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Traction and support for tough winter mountaineering.

When the mountains are a technical obstacle course of ice, snow, and frigid temperatures, the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot will be your foot’s best friend. La Sportiva combined a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane, an insulated lining , and a durable leather upper to keep your feet warm and protected for many summits to come. The Vibram sole, featuring the Impact Brake System, provides tough traction on slippery inclines, while the 3D Flex ankle allows for maximum sole-to-surface contact on the steeps. An adjustable, removable tongue offers a comfortable, customizable fit for any foot shape.

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5 5

Tough all-round mountaineering boot...

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

I've had this boot for over 5 years and it still works as well as it did the first year. I typically wear a US 9.5 shoe and have narrow feet. In a size 43 this boot gives me enough room to wiggle my toes with a medium/heavy wool sock and comfortably kick my front points into ice. I generally wear BD Sabretooth Pro crampons with this boot and they fit perfectly, feels like one complete system. As others have mentioned, the lacing does seem to come undone on longer climbs. However, one nice feature is the lace-lock found near the ankle. This feature has kept my boots tight from the ankle down giving me time to fix the laces later on the route.

Tough all-round mountaineering boot...
5 5

Comfort and Precision

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

This is one of the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. The flex is perfect not overly stiff. If your looking for a long term all around great mountaineering boot this is what your looking for.

5 5

Great Versatile Boot

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

I have used these on several summit climbs in the North east.
Temps from 60 TO - 50 . On a long 20 mile single day Trek . I would
Reco these be used with a heavy weight wool sock in the winter as these do not have a liner . For leathers they are about the best around . These are about the same weight as plastic boots 2.5 lbs each . Not as warm as plastic boots but they allow for much more footwork.
Evo's offer amazing balance on all mixed terrain from rock to ice.

Unanswered Question

I wear a 44 in sportiva light hiking boots...

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I wear a 44 in sportiva light hiking boots and they are pretty snug. Should I go with a 44.5 or 45 as I will probably be wearing thicker socks with these?

How does the sizing of the La Sportiva...

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How does the sizing of the La Sportiva line of boots compare with those from Scarpa? I've got several pairs of Scarpa boots size 42 and wonder if the 42 in the Nepal Evo would be comparable.

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From my findings, Scarpa tends to run wider than La Sportiva. Best to be able to try before you buy!

Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks...

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Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters?

Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks...
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i would recommend going to a warmer boot for peaks that high. There are a bunch of companies making a '6000 meter boot such as the scarpa phantom 6000. These boots will be much warmer at those altitudes.

The nepal could be OK if the temps are warm.

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I would look at either the Baruntse or the Spantik. The Baruntse is a warm double boot. The spantik is a warm double boot WITH the ability to climb more technical routes with ease.

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Thanks for the help, At the end I decided to buy the Nepal EVO GTX for a mountain of 6385m, at the end of the expedition near july I will be posting the performance of the boots.

1 5

Disappointing customer service

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Ordered a pair @ 42.5, got two shoes in different sizes. Disappointed at least, as I had to cancel a series of conditioning climbs w/ my team, and the opportunity to get them is out as BC run out of size. customer service: 'send them back and we'll give your money back'. for a pair of 500$ shoes, expecting a total different response like 'apologies, we are really sorry, we'll ship a pair in right size as soon as available' or the standard 'sorry for the mishap, we'll trade a coupon for your inconvenience'. really disappointing

Disappointing customer service
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Bogdan, this is unacceptable on our part, I really apologize for the way you have been treated. I have a brand new pair on hold for you. Since you have not been refunded I can get them to your address on file using our fastest shipping method. I tried to call, I did send an email, just give us the green light whether you want the boots or the full refund. Again I apologize for the way this was dealt with, I am here to help you and make sure you are taken care of.

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Bill is by far one of our best reps and we all do and should aspire to be more like him!

5 5

Excellent boots with great features

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

These are very very very good boots. With all that out of the way, the features I like most is that both the insoles and the (optional but included) removable tongue can be removed from the boot. Why is this great? The problem I've always had with gore-tex boots is that when they get wet on the inside they never seem to dry, especially not while outside. The fact that the soles and the (optional) removable tongue can be removed allows you to dry them in your sleeping bag at night so in the morning you have, basically, a dry and warm boot interior to spoil your feet with. Other great features include the lace-lock system that allows you to have the top or bottom part of the lacing pulled tighter or looser than the other half according to your preference. This is a very stable and comfortable boot, I wear them with smartwool hiking liners and darn tough hiking socks in my usual boot size with no problems at all, I did not order a size bigger or smaller than my regular shoes. Also, these did not need "breaking in", I wore them straight out of the box for an afternoon around town and then wore them for +40km while mountaineering in the Sierra Nevadas without ANY problems at all.

Excellent boots with great features

Hi there
I already own these boots for 2...

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Hi there
I already own these boots for 2 years and I want to go to Mt Elbrus this summer. Will they be sufficient,even coupled with a liner,or will I have to buy something else?
Thanx George

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Hi Zisos,

For many individuals, the LS Nepal Evo GTX is plenty of warm for a trip up Elbrus... assuming you're going in the Summer, don't have a history of frostbite, and have good circulation. If you wanted to be careful, you can always add additional warmth to a boot like that by adding a pair of VBL (vapor barrer liner) socks to stretch them into a warmer boot. Supergaitors can also add a fair bit of warmth, but honestly, for Elbrus, you'll be fine.

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Thank you very much for your quick response. You just saved me a ton of money in buying a new boot for just one occasion!! Do you know where I can find these VBL?

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http://sectionhiker.com/vapor-barrier-socks/

This guy explains his set up with VBL socks pretty well. I haven't had to use mine yet so I can't say for certain whether or not I like them.

http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_detail.cfm?id=672&CFID=5062621&CFTOKEN=88056010

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Hi Zisos George, I was this summer on Elbrus (July 2013-20.7. Summit day). I have Nepal Evo GTX, but I climed the mountain with La sportiva Spantik and my friend with La Sportiva Batura 2.0. I took decision to climb with warmer shoes after a friend of mine (mountain guide) got frostbite using Nepal Evo (and they needed to chirurgically remove part of his toe) 10 days before our ascent. It depends on weather conditions anyway. If you have luck and good weather- Nepal Evo should be sufficient, but if the weather would be not so great (I mean you can have nice sunny weather, but really cold and windy) so then Nepal Evo would be not sufficient.

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don't be stupid dude. I haven't climb mt. elbrus yet but I know for sure that mountain has a reputation of being among the coldest baddest mountains on the planet; not technical, just cold as fuck. I've never heard anybody say they would use Nepal Evo on Denali or Aconcagua so why in the world would you think of using them in a mountain equally as cold. Even if it is the summer, you have to be kidding me. Nepal Evos are one-day only boots in cold weather because they don't have an inner-liner that you can take out and dry at night. I wouldn't take my Nepal Evos to anywhere out of the lower 48 states, let alone in a place where you'll have to sleep on a mountain for several days and deal with weather inclement. Just trapped perspiration will make you miserable. To say that you'll trust temperatures to be fairly high throughout the climb is similar as saying that you could cross a highway blindfolded if it's only at 3.am. Are you stupid? Don't be cheap or you make not make it out of the Caucasus, at least with your toes on your feet. Batura and Spantiks are sure the way to go.

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They go with everything. Or nothing...

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This is beyond awesome.
As if Ice Climbing wasn't cold enough...
Hahaha !

5 5

Very good boots!

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

Very good boots. wear them for 2 years already. Never rubbed his feet.

5 5

Great all around

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

On my second pair of these . Really great alternative to huge plastic boots. For leathers they are very warm and water proof even walking in deep puddles . These give you much more freedom then the plastic . I have worn these in temps from 70 down to minus -40 . I would not recommended these under 20 unless you add in a boot liner and extra heavy sock or have perfect feet . The work great with crampons . Have used these on several mixed rock and ice climbs on
MT. Washington via the Lion head route in Winter . They are built to last .

Great all around

So I wear a size 46 in the La Sportiva...

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So I wear a size 46 in the La Sportiva Trango Alps Gtx (similar to the red ones). Does anyone know how the fit compares to those, I already wear a heavy weight sock with a liner and don't plan on changing my sock system. Any feed back would be appriciated

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I wear a size 42 in the Trango Alps GTX and I ended up going with the same size in the Nepal EVO. I do not wear super thick socks and they both felt that they fit about the same for me. I would say if you are sizing your Alps with the thick socks and want that same fit/feel just grab the same size in these and it should be fine. If you are planning on climbing a lot of technical/vertical ice in these and want more of a performance fit it might not be a bad idea to drop down a half size.

4 5

A Great Mountain Boot!

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

This is my old standby ice climbing boot. It's awesome for ice climbing. Not too fun to walk long distances in but the ankle support and sole stiffness and good fit makes it climb like a dream. It'll even bust out a few rock moves if you ask it nicely. It's a leather boot with synthetic insulation, a w/b membrane and a big rubber sole and rand. It's going to last a long time but it's much heavier than a lot of options out there right now. Put some snowseal on the leather and you'll use it for years as I have. I wear a 47. It's quite a firm footbed and while narrow like most la sportiva, it doesn't have a ton of arch support. I changed out the footbed for a superfeet green insole and absolutely love it.

Can anyone offer guidance on how these...

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Can anyone offer guidance on how these boots should fit? I wear an asolo size 43 1/3 which fit great with a medium weight sock...so I ordered a pair of 43's and they felt a little crowded in the toe with a medium sock on. I realize the boots were not broken in, but i was not comfortable with the amount of toe space. I typically climb wearing koflac double boots (UK 9) and notice a little toe bang when descending. I'm wondering if sizing up to a 44 would be beneficial or if these boots will be too loose after they break in. Whats the danger in potentially sizing a full size larger than my leather hiking boots?

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Needless to say, you shouldn't be suffering that much discomfort. I doubt that there are many people that wouldn't tell you that the Nepal Evos are notoriously narrow. Some of us just can't wear them. Sizing up might do the trick, so might wearing a heavier sock combo, playing with your lacing or adding a foot bed that locks your heel in a little better. There isn't really danger in more room, as long as your foot feels good and still feels secure. As the last option, try the Scarpa Mont Blancs instead. It's one of the few Scarpas that doesn't run narrow. The Nepals just didn't fit me right, and that's what I did...and I never looked back, but I would definitely size up first and foremost.

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