User Review: La Sportiva Glacier
Use: heavy backpacking and winter hiking.
Break-in Period: 50 years
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $200
I have a love hate relationship with these boots.
I love how they have taken me 90 miles across Philmont. Up Slide in the Catskills. Up Little Haystack. Brunswick Mountain in Vancouver. Rocky sections of the AT. The Loyalsock. Black forest trail. Maybe 1000 miles so far. They are sweet with crampons or snowshoes.
But I hate them too. Oh the blisters and banged toes I've had in these boots. It's a constant battle to lace them just right or tune my socks to avoid pain.
I was on top of the Tooth of Time at dawn. Another hiker pointed to my boots. "La Sportiva Glaciers, eh?" he said. "How long've you had them?"
"Three years," I replied.
You break them in yet?"
"HAHA! Didn't think so."
I figure I'll give them another few years. The lining inside the heel is completely trashed now, but most of my problem with heel blisters stopped once the lining tore. I do agree with several posters that the ankle can't be tightened enough.
Switching to the medium Solo insoles was a definite improvement. The factory insoles were brutal.
And those little nylon eyelets? Not a problem so far. I'm on my third set of laces, but those eyelets aren't so much as frayed.