La Sportiva Olympus Mons
Use: High altitude expeditions
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $960
My experience with this boot is as a mountaineering ranger on Denali. I have gone through two pairs of Olympus Mons boots in three climbing seasons. The zippers have a tendency to come apart and both pairs had problems with the soles separating.
Unfortunately these problems didn't present themselves until their second expeditions respectively (approximately 25 days each) which meant the boots were older than one year. La Sportiva has the worst customer service I have ever encountered, and if the boot is older than one year they will not entertain any idea of repair or replacement.
The boots cost too much for the problems that arise. This issue, coupled with the poor customer service, has compelled me to return to my tried and trusted Invernos: just as warm with overboots and not too much heavier. If you have to have this boot pay particular attention to the zippers and exercise caution attaching step-in crampons.
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On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Olympus Mons Boot (Fall 2005) The OLYMPUS MONS is the world's best double boot intended for high altitude mountaineering. With the legendary Sportiva fit, this is the ONLY double boot on the market that can keep feet toasty warm AND really climb. The Inner boot has a durable anti-slip sole for late night trips to answer nature's call. This is THE BOOT for high altitude performance. Gaiter: Cordura with abrasion resistant Aramide fiber reinforcement and high tenacity Nylon combined with a PE insulating barrier. Outer Boot: Cordura upper with dual density PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam lined with a thermo-reflective aluminum facing. Insulating removable footbed. Inner Boot: Water repellent breathable upper with dual density PE thermal insulating micro-perforated ventilated foam. Tri-dimensional structured polyester lining combined with pile. Construction: Inner-slip lasted Outer-board lasted Last: Olympus Mons Sole: La Sportiva MPE/XSV Rands Midsole: 4mm high density PE Insole: 6mm insulating honeycomb structure carbon fiber with PU insert Weight: 6 lbs. 7 oz.