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The La Sportiva Men's Makalu Mountaineering Boots have become among the most popular alpine footwear for everyone from casual climbers to Outward Bound students and instructors. These durable leather boots hold up to years of abuse in the mountains and provide plenty of support for hiking with a heavy load. Thanks to full crampon compatibility, the La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boots make a great choice for glacier travel, and their Vibram soles provide excellent traction on snow, mud, dirt, and rock.

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2 5

is it a factory defect ?

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

i have exactly the same problem. I always wear shoes neatly. I've been in those shoes in three campaigns. The store give guarantee for one year. I brought the shoes in the shop for repairs, and they are sealed. Let's look at how long hold.
i think it is look like a factory defect :(

is it a factory defect ?

Are these too warm for summer backpacking?...

Are these too warm for summer backpacking? I love La Sportiva and I am looking for a good cross-over boot to use both backpacking at high altitudes in CO (usually nothing hotter than 75-80) and also crampon compatible. Thanks!

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I would use this crampon on something like this . That is something that is way lighter and going to breathe better than this bigger hiking boot. Plus will be a lot nicer for when things get more technical than just an easy scramble.

Are these boots re-soleable in the US? --...

Are these boots re-soleable in the US? -- Thanks!

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These boots can be resoled but you will want to make sure that you go through one of the many La Sportiva approved cobblers. A link for a list of Cobblers is listed below:

Have you ever heard of anyone using this...

Have you ever heard of anyone using this boot attached to skis

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I see this hasn't been answered, and I won't really answer it either here other than to say... why would you ever do such a thing? This boot doesn't have the sort of stiffness necessary for skiing.

I were a true size 10US.
I will be wearing...

I were a true size 10US.
I will be wearing these as my primary work boot. I work construction and there was a gentleman on a job jobsite who wore a pair of these in the past and could not stop raving about them.

He has since moved on and I have no way of contacting him. I just wanted to be sure on the sizing. I wear 1 pair of crew socks regardless of the weather.
Can you help me with the size I will need?
Thank You

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I use them for construction and utility pole climbing as well. I wear a size 9EE in a handmade climbing boot (white's or hathorn hiline) but I wear a 45 (european sizing) in this shoe. Do not believe the US to european conversions charts. try them or something like them on first. A Glacier uses the Makalu last and fits similarly. they all have a heavily padded tongue and you may want an insole (spenco or superfeet) inside. Go bigger than you think you need. With a thick sock i could wear a 46 which they claim is a 12 1/2. hope this helps.

What crampon systems are compatible with...

What crampon systems are compatible with this boot for "general mountaineering"?

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They will take fully automatic crampons. I've used Grivel G22 cramp-o-matic with them, but the boots arem't stiff enough for serious vertical ice.

Combine these boots with Grivel Air-Tech crampons and you have a decent combo for general mountaineering. However, these boots are only suited for warmer conditions and won't be heavy enough for bigger peaks like Rainier.

They are great heavy backpacking boots and decent for light-duty mountaineering. They'll handle everything here on the East Coast with the exception of the Presidentials in winter.

5 5

15 years of solid service

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just ordered a new pair after my original pair needed a new sole which lasted for 15 years. These boots have seen hundreds of summits and countless miles on the trail. For me this is the best boot made.

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how was the traction? especially on wet slippery rocks?

I have been looking for a lightweight pair...

I have been looking for a lightweight pair of mountaineering boots. These seem to be my best bet, however my size (11 US) is not available.

I need a cool weather lightweight mountaineering boot. I will encounter plenty of loose talus and some bouldering. I have worn just your standard "work boots" in the past, but it's time to treat my feet better.

Anyone have suggestions on a boot?

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Those are European sizes. BC currently carries size 44.5, which should correspond to a size 11 mens boot. Best of luck!

5 5

Update, now that they're broken in.

I've been wearing these casually since February, since the reported break-in time is so long. I couldn't get black Superfeet to work with these boots, so I did what I did with my Glaciers that I wear daily at work. I use a Dr. Scholl's half-length arch support under the stock insole.

Now that they're broken in, I can wear a light wool or synthetic liner with heavy wool blend sock with no issues whatsoever. The trick is finding the right position for the padded tongue insert.

On the test hikes I have taken these on, they are fantastic! The full shank makes steep ascents easy, giving a feeling more like walking up stairs. My calves tire out far less than with my Solomon Quest 4D GTX on the same trail. With the impact brake tongue inserts, there is no nail blackening toe-bashing on the downhill.

Like I said in mt first review, these aren't meant for high-altitude or extreme cold conditions, and your calves will start screaming after prolonged front-pointing. But, for non-extreme mountaineering, and short pitches of vertical ice, they are just fine.

Remember, as with all leather boots, you need treat them with Sno-Seal or NikWax to keep them waterproof. I've always preferred Sno-Seal.

I an extremely pleased with these boot, and can't wait for Winter to come screaming into the Blue Ridge.

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you should never use sno seal with these boots. although it water proofs them very well, it also locks in moisture and prevents the boots from breathing. it also softens the leather taking away some of the support. use the nik wax for nubuck/swede

I am planning a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and...

I am planning a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and am looking for the best boot to wear for the trip. Is this the answer?

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Partisan info here: You should also consider the Salewa Mtn Trainer ( or the Salewa Rapace ( Just sayin' Have fun on Kili!!!

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These are overkill for Kilimanjaro. I wore my Asolo Fugitive GTX boots on my trip,and was just a little cold for the first few hours of the summit day. Wear the most comfortable boots you have. My buddy wore running shoes every day except summit day, when he wore his old Rocky boots (similar to my boots, but much older).

Are these the current version of the old...

Are these the current version of the old red boots made by La Sportiva? I don't recall the name , but they are red leather low at the ankle and compatible with step in crampons.

Will the Black Diamond Sabre Tooth Pro or...

Will the Black Diamond Sabre Tooth Pro or Neve Pro crampons work with these boots?

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That answered my question. I have Sabre Tooth Crampons I have worn with Lhotse boots and was wondering if the will work work with the Makalus.

4 5

Hope for fat feet

I'm a 9 1/2 EEE and got size 43. I ripped out the stock insoles and went with the black Superfeet. I can wear a wool liner and light to medium wool sock without issues. A heavy sock takes up too much space and the two smallest toes on the left foot will rub the side. This is an issue I have with most boots and when they break in, ceases to be an issue.

With three weeks of daily wear on them, they're only just starting to break in. I don't think I can take them up Mt Washington in winter without an overboot, but they handle what the Blue Ridge can throw at it with style. My Grivel Air Tech New Classics lock onto them solidly. I can grab the center bar and pull with all my might and they don't budge.

4 5

Good general duty mountaineering boot

Bought my Maks in 1998 and have 4 Oregon & 11 Washington summits with them - to date. To heavy for hiking, IMHO but YMMV. However OK for up to about a 10 mile approach without beating you up to much. Really shine when the going gets rough. Kick step all day, sidehill fine, great with crampons. Haven't done intentional vertical ice climbing with them but perfect for general mountaineering up to and including Rainier. Anything bigger you should rent doubles. Bomb proof durable but took a month of day hikes to break in and every now and then still get a blister. Narrow profile for a flat fat foot.

5 5

So great!!

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

How does the sizing run I need a size...

How does the sizing run I need a size 11d

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Please look at the La Sportiva website. Their sizing chart will be the best bet. I wear a 9.5 and the 42.5 I ordered was way too small. I returned my boots and got a 43, which the La Sportiva website said was a 9.5+. They fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. I hope this helps.

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I agree - go to the website for La Sportiva where they recommend going up 1/2 size, I did, and they came out perfect. If you can just order a couple of boots in different sizes then send the ones back that don't fit.

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I agree - go to the website for La Sportiva where they recommend going up 1/2 size, I did, and they came out perfect. If you can just order a couple of boots in different sizes then send the ones back that don't fit.

Are the Makalus easily resoled?

Are the Makalus easily resoled?

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You would likely want to send them back to sportiva to have them resoled.

If your boots are that worn out though it is probably worth replacing the whole boot.

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Take them to a shoe repair place. The guy will cut the treads off (approximately 1/4") and glue on a new vibram sole. Cost for 2 boots was under $50 I believe. Much cheaper than buying a new pair at $300. Unless your boot structure is totally shot.

I've resoled one pair twice, and the boots themselves are still going strong.

Will these work for vertical ice?

Will these work for vertical ice?

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You will find these to be a bit flimsy for vertical ice
They are good for light mountaineering but dont have a rigid enough sole to really stand on when front pointing in ice

4 5

kept my feet warm on whitney

I bought these for a 3 day winter trip up Mt. Whitney via the mountaineers route. They performed great, my feet were never cold (despite temps down to around 10 F), and my cramp-ons never slipped off. I've found them to be fairly comfortable for such a stiff boot, I think adding superfeet helped a lot. However, I would never use these for regular trail hiking as they're very heavy.

I waterproofed my pair with nikwax and didn't have any problems with frozen boots in the morning, after hiking in snow the previous day.