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La Sportiva M-Hike

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The M-Hike has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best backpacking boots for 2024.

I love this boot. I have tried everything from Salomon to Limmer boots and I love these babies the best. They are not too heavy, but give excellent support. They have thick, roughtout silicone impregnated leather that repelled water without even needing nikwax (although I did put some on later).

I was in Alaska garnet mining and I was in water for at least 11 hours each day, for two days. I thought for sure that a boot like the M-hike, which has no waterproof/breathable membrane (like gore-tex) would leave me with a wet and clammy foot and sock. When the boot came off my socks were bone dry! Hows that for workmanship! I have used thsese boot in wet, muddy, rocky, dry abd sandy conditions and have always come out smiling. I would recommend these boots to anyone! Like I said, I love 'em!

Materials: leather
Use: off-trail, trekking
Break-in Period: a few weeks
Weight: 3lbs 6 oz.
Price Paid: $225

These boots are great! Did not have the need for the full Makalu. THe M-Hike is the same upper with a hiking rather than a mountaineering sole. Wore these boot for a full day out of the box with no discomfort. Great support as I hike carrying my 38lb. 2 1/2 year old son. Especially like the lace lock at the ankle. this way you can loosen either the lower boot and tighten the upper or vice versa to get the boot fitting exactly the way you need. Bought the boot directly from La Sportiva and they were very helpful

Materials: Leather
Use: Backpacking/hiking
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $225

I was looking for a boot for backpacking that would fit well and give me good ankle support. I found it in the new M-Hike which is a more flexile version of the La Sportiva Makalu. For more information see:

The M-Hike is a solid performer, up to any kind of serious backpacking including heavy load expedition use. Nix wax your pair and get on the trail!!

Materials: leather
Use: backpacking, hiking
Break-in Period: three days around town
Weight: 3lb. 6oz.
Price Paid: $225

Ideal gap filler between summer trail shoes and winter plastics. No break in required. Very comfortable boot. On the downside they let in water as efficiently as the Titanic in even moderately damp conditions.

Materials: Leather
Use: Hill Bashing in Scotland
Break-in Period: nil
Price Paid: £109

These are based on popular Makalu boots. These are light and good for serious backpacking. No damage after several days of day hiking trips. You won't go wrong if they fit you well.

Materials: All leather
Use: heavy backpacking boot
Break-in Period: couple of trails
Weight: 3lb, 6 oz.
Price Paid: US $204

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