. I wore sock liners under Smartwool Mountaineering socks, and was incredibly comfortable the whole time. We managed to beat sunset and get up to the top of the bowl, and I felt totally confident in these things both on the way up and the slippery descent.



    These boots are also perfectly dry, as advertised. My feet sweat a lot, and although it got down to the mid 20s in our hut, I woke up to a perfectly dry(not frozen) pair of boots. The same could not be said for my friend's which were soaked.



    Overall I'm impressed with this boot, and would recommend them to anyone who splits their time between winter treks and summer jaunts. If you're on the fence with sizes, and plan to use these in cold Wx, definitely bump up a half size.

    Not impressed

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    Bought these as a work/mountain/fire fighting approved boot. Nice for about 6 months (of heavy usage) before the sides blew out. The optimist in me wants to think this was just a bad batch....

    After speaking to other firefighters that have used these boots, I don't think it was a bad batch. The note "not intended for front line wildfire work" makes me wonder why they even tried to make a fire boot in the first place.

    Good deal!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    Good deal on these boots - super quick to break in (just 3 days)

    They perform well on all terrain and seem to work ok with strap on crampons (for walking on ice - would not recommend serious ice climbing with them)

    Too warm

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs large

    Used this boot a few times for some short hikes and land management stuff. Boot is not uncomfortable, but for warm weather in Arizona it is really just too warm of a boot. Not much breathability either. Standard La Sportiva sizing though, slightly on big side, and a bit narrow. I wear a 13 Lowa, 12-13 Salewa (12 for trail, 13 for mountaineering), 13 Asolo, and the 46 was the right size in this boot for me.

    tuff duty

      I've worn them for 1 month now and I would say after a brief 3 day break in my feet have never felt so good! I've been on fire's for the last month in canyon country and the only problems I've had was melting the shoe laces and grinding a little bit of sitting on the outside upper where the 2 different leathers come together. I hope to see them come out in a non insulated black, irregardless I will definitely buy another pair!

      tuff duty

        I've worn them for 1 month now and I would say after a brief 3 day break in my feet have never felt so good! I've been on fire's for the last month in canyon country and the only problems I've had was melting the shoe laces and grinding a little bit of sitting on the outside upper where the 2 different leathers come together. I hope to see them come out in a non insulated black, irregardless I will definitely buy another pair!

        great boots

          I work on a hotshot crew and seen some nasty country in the month and a half that i had them. Soles have stayed in place, few little chips on the sole due to slippery rock slopes. The stiffness in the ankle area of the boot have gotten flimsy. So far so good, they have had seen a good amount of mop up days and hiking. Liking them so far...

          la sportiva wlf

            soles peeled off 9 days into a fire. these boots are not made for fire. sole is glued on- not stitched.

            anyone who says these boots are legit for fire is a knob

            Terrible for Fire

              As a firefighter who has used these boots I must say, these boots will not hold up in any sort of fire related environment. I used the boots for basic firefighting procedures. It did not last for more than three fires. I do not recommend buying this boot if you are a firefighter. This boot needs more attention before going to fires. The company warranty and service does not compliment this "specialty" boot. I have had a terrible experience with this company and its products.

              Great boots, great customer service

                These are the best wildland boots I've ever owned. I own 2 pairs of N----- H--shots. The Sportiva's are half the price and half the weight. The quality is top notch, and the ankle support is second to none. I only wish they came out fifteen years ago. Customer service at Backcountry is great.

                looking for a boot with composite toe &...

                looking for a boot with composite toe & steel or fiberglass shank.

                can you suggest a good boot.

                Best Answer

                Check these out:



                http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-trango-extreme-evo-light-gtx-mens



                Most mountaineering or climbing boots are going to have some sort of shank in the mid-sole. The toe box is definitely burly as these can be used to kick in steps on ice or rock (with or without crampons).



                Feel free to chat in with one of gearheads for more options that will fit your specific needs!

                we are looking for a wildland fire fighting...

                we are looking for a wildland fire fighting boot and the glacier has been recommended to us through a hot shot crew member we know. anyway, it doesn't make sense to us that 400 grs of thinsulate are used in what is the fire fighting boot. Seems like summertime fire fighting in the hot forest etc would call for a boot without thinsulate. any thoughts on this? i have a pair of danners that i hunt with in the fall and winter that are 400 grs of thinsulate and I where them occasionally working in the summer..............and they are hot as heck. my concern is the glacier is too hot for wlf. i would like some feedback if anyone has any.........thanks!

                Pretty sure these boots are not insulated. Also, I don't think these are very good fire boots. Seen them delaminate on a number of coworkers - definitely not a front line boot in my opinion. If you're looking for a mountaineering style fire boot, I'd recommend the Scarpa Fuegos over the Glacier WLF.

                I am going on a 17 day Mt. Everest trek...

                I am going on a 17 day Mt. Everest trek in the Spring of 2013, hiking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar, then back. Will this boot perform well on that trek, or would another 'La Sportiva' style be better? This will be my first experience buying "professional" grade hiking footwear. Thank you.

                I did the same trek last September/October in light hiking boots (Merrel Moab Ventilator Mid), carrying a 35 lb pack. My buddy did the same, and I saw a couple with the same shoes. Very doable. Those would be similar to La Sportiva's FC Eco 4 or the Thunder II. Of course, there are also tour groups full of people with mountaineering boots too.

                It comes down to how comfortable you want to be and how much you want to spend. As long as it's a mid height boot you probably can't go wrong.

                It's just a vigorous hike. And the Sherpas often wear Crocs or Chinese sneakers.

                Do you make this boot in wide sizes as...

                Do you make this boot in wide sizes as well, say 2EE - 4EE?

                The BC rep that I asked about wide sizes, said they do not carry specific wide sizes. some brands are wider than others.

                What I tend to do is get to a store and try the stuff on, then come home and pay less for it here @ bc.

                If it helps I got wide feet too, and went with the Salomon Cosmic GTX. http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-cosmic-4d-gtx-backcpacking-boot-mens Not a mountaineering boot, but is a good boot, and fits awesome

                How does the shank in the Glacier WLF...

                How does the shank in the Glacier WLF compare tot he regular Glacier? Any difference there?

                Particularly interested in any differences in the boot that would prevent/not favor light crampon use in the mountains (when compared to the regular Glacier).

                Thanks