User Review: La Sportiva Glacier
Materials: leather/nubuck combination, gore-tex
Use: hiking w/ moderate to heavy load, alpine climbing
Break-in Period: less than 18 mile
Weight: 4.4 lbs
Price Paid: $225
This boot is a great all around heavy duty boot. I broke them in with a few day hikes around the Nisqually Basin Wildlife Refuge carrying my healthy three-year-old daughter in a Kelty Pack (approximately 18 miles). Not much break-in was needed actually. The distance was more for my own training and fitness.
After treating the Glaciers with Nikwax, I've used them for two full days on snow, ice, glacier, and rock. Using full-length gaitors and Grivel G12 crampons, I carried a moderate load of climbing equipment up some steep pitches to the summit of Mt. Hood. The descent featured a lot of postholing through mid-day slushy snow. With not one sock change from 2:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., my feet still felt great. I highly recommend these boots to a climber/hiker who wants something more versatile than plastic climbing boots.