Nepal Extreme


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Nepal Extreme
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By Ari
Page Type Feb 18, 2002 / Feb 18, 2002
Object ID 132
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From La Sportiva web page:

Insulated version of the model Nepal Top. Ideal for technical use on high altitude terrain and glaciers, it features the innovative triple laminate lining "Synergy", consisting of a vapor permeable membrane, next to a layer of Thinsulate® and lined with a hydrophobic three-bar-knit. The insulating footbed Ibi-Thermo gives the boot exceptional insulation from the cold. It is possible to use the step-in crampon system.The new removable EZ FLEX tongue (Patent Pending) gives the possibility of adjusting the fit, personalized for any foot. The EZ OUT pull loop (Patent Pending) facilitates the unlocking of the lace lock. The new midsole HP3 eliminates any wear and tear problem on the toe-box, using a new combination of high performance technical materials.



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Ari - Feb 18, 2002 1:15 am - Voted 5/5

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Excellent boot for mountaineering and ice climbing. The shatf is not very stiff, thus allowing rather good ankle movement and excellent walking comfort. Adjustable ilt enables forming to different foot shapes. Good sensitivity and sticky rubber rand gives surprisingly good good rock climbing ability on edges. Rand also protects the leather from being scratched by rock. Thermal insulation is plenty warm for winter use, except maybe polar regions.

My only grief is lacing. I find the round laces to be very slippery, they tend to loosen during the day and ball bearings and locks don't go too well with flat laces.

There are more agile specialist boots for very technical ice fall climbing and warmer boot for arctic conditions, but as a allrounder, Nepal Extreme leaves little to be desired. This is well noticed byt the users; finding your pair among tens of others in the hut can prove to be the crux of a climb in the European Alps ;-)

fmajor - Dec 13, 2002 12:03 am - Voted 5/5

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This is an excellent boot so far, the ABSOLUTE best boots I have ever had on my feet, no question. It is currently being used as a "trainer" for uphill mtn slogging to be done in my Inverno's (note similar "felt" wgt) this winter in the Whites. Attached my crampons for some recent ice (unusual weather anomaly for this locale) training on the local hill. No problem. Also, never, repeat NEVER a blister. Stiff sole/midsole, but plenty flexible in the ankle. Warm, but i am always slogging, so hard to tell. Waterproofing is still in new cond., so difficult to report on.

Glencoe - Apr 10, 2003 12:33 pm - Voted 5/5

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I am very picky about footwear. If my feet are not comfortable it can ruin my whole outing. So when I say these are the best boots out there you can be sure that I have put some consideration into it.

These are the best boots I have come across. They are light and versatile compared to all the doubles I've tried and they are warm and stable compared to all the leathers I've tried.

I have used these for everything from hikes requiring crampons to technical ice routes and I can't fault them. Warm and 100% dry, they also breathe well and don't accumulate any moisture. Perfect flexibility at the ankle and a great balanced stiffness in the sole that suits my varied climbing goals.

If, like me, you like to buy the best item once and have done with it (rather than buying lots of different items for different tasks) then these are the best boots available for snow and ice climbing and mountaineering.

I recommend treating them with NikWax. Simply rubbing a bit of wax on the laces will resolve the issues the other reviewers mention.

leon - Sep 24, 2003 7:59 am - Voted 5/5

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My first pair of mountaineering boots, and I couldnt be more satisfied. On a 3 week climbing trip to the north cascades, I hiked over 60 miles in approach trails without any blisters(only after breaking them in properly). They breath amazingly well, My feet remained comfortably dry after a 20hour climb. Crampons stayed on always. The only issue I had with them is that at one point, my toes went numb and it wasnt cold, but I regained feeling after time. This is probably due to lacing them too tight or just standing around in the snow for too long.
My overall attitude is very positive, a great boot.

mountaindog - Feb 25, 2004 9:31 pm - Voted 5/5

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I simply love these boots. If you have narrow feet (like me), hate wearing plastic on 4000ers, and want something which you can also climb 5.8/5.9 with, these are the boots. I find them perfect for early summer mixed routes as well, glacier slogging, and AI3 and under. Of course, as someone said earlier, finding your pair at 1am in an alpine hut can be a real challenge.

Warmth and dryness are not an issue with these boots and I've never had a blister. I'd look for a well-fitting aftermarket liner though to make them complete.

The lacing system is OK once you get the hang of it and I've found them to require much less re-tightening, etc than the other boots I've tried such as Raichle, Saloman, and Koflach. In fact, I've since sold all but my WI plastics since these do the trick.

leon - Mar 31, 2004 10:32 am - Voted 5/5

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A wonderful boot. I bought this boot for a summer trip to the north cascades and used it on mt. olympus(including the 18 mile approach to base camp), on ruth mtn, shuksan and baker. No blisters, no problems. make sure you get them with plenty of room in the toes or they will get numb for a bit.

GailB - Jun 24, 2004 4:03 pm - Voted 5/5

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Loved ice climbing in these boots. Comfortable approach boots. Wore them right out of the box and haven't sufferred a blister yet.

Christoph De Windt - Aug 10, 2004 12:30 pm - Voted 5/5

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This is simply the best mountaineering boot ever made. It's light, only one shoe, and very easy to wear. You can climb on almost any survice with it. If you have to chose between the "Nepal top" or the "Nepal Extreme" I recomand you to take the Extreme. I'm in love with this boots they make sure I can climb any (mix terrain)mountain I want.

They have to change to name of the boot to La Sportiva SUPER !!!!!!

If I could I would have this boots 6 stars.

JanVanGenk - Feb 9, 2005 10:01 am - Voted 5/5

Nice boots
On my first "walk-in" climb in these boots I got terrible blisters on my heels (no taping)...It took me more than a week to recover (well, I have bony heels and this always causes problems with any type of boots). After that applied the "second skin" -type tape (Compeed) on my heels: this solved the problem. Otherwise great boots: 5 stars for technical performance! However, approach that involves quite serious steep and constant uphill trail walking can be a nightmare in these boots (as they don't have curved soles; consider using light approach shoes). They are excellent on technical alpine climbs, are stiff, and at the same time have sufficient ankle flex. I have done rock and mixed alpine climbing in these boots (rock up to UIAA grade IV). Never had cold feet. Very good water repellent properties (don't forget to take a proper care of the boots). Original inner sole is hard though and results in sore feet after long trips. This problem can be solved by purchasing softer inner soles of La Sportiva. Lacing system never posed a problem (see some other reviews here). According to my own experience - very good boots for narrow feet. Try to avoid buying these boots if you intend to do mainly grade PD alpine climbing with occasional easy mixed rock and ice, and if your mountaineering trips involve lots of hiking - there are more proper models for this purpose available.

alpinedan - Nov 15, 2005 11:22 am - Voted 5/5

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wow great boot and I used them on a few cascade volcano climbs. I climbed rainier in them right out of the box with no blisters or great is that. these are the greatest sportiva boots, are great for just about any mountain use,and made in italy. just great if they fit your foot. I like how you can take out the tongue padding (held in via velcro) and dry them out at night. very little seams on this boot, well worth the price if it fits your foot great.

simo - Dec 9, 2005 12:47 pm - Voted 4/5

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This mountaneering boot is very good for climbing because you keep sensitivity in your feet (the new model Nepal Extreme Evo has a too large sole). A defect is the few protection against cold especially during ice-climbing falls. Maybe the cold enters in the boot through the sole.

awagher - Jan 12, 2006 2:17 pm - Voted 5/5

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I love these boots. I have used them on rock up to 5.6/7, AI3, and approach. They are warm and sensitive. I put a paperclip between the lacing system so the clip from the gaitors does not wear on the shoestrings. They have never given me a problem with waterproofness. I do have to tape my heels for long approaches but that is because of my feet. They are much lighter feeling that my double boots.

teochristopoulos - Mar 6, 2007 11:48 am - Voted 5/5

I love them
Very nice boot. It's the 3nd year I use them and after the next summer trip to Caucasus I'm thinking of resoling them. I used them for approaches to mountains (from Randa to DomHutte, 1500m dry and steep trail), I climbed in very cold contitions, (-15 at Mont Blanc classic route-OK is not as warm as plastic), climbing Hornli Ridge on them, some ice climbing, some rock climbing etc etc. No problem, good on every terrain.
I think that Nepal Extreme is one of the best all-arround/technical leather boots on the market, and thats why is so popular.

JonW - Dec 4, 2007 3:33 pm - Voted 5/5

Better and Better
I love these boots. I first thought a needed to break these in by doing some day hikes in VA. That was a big mistake and resulted in huge blisters. These boots are meant to climb in snow! With every trip they get more comfortable and climb better. They are plenty warm for winter overnight trips in the Presidentials and now climb well over bare trail and rocks.

dmiki - Mar 18, 2009 7:36 am - Voted 5/5

very satisfied
From my climbing partner, Matya:

- the boots are comfortable, they don't press or squeeze my feet anywhere (right from the very first moment of use)
- excellent lacing system (lace lock, ball bearings, etc.)
- they keep my feet warm (have not used them below -10C yet)
- they look cool :)

- they are a little uncomfortable when descending a slope due to the stiff ankle and the stiff sole, but this is tolerable and one can get used to it

I am altogether very satisfied with these boots so far."

darien17 - Apr 13, 2011 5:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Great boots
Im using this boots already 1 year and im so happy with them,climbed mont blanc and gran paradiso in cold condisions -20 with windchill,and they are 100% watterproof for now

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