Sparkle 2.0 Alpine Touring Boot
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
What do you think about this product?
April 13, 2019
do not expect much going down
I purchased these boots twice mainly based on the number of great reviews and I could not make them work. They are well-made, light (relatively; for the same performance you can find lighter), however the flex is very curious. It says 115, however they can not compare to my regular Alpine Lange 110, not even remotely. They remind me more of my park snowboarding boots - nice and soft. I tighten it to the point that I cut off circulation and my feet felt numb. It still didn't feel good riding big skis. To get to the point - it is NOT stiff. If you do touring, it's fine, but if you do side-country, it is not. Do not expect to enjoy riding your fat ski in these boots. Another problem for me - buckles. Cut your nails really short. I didn't like them, but I could live with buckles since my nails are short. I just could not live not enjoying the ride. I only go up in order to go down.
January 29, 2019
Wide flat footers rejoice!
I love this boot. After trying on probably 10 boots, these were the only ones where my heel didn't lift aggressively. Fantastic range of motion in walk mode and a very rockered forefoot make them so easy to walk around in. A really solid lining made my foot feel secure and snug on the downhill. I'm 5'8", 145lb, and wear a size 9 to 9.5 street shoe, 25.5 Mondo. I have pancake flat asian feet that are wide yet low volume, and my ankles turn in a little. I also have big calves. These boots feel like my long lost lover.
September 13, 2018
Hard to Find a Tall & Stiff Women's Boot
Me: 5'8" 140, long legs Previous boot: Scarpa Freedom SL (24.5) Bought a 24.5 Sparkle late spring and toured up Mt. Baker (June). Most women's boots I try on feel like they are chopping me off 1/3 the way up my shin, which feels like I loose a lot of skiing leverage. The Sparkle is tall enough to support my shin when I engage the boot. This feels like a hybrid between a men's and women's boot. I have fairly slender high calves which fit the tall cuff, it would probably be more difficult to fit into if you had more calf volume down low. The sparkle is much stiffer than the Scarpa Freedom SL (110 vs 120 flex respectively... shows how useful that number is), with significantly less volume and weight. The range of motion is fantastic! I can bust out some fantastic summit/parking lot party dance moves in my Sparkles! The Sparkle has a slightly roomier toe box than the Scarpa Freedom SL (102.5 vs 101mm ). Two downsides: 1) The liner lacing system is a little weird, I have to pull the liner completely out, put it on my foot, tighten the lace and then put my foot/liner in the shell for the best fit. Not a huge deal, just a little odd, helps me take the liner out to dry properly I suppose. 2) The buckles. I thought they were great at first, but not so much after about 20 days in them. They sort of flop all over the place when you open up the boot and can get snagged and bend the cables if your not careful. They do their job though, and I do appreciate how much you can fine tune them.
August 16, 2018
I so wanted to like these boots. I've skied Scarpa Gea's for years (purchased in 2014), and I have La Sportiva mountaineering boots, which fit me perfectly and I love. The Sparkle's were a bit shorter (maybe an inch?) than my Gea's (same size) and had way too much volume around my ankle and forefeet. I would have had to do major "fitting" to possibly make them work. So, sending them back. They are perhaps not a good choice if you have narrower feet.
March 6, 2018
Great La Sportiva Touring Boot
These are my first pair of touring boots and I love them!! I got them heat molded and they fit perfectly, no movement around the ankle in walk mode and I am able to get them nice and tight for the downhill. I have really narrow feet and small ankles and they fit perfectly, I expect that with wider feet or ankles they would be too tight. These boots are also really, really light weight and the buckle system is intuitive and easy to get the hang of.
February 28, 2018
6 Reasons Why I Love These Boots
I love these boots. Now, this is my first pair of touring boots so I have no basis for comparison but I can compare them to my alpine boots (Salamon) and tell you what I love about them. 1) I have Franken-feet. Small toes, grossly wide toe boxes, moderate arch, very narrow heal, bony ankles. I tried on 9 pairs of alpine boots before finding the Salamons that I could actually tolerate for longer than 30 seconds. So I thought I was going to go through this all over again with touring boots. A friend told me to try Sportiva first because he knows I swear by their trail runners for feet like mine. The Sparkles not only fit perfectly, they are extremely comfortable. I did get some minor blistering on the outside of my pinky toes the first time I used them uphill but I feel that could be avoided if I play with the buckle tension. 2) They are soooooo light! It’s much appreciated on the uphill and I have even hiked a mile in them on rock and ice to tag a summit and had no issues with them (the soles have excellent traction. Bonus.) 3) My feet are ALWAYS cold while skiing. Even when it’s 35 degrees out and sunny and I’m down to a base layer, my feet are painfully cold. But not in these boots. They are so warm. Amazing. 4) They are SO easy to get on and off. I don’t feel like my foot is going to break when trying to put them on. Again, amazing. 5) They are highly customizable and easily adjustable with mittens or gloves on. 6) They are stiff enough for me to ski aggressively which I’ve been told isn’t always the case with touring boots. I’ve use these both inbounds and backcountry. Love them for both. So glad I bit the bullet and bought them. Totally worth the price tag. I look forward to many more backcountry powder days with these.
February 23, 2018
Great touring boot, work inbounds too
Have skiied on these twice so far, once on a backcountry tour and once inbounds. They are incredible on the uphill - super light and comfortable. Downhill performance was excellent too, as they are stiff enough to handle a range of terrain. Surprisingly, my feet did not get cold on this -20F day. I skiid a day in the resort with these as well, and they worked great,
February 11, 2018
Amazingly responsive, all-around great!
I bought my pair of La Sportiva Sparkles lightly used. These are by far the best pair of boots I've ever had. I am a 120 lbs with wide, low volume feet and it seemed that every boot I tried was excruciatingly painful or essentially unresponsive. Not good for someone whos skiing aggressively. Not only are these boots super comfortable, they are also really customizable. The forward lean, canting, and buckles can all be adjusted pretty easily. These boots are light too. I sometimes forget I have them on when I'm testing various settings. While I'm still fine-tuning and getting these dialed in, they've been fantastic in-bounds and out. Try a pair and if they work for you, they're superb.
January 15, 2018
Initial Fit Review
I tried these on, along with a handful of other lightweight touring tech-compatible boots. As I suspected going in, they were too tall (especially in the back) and not able to accommodate my large calves. I wanted to give it a shot, just in case since they are one of the few stiffer flex options. The buckles are interesting. I like the way the micro adjustments work. The buckle itself is like snapping into a metal button (of sorts). It's an interesting design, but I wonder if it gets difficult to operate with gloves on, and if they are prone to getting caked with snow.
December 12, 2017
Ahhh sweet comfort!
These boots are so comfortable, they fit my wide feet perfectly and they have plenty of support! The walk mode is super simple to use! They are also super easy to get on! I ussually wear a 7.5-8 in US womens sizes and I got them in a 25.5 mondo. There are no draw backs to these boots! They feel like your wearing nomal shoes due to their awsome soles! They are super light for going up, but they are also pretty responsive going down.
March 11, 2017
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.
October 13, 2017
Can I ask what mondo size you got, compared to your shoe size? Did you find that these ran true to size or did they seem a little large/small? Thank you!
February 25, 2017
Great boot... for small legs
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!
August 17, 2018
Do these work with King Pin bindings without having to buy a conversion piece?
September 7, 2018
These will work with the kingpin bindings without a conversion piece!
May 24, 2018
hi! im having problems with the size conversion. Normally I use 34.5 or 35 EU size shoes (my barefoot is 22 cm long). Would it the the 23 size boot from Las sportive sparkle feet me? or do you think it is too big for me? thanks!