La Sportiva Nuptse
Materials: PU coated outer, HD closed cell foam inner
Use: extended icey or snowy conditions
Break-in Period: still working on it, but they're comfy
Weight: 6 pounds
Price Paid: $450
After hiking for years with old-school leather hiking boots in winter, it was time for a change. No amount of thick double socks kept my feet warm so I invested in these boots. What a difference! It took a few tries to get the size right, but after the process of elimination and some trial walking, these boots fit perfectly!
They are comfortable with no rubbing and the quality of workmanship is outstanding. There is an inner bootie and an outer shell. The outer shell is stiff enough to work with crampons, but flexible enough that you can walk fairly normally. The only problem I had, La Sportiva already considered, which was lacing them up: the stiff-ish shell resists tightening the laces when you're putting them on, but luckily the lace hooks have a special design that doesn't let the laces back out once you tighten them. Problem solved (after you muscle the laces to the desired tightness).
My friend uses boots shell boots with skiboot style hook fasteners, but I prefer laces so chose this boot. They are ready for crampons, and kept my feet absolutely toasty in deep snow. Snow rolls off and water never gets in since they have a plastic shell. Still, my feet never got 'moist'. The inner boot is nicely breathable. Got stuck in a snowstorm and ended up hiking several hours back out with no foot complaints. I love 'em!
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $575
These boots are great fitting and allow you to bend just enough in the ancle so you stay in control but are very comfortable. Great traction and crampons hold very well also. They fit like gloves as all La Sportiva boots do.
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When you're taking your senses, and your feet, to the ultimate winter highs, don't be without the Nuptse Mountaineering Boot.
- Mountain Gear
CLOSEOUTS . Even the Himalayas are no match for the Nuptse moutaineering boots from La Sportiva. The outer boot is constructed with a proprietary package of materials consisting of PU coated Cordura with insulation plus an internal aluminum thermo-reflective coating for warmth and protection, and the the inner boot has its own laces for dialing in the perfect fit. Insulated five-ply synthetic PU-coated upper with thermo-reflective aluminum facing Inner boot is high-density closed-cell PE foam, micro-perforated for breathability Stretch Lorica(R) gusseted tongue keeps out debris Molded TPU ankle backstay reinforcement Inner boot is perforated high-density PE foam SBR aircushion midsole Vibram(R) rubber rand Skywalk(R) MPE Rubber outsole Height: 8-1_2" Weight: 5 lb. 14 oz. pr. Medium width Made in Italy. Runs small, order 1_2 size larger. Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide Available Colors: ICE. Sizes: 38, 38.5, 39, 39.5, 40, 40.5, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 44.5, 45, 45.5, 46, 46.5, 47.
- Sierra Trading Post
Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Nuptse Boot (Spring 2009) The Mens Nuptse Boot by La Sportiva is ideal for high altitude mountaineering in Nepal, winter volcano trips in the southern hemisphere, and backcountry split-board descents. Features: Outer Boot: Transparent PU-coated embossed Benecke CeraCom PUR leatherette/3mm Idro-Perwanger (over the ankle and upper tongue)/Stretch Lorica bellows tongue/Molded TPU ankle and backstay reinforcement/ Giugiaro Design lacing hardware/PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam lined with a thermo-reflective aluminum facing coated with an anti-abrasion flocking/Vibram Rubber Rand Inner Boot: High density closed cell PE foam micro perforated for breathability Construction: Inner: Slip Lasted; Outer: Board Lasted Last: Nuptse Sole: Skywalk MPE Midsole: SBR Aircushion Insole: 5mm Carbon Fiber + 2.5mm PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam topped with a thermo reflective aluminum layer reinforced with perforated hydrophobic non-woven facing Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz. Half sized shells and inner boots provide a comfortable warm performance fit Deep lugged Skywalk MPE outsole gives excellent traction on snow, ice and rock Insulated, abrasion resistant upper combines to give ultimate performance in winter conditions
The La Sportiva Men's Nuptse Mountaineering Boot easily handles the harsh demands of technical alpine climbing at high altitudes. When you get on the big rig in Alaska and the Himalayas, you need a boot that climbs with precision and protects your foot from the extreme cold. Inside the Nuptse's lightweight, waterproof synthetic shell lies a warm PE liner that can be removed and dried in your tent at night. This fully crampon-compatible boot has been on some of climbing history's most impressive ascents-including the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat.