K2 Karakoram


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title K2 Karakoram
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By hmronnow
Page Type Aug 17, 2003 / Aug 17, 2003
Object ID 426
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These sturdy alpine climbing boots allow you to front point on steep ice with confidence yet remain flexible enough for French technique all day long. Durable 3.1-mm full-grain roughout leather uppers are impregnated with silicone for breathable water-resistance. Breathable, moisture-wicking Cambrelle(TM) polyester linings help prevent abrasion and blisters while keeping feet dry. Vibram(R) Clusaz rubber lug outsoles are step-in crampon-compatible and provide superior traction on rough, rocky terrain. Dual-density rubber Aircushion midsoles offer optimum cushioning and shock absorption. Full-length steel shanks and leather-covered tapered nylon insoles provide ample torsional support. Padded ankle collars and padded inner tongues protect ankles and insteps; gusseted leather outer tongues keep out trail debris. Rubber toe caps enhance durability.



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hmronnow - Aug 17, 2003 9:48 pm - Voted 5/5

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Have seen reviewers of similar La Sportiva boots complain about long break-in times. Despite being nicely stiff, I have always been comfortable in my K2s - including the first day, which was a 14 hour ascent with anything from long approach hike to front-pointing the last couple of hours.

On flat trails, they do well but are heavier than neccessary. As soon as you hit stones and rock, they give nice support and control.

On snow, the sole has a good grip and is 'sharp' enough at the edges to kick steps up and sideways, and the heel makes cuts nicely into the snow when descending straight down with heavy steps.

They hold both step-in and semi-step-in crampons nicely, and do pretty well even ice climbing. They are however not tremendously insulated and are not comfortable in very cold conditions (lower than -15 C or so). In the other end, I find them comfortable even for summer hiking.

Overall, I find them to be a very good compomise between hikeable comfort and technical performance, and can highly recommend them.

bbense - Aug 18, 2003 4:04 pm - Voted 4/5

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I'm not quite sure of the ulitity of reviewing products that are not longer in

production. The new version of this boot is the La Sportiva Eiger With high end mountaineering boots like this, fit is probably the only real deciding criteria.

If you have a La Sportiva shaped foot,

then these are great summer boots. Easy to hike in, but rugged enough

to handle rocky terrain and they work well for moderate ice climbing.

The only drawback to these boots is that

they need to be NikWaxed fairly often to

keep the leather from soaking out if you're in and out of the snow all day.

You can occaisonally find these at close-out sales now and can get them at very cheap prices. ( i.e. < $100 ). North Face outlets sometimes have either these or the insulated K3. I often see them in the used gear shop as well.

pippo52 - Sep 27, 2003 6:36 am - Voted 5/5

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No more in production.

I used them with traditional crampons.

I think that they aren't strong enough for rapid crampons.

They are very confortable and water-proof also after a long day in the snow.

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