Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Spantik
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By awagher
Page Type Jan 12, 2006 / Jan 24, 2007
Object ID 1575
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La Sportiva says: The cutting edge of mountain-boot technology, the Spantik (hint: it's a peak in the Karakoram Himal whose Golden Pillar is synonymous with extreme alpinism) combines all the latest, lightest materials to shave a full pound of the Nuptse and still offer unimpeachable climbing performance. Throw in the FLS (Fast Lacing System) and integral gaiter collar to keep spindrift out, and the summit is yours.

Based on the last of our tried-and-true Nuptse, which is step-in crampon compatible, and a proven performer for north faces, winter alpinism and long periods at altitude. Toasty inner boot features micro-perforated thermo-formable PE/Water-repellant Lorica® with Antiacqua® external coating, and a minimal outsole plate on the bottom for durability. Innovative lacing system (FLS) for inner and outer boots allows one-handed, gloved closure, even in the most heinous conditions.

COLOR: yellow/gray/black

OUTER BOOT: PU-Tech transparent PU-coated embossed Benecke CeraCom® Pur leatherette/Water-repellant Lorica® with Antiacqua® external coating/Vibram® XSV Rand/Molded TPU ankle and backstay reinforcement/PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam lined with a thermo-reflective aluminum facing coated with an anti-abrasion flocking.

INNER BOOT: Micro-perforated thermo-formable PE/Water-repellant Lorica® with Antiacqua® external coating

CONSTRUCTION: Outer: Board Lasted Inner: Slip Lasted LAST: Nuptse SOLE: Vibram® Montagna MIDSOLE: HP3/Dual-density micropore EVA INSOLE: 5mm Carbon Fiber with thermical, structure and central insert in polyester and aluminum insulation

WEIGHT: 5 lbs. 1 oz.



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Yertle - Mar 2, 2007 9:03 pm - Voted 5/5

Hot, hot, hot...
After being diagnosed with Raynaud's Phenomenon, I had to find a way to keep my feet warm---even in milder temperatures. After hearing Steve House speak about these at the Ouray Ice Festival, I bit the bullet and dropped the coin. I cannot say enough good things about these boots! I wear a women's 8.5 and ordered a 41, and while a bit on the high-volume side, my feet were warm---HOT, in fact, in the liners alone in my 0 degree bag while 9 degrees outside. They were a bit stiff at first, but after a day of snowshoeing in them, I found them to be very comfortable and easy to maneuver in. The lacing system---once you get the hang of it, is quick & dirty, though the lock tends to spin and you have to twist it back into place. I'd buy these boots again and again, and am excited to give them a wing-ding in the Sierras upcoming shortly and Rainier later in the season.

Bombchaser - Mar 7, 2008 12:57 am - Voted 5/5

I have used these on only a few trips now, and have had no problems. I tried on a number of mountaineering boots and these fit like a pair of broke-in shoes. I love these boots with there simple, durable design. I haven't got to try them yet in sub-zero weather yet. I have done some technical couloir climbing up to 45 degrees with Grivel 14 crampons and had no problems. I highly recommend them so far.

Augie Medina - Jul 8, 2009 3:20 pm - Hasn't voted

I tried
I tried on 3 different sizes of this boot in 1/2 size increments and didn't get a satisfactory fit. For $700 you certainly want an ideal fit. Furthermore, anyone buying a large, high altitude boot like this one, needs to keep in mind that your regular size gaiters won't fit around the boot and, for me, neither did a pair of hybrid crampons that I had.

WranglerX - Sep 16, 2009 12:44 pm - Hasn't voted

New Boot
I am looking for some new boots that will work well on Winter climbs on Rainier, Lassen Peak, and eventually get me to Denali...
Do I need extreme High Altitude boots for Denali?

MRoyer4 - Oct 28, 2009 9:07 pm - Voted 5/5

Comfortable and warm. They're expensive, but worth it. They're a bit bulkier than I thought they would be (bulkier than my previous boots, Asolo AFS8000), but the fit is excellent for my large flat feet. Nepals don't fit well for me but these do. I had no problems with gaiters as mentioned above, although I was one hole short on my G12 crampons (size 45 boots) so I had to get the extended bars.

They worked perfectly in the Cordillera Blanca and have been nice for cold days ice climbing in the northeast.

climbxclimb - Jan 28, 2010 3:15 pm - Voted 5/5

I did not have a change yet to wear them continously for multiple days, but they are super warm and they climb very well for being a double boot...

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