Four buckles. All business.
Sure, you don't have much trouble smoking everyone in your group on daily dawn patrols and all-day backcountry missions, but if your boot can't stand up to your aggressive skiing style, what use does it serve? For women who like ripping the descent as hard as they charge up the skintrack, the La Sportiva Sparkle 2.0 provides the optimal balance of lightweight functionality and expert downhill performance.
The reshaped shell now accommodates a far wider variety of feet and has a beefed up flex. Four Pegasus buckles with an optional power strap allow you to dial in your fit so you can capitalize on every ounce of that stiff flex in techy couloirs and wide-open powder fields. 60-degree cuff rotation and a comfortable EZ Thermo heat-moldable liner keep feet moving comfortably on long days, and the three preset forward lean positions can be selected according to your preference. The bottom line is that this boot is perhaps the stiffest, most responsive boot in the lightest, fastest package you can get—oh, and by the way, your friends might appreciate a head start on both ends.
- Send skimo missions with these stiff and light women's boots
- Grilamid tongue with Vertebra tech provides 115 flex
- 102.5mm last and reshaped shell for a more comfortable fit
- Rugged Vibram sole provides traction while scrambling
- Walk mode offers a whopping 60 degrees of cuff rotation
- 4 buckles and 3 lean settings let you dial in your fit
- Weights in at a hair over 2.5lbs per boot
- Item #LSP00BG
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the original version of the Sparkle from 2016. I'm 5'7", 127 lbs with low volume feet/ankles. I tried on everything I could in the Seattle area, and only this boot fit. With about 75 days in them, I still love them. The only issue is some slight pinching on the left ankle which is as much a function of 4 ankle surgeries as it is a problem with the original version of the boot which has been addressed in the 2.0. I've used these boots for inbound, backcountry, and a skimo summits to include Shuksan (WA) and more recently Whitney (CA). I left my ski crampons at home for Whitney so spent the majority of the ascent in the Sparkles with my crampons (Petzel Lynx...see photo)..about 8 miles and 6000 vert ft of boot/crampon joy. The boots were phenomenal. The walk mode is amazing. They were just fine scrambling up some class 3/4 rock, and kick step up When it was finally time to get some turns on the way down (yay sun!), I appreciated the stiffness of the boot especially with a heavier then normal pack. I will absolutely buy this boot again if it's still available.
Great boot... for small legs
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I was super excited for this boot. It's relatively light-weight, but stiff. It seems like a well made and well-designed boot. It doesn't hurt that it's super attractive too. BUT the calves/ankles were so tight, I could barely close the upper buckles. After I had them on for a few minutes, my feet went numb. I couldn't imagine touring in them. Now, at 5'5" and 115lbs, I'm not a big person, but I guess I have big calves. I had to return them, in favor of the Scarpa F1. So, if you have big, muscular calves, these are not the boots for you (my "gearhead" at Backcountry said this was typical for La Sportiva). If not, I'm sure you'll love them. I found lots of positive reviews elsewhere before I bought them!