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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
I have used this boot extensively over two seasons now and it performs well. On occasion I have also used it to snowboard into areas for access to climbing spots and was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. They don't come cheap, but are worth every penny!!
Try these on...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
...if you want to throw away your other boots.
I froze my feet on my last trip to Alaska. I was wearing plastics with molded liners. These are warmer, more comfortable, and climb better than any other double boot period.
Weight in grams (per pair)?
Weight in grams (per pair)?
When is Backcountry going to start including metric Specs?
Sorry for the inconvenience, we do try to provide all the information available but we can only provide the information that the manufactures feel important enough to provide to us.
In the case of these boots a pair is 5lbs 1oz.
I hope this helps.
Backcountry lists the specs that come from the manufacturer. 5lb, 1 oz is 2296g. The math isn't hard.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
These boots are just, without a doubt, the best! The inner boot is super comfortable and warm and gives a nice snug feeling. They are heat moldable, but I have not done that yet as they fit just fine without it.
The lacing system was a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it its the best. Very easy to lace up with gloves on during a cold morning.
Crampon compatibility is also great. I went with the Grivel G12s and they fit perfectly. The boot is a bit large (I wear a size 45) so it does just barely fit the crampon without an extender bar. If I were to get overboots I would defiantly need to go with the extender bar for the G12s.
In terms of sizing, I did a lot of debating over it and decided to size up a full size. I wear a size 10.5 regular hiking shoe. I started with a half size but it was just a tad too snug with my sock layers.
Overall, I highly recommend this boot. I got it for both winter adventures in the Whites as well as for Rainier with the hope that I will use it on future, colder ascents.
Bottom View of Boots
A view from the bottom of size 45 Spantiks.
Top View of Boots
A view from the top of size 45 Spantiks.
I am a female climber ... I have the la...
I am a female climber ... I have the la Sportiva Trango In a size 40 (standard US women's size 8 is my running shoe size). Should I start at a 41 in the spantik?
I read a comment somewhere that the sizing is consistent in all the boots. So 40 should be good I think, unless you're going to wear significantly thicker socks in Spantik.
I have a size 44.5 spantik
I have a size 44.5 spantik
Which gaiter will fit them?
And in which size?
I also wear a 44.5 boot, and the Outdoor Research Expedition Crocs in a size large is what I use and would recommend, especially with mountaineering boots. Good fit and holds up pretty well against crampons.
Great Boot For The Cold and Technical!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
Picked these up for a trip to the Cordillera Blanca and have used them in Northern Alaska and Northern Canada. These are a fantastically warm boot that still give you enough feel to climb technical routes in the alpine. The inner and outer boot feel very natural and work together well. They both offer insulation. Have experienced temps down to -10F with no issues whatsoever. They can keep your toes warm lower than that for sure. They have a high arch and wide toe box. The wide toe box is key for keeping your feet warm but it's not too wide so as to lose technical climbing ability...Of course, it's no nepal extreme or trango. I wear a 47 in most la sportiva boots and no change here. They work great with most crampons. I'm currently using Grivel G 22's and have used BD sabertooth crampons in the past. Some durability issues with these boots: laces break so bring extras, back of the calf cuff material rips so be careful when pulling your boots on and the liner breaks down so be prepared to buy a new one.
anyone have some pointers on sizing these?...
anyone have some pointers on sizing these? I got the 44 ( I wear a street show in 10 sometimes I get 10.5 ) and they fit pretty good with a mid-weight sock but when walking or with a lite kick into the ground I can feel my toes bumping, I have maybe a 1/4 of inch slip in the heel so I feel like if I go up another size even with heavy socks it will be to much, hell if I go up another size I don't think my crampons will fit, just a little paranoid for my toes, I have always worn single leathers and once tried Kolfachs and when climb was over I had 4 toes swollen black and oozing blood, but I think a lot of that came from climbing the ice chute on the Kautz route. Where you at Phil, lol
What's a little blood and nerve damage? lol! Okay, so the best way to go on the toe bump is the #1 solution, bar none...go ahead and size up 1/2. You've just got to get rid of that, period. If you need to go with a longer center bar on your crampons, so be it. BC has always been pretty liberal in my experience with overlapping size swap outs. Of course they have your credit card info, but they've never processed a second transaction while I still had one in the que that I was planning on returning. Call them to verify and for the details.
Now, on to the heel lift. You said that they "fit pretty good". Does that mean that they fit "pretty good" in overall volume...heel width, instep, toe box width? You're right at the cusp of what's acceptable with 1/4", but if you go up a 1/2 size to get rid of the toe bang, that's likely to increase, so it will have to be addressed. Heavier sock and practicing your lacing technique for the specific boot first. Second would be to introduce a foot bed that holds your foot into the heel cup better. Third I would say is to start packing out the tongue with a little padding. I know La Sportiva makes one for the Baruntse, but you might want to call and ask them if it's also useable with the Spantik. If not, you can either rig up something yourself and play with it till it feels good, or maybe better yet, find a good ski shop with a competent boot fitter. "Competent" being the operative word. This boot can also be custom heat molded, and again, you can do it yourself, but that's sort of sketchy, so if you find that "competent" boot tech with an oven, have them do it for you. For what it's worth, I've never had any kind of double boot that didn't require me having to f*** with it to get what I needed it to do.
This is probably the process I dread most. When I find a boot that works for anything, I've been through 10 models in 30 sizes, and it's still a long and arduous process. Hope this helped you out.
thanks Phil,sorry for the mis-info,i have...
thanks Phil,sorry for the mis-info,i have bd sabretooth clip, yeah im kind cringing at the price,haha,i was also looking at the scarpa inverno.
Go with the Spantiks. I'm the same way...I choke for a while, but then when I get something and it does what I want it to do, I remember all the old adages about getting what I paid for and move forward. If it doesn't work out, back it goes in short order. Think of it this way: since you already have a more suitable set of crampons for these boots, you're $200 ahead on building a better system right there.
I have bd sabrtooth strap on, will they...
I have bd sabrtooth strap on, will they fit well with this boot?
Strap-ons are pretty much universal if you have a stiff enough sole, so no problem here. I know you already have your crampons, and are cringing at throwing down $675, but this boot is a perfect candidate for a new pair of step-ins or hybrids. Maybe the Sabretooth Pro. You'll get the most secure fit without having to constantly re-tighten your straps.
I got a pair of Spantiks, they work great...
I got a pair of Spantiks, they work great but after long exposure hours and climbing sessions, the rubber band sticked to the external thermal insulation patch is comming appart, the whole boot still works but i really need to know wich kind of glue to use to get that fixed till i can get a new pair and keep them waterproof.In the pic u can see remains of glue i tried before... Did this happened to anyone? Cheers and safe summits
There's a product called Shoe-Goo that is availible in just about any shoe store/department. I've been using it for over 20 years, and a repair made with it will typically outlast the article being repaired. It is improtant to make sure what youe are repairing is COMPLETELY clean and dry for it to work properly. Otherwise, the repair will fail in a month or so.
La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot
My foot is 11 inches long, and i wear a...
My foot is 11 inches long, and i wear a size 10.5 U.S. street show, what size do you recommend?
Going 1/2 US size up has always worked for me with La Sportiva. Size up to 11 US/44.5 Euro. My doubles are Koflach and not La Sportiva, but the same 1/2 size up works for them as well.
Anyone tried and had any luck using these...
Anyone tried and had any luck using these as a splitboard boot?
I haven't but they don't look quite tall or supportive enough for the downhill. You would probably have issues with binding bite in your calves. You could take a look at the Deeluxe Sparks. They are not clip in crampon compatible, but they do work nicely with other styles and have a vibram sole. http://www.backcountry.com/deeluxe-spark-snowboard-boot-mens
I've splitboarded with the Spantiks and they do not perform nearly as well as a snowboard boot, since the forward and rear flex is far too much. It's not quite survival boarding though your goals should be more oriented towards a cold weather/technical climb more so than the descent. I've also seen these strapped into boards on the summit of Denali several times and everyone seems to make it back in one piece . . .
I have splitboarded in these and they are just fine. The key is to change out the liner with a more snowboard specific liner. I use the liners from my Burton Ambush boots and have been very happy, no performance drop on steep technical lines.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Keep feet surprisingly comfortable, dry and warm under a variety of conditions. Never got a blsiter using these, even during break-in period. Used on Rainier 3 times, including in winter. Very light.
How do these boots size up? Are they...
How do these boots size up? Are they similar to Nepal Evos?
I own a pair of Trango Extreme EVO Lt GTX in size 45.5. They fit great. How do Spatnik fit compare to those as well?
The Spantiks fit very similar to La Sportiva's other mountaineering models with a bit more toe box room to accommodate for high altitude/colder weather. I wear the size 44 Spantiks, Batura, Nepal, and Trango and all fit well for their intended purposes.
Your Nepals will serve well as your technical mid-altitude, single-push boot and the Spantiks could serve as an expedition/extreme cold boot.
Im looking for a boot that works for winter...
Im looking for a boot that works for winter mountaineering in the lower 48 (Shasta, Rainier, etc). Are these boots overkill or just right?
Could you get away with using less boot on these climbs? Probably, but that depends upon the demands of your feet.
It is wise to ask this question, but don't forget about socks. Most people fail to understand that socks play a critical role in the insulation and comfort of a boot. Something to consider: you may be able to get an "inferior" boot for less money, and supplement it with socks and liners. Obviously, you are still going to want a boot with some insulation and a waterproof barrier (GTX), just note that there are more affordable/versatile alternatives out there. This is not to say that the Spantik is a bad boot, just keep an open mind.
These are awesome for BC snowboarding!!!
All the discussion of which soft boot is better and how to mod hard boots for BC snowboarding seemed a bit ridiculous to me. I was hoping that there is a mountaineering boot that is ideal for snowboarding. Main reason is because the main reason I like to go into the backcountry is to get in the high alpine areas, where a boot that can perform like an alpine boot is critical for safety reasons. To find one that does not compromise the snowboard riding is ideal.
Well, for anyone interested in this, I believe these guys, and now I, have found it.I have taken this boot out twice. Since I bought this on sale for $600 at the end of the season from Backcountry.com (as of today, it is still on sale), my choices for snow conditions were limited here in the Seattle area. My first trip was to the Hyack backcountry area. More specifically, I toured the line underneath the west facing wooden power lines. Conditions were essentially slush, with some hiking through the woods. My findings were identical to all that has been mentioned thus far. Clearly, these are superior hiking/mountaineering boots, that much is obvious. More important to me was how they toured and how they rode. On both accounts, they were awesome. There is absolutely no compromise in the riding. The only modification I needed was to adjust the forward lean forward, given the volume of the boot around the lower leg is less than a standard snowboard boot (I used to ride the Salomon Malamute). The boots were super responsive on turns. For touring, there are no complaints either. The added stiffness of the boot actually made it easier to get on the edges when traversing. I imaging that they will also perform quite nicely when I am able to fix the heel with the new Karakoram heel lifts and start skating down logging roads. Hiking up steeps with these allowed me to kick steps that probably would have turned my toes black and blue with the Malamutes. Extremely effective for climbing the steeps.
The second tour I did with these was today, the McLellan Butte, North Couloir. did about 3000 ft vertical in again slushy spring snow. Experience was identical, if not even better because I had to hike across multiple boulder fields, which probably would have shredded the Malamutes. Having these boots when I got up high where the angle was close to 50 degrees gave me a lot more piece of mind. Being able to kick deep solid steps was absolutely key. As far as the ride down, all I can say is that these boots felt so good that I am considering wearing them for resort riding.
If you have a wide foot, make sure you try these before purchasing, or make sure you can exchange them if necessary. These are European made boots, which tend to be more narrow than US made boots. I wear 9.5s in the Salomon Malamutes. I started by trying the 43s, but the toe box was just too small. After moving up to 43.5s, this was better, although there was still tightness around my forefoot. This sensation was completely relieved after I took out the insole. I am happy to report that the 6.5 hour hike on McLellan Butte caused absolutely no pain or blisters. In fact, they are one of the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, period! The only other negative is the cost. Even at $600 (they were originally $800), I will probably not wear them for routine resort snowboarding, although I think they would be just fine. However, they are extremely well built boots. If used just for backcountry riding, I suspect they will last a while. Given the comfort and peace of mind they have given me, they are worth every penny!!
In summary, I believe these are a great alternative to soft snowboard boots for backcountry/alpine snowboarding. It is a shame that this is not better known. I have suffered through many tours with the wrong boots, and have probably compromised my safety a few times as well due to soft boots. If you have the same concerns, these are definitely worth trying.