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La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby herdbull » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:05 pm

So I recently picked up a pair of size 42 Spantiks, same as my Evos. Initial impression with the same mountaineering sock is that the Evo's fit like a glove, the Spantiks feel a touch shorter and narrower in the toes. Don't know why :? but first impressions are usually spot on for me no matter how much you play with them.

I've molded the Spantiks this morning to see how much of a difference that will make. I'll give them a bit and go back to them in an hour or so. I'm hoping the heat molding will be just enough as I bought them off of Ebay and it will be hard to return them for incorrect fit. I do tend to wear my boots tight though, even my everyday yard boots.

I have left the original footbed in them as well. I'm really feeling like a 42.5 with a better footbed would probably be spot on. What have you guys found that own both pairs of these? I was hoping to keep the heavy mountaineering sock but maybe I'll need to adjust those to make these work. I think I'm dealing with a 1/4-1/2 size here. I know, I'm being overly anal :D

I wore the Evos on Orizaba with the heavy sock and never even thought about my feet being cold. Granted that was a one day climb and not a week long expedition. I guess worse case scenario is I have to order some 42.5's and try them on side by each. Return as required, if possible. I live in WI and there isn't a pair of Spantiks anywhere to be found in the whole state. Hence having to order them.

Thanks for the input.

edit:

forgot to ask about heel slip. For me it seems like the Spantiks have some. Any tips on trying to alleviate that? Or is it "normal" to have some in a double boot? Sorry for the newb questions.
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby pvnisher » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:00 pm

Boot fitting online is the devil.
I, too, have to do all my high-end ordering online, and have had a lot of issues with fit, even amongst the same brand, and even within the same line! It's like a production run from Factory A and Factory B aren't always the same.
One thing I noticed is that one of my feet is 1/2 size larger than the other foot. Almost everybody is like that. But if you measure a different foot each time then you'll get inconsistent results. Figure out which one is larger and always try that one on with your thickest planned sock.
Currently I use a thick sock on my right foot and a thinner sock on my left foot in my EVOs. Might work for you.

Alternative might be to go to a ski boot fitter (or custom bootmaker, there probably are some in WI, although they're likely hunting oriented) and ask them to either stretch your liner a bit where needed, or to stretch your boot. If done properly and slowly, it shouldn't affect the waterproofness of the boots.

Check out this link of a lady with some serious problem feet. If they can fix something like that, I'm sure they can handle your issue!
http://www.backpacker.com/fit-problem-feet-in-hiking-boots/gear/17250
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby herdbull » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:54 am

Thanks.... and holy crap are those feet ugly!

For now I'm gonna try a pair of 42.5's and see how it goes. I have a feeling once those get here and I play around with them a bit they will work. Worse case is I have to include a liner sock in one boot.
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby ScottyP » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:38 am

I wear 42.5 spantiks w original liner and custom footbed. Denali (2), Aconcagua, Vinson etc. no problem with cold! FWIW. SCOTT
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby herdbull » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:14 pm

Thanks Scott. I'm hoping they show up today or tomorrow and that I can get out in the new snow it's dumping on us right now.

Those summits are on my hit list and I was hoping these boots will take me there. I'm kind of getting a late start on this mountaineering thing but I'm hoping to tackle those in the next 1-3 years. Getting a proper fitting pair of boots may take a month or 2 but will be well worth it in the long run.
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby herdbull » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:57 pm

Strike 2 on the fit..... I'm bout ready to give up. I guess I'll try a size 43 as the 42.5's felt just as tight/short as the 42's. Uhhgg.
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Re: La Sportiva Nepal Evos vs. Spantiks fit ??

Postby herdbull » Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:24 pm

I'm now on the 3rd pair :cry: but these look like they'll work. I'm a 42 in the Evo's with same sock and foot bed but a 43 in the Spantiks :? Guess it doesn't matter, just as long as I can get them to fit. Initially I feel I may have to do something to stop a wee bit of heel lift in the 43's. But that shouldn't be too hard.
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