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La Sportiva Glacier WLF Mountaineering Boot - Men's

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Glacier WLF Mountaineering Boot

La Sportiva designed its Men's Glacier WLF Mountaineering Boot to stand up to light forest management work and post-fire cleanup. The eight-inch height meets US federal standards for wildland firefighters, the heat-resistant sole is resistant to 300C, and the glue is resistant to 70C. However, this boot is not for front-line wildfire work—wear it during backpacking trips and for forest management and fire cleanup. The leather upper blocks wetness without sacrificing breathability, and the MtnFlex insole and half steel shank provide comfortable flex and protection for alpine environments.

  • Idro-Perwanger Roughout leather upper
  • Dry-Best lining
  • 8mm MtnFlex insole, 1.5mm half steel shank
  • PU Aircushion midsole
  • Heat-resistant sole (rubber compound resistant to 300C)
  • Glue resistant to 70C
  • Vibram Ice sole
  • Not intended for front-line wildfire work
  • Item #LSP0197

Upper Material
Idro-Perwanger (silicon-impregnated leather)
Lining
Dry-Best
Midsole
PU Aircushion
Sole
Vibram Ice
Crampon Compatibility
hybrid
Claimed Weight
[single] 32.1 oz
Recommended Use
forest management, post-fire cleanup, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 5

Great Boots

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45.0
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

I bought these boots in 2017 to replace some expensive logger style firefighting boots thinking they would get me through a season and I could get the logging style boots custom made for me in 2018. I didn't buy boots for the 2018 season or the 2019 season. I have worn them all over the place WA, ID, OR, WY, NV and they rock. They are a bit warm but what is a toasty foot compared to a blistered one? For liability reasons (maybe) they say not to for front-line fire operations, I have used these in some serious heat, no problem just monitor what you stand in the best you can (you should do that with any boot). If you buy them play around with the adjustable tongue till they are comfy, also the way they tie causes your feet fall asleep if you aren't putting weight on them (standing). I have also backpacked and camped in these all four seasons. They also are great in the wet. I am writing this review after purchasing my second pair. I have worn them to work almost every day for three years, been in snow, been on rocks, been in fire (literally) and they have won me over.

>Rating: 4

Pretty satisfied overall

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9 (42)
Height
5` 7"
Weight
135 lbs

Great work boots for doing trail work. Best part is they should last a while. Worth the investment if you need sum boots. So far so good. Go La Sportiva. Would consider going down a half Size if I bought boots again just because I feel they pack out a little on steeper terrain in hot conditions. But happy with my regular shoe size. Thx y’all

>Rating: 4

An acceptable summer mountaineering boot

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

Bought a pair used, like new. Beefy leather boot that take crampons well. Used for Spring climbs up snow gullies in Tuckerman Ravine on Mt Washington. Worked alright for a few glaciers in PNW including Rainier. A little rough on the feet for longer days but alright with a thick pair of mountaineering socks. Not bad for winter hikes so long as you keep moving, and look alright with a suit...

Bought
>Rating: 4

Pretty Cool

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

I wouldn't show up wearing these first day on the job with an IHC, not the intended purpose, plus they'd be way too warm on a hot, 16+ hour day. You would be very uncomfortable and blistered. I do, however, see myself using them a lot more during the off-season trudging through snow. If you ditch the cushiony insert they come with your feet are cooler, but I've found they lose some comfort because they just don't hug your feet the same (Difficult to adjust the laces) So I'd rather leave it in. They are super water resistant, basically waterproof. If you somehow manage to fully submerse them in water though, better have a plan b, because they take forever to dry. The leather is quality and the build seems like it will hold together well for their intended purpose. Really good support around the ankle, especially downhill with a heavy load (liner/cushion/insert w.e. you wanna call it). I didn't have much of a break in period, they were comfortable right out of the box. I ordered my regular size 12.5 which was closest to a 46 Euro. There's enough room to wear a thick wool sock, but again they are kinda hot so if it's warm out I go with a medium cushion. Obviously they aren't gonna take the place of a pair of $500 Nick's or Whites. People buy them, take them out to the fireline, and bash them for de-laminating on them when it clearly says in the description, NOT INTENDED FOR FRONTLINE WILDFIRE WORK. You don't want to be the bagger who's boots are blown out and held together with fiber tape. Good boot, wish they were more breathable.

>Rating: 4

Great Boot for Hiking and Forestry Stuff

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

The LaSportiva Glacier WLF is a very impressive boot. I had to size up a half a size to avoid getting blisters. If you are looking for a very sturdy boot with tons of support get this. It is also approved for Forest Fighting.

>Rating: 5

Great boot.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
10
Height
6` 0"
Weight
150 lbs

This is my third pair of these boots over the past 7 years. I put these boots to the test every summer on fire assignments, in all types of situations. I think it is still good to have a backup pair of leathers to work in for heavy heat and duff. They run a little bit big but if you are planning on putting insoles in them go with your original size and they will fit just right.

Hey BPhillips, so would you say these boots don't hold up well while working long hours cleaning hot spots? Thanks, Tom.

>Rating: 1

Not impressed

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
11.5
Weight
175 lbs

After a summer on the fire line the toes collapsed. The boots have a lack of ankle support. I would not recommend these boots

>Rating: 4

You need to LEARN how to wear them

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
41.5
Height
5` 6"
Weight
140 lbs

When I first had put them on, they made my feet ache. Then I noticed you had to adjust the tounge, which is attached by Velcro, that helped. BUT, then I was still having issues with them being uncomfortable, UNTIL I realized that you don't want to tighten the toes laces. I take up the slack, use the hooks to hold the slack, then CRAM down the ankle. They were WONDERFUL after that. WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS: if your going from your leather White's/Nick's to this boot, you're probably going to need thinner socks. I wear extra-thick Smartwools with my Nicks and medium hikers with these. The tread on these is not as sticky as my traditional fireboots. But, they have great edging if you're on rock and need a foothold. They feel like a ski boot, at first, just give them a chance, 2 weeks. I am usually a 41 (US 8), but fit in the 41.5, but also have a very wide foot (EE) that is pancake thin (I probably needed the extra space). They also air out very nicely, no need for a boot drier.

>Rating: 5

Color me impressed

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

I bought these boots a couple months ago primarily for winter backcountry trips. Decided to go a half size up to accommodate heavy socks, and glad I did. I wore them to work every day for about a week, and on a few minor hikes. This past weekend I wore them up to Hermit Lake/Tuckerman's Ravine, and I was really impressed with their performance. I wore sock liners under Smartwool Mountaineering socks, and was incredibly comfortable the whole time. We managed to beat sunset and get up to the top of the bowl, and I felt totally confident in these things both on the way up and the slippery descent. These boots are also perfectly dry, as advertised. My feet sweat a lot, and although it got down to the mid 20s in our hut, I woke up to a perfectly dry(not frozen) pair of boots. The same could not be said for my friend's which were soaked. Overall I'm impressed with this boot, and would recommend them to anyone who splits their time between winter treks and summer jaunts. If you're on the fence with sizes, and plan to use these in cold Wx, definitely bump up a half size.

>Rating: 2

Not impressed

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

Bought these as a work/mountain/fire fighting approved boot. Nice for about 6 months (of heavy usage) before the sides blew out. The optimist in me wants to think this was just a bad batch....

After speaking to other firefighters that have used these boots, I don't think it was a bad batch. The note "not intended for front line wildfire work" makes me wonder why they even tried to make a fire boot in the first place.

>Rating: 5

Good deal!

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

Good deal on these boots - super quick to break in (just 3 days) They perform well on all terrain and seem to work ok with strap on crampons (for walking on ice - would not recommend serious ice climbing with them)

>Rating: 3

Too warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large

Used this boot a few times for some short hikes and land management stuff. Boot is not uncomfortable, but for warm weather in Arizona it is really just too warm of a boot. Not much breathability either. Standard La Sportiva sizing though, slightly on big side, and a bit narrow. I wear a 13 Lowa, 12-13 Salewa (12 for trail, 13 for mountaineering), 13 Asolo, and the 46 was the right size in this boot for me.

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>Rating: 4

tuff duty

I've worn them for 1 month now and I would say after a brief 3 day break in my feet have never felt so good! I've been on fire's for the last month in canyon country and the only problems I've had was melting the shoe laces and grinding a little bit of sitting on the outside upper where the 2 different leathers come together. I hope to see them come out in a non insulated black, irregardless I will definitely buy another pair!

great boots a little warm for our line of work. also a bigger heel would be good.

>Rating: 4

tuff duty

I've worn them for 1 month now and I would say after a brief 3 day break in my feet have never felt so good! I've been on fire's for the last month in canyon country and the only problems I've had was melting the shoe laces and grinding a little bit of sitting on the outside upper where the 2 different leathers come together. I hope to see them come out in a non insulated black, irregardless I will definitely buy another pair!

>Rating: 5

great boots

I work on a hotshot crew and seen some nasty country in the month and a half that i had them. Soles have stayed in place, few little chips on the sole due to slippery rock slopes. The stiffness in the ankle area of the boot have gotten flimsy. So far so good, they have had seen a good amount of mop up days and hiking. Liking them so far...

>Rating: 1

la sportiva wlf

soles peeled off 9 days into a fire. these boots are not made for fire. sole is glued on- not stitched. anyone who says these boots are legit for fire is a knob

My soles did the exact same thing 8 HOURS into my first fire of the season. I do not understand how an almost 300 pair of boots can fall apart so easily. DO NOT BUY THESE BOOTS

>Rating: 1

Terrible for Fire

As a firefighter who has used these boots I must say, these boots will not hold up in any sort of fire related environment. I used the boots for basic firefighting procedures. It did not last for more than three fires. I do not recommend buying this boot if you are a firefighter. This boot needs more attention before going to fires. The company warranty and service does not compliment this "specialty" boot. I have had a terrible experience with this company and its products.

WLF: Wildland Fire. So yea, it is supposedly for a firefighter.

Scott... did you contact us for a return or exchange? those have a lifetime warranty on them. you can send them back for a full refund

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Is there a specific boot wax or spray that is recommended to be used with this boot?

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looking for a boot with composite toe &...

looking for a boot with composite toe & steel or fiberglass shank. can you suggest a good boot.

Check these out: http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-trango-extreme-evo-light-gtx-mens Most mountaineering or climbing boots are going to have some sort of shank in the mid-sole. The toe box is definitely burly as these can be used to kick in steps on ice or rock (with or without crampons). Feel free to chat in with one of gearheads for more options that will fit your specific needs!

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Will you have those shoes in size 47?

Will you have those shoes in size 47?

Also, it looks like BC, as of today, has size 47 in stock. Best of luck!

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we are looking for a wildland fire fighting...

we are looking for a wildland fire fighting boot and the glacier has been recommended to us through a hot shot crew member we know. anyway, it doesn't make sense to us that 400 grs of thinsulate are used in what is the fire fighting boot. Seems like summertime fire fighting in the hot forest etc would call for a boot without thinsulate. any thoughts on this? i have a pair of danners that i hunt with in the fall and winter that are 400 grs of thinsulate and I where them occasionally working in the summer..............and they are hot as heck. my concern is the glacier is too hot for wlf. i would like some feedback if anyone has any.........thanks!

Pretty sure these boots are not insulated. Also, I don't think these are very good fire boots. Seen them delaminate on a number of coworkers - definitely not a front line boot in my opinion. If you're looking for a mountaineering style fire boot, I'd recommend the Scarpa Fuegos over the Glacier WLF.

I second that. Two people on my crew had the Scarpa Fuego and both pairs of boots endured 1000+ hours of overtime without a hitch (no sign of delimitation, relatively comfortable, water resistant). Now only if BC would carry them.

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I am going on a 17 day Mt. Everest trek...

I am going on a 17 day Mt. Everest trek in the Spring of 2013, hiking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar, then back. Will this boot perform well on that trek, or would another 'La Sportiva' style be better? This will be my first experience buying "professional" grade hiking footwear. Thank you.

The WLF is specifically designed for backcountry fire fighters. Take a look at the regular Glacier - http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-glacier-mountaineering-boot-mens Also, check out the Makalus for step-in crampon compatibility and the Karakorams.

I did the same trek last September/October in light hiking boots (Merrel Moab Ventilator Mid), carrying a 35 lb pack. My buddy did the same, and I saw a couple with the same shoes. Very doable. Those would be similar to La Sportiva's FC Eco 4 or the Thunder II. Of course, there are also tour groups full of people with mountaineering boots too. It comes down to how comfortable you want to be and how much you want to spend. As long as it's a mid height boot you probably can't go wrong. It's just a vigorous hike. And the Sherpas often wear Crocs or Chinese sneakers.

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Do you make this boot in wide sizes as...

Do you make this boot in wide sizes as well, say 2EE - 4EE?

The BC rep that I asked about wide sizes, said they do not carry specific wide sizes. some brands are wider than others. What I tend to do is get to a store and try the stuff on, then come home and pay less for it here @ bc. If it helps I got wide feet too, and went with the Salomon Cosmic GTX. http://www.backcountry.com/salomon-cosmic-4d-gtx-backcpacking-boot-mens Not a mountaineering boot, but is a good boot, and fits awesome

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How does the shank in the Glacier WLF...

How does the shank in the Glacier WLF compare tot he regular Glacier? Any difference there? Particularly interested in any differences in the boot that would prevent/not favor light crampon use in the mountains (when compared to the regular Glacier). Thanks

They'd both be fine for strap on crampons.