User Review: La Sportiva Men's Makalu
Use: rough trail, scrambling, some alpine
Break-in Period: 3 months
The Makalu may not be the latest and greatest from Sportiva but I just had to comment on it since it's treated me very well.
My Makalus have been used for two years of hiking in Ontario along with four years of scrambling in the Canadian Rockies. Anyone who's scrambled/climbed in the Rockies will know that the terrain is extremely harsh on boots. Going through a pair of boots per year isn't even a surprise. Well, with that being said, my Makalus have performed quite well.
During the last four years, I've scrambled over 50 mountains consisting of snow, scree, hard packed dirt, scree and more scree using these boots and they've never let me down. The soles are finally starting to wear thin but other than that the boots are still going strong. Sure, I've had to waterproof them a few times but the workmanship is obvious as there isn't even a single stich that has come undone.