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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

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2 5

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....

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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.

5 5

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)

3 5

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.

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 Responded on

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!

Will you have those shoes in size 47?

Will you have those shoes in size 47?

Responded on

Also, it looks like BC, as of today, has size 47 in stock. Best of luck!

4 5

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!

Responded on

great boots a little warm for our line of work. also a bigger heel would be good.

4 5

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!

5 5

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...

1 5

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

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My soles did the exact same thing 8 HOURS into my first fire of the season. I do not understand how an almost 300 pair of boots can fall apart so easily. DO NOT BUY THESE BOOTS

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!

Responded on

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.

Best Answer Responded on

I second that. Two people on my crew had the Scarpa Fuego and both pairs of boots endured 1000+ hours of overtime without a hitch (no sign of delimitation, relatively comfortable, water resistant). Now only if BC would carry them.

1 5

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.

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WLF: Wildland Fire.

So yea, it is supposedly for a firefighter.

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Scott...
did you contact us for a return or exchange? those have a lifetime warranty on them. you can send them back for a full refund

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.

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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.

5 5

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.

5 5

The Best

Hay you want the most comfortable and best support. This is the boot for the job. I have 31 years of fire line experance. I whare my Glacier almost every day for the last 4 years . I Love them

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

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

Responded on

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