La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX
A technical, lightweight mountaineering boot for climbing on mixed terrain.
Best For: Winter mountaineering, ice climbing, mixed climbing
31.5 oz / 894 g
At the recommendation of the outfitter near Mt. Rainier…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $575
At the recommendation of the outfitter near Mt. Rainier I purchased these boots with a 90-day window to break them in. Supposedly 70% of the guides out there wear these. With three weeks before my climb and thousands invested to summit Rainier these boots hurt like hell.
I have tried Superfeet inserts of five types, several configurations of thick and thin socks, with and without liner socks, laced up tight to hold my heel down—they rub and hurt every time I take a walk. It is a mile around my block and I have put about 20 miles on these Nepal Cubes.
Now I am beginning to feel desperate and have invested several thousand planning this special trip. These may soon be for sale as I try to find an old used pair that offer more comfort.
Maybe it's just my feet, but I wear Salomon boots every day in comfort. Tonight I filled them with water and tried to get them to form to my feet with slight improvement. Certainly do not look forward to hiking for 20 hours in these with or without crampons.