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    Pull on the La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boots and climb higher and harder.

    The La Sportiva Men's Spantik Mountaineering Boots give you the warmth for high-altitude and winter mountaineering and the agility to send difficult ice and mixed pitches. The synthetic outer boots increase flexibility and help reduce weight to a low 5lb 1oz per pair. Heat-moldable, removable liners give the Spantik Mountaineering Boots a precise fit to ease foot fatigue and minimize heel lift when you front point steep ice. La Sportiva knows what it feels like to lace boots while you wear gloves, so the invented the Fast Lace System, which lets you cinch down these boots with a single pull—even with gloves.
    • Item #LSP0059

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    PU-coated Benecke CeraCom and Lorica
    Insulation
    synthetic
    Closure
    speed lace
    Removable Liner
    yes
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    no
    Liner Closure
    speed lace
    Crampon Compatibility
    step-in
    Sole
    Vibram
    Claimed Weight
    [pair, size 9] 5 lbs 4 oz
    Recommended Use
    high-altitude and cold-weather mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Small fit, awesome lacing system

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    Fits REALLY small in front half of the foot, loose in the heel. I had to return because the fit didn't work for MY foot. I wear New Balance sneakers as a reference. I thought the lacing system would be a gimmic, but loved how easy it was to lace up securely with one hand.

    I was going to get these..

      I was.

      Was being the key word.

      I just got the La Sportiva G2 SM's and I am so happy I did. For $40 bucks more and having a lighter, warmer and an easily adjustable boot made all the sense in the world over the Spantiks.

      Why am I telling people this? Some may know the G2's are out there and that they have become available. Check out La Sportiva's website. For those who don't know there is a new boot on the market for only a few dollars more. I guess this 'review' is for you.

      The Spantiks are a great boot, there is just another option out there from La Sportiva worth checking out.

      And while throwing food for thought out there. Scarpa's new phantom boots are totally amazing looking too.

      This 2016 season is going to have a bunch of other options put out to the climbing community.

      The sizing is right there with both the Nepal Evos and the Batura 2.0's I own. I wear a 44.5 and the sizing is the same throughout.

      After watching my buddy trying to get his Baruntse's tightened I was even more happy with getting these. He is tugging and pulling just trying to get them firmed up, then trying to tie them while keeping the tension. Me... I just kick my heal back into the heal pocket and turn the boa system until I am satisfied. I am done and ready to go. I think he is kicking himself for not waiting to get the G2's.

      I usually wear a 10.5 in any shoe I buy. In La Sportiva I always buy an 11. Even in the Boulder X approach shoes from them. I have a wider front toe area than most and that extra half size makes them fit normal. I like the tighter heel pocket that La Sportiva has in their boots and shoes. I tried Scarpas and the toe area felt great but the heel pocket was too loose and my heel wouldn't stay in place. I never thought I would be in La Sportivas. Going up a half size for me hasn't had any negatives with their performance.

      I see you did a review on their running shoes you own. I would stay with the same size in their boots.

      I usually wear Salomon running shoes and stay with my normal 10.5 in anything from them and my Hoka hiking boots too. They I would call a standard width. La Sportiva is worldly known as a narrow fit

      Hey Kevin,
      I was using them on Rainier two weeks ago, I was up there the day before the Norwegian guy who got killed that weekend.
      I was trying to get to Muir to hang out with some buddies who were doing a winter seminar with RMI.
      It was a total whiteout heading up. Breaking trail snowshoeing was a workout. My feet were nowhere near getting cold while trudging along.

      It was in the mid to low 20's and I was toasty. I finally had to turn back after going 1/3 of the way up. I just headed back to the car instead of camping out with the worsening forecast. The inner boots were steaming when I was getting out of them.

      They are supposed to be warmer than the Spantiks. The inner boot and the Boa system is where the boot really shines. I have spoken to many of the RMI guides and they have all said that the Spantiks degrade to a certain level and then just stay at that point while they nurse them along with small little Macgyver fixes.
      I am amazed how many people came up to the back of my vehicle while I was getting ready to come check them out. Everyone was expressing interest in them after they got a chance to play with them .

      If you are looking for a double boot.. Yeah, I would recommend these for sure.

      Perfect Fit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 39

      I have a small foot & very narrow heel. I wore other rental boots on a 6 day trip that gave me pressure sores, which left scarring. I invested in a good pair of boots for happy feet on future trips. So far, so great. These worked very well for me because only the heel (and not the toe box) seemed to run narrow in the 39, which fits my needs perfectly. I wear a US Women's 7 in running shoes & hiking boots typically

      La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5

      La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5 fits perfectly with Grivel g12 crampons. I used Grivel's super asymmetric bars because I found that with my small size boot, the G12s with standard bars didn't quite match the curve of the boot but you can use the standard grivel bars too. I was just nit picky.

      La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5

      Amazingly comfortable double boot

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

      I knew these would be warm, but I didn't realize how comfy and usable they would be. I've never once been even the slightest bit cold, and they are easy enough to walk in that if I want to go on a 'posh' alpine trip in the lower 48, I might even bring these. It's not a huge deal to take long approaches in these, despite their weight.

      Himalayan Worthy!

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

      I got these for a trip to some 6000m+ Himalayan peaks, never once had an issue with cold feet the entire time. Did some ice climbing while there too and had plenty of control for the technical parts, well worth the extra money over the Baruntse's.



      I have a size 42 in the Nepal Evo's which fit perfect and went up half a size for the Spantiks which was the perfect fit.

      Himalayan Worthy!

      great boot

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

      Got for denali and used for training hikes and ice climbing this winter. I had a pair of scarpa phantom guides i wore up rainier and they ripped holes in my heels so i was scared about how much worse a double boot was going to feel. Never have i been so wrong. These boots are so comfortable. Can do 20 miles in a day in these and have no hot spots.

      Very comfortable

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

      These boots look to be huge on the pictures, but when you put them on with your snow pants, they are not that big at all. They are very comfortable for my feet. I wear size 45 tennis shoes, and I got size 45 for these boots and they fit great. I have not had a chance to take them hiking yet, but I wore them the whole day ice fishing with some quite long walks on the lake in deep snow and they worked great. My feet stayed dry and warm the whole time. Also, These boots are not as heavy as they look like. BTW, all other people on the lake were impressed with my boots and were asking about them :) I am planning to take these boots to the top of Mt Rainier in June. I am not afraid it's overkill. My feet stayed warm when it was about 20F and wind in the morning, and I didn't feel they are too warm when it got to 50F during the day.

      Daniel, I had the same concerns last year but went with my gut and bought them knowing I would do higher peaks after - it was a great decision. My feet never got too warm (and I run warm) but best of all they were never cold, when other people's were who chose to wear a lighter boot like the Evo. Of note though, I was on Rainier the last week of May. I would definitely recommend them if you know you will be doing more in the future. Extremely comfortable, and it's the only boot that has never given me blisters. I have since used them on Mt. Elbrus and was thankful I had made the investment up front! Hope this helps!

      warm boot for cold feet

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

      This boot has been the only boot to keep my chronically cold feet warm without difficulty. I froze my feet with another boot on Kilimanjaro which prompted this purchase. The price tag was hard to swallow, but it has been worth it. Since the purchase, I have climbed several winter 14ers in CO and Rainer with absolutely no warmth problem. They have required no break in time and I have not had any blisters. I did Rainer with a guide who has climbed Everest several times and he commented that the Spantik is his favorite and go-to boot for every mountain he climbs except the high camps of Everest. That's pretty high praise. 100% satisfied.

      getting my feet wet

        most of my "mountaineering" experience been with a splitboard on my back. However I might be going on a trip late this spring that would be purely mountaineering, I needed a cold weather boot that climbs well. My friend recommend these, and I took them on their maiden voyage up everyone's favorite backyard peak Mt. Olympus. I climbed/scrambled about 1500 vert of ice and rock with steel crampons and I have to say the boots climb great. Way overkill for the route and temps but it was nice to know that right out of the box I could spend a long day on the mountain with no pressure spots or blisters. Looking forward to getting them on some real terrain and testing them out more.

        Spantik Sizing

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 44.5

        Just as an update for folks looking for sizing help. I use 44.5 in all of LS running shoes and 10.5 (44.5) in Asics runners. in Asics the 11 (45) are too big. I use a 44 in the Nepal Evo.

        I started with the 43, then 43.5 and 44. I ended up going all the way up to a Spantik 45 and having them cooked and fitted by a boot fitter in Redmond's bike and ski shop (forget the name ). I used them on 3 routes on Rainier in a weeks time. They have been to Denali and Nepal. They started off great but by the end of the week they were loose and sloppy so I sold the 45 and went back down to the 44.5 in the Spantik and stayed in the 45 in the Oly Mons. I know many climbers who has gone through this and have ended up back at their "true to their LS sizing" with the Nepal. The Spantik and Oly Mons (they are the same) liner will pack out after the first week and they can also be form fit when molded. Most people buy too big as the initial feeling of this boot is snug and their trying to compare the feel to a typical hiking boot. The feel will be more like a ski boot than a hiking boot. I used one SW liner and 1 SW Mountaineering sock with molded orthotics which add 1/2-1 size. Keep in mind that the Spantic shells only come in full sizes. The liners come in half sizes so a 44.5 & 45 are the same outer boot with different liners. The 45.5 is a larger boot. This is why you see the odd fitting. I can and should have worn a 44. Use the same size as the Nepal EVO. The Spantik liner has a built in vapor barrier liner as well. Because this boot is so warm, most "in the know" are using only one thin sock as this combo is less bunk, less weight, and drys faster. The best liner for this boot is the LS Baruntse liner and it molds much better. For the Rainier folks, this is way too much boot for Rainier for all but the winter or if you have much higher ambitions. Great boot for Aconcagua or Denali. Use a Nepal EVO type boot for Rainer.

        Great!!

        • 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.

        Try these on...

        Simply, amazing!!

        • 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.

        Simply, amazing!!

        I think you'll find, like I did, that you can get away with the larger size 45 by filling it will multiple socks combinations that you don't need with this boot but when the liner packs out after a few short trips and/or you do heat mold the liners my bet is your going to wish that you bought a 44 or 44.5. This liner also has a vapor barrier liner built in as well which is why it is easier to dry a single thin sock as all the foot moisture will be trapped in the sock and liner. Also, the Spantik outer boot only comes in full sizes. The liners come in half sizes. In other words a 44 and 44.5 are the same outer boot with different liners. The 45 is a larger boot. The 45.5 is the same boot as the 45 but with a larger liner. Go with the smaller outer boot with the largest liner for less bulk, weight and fit.

        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.

        Unanswered Question

        This is more a question about gaiters than the boot. I own size 39. Will the OR Crocodile Size Small gaiters fit over this boot? My other (short) size small gaiters don't fit (and wouldn't be tall enough regardless)

        I wear size 9 on regular shoe. Should I go to size 10 to take into account the double socks and swelling at altitude?

        these fit small for me, I wear a size 10 in street shoe and with the spantik I started with a 44, then went to a 44.5 then went to 45 and it feels like 45 is giving me the best fit with an insert, and wearing heavy sock, and with the trango a 43.5 with medium sock fits perfect, imo if I were you I would size up, as you mentioned you will have on a heavy sock and when on your feet for several hours you can have some swelling

        I wear an 11 in Asics shoes and an 11 in Meindl boots. My feet run very, very cold. Would you guess size 45 or 45 1/2 for the Spantik? Thanks! Bill

        I would recommend sticking with your normal shoe size at first and getting the 45 (according to the size chart the 45 is actually an 11.5). I'm assuming that your going to be wearing thick socks with these to keep your feet warm. If the size you buy does not work you can always exchange them for a better size.



        I would always recommend trying on different sizes to try to get the best fit for your foot because unhappy feet = bad trip.

        Which Grivel G12 binding type is needed? New-matic or Cramp-O-matic?

        Hey,



        For these boots the Cramp-O-Matic will be the best choice. The Spantik is compatible with fully automatic crampons. If you have any other mountaineering questions please feel free to get a hold of me.



        Dan Gates

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        I want to decide sizing. I have try the spantik in 40,5 and 41 and still not sure which one to get. Does it get loose with the use? I have the Olympus in 41. It fit well but after years it feels a little loose and I was wondering if i should size down half size with the spantik.

        The Olympus and Spantik have very similar characteristics and uses. I would stick with the size that you know is going to fit, if you wanted to you could always try on a 40.5 and see if your toes do not knock the front of the boot when you kick a step or walk down a flight of stairs.



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        will these boots work with step in bindings?

        I am a woman climber and wear standard US...

        I am a woman climber and wear standard US women's size 8 is my running shoe. What size will be best in spantik?

        I wear a US women's 8.5 in a running shoe, a 8 in a street shoe. Thought the 41s would be too large, but I just ordered them and they fit nicely w/ light liner and heavy wool sock. I tried many other double boots as I wanted to avoid the steep price tag for these Spantiks...but they are by far the most comfortable boot I've tried. Feel VERY warm too. Quite bulky and not as light as I'd hoped, but gotta go w/ best fit.

        I am a size 38 so I bought a size 39.5 Spantik (both pictured)and could not wear the boot even without socks because my toes were crammed in. Total shock to me. An 8.5 women's shoe is too big for me, so I think I should be able to get the 40.5, like joindc mentioned, and have room for socks.

        I am a size 38 so I bought a size 39.5 Spantik (both pictured)and could not wear the boot even without socks because my toes were crammed in. Total shock to me. An 8.5 women's shoe is too big for me, so I think I should be able to get the 40.5, like joindc mentioned, and have room for socks.

        I am a girl looking for a double boot for...

        I am a girl looking for a double boot for mountaineering 6,000 to 8,000 meters. Looks like the Spantik is the best option but I would need size 38 and I can't find it anywhere! Does anyone know of a women's specific double boot similar to the spantik?

        Best Answer

        I'm in exact same situation, grrrr. La Sportiva makes this boot only to size 39: http://www.sportiva.com/products/footwear/mountain/spantik

        Only brand that seems comparable is Millet and they don't seem to sell much mtneering goods in U.S.



        We're stuck with heavier, less flexible double plastics from Koflach and Scarpa.

        What would be a perfect boot for 6,000...

        What would be a perfect boot for 6,000 feet and under?

        first of all, 6000 feet or 6000 m? This is a 6000 m boot which is many times greater than 6000 feet. You can use a regular hiking boot at 6000 feet. You might not even find snow depending on location and time of year.



        This is an excellent 6000 meter boot, but it's all about fit and function.

        Do you have cold feet? Hot feet? Do you have a wide or narrow foot? Scarpa may be better for narrow feet whereas this boot is built on a last for normal feet.

        Weight in grams (per pair)? When is...

        Weight in grams (per pair)?

        When is Backcountry going to start including metric Specs?

        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 have a size 44.5 spantik Which gaiter...

        I have a size 44.5 spantik

        Which gaiter will fit them?

        And in which size?

        Thanks

        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

        Best Answer

        Hey,



        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.

        Best Answer

        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

        I got a pair of Spantiks, they work great...
        Best Answer

        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.

        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?

        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.