La Sportiva Lhotse
Materials: Leather, Gore-Tex, Duratherm
Break-in Period: Very short, almost ready to go off the shelf.
Weight: LaSportiva says 4.6 lbs, I think my sz. 12's are a little heavier.
Price Paid: $325
Great boots! Perfect for any serious climber. These boots are very versatile. Although, designed for winter mountaineering, they have become my year round climbing boots. I don't spend a lot of time on vert ice, so I can't speak to their performance there. I do however, do a lot of moderately mixed terrain, couloir accents, snow traverses, etc. I have Black Diamond Sabertooth step-in crampons which work seamlessly with the Lhotses.
I do have narrow feet, and have heard other climber mention that they thought the Lhotse was to narrow for their foot. They fit me like a glove, and they are as comfortable as an old pair of Nikes. Highly recommended.
Use: Technical Ice Climbing
Break-in Period: 3-4 weeks of regular use
Weight: 6 lbs.
Price Paid: $325
Very good boot precise ice climbing. Precise fit and feel allow for precise handling on all surfaces. The center section of the boot sometimes feels a litte too tight but this may be unique to my feet. Also the boot is VERY stiff but this is the trade off for precise handling and control. It's almost like an extension of your foot.
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Travel over vast ice fields, climb through snow and slush and make your way across backcountry obstacles in the waterproof and insulated warmth of the Lhotse mountaineering boot from La Sportiva. Protect your feet amidst 3 millimeters of rugged leather on the uppers and keep them comfortably toasty via the Gore-Tex Duratherm lining.
- Mountain Gear