User Review: La Sportiva Makalu
Materials: silicone-impregnated full grain leather
Use: rough/extended backpacking/lightweight mountaineering
Break-in Period: 1-2 months of constant use
Price Paid: $295 (Canadian)
The Makalu is the best boot I've come across in a long time, and I've been looking at many pairs since my Vasque Sundowners got shredded by the talus of the Canadian rockies.
The Vibram sole, high rand, full-grain leather uppers, and calf-skin lining suggest a boot that will outlive me. The break-in period may be long, but it will seem like no time at all when you've worn them for ten years, which would be the minimum life span I would predict. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from the few people I have talked to who own them already. La Sportiva says they're step-in crampon compatible, but considering the sole flex, I would not recommend this except when they are brand new.