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    Traction and support for tough winter mountaineering.

    When the mountains are a technical obstacle course of ice, snow, and frigid temperatures, the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boot will be your foot’s best friend. La Sportiva combined a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane, an insulated lining , and a durable leather upper to keep your feet warm and protected for many summits to come. The Vibram sole, featuring the Impact Brake System, provides tough traction on slippery inclines, while the 3D Flex ankle allows for maximum sole-to-surface contact on the steeps. An adjustable, removable tongue offers a comfortable, customizable fit for any foot shape.
    • Item #LSP0029

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    [shell] silicone-impregnated leather
    Removable Liner
    Thermo-moldable Liner
    Crampon Compatibility
    Claimed Weight
    35.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    winter mountaineering, ice & alpine climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Let My Friend Tell You About These Boots

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I’ve had these boots for about two weeks, before Everest and thailand for some trekking fun. I’ll be conducting a post trip review in addition to this one.
    Initial Reaction-
    My initial reaction to the boot when opening the box, and trying them on, is how surprisingly light they are. Despite their hefty size, these boots are very light, and not what I was expecting at all. After putting my foot in, I found heaven. These boots are one of the most comfortable I’ve had on my feet, and If I had to describe it, an army tank filled with pillows Is how I would.

    This leads me to my next point, these boots upon initial feel, are sturdy to no compare.

    -The rubber seams are well glued, with no gaps or mismatched seams.
    -The hooks for the laces are properly placed, with no crooked sets.
    - No clear chafing points off the bat.

    Sizing seems fairly true, I purchased a 9 ½ (42.5) and gave myself that extra .5 for thick socks and foot swelling from extended hiking. Of course, warmth (and waterproofing, which will be later in the review) is one of the largest factors in purchasing a boot like this. After walking around a room with them on, I can tell they fit the warm factor, without being excessively uncomfortable In room temperature.
    Two weeks in-
    After hiking almost everyday for two weeks, I’ve found that these boots still hold up in most of the criteria covered in the initial review. That being said, after two weeks a couple points have come up worth mentioning, first and foremost -

    The break-in period of these boots was very nice. After hiking daily for sometimes more than 6 hours, I’ve found that minimal blistering on the heel and the side of my big toes happens. I’ll take all of that with a grain of salt, and chalk it up to the break-in period.
    Besides those small blisters, there is only one other point on the boot that bothers me. On my right foot at the ankle, the boot bends in excessively and causes some minor pain in my ankle. I thought this was how tight the boot was on my foot, but after some R&D with lacing, It seems to be a structural flaw or possibly part of the break-in period. I’ll report back on this issue post trip.
    Quick overview of previously mentioned points
    -Still sturdy as hell
    -Warm in any condition so far (including snow/rain)
    -Boot quality has held high
    -Still no chafing points
    -Breathability is good
    The waterproofing on these things are amazing, I’ve been hiking through snow and rain pretty consistently (I live in Park City Ut.) and every puddle or snow mound I walk through is fine. My feet easily stay warm and dry.
    I have yet to try them with crampons. I will report back with this post trip.
    These boots might be pricey, but are worth EVERY CENT in their utility as a winter mountaineering boot. If they are taken care of, I’m sure they will last many years without issue.

    Perfect for Rainier

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    These boots are amazing! They are very comfortable and rigid. Both welts allow for automatic crampons which is nice. They are comfortable and well insulated. I bought these for mountains in the PNW. They worked perfectly on Rainier and I would rate them best for mountains up to around 16k feet. Anything higher than that and I would probably bump up into something warmer like the Baruntse or Spantik. These Nepals fit an average width foot the best. I have a size 10 foot in Nikes and 9.5 in Asics for comparison, and the 44s are great in these boots. I tend to size up in my hiking boots too. I have no complaints with these boots, I love 'em!!!

    Let me know if you have any questions on boot fitting or if you are comparing other mountaineering boots!

    I'm off to Rainier for a glacier school for a week long course in January I have these boots but the course calls for plastic boots.
    "One pair double plastic boots. Some newer models of double leather/ synthetic boots may work, but most soak through in a few days in snow. " Just wondering if the GTX would be ok ?

    All around an excellent boot!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I picked these up after a recommendation from a friend, and what an excellent mountaineering boot! For me, La Sportiva products run true to size, so a size 47 worked perfect for me (I'm a US size 13 regular width foot for reference). I can't attest to how well they handle in extreme cold weather, however I have taken them ice climbing, and my feet remained toasty warm with the tongue insert. A friend of mine who also owns these boots put in a different insole which made them warmer for his mountain climbing excursions. These boots are welted on the toe and heel so they work very well will step in crampons. Overall, these boots are extremely well made, and I recommend them. The price may be steep for beginners, but you know what they say: "Buy once, cry once".

    Great Boots

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    I got these as a gift, but he loves them!

    "My street shoe size is 47 and I've heard about how these run slightly small, so I opted for the rare 48's. I couldn't be more happy with the size. The slight extra toe room was great for kicking ice.

    I've only worn these boots twice so far. Both times were ice climbing in Ouray. I sported midweight socks in mid 20 degree weather and my feet never felt even slightly chilled. The first day, I didn't use the tongue insert, and my ankle rubbed raw, the boots came untied multiple times, and the climbing was less comfortable. The following day, I sported the inserts and all issues above were resolved. I will never wear these boots without the inserts again, and they are great now!"

    An ideal 3 season mountaineering boot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42

    We're a big fan of this boot. It is a tiny bit smaller fit then normal, so keep that in mind. If you are mountaineering in Spring-Summer-Fall or even in temperatures above around 20-25˚ This is a good boot. If you are ice climbing in temperatures cooler, or mountaineering I would upgrade to something like the Spantik, or if it is substantially above freezing I would consider the Trango S Evo GTX, but that depends on a couple other factors as well.

    Anyways, this boot is solid, has lasted for years, and my only suggestion would be to waterproof the boots for use in snow with Nikwax.

    Well Crafted!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    I bought these as my first boot to start glacier travel and mountaineering adventures. The detail in the craftsmanship in these are top notch Italian made. I wear a street shoe size 11 and went with a size 12 and they have worked out great. I am looking forward to more trips with these great boots.

    Well Crafted!

    Good To Go

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44.5 for US Mens size 10.5

    Had to go a full size up from my street shoe size, just the same as I have had to do with all other La Sportiva footwear. Very warm and seems surprisingly breathable wearing a single mid-weight sock from dry ground to deep snow. I have noticed the "ankle pinching" that has been stated in some other reviews, however it seems to dissipate over time and has not stopped me yet. La Sportiva does not disappoint.

    Great All Around

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    This boot is a work horse! Great all around boot, especially good for easy/moderate mountaineering and hanging around in the cold all day. I haven't used them with crampons yet but am excited to try them out because for everything else they pretty much rock! Exact fit on european sizing

    Great Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 47
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    All-round work horse. A little heavy, but so solid that any extra weight is worth the durability.

    Great boots

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

    Love these boots. I've used them for a few seasons of ice climbing and have no regrets from buying them. They're comfy, keep my piggies warm (down to 0 degrees at least) and dry, and seem to be built like a proverbial tank. I have no experience in the mountains but I'd highly recommend them for anything low altitude.

    Great boot for the purpose

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    These are good boots for alpine mountaineering. They are not approach boots, they are extremely stiff, a full shank boot. I used them hiking Mt. Shasta, it works well in scree. Your foot has to get used to it.
    I wear street shoes ranging in size from 10.5 to 11.5, the boot size I have is 46.

    Everyone you know has them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 48
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 220lbs

    I'm on my 7th year with the Evo Nepal and just resoled them. I can't say enough good things about these boots. They climb ice, rock, and snow like a champ and have always kept my feet warm and dry. I wear a size 48 and had to get a shoeman to stretch the footbox a bit to get the fit dialed in, but boy was it worth it. When I can't resole these anymore I will buy another pair. I use these for cold weather and now the new Trango Cube for warm weather. Make sure you size these larger than you need. I wear a size 13 and I am in a 48.

    Everyone you know has them

    Totally awesome!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small

    Got these for my husband and I. They are soooooo fantastic. He usually wears a size 9 shoe and got the size 41. Here is what he had to say about the boot. "These boots are the be all and the end all of leather mountaineering boots!! they are super warm they fit well with thick and thin socks it the sole is ultra rigid the vibram sole is very grippy!! No complaints about this boot whatsoever!"

    Great Boots

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

    Love these boots. Used them on Italy's Gran Paradiso and Grivola as well as the Mont Blanc and Dent de Geant in Chamonix. Not too warm, not too cold, great for summer Alpine climbs. Easily accepts crampons, put a superfeet green insert in, and the boots performed wonderfully. An all around classic, well designed boot.

    The Test Of Time

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

    So, these boots have been with me a while now. A fantastic summer mountaineering boot by all accounts. Bomb proof, they made it through a year in Patagonia getting thrashed!

    In the cooler months I ran two pairs of socks, but if you plan on doing that go a size up. Ive lost more than one toe nail running these tight. In winter your feet will get cold, and if you synch them down too tight you will cut off your circ, this leads to a bad time.

    Once you dial in these suckers though you'll never look back.

    Excellent for climbing, have had a couple different types of crampons and never had a problem with fit with these boots.

    All in all a perfect boot to add to the arsenal. In fact all you'd ever need is these and a pair of the Koflach Arctis.


      I have mixed opinions about these boots.

      They got my ass to the top of Rainier so I have to give them credit there. One of the other guys had them and so did our main guide Brent Okita. Brent told us that if it would have been any colder he wouldn't have let us climb in our leather boots.

      I had issues with blisters on my heels though I know that the heel pocket is tighter than the Scarpas I had owned. The other guy that was in our group hated his. He was pretty much ready to give his away. I asked where he bought them and he told me REI. I told him to return them once he got back home. Tell them they didn't work for you.

      I have really fucked up feet so I don't know what to think about any boot. I had pre taped my heels before setting off up the mountain and I was dealing with blisters throughout our week long seminar. During our pre gear check our other guide went on a complete tirade about La Sportiva and their customer service when his Spantics fell apart. He was firm in his opinion that La Sportiva can go suck their own ass and he point blank told us he pissed in his boots when he sent them back the last time. He did concede that the Evo's were a good boot but that the customer service is the worst out there of any company and they don't deserve anyone's loyalty in buying a product from them.

      So is it a good boot? It seems to be a decent boot for summer mountaineering that certainly has its limitations when the temperatures drop.

      I hope to never have issues with my La Sportiva boots. Pissing in my boots would be the least of their problems with what might show up on their doorstep from me.

      I can't say they are great boots.. I can't say they are horrible boots.. They are Boots.

      My feet are so swollen right now that I look like I have pregnant woman feet with blisters to top off the baboon butt foot sundae I have going on.

      I had a really good experience with La Sportiva's customer service. They gave me an RA on a two year old pair of Batura's that had a finicky zipper. Not sure what your guide's issue was. Maybe he got off on the wrong foot with CS representative?

      The best boots so far

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The best boots so far, I used in a mountain of 6385 m altitude WITHOUT ANY problem. Very comfortable, not cold feet, in mixed terrain are very good, almost like a cat feet.

      Excellent for ice climbing, I used with the Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampons also in mixed terrain.

      The best boots so far
      Unanswered Question

      I climbed Mount Tyndall in these boots several months ago in the Sierras, but my toenails slammed into the toe during the entire descent and I ended up losing both of my big toenails. Should I have bought a larger size? I'm usually a size 12 and bought a size 11.5 (45.5) after trying them on at REI.

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      Can anyone comment on the use of these boots in the Tetons in June? Specifically, want to make sure they're not too much boot (warmth-wise) for summiting the Grand when crampons are still necessary - probably would use an approach for the hike in, then don these for the summit push. I'm thinking that these will allow further CO winter 14er bids, as I have a decent hiker for summer stuff. Not much ice climbing (for now, that may change...)


      Are these boots any good for loose rocks and and such for around a 20 mile hike in the cannon country of Arizona


      It sounds like you're looking for a hiking boot, not a mountaineering boot, as you're unlikely to do any icefield crossing in Arizona. :)

      If you are looking for a sturdy, high-quality traditional backpacking boot, I cannot recommend this Asolo boot highly enough:

      I'd be happy to suggest some more suitable options-- please feel free to reach out directly.

      So a no-go on these boots for Denali? Was looking at the Baruntse and the Nepal. I know I would get better use out of the Nepals over the long haul for other thing such as ice climbing. Could I pull off using the Baruntse for basic ice climbing or would this be over kill? Thanks

      Best Answer

      I used the baruntses for Denali and they worked great. I wouldn't have wanted to go any lighter duty. I also used them for my first couple years of ice climbing since I couldn't afford a second pair and they worked fine. Once I got a lighter ice climbing specific pair of boots, the difference was noticeable and beneficial. But I still go to my baruntses for the really cold days

      Is this boot compatible with non clip on crampons? I have a Grivel Pair which have the plastic arm at the front and like a sling type closure piece at the back with some metal rings? Thanks

      Hey Jarrod,

      Those boots will work with the strap-on crampons you are describing. I wouldn't recommend them for use where you will be kicking the front points into anything, but for general use they will work great with those boots. If you have any other questions please let me know.

      Dan Gates

      Expert Gearhead


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      Sizing Q: I am a 42.5 in Asolo Sassalong and was told I would need a 43 in the Nepal Evo if I was going to kick into steep ice a lot as my toes would hit the front of the boot. I used a 42.5 in NZ last year when climbing on Fox Glacier and don't remember any issues. Can anyone confirm if I would need to 'size up' on these?

      Sizing/fit question: I tried out a pair of these and they really tore my heels up during a short test run of moderate uphill walking. I wear a size 13 street shoe and had on a 47 in the Evo. I thought if I tried to size up it may alleviate the problem with the heels but the 47.5 and the 48 even seemed to aggravate the same hot spots just walking around the store. A guide suggested that it may just be due to the Evos being too narrow for my foot and recommended the Scarpa Mont Blanc as an alternative. Would that be a decent option or am I just missing the mark on sizing? I'm basically looking for a great boot for mountaineering (14ers, couloir routes etc) and ice climbing here in CO.

      Hi, I'm out on the East coast and looking for a boot to handle full days in the ADK High Peaks and the White Mountains in winter. I would be moving the whole time, no camping. Based on reviews, these seem to fit the application well, but if you have a better boot in mind, please share. If these are the correct boot, I'm trying to decide on sizing. I currently wear a Garmont Momentum Snow GTX in the winter and love the fit at size 13 with thick trekking socks. Do I therefore go with a 47 or size up to a 47.5? Thanks!

      Does this boot a half size small and what size for men's US 12?

      They do come in half sizes. I am a street shoe size 12 and wear a 46.5 (bordering on getting a 47). I would recommend buying both the 46.5 and 47 and returning the one you don't like. With these boots you want to leave a little extra room in the toe to account for your feet swelling and preventing your toes from slamming into the front all day when you walk downhill.

      I work on the powerlines and have the La Sportiva Makalus. I am looking for a warmer boot for the winter months that resembles the Makalus. Do these Nepals have a steel shank? How warm are these boots?

      They do not have a steel shank as these are made for mountaineering and that would add unwanted weight. These are the go to boot for most mountaineering and ice climbing in the lower 48 so you will be warm. I personally have them and they are a great boot.

      From the product description:

      "HDPE plastic midsoles provide mountaineering stiffness and stay strong in extreme cold while eliminating the weight and chill of a steel shank"

      I wear a 43.5 in the Ganda Guide. Anybody...

      I wear a 43.5 in the Ganda Guide. Anybody out there have an idea about how the sizing for these two models match up?

      Best Answer


      you are going to find that these have a classic la sportiva fit similar to the Ganda Guide, narrow throughout the toebox. There will be a few big differences in sizing consideration. You will want to account for the type of socks you will wear and also how cold the temps will be. Generally I would go up a half size at least to allow for a thicker sock/sock liner and allow room for your toes in cold temps. If you are only going to be in moderate temps you could probably size the same 43.5. If you are interested in trying a few sizes out, I can help you get an order set up!

      Can't say for the Ganda Guides but I have the karakorams, wildcat, anakonda, spantik, electrons. I wear them all in a 43.5

      The mythos climbing shoe is the only la sportiva footwear that I had to size down..

      what size is 11.5 in this boot? 44.5 or...

      what size is 11.5 in this boot? 44.5 or 45? thanks! also, how does this boot fit compared to the new Nepal Cube GTX?

      I am doing field work in Antarctica this...

      I am doing field work in Antarctica this coming Austral Summer. I need solid mountineering boots for crampon use, some technical use, and warmth. What are the general thoughts on this model. It still needs to be comfortable for walking on exposed rock areas for some distances.

      The Nepal is a really great boot and I think would be a good choice for that purpose. It accepts a crampon really well and hikes great. Warmth is generally good on this boot but not sure what temps you are going to be facing. I am emailing you to get a little more info and help get you set up with the proper boot.

      I am going for Everest Base Camp on December...

      I am going for Everest Base Camp on December 2014 and I have no idea on what boots to wear. I have read that it can get down to -20C or - 30C at night and -5C during the day. Are these boots good for this trip? I guess they are OK for the temperature, but I am afraid that they are very hard and not flexible for hiking. I imagine that most of my way will be only trails and rocks, with a few ice and snow. Any tips?

      Best Answer

      Dont think about the nights, you wont be sitting in these anyway, If you are wearing these at night then they will be more than warm enough as you are probably moving. Think about this boot, a lot lighter, still accepts a crampon. See in the day if it gets cold chances are your probably moving. In the night if it gets really cold you are bundled in a sleeping bag and wearing down booties. Just my 2 cents.

      I trekked to Gorek Shep and around the Khumbu in Dec/Jan 11/12. You should use a warm heavy-duty hiking/backpacking boot not necessarily a mountaineering boot. I own the LaSportiva Nepal Evos and use them for crampon-based activities. The walk to EBC area typically does not involve using crampons (and I did not use crampons in winter 11/12). If you are doing the three passes (Cho La) you may need some ice protection. Otherwise, look at a warm hiking boot - I used the Vasque Summit GTX with success.

      Unanswered Question

      I wear a 44 in sportiva light hiking boots...

      I wear a 44 in sportiva light hiking boots and they are pretty snug. Should I go with a 44.5 or 45 as I will probably be wearing thicker socks with these?

      How does the sizing of the La Sportiva...

      How does the sizing of the La Sportiva line of boots compare with those from Scarpa? I've got several pairs of Scarpa boots size 42 and wonder if the 42 in the Nepal Evo would be comparable.

      Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks...

      Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters?

      Hi, Do You recommend these boots to peaks...
      Best Answer

      i would recommend going to a warmer boot for peaks that high. There are a bunch of companies making a '6000 meter boot such as the scarpa phantom 6000. These boots will be much warmer at those altitudes.

      The nepal could be OK if the temps are warm.

      Hi there I already own these boots for 2...

      Hi there

      I already own these boots for 2 years and I want to go to Mt Elbrus this summer. Will they be sufficient,even coupled with a liner,or will I have to buy something else?

      Thanx George

      Hi Zisos,

      For many individuals, the LS Nepal Evo GTX is plenty of warm for a trip up Elbrus... assuming you're going in the Summer, don't have a history of frostbite, and have good circulation. If you wanted to be careful, you can always add additional warmth to a boot like that by adding a pair of VBL (vapor barrer liner) socks to stretch them into a warmer boot. Supergaitors can also add a fair bit of warmth, but honestly, for Elbrus, you'll be fine.

      This guy explains his set up with VBL socks pretty well. I haven't had to use mine yet so I can't say for certain whether or not I like them.

      Hi Zisos George, I was this summer on Elbrus (July 2013-20.7. Summit day). I have Nepal Evo GTX, but I climed the mountain with La sportiva Spantik and my friend with La Sportiva Batura 2.0. I took decision to climb with warmer shoes after a friend of mine (mountain guide) got frostbite using Nepal Evo (and they needed to chirurgically remove part of his toe) 10 days before our ascent. It depends on weather conditions anyway. If you have luck and good weather- Nepal Evo should be sufficient, but if the weather would be not so great (I mean you can have nice sunny weather, but really cold and windy) so then Nepal Evo would be not sufficient.

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      don't be stupid dude. I haven't climb mt. elbrus yet but I know for sure that mountain has a reputation of being among the coldest baddest mountains on the planet; not technical, just cold as fuck. I've never heard anybody say they would use Nepal Evo on Denali or Aconcagua so why in the world would you think of using them in a mountain equally as cold. Even if it is the summer, you have to be kidding me. Nepal Evos are one-day only boots in cold weather because they don't have an inner-liner that you can take out and dry at night. I wouldn't take my Nepal Evos to anywhere out of the lower 48 states, let alone in a place where you'll have to sleep on a mountain for several days and deal with weather inclement. Just trapped perspiration will make you miserable. To say that you'll trust temperatures to be fairly high throughout the climb is similar as saying that you could cross a highway blindfolded if it's only at Are you stupid? Don't be cheap or you make not make it out of the Caucasus, at least with your toes on your feet. Batura and Spantiks are sure the way to go.