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Designed for light and fast ascents.

Designed in collaboration with alpinist Simone Moro, the La Sportiva G2 SM Men's Mountaineering Boot is built to withstand the brutally cold winter ascents that Moro is known for. Intended for merciless Himalayan or Denali climbs, the boot consists of a water- and wear-resistant Cordura upper with an air-injected rubber rand for added protection against alpine rock and ice. The gaiter boasts a water-resistant laminate, complete with taped seams and water-repellent zip closure, which is designed to safeguard you from moisture throughout the course of your ascent.

As mentioned previously, the boot is made with a water-resistant Cordura, which is reinforced by Lorica synthetic leather and an additional, water-resistant Antiacqua coating. And while one might be lead to believe that the G2's myriad of layers would create a marshmallow effect, the boot in fact offers a low-bulk fit—without skimping on performance. For insulation, the G2 utilizes thick perforated felt, low-density PE foam, and a thermo-reflective aluminum to ensure reliable warmth. The inner boot is secured by a solid, dual Boa closure system that can be cinched down tight, without having to expose your bare hands to the biting cold. Additionally, the 6mm PE and EVA foam inner boot offers additional warmth, and can be removed and dried at camp, or kept warm in a sleeping bag until your still-dark alpine start. Sportiva equipped the G2 with a Vibram Matterhorn sole and Impact Brake System to assure solid traction once the crampons come off. And, the stiff 6mm polyurethane midsole (with toe and heel welts) allow the G2 to be worn with step-in crampons to offer quick and secure attachments.

  • Laminated and seam taped water-resistant membrane
  • Cordura outer gaiter with rubber rand
  • Cordura and Lorica outer boot with Antiacqua coating
  • Perforated felt and low-density PE foam insulation
  • Thermo-reflective aluminum layer
  • Dual Boa closure (outer boot)
  • Zippered outer gaiter
  • Single-density foam inner bootie
  • 3mm Honeycomb Tech insulating carbon insole
  • 2mm PU midsole with toe and heel welt
  • Vibram Matterhorn sole with Impact Brake System
  • Step-in crampon compatible
  • Item #LSP008U

Tech Specs

Upper Material
[outer boot] Cordura, Lorica (synthetic leather), [gaiter] Cordura, rubber, [inner bootie] PE foam, EVA foam, Cordura
Waterproofing
taped seams, membrane
Insulation
perforated felt, low-density PE foam, thermo-reflective aluminum
Removable Liner
yes
Closure
[outer boot] Boa, [gaiter] zipper, [inner bootie] hook and loop
Last
G2
Footbed
3mm Honeycomb Tech insulating carbon
Midsole
PU
Sole
Vibram Matterhorn, Impact Brake System
Style
super-gaiter boot
Crampon Compatibility
step-in
Claimed Weight
2 lb 4 oz
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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G2 vs Nepal

  • Size Bought: 44.0

I wear size 44 (cubes without the extra tongue padding) in both. They fit very similarly, but the G2 SM's appear to be slightly wider in the toebox but you can adjust that to some extent with the lower BOA control. For reference, I have a wide foot, short toes and high arch. I seem to fit the La Sportiva Nepal last but not the Trango last (too narrow & long). My street shoes are typically 10-1/2M or 10EE.

Now on to my preliminary impressions of the G2 SM's: to quote my step-daughter when she was younger, OMG, Becky, these things are light! These things are definitely coming ice climbing with me this winter. I will save them for colder conditions and/or multi-day stuff where putting the liners in my sleeping bag matters. Double boot stuff & waterfall ice climbing, basically.

Wish it had a different liner

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: 42
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 130lbs

I have wear a size 7.5 US(M) street shoe, and have a 2E/3E foot depending on how much I've been on them. I went up 1.5 sizes and got the 42, equivalent to a US 9, and the room in the toe box was perfect, and could dial in the fit perfectly to allow for some heel lift, or lock my heel down completely. The BOA system was nice to use. Having the option to leave the forefoot completely lose but tightening the ankle keeps your foot snug in the boot, but gives as much room as possible for a someone with a wider foot.

They are definitely warm. I have terrible circulation in my hands and feet. The slightest breeze at 70 degrees without socks on can make the blood stop flowing to my feet, to the point that they turn "white". But within 1 minute, my feet were sweating in these boots.

I only wish these boots had a different liner, or that Scarpa sold theirs separately.

As others have mentioned, the liner digs right into your foot where it bends and meets your leg. And despite there being Velcro across the top of the liner, it doesn't tighten easily without folding weirdly. However, I have a Phantom 6000 with me, the older model with the T-Zip and liner with the bare foam on the inside, and the boots felt perfect with the Phantom liner inside the G2 boot.

amazing boots!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43.5
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 141lbs

i use the same number (43.5) in my nepal cube and fits me perfect, i used them in vallecitos (argentina) and in North Woodstock N.H. and this boots are really warm and very light, i'm really glad with these boots

amazing boots!

Amadablam

These boots are amazing, summited Amadablam 6,856 meters without the feeling of cold feet. Easy to tighten the laces, undo or loosen them too, second boot kept on when it was real cold. Very sturdy an great for rock climbing.

Amadablam

Super Stoked!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46.5
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 180lbs

Wear a 46.5 in the Nepal EVO. Same size ordered as the G2. So far, I'm impressed with the fit and finish. The BOA system is a great step forward, but I'm also cautious to see how they hold up. I'll be using my G2's on Cayambe, and a few other Ecuador Volcanoes. They're certainly amazing warm. They also climb really well, so these will be excellent for cold days ice climbing! I'll update my review after I get some use out of them in the REAL cold in the Adirondacks.

Evolution

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 170lbs

I am replacing a pair of original (first gen) Nepali Extremes with these. It was hard to decide because La Sportiva markets these as high altitude mountaineering boots, so I was concerned they may be over kill for ice climbing in Southern Colorado and too much like the Olympus Mons versus the Batura. I will update my review after some vertical with these bad boys but so far I think they are perfect. They probably are a bit warm if you are used to Trangos and climbing while the ice is running. I like to climb early morning or at night when the temps are colder. I think these will be awesome. The double boots is awesome, the BOA is a welcome leap forward, and so far I feel like they are lighter then my original Nepalis. As to how they will climb, I imagine quite well but time will tell. They are wide, but for %99.9 of my winter climbing that really doesn't matter. I am most concerned with stiffness, comfort, and warmth. I think La Sportiva nailed it on all fronts. As for being too warm, after coming from a pair of slightly too small Nepalis and chronic cold feet I will gladly take a sock change mid day because my feet get hot in the afternoon. My only concern is that the gaiter will not hold up. I would hate to have zipper failure prematurely end what should be a long lasting boot. I hope with these boots I will never have cold feet again! As for the weird ankle pinch, I don't think it is a deal breaker, is probably the result of the indendent lacing system, and will probably soften considerable with wear.

Boa failure, ankle pinch point

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: US 11 Mens
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 170lbs

I just received a pair of G2 SM's - eventually intended for Denali, but with some adventures beforehand. There's a lot of pros, but a couple of cons too that I wanted to share and perhaps get thoughts on:
- I should first mention that backcountry.com didn't have the size I needed, so I purchased elsewhere online. Out of the box (although I have a suspicion they might have been 'tested' by someone else previously), one of the 4 boas on my pair was a little tricky to push in - looked like it was turning off-axis when trying to tighten, and also skipping as though some internal teeth had been rounded down or something. After continued attempts to resolve it, I guess I rounded them down more, and that boa wouldn't tighten at all.
- when I keep my foot flat on the ground, and pivot forward at my ankle, I can feel the boot dig into the front of ankle. I suspect this is because one boa secures the boot across the top of the foot, while the other secures around the ankle, however there is no support bridging these two sections, so the boot folds in at the junction of them, and into the front of your ankle. That's my best effort at explaining it anyway - anyone notice a similar issue?

I had the same problem... ordered 2 pair and walked around house for days....I have had same problem with other sportiva except for silver bullets and batura 2.0, both of which don't pinch the top ankle hinge

Hey Surly,

Any chance you could share more details on this fix? I have these boots as well and love them but I have noticed the pressure over the instep. Any further details/pictures you can share would be awesome!

It's the new boot in town

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 190lbs

So many people I have spoken to are ordering the G2 SM's.

I got mine last December as a gift to myself. Thank god for not purchasing the Spantiks.

The majority of guides I see are in Spantiks and they are chewed to hell. Will these G2's hold up to the rigors that someone like that puts them through? That will be an interesting match up. I have had plenty of people check out the boots and everyone is impressed with what La Sportiva has come up with. Many of the guides I have spoken to have them on order. I want to see how well they do compared to the spantiks and Baruntse boots for durability.

I love them. The Boa system is just too easy to use. The inner boot is an upgrade from the Spantiks and the built in gaiters are super sweet too.

I used them in March trying to get up to Muir to drop off Easter candy to my buddies who were up there. They matched up really well with snowshoes and kept my feet plenty warm while I tried to find my way through the whiteout conditions.

I have heard La Sportiva finally got replacement Boa Laces in stock. I am getting a spare wire or two to take with me just incase.
Though, I have heard really good things about Boas durability in recent years.