La Sportiva Glacier EVO
Price Paid: $209
I have difficult feet to fit for this sort of boot. One foot is a bit larger, I have ridiculously narrow heels with a medium width foot overall, and low arches.
I will say these are quite true to size.
All right, I've been using these on very steep pitches on uneven/rocky, and scree terrain. They'll take some more breaking in but here's the good part, the overall shoe is so stable that I can hit even the tiniest and uneven rock surface on "toe-point" and maneuver right up with no slipping off or instability whatsoever, as the shoe grips and maintains its "platform" in the sole very well. Stability on descent seems to be right up there, as the shoe does what it is meant to do by allowing me to pick correct lines rather than concentrating on trying to keep my own foot and ankle stable...the shoe does that for me.
These are not tennie-like "day hikers" per se, and really are called for only on technical terrain and/or where you might encounter snow fields/glaciers. I have not had a chance yet to use on snow. For general non-technical backpacking/hiking I would not choose these.
There is some heel slippage on steep climbs but so far no blisters/hot spots. Definitely plan on a break in period of several miles. If you have narrow feet, expect some heel slippage. If you have slightly wider or thicker feet, expect some pinching across top near the toes until the shoe is broken in. Don't get the regular width if you have quite wide feet.
Overall, worth the $200 smackers I spent!
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Traverse snowfields, glaciers, and difficult scree in La Sportiva's durable yet flexible Glacier Evo boots. While saving your lower extremities from the elements with a snow collar incorporated into the ankle-supporting Reactive Spoiler System (RSS), the Evo helps you maintain balance and traction with the grippy Vibram Ice outsole.
- Mountain Gear
CLOSEOUTS . La Sportiva Glacier EVO Mountaineering Boots are built for the rigors of mountaineering and backpacking on icy, rugged terrain. Leather upper Gusseted tongue Removable EZ Flex tongue with Dry-Best(R) lining Dry-Best(R) lining Removable padded insole EVA midsole Rubber ankle and toe rands Vibram(R) rubber outsole Height: 6-1_2” Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . Italy. Runs small, order 1_2 size larger. Size Euro (US): 36 (51_2) 36.5 (51_2-6) 37 (6) 37.5 (61_2) 38 (7) 38.5 (71_2) 39 (71_2-8) 39.5 (8) 40 (81_2) 40.5 (9) 41 (91_2) 41.5 (91_2-10) 42 (10) 42.5 (101_2) 43 (11) Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
Cross huge glaciers and go on week-long backpacking trips with the La Sportiva Glacier EVO Women's Mountaineering Boot. This versatile boot bridges the gap between heavy hiking and full-blown mountaineering boots. The Reactive Spoiler System in the cuff provides enough flexibility for the approach trail and enough support for glacier travel. This hybrid Glacier Mountaineering Boot is compatible with newmatic crampons and has a full shank to help you wield them with precision. A narrow heel profile and removable EZ flex tongue assure a precision fit from this women's-specific boot.
- Backcountry Outlet
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Women's Glacier Evo Boot (Spring 2009) The Women's Glacier Evo Boot by La Sportiva is a leather mountaineering/backpacking boot. Features: Half steel shank for comfy flex and newmatic crampon compatibility RSS (Reactive Spoiler System) collar for maximum flex and stability Vibram rubber rands for extra protection Weight: 2 lbs 2 oz / 956 g Upper: 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather/Vibram rubber rand/Removable EZ Flex Tongue with Dry-Best lining Construction: Board Lasted Last: Women's Makalu Lining: Dry-Best Sole/Midsole: Vibram Ice-New PU Aircushion Insole: 8mm Mtnflex with half steel shank