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The perfect boot for the female alpinist foot.

Today’s climb promises to be long, technical, and cold—the La Sportiva Women’s Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot is the footwear of choice. This heavy-duty leather boot features both lightweight insulation and a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane to keep your feet protected in the big mountains. Not only does the Nepal EVO provide a contoured fit for any female foot, but the adjustable and removable tongue makes for quick fine tuning, and the EZ Roller hardware helps lock your foot in place. The lugged Vibram sole and rubber rands add durability for years worth of expeditions, and the sole’s Impact Brake System adds traction on ups, downs, and loose terrain.

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Unanswered Question

Hi, are the nepal evo gtx ok for mountains above 18000 ft ?? Any other la sportiva boots that could work ok for this altitude? Or any brand, I'm open to suggestions. It is my first time climbing volcanos this high so I want to make the right choice. Any advice will be more than welcome. Thanks in advance!

Is the sizing for this boot the same as for the Women's La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX boot? I have a pair of those that fit great and wonder if I should order the same size in the Nepals.

You should get the same exact size, I have found the sizing and fit to be identical.

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wet snow, warm feet

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

I just got back from a week of late-spring mountaineering in the Oregon Cascades where the Nepals worked great. We were camping and traveling in wet snow the whole week and we got a daily minimum of three hours of rain but these boots held up wonderfully. My feet didn?t get wet until the third or fourth day of the trip and even when they started to soak through they kept me warm. I bought these boots second hand and didn?t do anything with them to see how they?d hold up so I?m sure if I had gotten them new or spent some time re-waterproofing them they would have performed even better.

Initially, I was a little concerned about the sizing because the lace system is designed to pinch off where the top of your foot meets your ankle and I found that they would start to cut of circulation to my feet. After I played around with them a little, though, it started to work out very nicely and I never had any problems with numbness when I was using them. Also, because of that lacing design the Nepals allow you to adjust how tight or loose you want the ankle support to be while actually locking your foot in place so you don?t have to worry about toe-bang when you?re kicking steps or descending.

Overall, these are a great shoulder-season mountaineering boot that give you good stiffness, the perfect amount of insulation for warmer snow camping, and a respectable amount of waterproofing.


Love these

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Size Purchased: 39.0

Thank you to Ivan Mercado for the recommendation! I imagined these boots to be uncomfortable and clunky. Quite the opposite. Fits true to size, is light and totally comfortable. Can't wait to romp up Rainier in these


Great Climbing Boot and Stylish Too!

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

Bought these for a Mt. Rainier Climb. They are great boots. I did get some hotspots on my heels but other than that no complaints. I do disagree with the one person who said "no break in needed." I did not find this to be the case. They kept my feet warm and comfortable. I was a bit concerned before I bought these because other reviewers were saying their feet got cold. I run cold but had not problems. Very comfy.


Most amazing mountaineering boot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

These shoes are the best. I am a size 6-6.5 shoe and i had to go with a 38.5. So they run small but when you get the right fit they fit like a glove. Super light weight and comfy for a mountaineering boot. the Vibram sole allows you to stick to snow with just the boot no crampons or snowshoes needed. You can basically hike up anything in these. The grips on the bottom had different directions and heights for going uphill and downhill. Total power house! Amazing technology. way to go Sportiva

Unanswered Question

I am a size 6 in shoes sometimes a size 5.5 depending on the shoe. I am not able to try these boots out locally as no one carries them and I would like to avoid a return if possible. Does anyone have any idea what size I would be? I would be using this boot primarily for ice climbing. Also, what set of crampons work well with this boot? Again, for ice climbing! Thanks for the help in advance!


Off to a great start!

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

Recently received these and have worn them out a few times so far. The first day was a long one and these boots were so comfortable and at the end of the day I didn't have any hotspots or sore areas....literally no break in needed. Digging into snow and climbing slopes, no issue of cold feet or dampness. I find them super solid yet comfy. I sized up to allow for a second layer which also really helped to obliterate any toe smashing yet still a perfect fit in the heel. Practicing self arrests all day and frolicking around in feet were in heaven. My shoulders, well that's another story.

Can't wait to keep testing them out.

Unanswered Question

When will they make a women's double boot?...

When will they make a women's double boot? Why are there no women's more technical boots? I don't fit into anything so this while I like it and bought them, I'm not sure it will be warm enough so looking into insulated gaiters to help.

I'm struggling with sizes in these boots......

I'm struggling with sizes in these boots... help?!

I have a scarpa 37 rock shoe

my normal street shoes are usually 38-39

but when i've tried these boots on in the store, the staff have put me in a size 42?!!!

I can't believe that it really is 4ish sizes bigger than normal. that doesn't seem right. what am I doing wrong?

The 42 seems enormous, like a clown shoe, but in the 41, when i toe-kick the ground, i stub my big toe after only 2-3 kicks... is there something i'm doing wrong?

Best Answer

HI Olivia,

here are a few ideas. with mountaineering/ice climbing boots you want to size up a bit to keep your toes off the end for when you are kicking your front points in on vertical ice and to keep from smashing them while walking down from the summit. also having a bit more room is nice because your feet will stay warmer with the added wiggle room and maybe a thicker sock.

so those reasons are probably why the folks at your local shop are putting you in a 42. but that does sound like a huge jump. one thing to try in the 41 you said you hit the end pretty easily is to get a thicker insole to move your foot up in the boot so that it holds your ankle better, if you have a really low volume foot this could be why even though you have sized up you are still hitting the end of the boot when you kick. you could also try wearing a ski sock that has cushioning on the shin to help give your ankle some volume so that the boot can hold your foot back.

so maybe if you can try a 40 or 41 with those suggestions you will find the right size, good luck!

Unanswered Question

Hi, I normally wear 38.5 in La Sportiva...

Hi, I normally wear 38.5 in La Sportiva but I just returned that size because it was way too small. Any idea when you may be getting more 39 or even 39.5 sizes?



    I have also been in the sizing dilemma until finally I was able to try one on. I am generally a 5.5-6 or 37 and have a more narrow foot (hence found Scarpa did not fit me). I found a La Sportiva 39 suited me best (could do a 38.5 but they are so hard to find!) However, I am going for the 39 because I inserted my own orthopedic foot bed, I like to be able to move my toes to keep them warm and the size allows me to wear two thick (not overly thick) socks if I want. The heel gave me a good snug fit.
    I got some good advice by the fitter. Your feet will swell not matter the temperature. Better to go a bit bigger than smaller as you can play around with socks and laces and the boots come with an extra pad that inserts over the top of your foot and ankle. It is important to have a really good heal fit that helps prevent forward foot movement no matter how much length you have or room you have for your toes.
    Well that's my opinion.


    Cold in 0F little activity conditions

      Size up if you don't want very cold toes ... especially if you happen to have long ones.
      I wear a US 8.5 or EU(DE) 39.5 usually. With my high arches (this boot is clearly not build for high arches, but you can leave this portion laced looser, and you can fix the laces above the arch and have the upper portion tighter), this translated to a 40.5 in these boots, which felt like the right length. However, when wearing middle thick merino socks over thin ski socks (the technical type, less thick than tennis socks) there was very little room in the toe box and the toes got very cold. With my narrow heel it is usually not a good idea to size up so I did not and spent a "refreshing" day ice climbing in 0F conditions, even with little wind. Can't imagine these doing well in extreme conditions unless you size up considerably with lots of extra insulation i.e. thick socks or maybe add an insole to reflect body heat. The cold seemed to be seeping in from the whole of the bottom/sole mainly, felt like standing on cold tiles. Don't think my high arches will be compatible with adding insoles but if you have flatter feet that may well work. Loved the narrow heel part. A less good fit for my feet but softer more padded and WAY warmer option was the Mad Rock "Alpinist" boot (men's size 8), no women's version as far as I know.


      On sizing and boot selection

        After painstaking research I chose this boot for climbing in Ecuador (over a double plastic). Happy to report that my shins and toes have felt great--worlds better than the beating my shins took in double plastics. People will give you mixed guidance on whether the boot is appropriate for that altitude (~19k ft)--my experience was good. My feet got a little chilly while standing and waiting up high, but warmed back up quickly.
        I typically wear a 9.5 or 10 and ordered a 42 in this boot.

        I'm going to Everest Base Camp this October...

        I'm going to Everest Base Camp this October and was looking at this boot. My concern is to get a boot that meets the requirements but not sure if this is too much/too technical. Can you provide some guidance?

        Best Answer

        Might be a little over the top for just walking around base camp... Its a great mid-technical ice boot though

        well, we use for mountainering in mexico,...

        well, we use for mountainering in mexico, tha name of the mountain it´s pico de orizaba and we know this mointain it´s a little tecnical rout. What do you thik aboute this crampons "Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Crampon", it´s good choice?

        Best Answer

        The Black Diamond Sabertooth crampon would work great with these boots. Great combination.

        what crampones it's better for this boot

        what crampones it's better for this boot

        Best Answer

        Salvador, this boot will accept most crampons, step-in or strap style because they have both heel lever lock and toe clip. What type of crampons is going to be driven by what application you are using them for.

        Does anyone know how well this boot would...

        Does anyone know how well this boot would perform in extreme cold conditions? I will be trekking on Mt. Aconcagua next month (Jan 2011) and am considering this boot. I am a bit concerned that it might not be warm enough because it does not have a double boot.

        Best Answer

        Sheree, you will get mixed results with this question. I have read reviews from people that used this boot and others have posted that they went double boot and were glad they did.