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Tough enough for trips to the top of the world.

Designed for the intense level of NOLS and Outward Bound mountaineering courses, the La Sportiva Men's Karakorum Mountaineering Boot delivers superior support and rugged durability for long climbs and alpine expeditions. La Sportiva's Idro-Perwanger silicone-impregnated roughout leather is highly water-resistant, breathable, and tougher than a lumberjack's calloused hands. Add a Vibram rubber toe rand and outsole, as well as the wicking comfort of the Karakorum's Dry-Best lining, and this La Sportiva boot is ready to tackle trips to the planet's highest reaches.
  • 3D Flex ankle hinge system articulates for lateral flex and greater agility; also reduces break-in period
  • Polyurethane SBR Aircushion midsole absorbs shock and cushions long approaches and descents
  • 8mm high density nylon insole with anti-torsion plate delivers underfoot support for negotiating uneven terrain and heavy loads

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Do these boots have a shank support...?

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Do these boots have a shank support...?

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Hey Paul,
Yes, they have a 8mm high density nylon shank

Hello,what happened if the shoe l bought...

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Hello,what happened if the shoe l bought is not correct one .can l change It?

Hello, what happened if the shoe size I...

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Hello, what happened if the shoe size I bought is not the correct one. Can I change It?

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Fernando,

Yes if you order the wrong size you can send them back and get a new pair. Or you could order both sizes you are unsure about and then send back the ones that don't fit. You can read more about BC's return policy here: http://www.backcountry.com/sc/returnguarantee

5 5

Great boots for hard hiking!

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

The Karakorum are great boots. My pair are waterproof and warm, without defects, but I think that are not a mountaineering boots, however works great with crampons (I use it with BD sabre tooth clip) for glacier traveling and moderates slopes, so I prefer use the Karakorum boot for hard hiking in the mountains.

These boots are very comfortables and don't need breaking in period, I used it for fist time in a 40 miles hiking (with glacier and rock paths) and my feet feel great all time.

Great boots for hard hiking!

what size is 10 U.S. in Europe

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what size is 10 U.S. in Europe

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We try to be pretty transparent with our sizing charts listed by the Add To Cart button; if you ever need to check. These in size 10 should be about a 43 EU size.

4 5

Wild Fire Fightin' Boots

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I got these for my bestie who's fighting wildland fires for Utah County this summer. They're super comfortable from day one, no uncomfortable break in period. Little bit hot in the summer, especially trampin around fires, but he can't wait to try them out with some crampons for some winter adventures when fire season ends. For sizing, they were pretty true to size, he's got an avg width foot, size 9 and he got the 42's.

4 5

La Sportiva Karakorum

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought these boots for a spring backpacking trip in the Sierras. I got to use them for the first time a few days ago on a winter hike up Mt. Chocorua. They kept my feet toasty warm (it was mid 20's and I ended up wishing I had lighter socks because my feet were over-heating a little bit). I hiked 7.5 miles right out of the box with no blisters and not a single hot-spot.Not bad for such a stiff shoe. They worked well with the BD Contact Crampon Clip (I wear a 45.5 and they were right at the upper range of the crampon).

I water-proffed the leather with Nikwax before use. With temps below freezing I would have been worried if I had issues with waterproofness. I will have to report back when I use them in warmer conditions.

My only complaint is fit and this is really specific to my foot. They are low-volume boots. I have what I would consider a normal or medium width foot. I ended up having to go up about half a size from what is my true shoe size. As I said above I remained blister free. I did, however, find that when I went on to the front point my heel raised quite a bit. I had not experienced this when I walked on an incline slope without crampons so it came as a bit of a surprise. Not terrible for me since my primary use is backpacking and hiking, but worth keeping in mind if you have wider feet.

5 5

La Sportiva - Karakorum

I did some research before buying these boots. I had my foot measured twice, just to make sure, on the Brannock scale and visited the La Sportiva website which recommends buying 1/2 size larger. I followed their advice and the boots came in perfect. I took out the factory inserts, put my own in and have accumulated a little over 400 miles in them, hiking,on and off trail, climbing, post holeing through snow and snowshoeing. The website said to Nikwax them after a hard day, which I have, about 3 times now, and have had no problems with leaks. They walk great and feel like slippers to me now which, I'm sure, is due to a lot of use. All in all I feel like they are a great all around boot, great fit, very supportive and a terrific value for the money. I would highly recommend them to a friend but with the understanding they make sure of the fit - but that is critical no matter which boots you buy.

What are the differences between this and...

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What are the differences between this and the glacier boot?

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I feel this is more of a heavy duty backpacking and light mountaineering boot where the Glacier has more flex and is geared toward heavy backpacking with some ice travel thrown in. They both weigh about the same.

This boot is stiffer and will need a break-in period where as the Glacier should break in quickly.

5 5

Great General Mountaineering Boot

I use these boots for General Mountaineering around south central Alaska. I climb peaks in the winter here, and yes it can be cold, and if anything I find these boots to be very warm, even for Alaska winters. Each person has different temps and comforts, for me these work fine! These replaced a pair of Asolo Alpinist boots, which last 3 years of intense use. My crampons go on these with no problems, snow shoes attach fine, and what I like about these is they dont have a lot of seams on the instep mid boot to break scrambling up long scree fields (the problem I had with my Asolo boots, constant cobbler repairs). Bottom Line these boots have functioned well for me, but then again I just climb mountains here in Alaska with them, in the Fall and WInter and Spring, not sure how that translates to what others are doing with them?

5 5

Sportivas

Great stylin boots that does the job - strong,takes a bit to break in but after that they perform really well

2 5

FAIR BOOT WITH LIMITED APPLICATION

First warning: If you're looking at purchasing a "mountaineering boot", then I hope you have some experience in this genre of footwear and know what you're getting into. These are not wear out of the box shoes and take quite a bit of time to break in. I've been working in them for 6 months and have probably logged 40-50 miles and they are just now starting to get "comfortable".
Second Warning: These are NOT mountaineering boots...although modern crampon compatible and imbedded with a 3/4 nylon shank, the nylon fabric heel backing (which adds increased comfort when walking) limits the environments you can take this boot into. Additionally, the leather, until treated, is still water permiable. When treated, you lose the breathability of leather and your feet will heat up more quickly. The reality is these boots are simply heavy weight hiker/ backpackers with fantastic ankle support and limited environment application.
My assesment: These boots run narrow in my opinion (I have a pretty regular size 11-11.5/ 45EU foot with no arch dramas). I've tried a variety of replacement insoles and found that Superfeet take up far too much room and my foot felt incredibly cramped. Go with a very low pro insole and stick to lightweight hiker socks to get the best fit...these boots, after all, are not meant for winter weather. It will take time for your foot to get use to this heavy duty boot. Good overall traction across a variety of environments and I haven't had any of the problems previously listed with sole/ rubber separation. If La Spotivas are your flavor, this can be a good boot with LIMITED application. If you are looking for a heavy weight hiking/ backpacking boot with crampon capability and more water resistance, I would recommend looking into the Scarpa Barun GTX, Asolo (best for wider feet) or exploring some of the other La Sportiva models.

1 5

Shockingly inconsistent

I'll start out by saying I have owned many pairs of La Sportiva boots and love them (but, unfortunately, I only get a couple hundred miles out of each one, so they get replaced every couple years). I've had the now-discontinued Glacier EVOs for the past few years, and the LS people told me the Karakorum boot was most comparable. I am now boxing up the third pair I have bought from this site and I'm giving up.

The first pair of boots (a size 45.5) I sent back because they were a little snug, but more importantly, because the rubber stuff on the side of the boot was delaminating right out of the box. I decided to go with a size 46 for the replacement. I didn't see anything defective per se, but this boot was noticeably smaller than the 45.5 -- my toes actually jammed into the front of the "bigger boot" but not the smaller.

Soo, I decided I'd take a shot at the 46.5s -- since the sizing just seemed like guesswork anyway. The fit was perfect; the product was not. The left boot was fine: placed on a flat surface it sits flat and is stable. The right boot does not -- it tips significantly towards the left front of the boot which creates a very awkward rocking motion that would be a knee killer on a long backpacking trip (and probably on a short hike for that matter). It also makes for a very odd feeling given the contrast with how the left boot feels. The tread itself looks fine -- there is no noticeable tread missing and no wear, so assume the problem must be with how the boot was attached to the sole, but who knows.

One thing for sure, I do not think La Sportiva is manufacturing a product that can reliably be bought on-line these days, because you have to inspect every boot for defects and because the sizing is so unreliable.

King's Peak-Utah

King's Peak-Utah

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Wore these boots to the top of the highest peak in Utah. 13.5k feet and they were great!

5 5

Amazing Boots!

These are the best boots I have ever owned. I have always loved La Sportiva boots and have previously owned several pairs of the Glacier Boot. The Karakorum boot is far more comfortable and provides exceptional support for any type of hiking or climbing that I have done. I have put over 300 miles on these boots in the past 2 years and have summited over 20 peaks in the Wasatch and Uinta Ranges in Utah. They handle everything from class 1 to class 5 pitches with ease. Sole is great, leather still shows no sign of wear, waterproof, warm but not hot, and I have yet to ever get a single bilster or hot spot. These are the best summer trekking and climbing boot on the market.

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Killer boots

Absolutely great I have had 5 different pairs of lasportiva boots and these work great for light mountaineering heavy hiking feel very supportive but comfortable and work great on rocky shale Perfect for spring & fall when I don't need a full on mountaineering boot might order another pair just to have for backup

5 5

Very nice all-rounder

The quality of these boots in my experience is fantastic. They are made of first quality materials and it shows. I see how labeling them as a 'mountaineering' boot has caused some confusion though. They will not keep you as warm or dry as a super high tech boot. That being said, I have done glacier climbs in above and bellow freezing temps and have still been dry after ten hours. They are VERY water resistant for being non GTX and you get the added benefit of a faster dry time and breath-ability if they do get wet. They accept crampons decently too. In my view this is a quiver of one type boot. It hikes very well, is stable, has good water properties, and can handle some mild climbing as well- not to mention the design looks fantastic in person. I use nixwax on mine and it has worked very nicely. For more intense alpine use I'd look to the Nepal EVO's.

3 5

karakorum boots

These seem like good boots but they're no replacement for the glacier evos.

I'm looking at buying a pair of La Sportiva...

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I'm looking at buying a pair of La Sportiva mountaineering boots that I could also hike/backpack in, but need some wisdom.

I have a long arch, wear custom-made orthotics and weigh in the 165 lb. range. I live in Utah and would like something I could use except in the deepest of winter.

There are several models of La Sportiva available (Glacier, Makalu, Karakorum...).

Any suggestions?

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I have worn La Sportiva Makalus on backcountry trips in Utah, California, etc. and they have worked really well for me. These aren't light-weight boots for fast-packing, but top-quality boots for rugged terrain. I originally purchased a pair of Glaciers and a pair of Makalus at the same time to compare, and even though the Makalus are a little heavier, they were more comfortable. The Glaciers were sent back. You are lucky to live in UT, fantastic hiking there.

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I'd go with the Maks. They'll hold up to anything you put them through, even in winter. You mentioned a long arch and custom orthos. Long arches need extra support. The Maks have a steel shank for added support ESPECIALLY under heavy load. You'll find these boots stiff to bend, but once your feet are used to them you'll appreciate the flex back the steel shank gives you.

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