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La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boot

$305.00

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Why We Like The Makalu Mountaineering Boot

The La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boot is our favorite alpine footwear to recommend for everyone from casual climbers to professional instructors. This durable leather boot holds up to years of abuse in the mountains and provides plenty of support for hiking with a heavy load. Thanks to full crampon compatibility, this boot is a great choice for glacier travel, and its Vibram sole provides excellent traction on snow, mud, dirt, and rock.

  • Traditional mountaineering boot for general alpine with heavy packs
  • Durable Idro-Perwanger leather upper with Vibram rubber rand
  • Dry-Best lining wicks moisture and dries quickly
  • Steel shank offers stable support with heavy backpacks
  • Aircushion midsole with anatomic MtnFlex insole for comfort
  • Skywalker sole with step-in crampon compatibility
  • Item #LSP0092

Upper Material
Idro-Perwanger roughout leather (3mm), Vibram rubber rand
Insulation
none
Lining
Dry-Best
Closure
lace
Last
Makalu
Footbed
MtnFlex (8mm)
Midsole
SBR aircushion, Dacromet-coated full steel shank (1.5mm)
Sole
Skywalker MPE
Style
single
Crampon Compatibility
automatic
Claimed Weight
[pair, size 9] 4lb 4oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Activity
mountaineering, glacier travel

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>Rating: 5

Great Lineman boot

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46
Height
6` 1"
Weight
195 lbs

I've been wearing this boot for over 15 years. I'm a Journeyman Lineman and use this boot for climbing wood poles and my everyday work tasks. Very comfortable, durable, light and good looking. I will continue to purchase this boot as long as they make um or I'm not in the trade any longer.

>Rating: 5

Good and comfortable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45/ 11.5
Height
6` 1"
Weight
215 lbs

Good lineman boots.

Yup great lineman boot. I can work on my hooks for hours and never gave problems

That's right brother, great Lineman boot!

>Rating: 5

Dreamy

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

I ordered a half size larger than my work boot size. I'm a 10.5 and I ordered a 44.5 and right out of the box they fit great with a pair of mid-weight darn tough socks. Great for ascents around New England, BD Sabretooth fit great (just had to move the rear bale to the rear position and they matted right up)

>Rating: 1

Wow they suck

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44
Height
5` 11"
Weight
175 lbs

I've had 4 pairs of the korakums size 44 which are just a touch big but fit great.....now I order another LaSportiva mountaineering boot in the same size and I actually hurt my toes putting trying these ridiculous boots on.....plus the detachable Velcro tongue also extends all the way to the front of the toes of the boot.......NEVER TRUST YOUR OWN SIZE.... BECAUSE I GUESS AT 46 YRS OLD AND EVEN THOUGH IVE WORN THE SAME SIZE SINCE THE 8TH GRADE (33 YEARS) YOUR FEET START TO GROW BIGGER

SORRY, BUT THESE DON'T SUCK .... As someone who has used these boots and MANY,MANY other sportiva mountaineering AND hiking boots since the late 90's.... I own the latest version and have had NO problems ....( this is my 6th pair by the way....)

>Rating: 5

Great

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 7"
Weight
200 lbs

fits like a glove, heel remains planted, and lower profile than some other boots yet meaty as hell. this is the pick of the litter

>Rating: 5

Bulletproof and versatile for guiding

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
??
Height
5` 9"
Weight
145 lbs

I originally bought these in high school dirt cheap and used when I was dabbling in ice climbing in the northeast. They were stiff enough and warm enough to squeek by for a season of easy to moderate water ice but I quickly upgraded to Nepals for the next season of steeper water ice ice. They really won my heart this summer when I was working on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska as an ice climbing guide. This job involved 3+ hours per day of walking on trails and glacial moraine as well as another 4+ hours per day in crampons. I dabbled with wearing hiking boots on the trail/moraine and switching to Nepals for more precise crampon use or hiking hours in my full shank nepals but these boots quickly became my number one choice. These things were flexible and comfortable enough for the trail and all day use, technical enough that I felt solid soloing 50 degree ice and toproping vertical glacier ice (when we got the chance to climb) and they were TOUGH AS NAILS. Guides who wore Nepals daily had utterly destroyed their boots by the end of the summer while my boots are in perfect condition. The toe of nepals routinely wore out to the point that an automatic crampon could not safely attach to the toe while the thick rubber of the makalus ate up the rocky terrain like nothin. Bottom line: If youre looking for a lightweight boot for steep technical terrain, look somewhere else. If you want a boot that can do almost anything in the mountains and outlive you, get these boots!!

How was the waterproofing? Would you take them through wet snow? Dry snow?

>Rating: 5

Amazing work boot

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
41
Height
5` 9"
Weight
150 lbs

I’m an apprentice lineman and I’ve ran one pair of these boots for 2 years now. Still water proof, still has some sole left, and the toe hasn’t split. Hands down the best climbing boot for wood pole and climbing towers it stays stiff enough throughout it’s life span to be on your toes on lattice and still keeps the form of the boot. I just wish they would make it eh rated with a composite toe.

>Rating: 3

La sportiva

These boots are stiff and hard to break in, the cloth tabs get pulled out of the stitching and they won’t warranty them. The boots need to come with a water proof technology in them for the price and what they are meant to be used for

>Rating: 5

Epic boots

Height
5` 9"
Weight
190 lbs

Warm Happy feet! Super durable design with great traction!

>Rating: 4

Comfy boot

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Super solid boots, a really easy break in period compared to other boots I've had. Super comfortable right out of the box, and they seem really high quality so far.

>Rating: 5

Mountain Man

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

My brother and dad have worn these boots for years. Got these for my brother who is always working on snow guns and is a cat driver. He loves them and they have kept his feet dry and he has traction to keep himself safe! Perfect mountain man working boots!

>Rating: 4

The ol' functional Makalu

Pretty comfortable out of the box. Need to definitely adjust the tongue to get proper fit. Fits true to size. Although I thought they would be warmer. Overall. Worth the money.

>Rating: 4

4 Stars, but 4.5 Stars wasn't an option

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
45.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
210 lbs

I have had several pair of La Sportiva Makalu and Glacier boots (discontinued) and they all have a few things in common, they are water proof, sturdy, and last for several years. They ALL also begin to have issues where the toe rand and sole begin to separate. Every pair I have had has done that, but keep in mind it generally takes a while, like a year or two. I generally wear these boots year round for work, then waterproof them up a little and take them hunting in November. My only complaint is after a couple years of use they breakdown, however I have not ever found a boot to last longer than these. I would say that if you have a quality issue with these boots its a manufacture defect, these should last a long time with no issue. IF La Sportiva stops making this boot it will be a very sad day!!! (just in case I have a few new pair hidden away in the basement... hey the wife has a million pair running shoes and this is my guilty pleasure!)

>Rating: 4

Great boot

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
185 lbs

Great boot I’m an apprentice lineman and it an all around good boot from climbing to your every day tasks. The worst part honestly is they will eventually start splitting at the toe but I’ve worn mine every day at work for alittle over two years and I wouldn’t buy a different boot for the work

>Rating: 5

amazing

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 9"
Weight
120 lbs

these boots i bought for school and am still in the breaking in process and so far they are the best boots I've owned.

>Rating: 5

Out of the BOX....

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44
Height
5` 10"
Weight
185 lbs

I'm an Apprentice Lineman, if it one thing we have to have it is a good pair of boots to work in and also climb in to keep the power going. Right off the bat the quality of this boot is outstanding! When you look at the material you can tell. The laces are a huge selling point for because they are ballbearing style so they will not get cut up. I will do a follow up on this review once I get some miles on them and some pole work. I can't wait to break them in and see how they are. 5 stars all the way.

>Rating: 5

Essential All-Around Boots

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45.5
Height
6` 1"
Weight
215 lbs

I have had mine for over 15 years and they have held up extremely well. Great for moderate weather climbs/ hikes. Also casual enough to wear out to the pub for post climb dinner / drinks.

>Rating: 5

Awesome boots for the right foot and job

These boots fit great out of the box, but were a little tight for my foot in the toebox when sizing up a half size. I ultimately returned them because I wanted a gore-tex liner for guaranteed dryness and snythetics quick drying properties.

>Rating: 5

Brought down zugspitze

They were true to size really hard to break in though. When standing in the snow a little cold but once moving they are fine, maybe buy gaiters for more snow.These boots really performed, 9 hours guiding the climb and my feet felt great. The auto crampons fit fine and didn't really need to be messed with. The boots seem stiff but the during the climb I really didn't notice. Awesome via Ferrara boots. Hardly a scratch on them after the scree field. I'm excited to wear them on more climbs

>Rating: 4

Mountain Addict

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

The world of high alpine climbing is where these boots were born and bread. The stiff shank makes them an ideal candidate for adorning crampons and the tall cuff is rock solid on off camber slopes. I have put these to the test on ice, rock, and snow and they have not let me down. They also make for a stellar work boot once they get broken in. Climbing towers and ladders is no problem and they take a beating and keep my feet feeling fresh. I would recommend these to any mountaineer looking to upgrade from a softer boot to something more formidable.

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What size is 8 1/2 us

Hey Brad! A men's US size 8.5 is equivalent to an EU size 41.

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Do you guys make a boot with a steel or composite toe? I do linework and am required to have some sort of hardened toe.. thanks

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They stopped making the women's version of these boots. Have any females tried the men's version? If so, how do they fit? Similar or is it completely different?

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I'm looking to get a pair of these boots. Men's size 47 wide is that possible?

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20% off if you wear a 41 but full price for the rest of the sizes. Not cool backcountry. Moose Jaw will match the 20% on all sizes if anyone else got bummed on this so called sale

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Going mountaineering in Lassen this weekend. I was recommended a boot with a liner but I can borrow a friend's pair of makalu. Curious if these would be warm enough at night when standing around.

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I got a pair of these used recently and love them. However they are missing the tongue piece. Any suggestions where I could find a replacement??

What size? I bought a pair of Nepal Cubes and I would just mail you the tongues, I dont use them. Or you could contact La Sportiva. If they are roughly the same tongues (Ill find this out when I get back from Vacation) Ill just send them over to you free of charge. If they are drastically different then Ill try and see if our rep knows a way to grab them for you. Shoot me an email bporreca@backcountry.com, Ill be back in the office on Monday.

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Are these too warm for summer backpacking?...

Are these too warm for summer backpacking? I love La Sportiva and I am looking for a good cross-over boot to use both backpacking at high altitudes in CO (usually nothing hotter than 75-80) and also crampon compatible. Thanks!

I would use this crampon http://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-neve-strap-crampons?ti=UExQIENhdDpDcmFtcG9uczoxOjE5OmJjc0NhdDgxMTAwMDEyOQ&skid=BLD1226-ONECOL-ONESIZ on something like this http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-xplorer-mid-gtx-backpacking-boot-mens?rr=t . That is something that is way lighter and going to breathe better than this bigger hiking boot. Plus will be a lot nicer for when things get more technical than just an easy scramble.

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Are these boots re-soleable in the US? --...

Are these boots re-soleable in the US? -- Thanks!

These boots can be resoled but you will want to make sure that you go through one of the many La Sportiva approved cobblers. A link for a list of Cobblers is listed below: www.sportiva.com/about/warranty/cobblers

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Have you ever heard of anyone using this...

Have you ever heard of anyone using this boot attached to skis

I see this hasn't been answered, and I won't really answer it either here other than to say... why would you ever do such a thing? This boot doesn't have the sort of stiffness necessary for skiing.

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I were a true size 10US. I will be wearing...

I were a true size 10US. I will be wearing these as my primary work boot. I work construction and there was a gentleman on a job jobsite who wore a pair of these in the past and could not stop raving about them. He has since moved on and I have no way of contacting him. I just wanted to be sure on the sizing. I wear 1 pair of crew socks regardless of the weather. Can you help me with the size I will need? Thank You

I use them for construction and utility pole climbing as well. I wear a size 9EE in a handmade climbing boot (white's or hathorn hiline) but I wear a 45 (european sizing) in this shoe. Do not believe the US to european conversions charts. try them or something like them on first. A Glacier uses the Makalu last and fits similarly. they all have a heavily padded tongue and you may want an insole (spenco or superfeet) inside. Go bigger than you think you need. With a thick sock i could wear a 46 which they claim is a 12 1/2. hope this helps.

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What crampon systems are compatible with...

What crampon systems are compatible with this boot for "general mountaineering"?

They will take fully automatic crampons. I've used Grivel G22 cramp-o-matic with them, but the boots arem't stiff enough for serious vertical ice. Combine these boots with Grivel Air-Tech crampons and you have a decent combo for general mountaineering. However, these boots are only suited for warmer conditions and won't be heavy enough for bigger peaks like Rainier. They are great heavy backpacking boots and decent for light-duty mountaineering. They'll handle everything here on the East Coast with the exception of the Presidentials in winter.

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I have been looking for a lightweight pair...

I have been looking for a lightweight pair of mountaineering boots. These seem to be my best bet, however my size (11 US) is not available. I need a cool weather lightweight mountaineering boot. I will encounter plenty of loose talus and some bouldering. I have worn just your standard "work boots" in the past, but it's time to treat my feet better. Anyone have suggestions on a boot?

Those are European sizes. BC currently carries size 44.5, which should correspond to a size 11 mens boot. Best of luck!

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I am planning a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and...

I am planning a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and am looking for the best boot to wear for the trip. Is this the answer?

Partisan info here: You should also consider the Salewa Mtn Trainer (http://www.backcountry.com/salewa-mountain-trainer-gtx-mid-boot-mens) or the Salewa Rapace (http://www.backcountry.com/salewa-rapace-gtx-boot-mens). Just sayin' Have fun on Kili!!!

These are overkill for Kilimanjaro. I wore my Asolo Fugitive GTX boots on my trip,and was just a little cold for the first few hours of the summit day. Wear the most comfortable boots you have. My buddy wore running shoes every day except summit day, when he wore his old Rocky boots (similar to my boots, but much older).

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Are these the current version of the old...

Are these the current version of the old red boots made by La Sportiva? I don't recall the name , but they are red leather low at the ankle and compatible with step in crampons.

Hey Schaps, You may be thinking of the Trango: http://www.backcountry.com/la-sportiva-trango-s-evo-gtx-mountaineering-boot-mens This boot has been around for a while.

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Will the Black Diamond Sabre Tooth Pro or...

Will the Black Diamond Sabre Tooth Pro or Neve Pro crampons work with these boots?

Yes both will work.

That answered my question. I have Sabre Tooth Crampons I have worn with Lhotse boots and was wondering if the will work work with the Makalus.

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How does the sizing run I need a size...

How does the sizing run I need a size 11d

Please look at the La Sportiva website. Their sizing chart will be the best bet. I wear a 9.5 and the 42.5 I ordered was way too small. I returned my boots and got a 43, which the La Sportiva website said was a 9.5+. They fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. I hope this helps.

I agree - go to the website for La Sportiva where they recommend going up 1/2 size, I did, and they came out perfect. If you can just order a couple of boots in different sizes then send the ones back that don't fit.

I agree - go to the website for La Sportiva where they recommend going up 1/2 size, I did, and they came out perfect. If you can just order a couple of boots in different sizes then send the ones back that don't fit.

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Are the Makalus easily resoled?

Are the Makalus easily resoled?

You would likely want to send them back to sportiva to have them resoled. If your boots are that worn out though it is probably worth replacing the whole boot.

Take them to a shoe repair place. The guy will cut the treads off (approximately 1/4") and glue on a new vibram sole. Cost for 2 boots was under $50 I believe. Much cheaper than buying a new pair at $300. Unless your boot structure is totally shot. I've resoled one pair twice, and the boots themselves are still going strong.

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Will these work for vertical ice?

Will these work for vertical ice?

You will find these to be a bit flimsy for vertical ice They are good for light mountaineering but dont have a rigid enough sole to really stand on when front pointing in ice

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I need a non insulated and crampon compatible...

I need a non insulated and crampon compatible boot, like these. But I have a wide foot, what are the alternatives to this boot?

Scarpa Charmoz, Lowa Mountain Expert, are the two non-insulated boots I can think of.