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La Sportiva Baruntse Mountaineering Boot

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$468.75 $625.00

Item #LSP0136

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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
[body] Cordura, [liner] EVA
Waterproofing:
PU Tech anti-abrasion film
Insulation:
expanded PE insulating netting
Removable Liner:
yes
Thermo-moldable Liner:
yes
Closure:
lace
Sole:
Vibram Montagna
Crampon Compatibility:
step-in
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 83 oz
Recommended Use:
expedition
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

A tough double-boot for the high-altitude realms of the world.

For the cold, foreboding peaks of the world’s great ranges, La Sportiva created the sturdy, durable Men’s Baruntse Mountaineering Boot. With a PU-coated, two-layer insulating outer boot and a removable, thermo-moldable EVA inner boot, the Baruntse holds in warmth and blocks out snow and weather on high-altitude summit ridges and icy headwalls. A thermo-reflective aluminum layer in the shell helps conserve heat, and abrasion-resistant Cordura reinforcements on both the shell and inner boot hold up to rocky approaches and jagged alpine terrain.

  • Double boot for mountaineering 6000-7000 meter peaks
  • Cordura upper with transparent, expanded insulation netting
  • Thermo-moldable inner boot insulated with EVA foam and aluminum
  • Vibram Montagna with toe and heel welts for step-in crampon compatibility
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Beefy and warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

The coldest temp I've seen with this is 0, but windy with -25F. windchill My feet were comfortable - cool not cold.
La Sportiva has given thought to lacing up both the inner and outer boots, so that's pretty easy even with light gloves on.
Others (3) I climbed with had Baruntses as well, at least one had his for a couple years; the boots were all in good shape (scratched up some) - no complaints from anyone.
I would give 5 stars if the boots were a little lighter.
Of course, Backcountry always gets 5 stars!

Warm Boots

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9

Bought the boots last month and used them twice in northeast winter hiking (~20 miles) in total in white mountain areas. They kept my feet super warm comparing to my previous boots (Scarpa Mont Blanc, of course, mont blanc is a single leather boots). As a price, these boots are very heavy and bulky. My BD contact crampon 's strap is too short for the boots, stinger worked fine. It should be enough for most non-technical Andes peaks, even for Aconcagua. These boots are more like a pair of high altitudes trekking boots. I used them once in ice climbing. It was OK but not as comfy as Nepal evo.



As to the size, my street shoe size are between 8-8.5 and I ordered a size 9. Everything worked fine except toe box. I felt the boots are squishing my toes after hours of hiking (with sock liner and smartwool heavy weight socks). Fortunately the liners are modable which makes it better but I can still feel it (I also skip the first eyelets). If you have wide feet you should probably choose Millet.



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Update:



After remolding the liner and using a thin superfeet insole, it gets much better! I went to mt Madison in white mountain area last weekend. The temp was 0 F and wind chill was -29 F above treeline. The boots kept my feet warm (I was only wearing a pair of smartwool mid-weight socks).

Warm Boots

Amazing

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

So I was on the fence when it came to mountaineering boots and finding the pair that fit my foot the best. I did research after research between these and Scarpa Phantoms. I went with these and couldn't be happier about my decision. I have been wearing them around the house and just returned from a five mile ruck in them to aid in breaking in. I expected blisters or rubbing at the very least while the boot was breaking in. These boots are beyond comfortable right out of the box. I had no issues and can't wait to put these boots through the ringer. I couldn't be more pleased with them. I highly recommend these boots to anyone who is looking at them. I went with a size 42 as my Asolo's are size 10 US and my combat boots are 8.5 US. The 42 fits perfectly and no rubbing in the toe box at all.

47.5/13.5

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 47.5

Fits my street 13 well, with a little play in the heel, but 47 is too tight. There are tiny differences between L and R, but they are handmade, so there's that.
Warm as heck, didn't heat mold, and have seemed to form to feet just fine after several uses. Might mold down the road.
G12 new-matic crampons fit well, but if rear adjuster is fully open, otherwise it bulges the rear welt, and am a little concerned it might be too much tension and wear out that attachment point.
Would probably replace in kind when the need comes up!

Women Mountaineers! Try this boot.

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 40

My usual US size is Women's 8.5 and the Baruntse 40 fits really well, with plenty of toe room while maintaining a snug fit. I found the more traditional lacing system an absolute must as compared to the Spantiks and other high tech lacing systems due to having Women's natural low placed calf muscles on short legs. Women, this is a thing! Mountaineer boots are designed for Men's bodies. I literally couldn't lace up the spantiks as there wasn't enough chord/lace to fit around my calf. I am not a large woman. To find this boot, I ordered two pairs and Spantiks (40& 40.5) and two pairs pairs of Baruntse (40 & 40.5). The Spantiks fit a bit snug and were much harder to get into. The Baruntse fit true to size and I found much easier to get on and off and adjust to fit my leg. I haven't taken these out on the Mountain yet but plan for them to be my boot for Aconcagua in January.

Huge shout out to gearhead Travis Bivens helping me go through 3 returns until I found just the right boot. Thanks!

Hey Sasha! Thank you for the review and the shout out! Keep me posted on how the field tests go during your training!

Thanks for the female perspective! I appreciate it!

Toasty warm toes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 39.5

These boots are warm and comfortable. I am a female and 5'2''. I found these boots sit lower on the leg/calf than the Spantik's and so I found the Baruntse's to be more comfortable. I was a bit nervous about heating and moulding the liners but it was the best thing to do. Instructions are on the Sportiva website.

Best boots I have ever owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44

I absolutely LOVE these boots. As a ski coach whom works in some seriously cold climates and stands in snow on contest days for up to 14 consecutive hours, these boots have never let me down.



They are completely water-proof and the internal liner is great which makes them really easy to dry. I went to my local boot-fitter and he molded my internal liner so the fit is absolutely amazing. The internal liner also gives me options to adjust my fit depending on what kind (and how many) socks I am wearing.



I ordered the same size as my Nepal's and they fit perfectly. I wear a US 10.5 and ordered a 44 and they fit perfect. I use my Nepals when I am in warm weather and my Baruntse when it drops below 25 degrees F. My feet get cold easily and I can stand for an entire day and not get cold. I most recently used them in Northern Finland where it can be very cold and never once had to think about my feet. I have broken my feet a couple of times and have a bunion, so the fact they are very rigid on the sole and though the mid-foot make them perfect for me. They still have ample ankle flexion so there is nothing that I can't do in them. They are warm, light- weight, and agile... I would recommend this boot to anyone!



I have found my boot for life!

Best boots I have ever owned
Unanswered Question

Hello! I have size 45 Baturas 2.0 and 45.5 Olympus Mons. Which size should I go with the Baruntses?? Thankss

I wear a size 45 Nepal Evo(it fits well), and I"m wondering if I can wear the same size Baruntse, or do I need to go up a half or even a full size to get them to fit properly? Intended use is both Waterfall Ice climbing and high altitude.

I also wear a Nepal 45. I wear the same in the Baruntse. But a 45.5 in Spantik. Only way to know for sure is to go try it on.

I normally wear a size 43 in street shoes and have a semi-wide foot. I am over 4000 miles from the nearest retailer and can't take a day trip to try these on. What size should I order in this boot?

I just got a pair of Baruntses in size 47. I wear a street shoe size 12 and most running shoes in size 13 (47). The 47 Baruntse fits perfectly with a medium Smartwool sock and the thicker Sole footbeds. I still have room to wiggle my toes but the heel stays put (and I still have not heat molded them). I wear a 46 in the Nepal Evo, which is pretty much a performance fit for me for ice climbing....in the Evos I use a Sole thin footbed and I use the extra tongue.

Great boot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great boot. Used on several 5000 and 6000m peaks in Ecuador and Peru. Never once had a problem with cold feet, using only a single pair of medium-weight wool socks - and was practically the only person in the group not to have problems with the cold. No hotspots or blisters even on 16 or 18h summit days, and only minimal break in. The heat moulding of the liners was surprisingly simple and made a world of difference in terms of fit - I molded them with green superfeet insoles. Super flexible and comfortable, quite technical. I wear 39/40 in normal shoes and decided on the 41.5 la sportivas, finding the 42 to be a bit too big.

What size should I order if I have very narrow and low instep 280 mm and 275 mm feet and my average size in Lowa trekking boots is 9.5 UK?

I would suggest the size 43.5 in these boots. Obviously, trying them on will give you a better idea if they will fit, but La Sportiva boots typically are 6.6 mm per EU size. 280/6.6 is 42.42 but with the removable liner you will need a little more room.

Great mountaineering boots

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the Baruntse's for an expedition to Mt. Rainier. I literally lived in these things for the better part of 6 days. They were a little too warm for a summer ascent of Rainier but I appreciated the extra warmth at camp after the sun went down as well as on our summit bid which took place through the night and into the morning hours. On the upper mountain these things were super bomber. I cut up the rubber around the toe a bit with my crampons but nothing a little patch kit can't fix for me. I purchased the boot a full size up and they were perfect, no toe smashing and absolutely ZERO shin bang. I'll be using these this winter for a winter attempt of the Presidential Traverse in NH and hopefully on Denali and some of the volcanoes in South America. I absolutely recommend these.

Great mountaineering boots

I have ordered size 44 of these (not from...

I have ordered size 44 of these (not from here), because my street shoe size is around 43. I find the fit perfect, but without insoles. If I put the insoles, which were in the box, the boots become too tight at the toes. So my question is, is it normal to wear them without insoles or I have bought a size too small or I should thermo mould them with insoles in?

You should order and try a larger size.

Fantastic Boots

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I think these boots are pretty fantastic. I use them for winter mountaineering and ice climbing in the northeast (mostly in the White Mountains in New Hampshire). I have yet to have cold feet in them, and I've been out when the temperatures were well below 0 F. I really like the flexible ankle, which makes the boots quite walkable, and is also really nice for more technical ice pitches. The lacing system is old school, but works really well and allows you to dial in a perfect fit. These seem to work well with almost all step in crampons as well. I haven't had any issues with durability and expect them to last quite a while, though I do think they will be slightly less durable than Nepals or another full leather boot.



I wear a size 11.5 in street shoes and running shoes, and I found that a size 45 fits me best. I am not an easy fit for boots since I have a relatively wide fore-foot, but a narrow heel (I also have bone spurs on my heels). I get good heel hold from the boot though. I tried a 46 also, but this seemed too big and I got a bunch of heel lift when trying them out on the stairs of my apartment.



One comment I will make though is that since these boots are hand made (or seem to be) there can be quite a lot of variation between boots. When I got my first pair, I noticed that the rocker was quite different from one boot to the other, and that the height and stiffness of the ankle was also quite different between the left and right boots. Even the sizing of the boots seemed different between right and left (and my feet are the same size). This was actually very obvious when walking around my apartment, and the fact that my stride felt very different from right to left was pretty annoying. I worked with Backcountry to resolve this and they were fantastic about helping me, but I thought I would throw this out there as one issue I had with the boots.

Great Once Fit Well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Since it's what everyone wonders, I'll open by saying I wear a 45.5 Nepal, and a 45 Baruntse. Arguably should have a 45.5, but the 45 gives me less heal lift than the larger sizes did and a better technical fit.



These are fantastic winter or cold weather boots, especially for overnight use. I've been using them for New Hampshire trips in the White Mountains so far, and they are perfect. I start to get chilly feet standing around for below zero F temperatures. The only time I've been actually cold was waking up to a 0F morning, my toes were pretty painful but warmed up soon when I started moving. I have very cold feet, I'm in serious cold-toes pain standing around in Nepals even at 32F, so no doubt these boots are way warmer.



People say these fit like Nepals and are "the warmer Nepal", but I didn't find that true. They can be adjusted to be, though! The Nepal fits my foot better than any boot I've ever worn, and the Baruntse was initially too narrow for the entire length of the boot. I had to get the toe box punched out, and then I went through a few iterations of punching out the mid-foot width myself (easy to do with a hot air gun). I also had to push the shell up around my 5th metatarsal as it was pushing down quite extensively and caused lots of aching. After forming the liners and four adjustments on the shells, they're finally wide enough and fit great!



The down-side: These are really fragile boots. I'm a little concerned about how the shells will hold up in the long run. I've taken them out on I think 12 trips, and the shells are already taking a beating. Nothing serious, but I imagine the material (fake leather I guess? not sure what to call it) at the front of the boot will become quite shredded. I always wear gaiters even if I don't need them to protect at least half the boot.

Great Once Fit Well

Thanks for all your effort to review these for others.

Hiking in to Tsartse camp

Hiking around between Tashi Kang and Dhampus to gain access to Tsartse

Hiking in to Tsartse camp
Unanswered Question

I have la sportiva karokorum boots size...

I have la sportiva karokorum boots size 45.5 us12 . What size La sportiva baruntse i must to have ?

Unanswered Question

How do the la sportivas fit compared to...

How do the la sportivas fit compared to the Scarpas.. i have a scarpa mont blanc GTX.. 42.5 bigger, smaller??

Awkward rocker

  • Fit: Runs large

I ordered a pair of these in 43 and 43.5. Both were too tight on my somewhat wide foot with high arches. I wear a 9.5 US normally. Mostly though, these boots are heavy and cumbersome. I felt disconnected from the ground and had a poor feel for where I was stepping. I also had trouble walking on flat ground, I think these would be very hard for the approach. I ended up ordering the spantiks and really like those. It is an extremely well constructed boot though and if the fit was better they may have been great, not for my foot though.

La Sportiva

Adult Footwear
US MENEUUS WOMENMONDO
4 35.5 5  
4.5 36 5.5  
4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
5 37 6  
5.5 37.5 6.5  
6 38 7  
6.5 38.5 7.5 24
6.5+ 39 7.5+ 24.5
7 39.5 8  
7.5 40 8.5 25
8 40.5 9 25.5
8.5 41 9.5 26
8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
9 42 10 26.5
9.5 42.5 10.5 27
10 43 11 27.5
10.5 43.5 11.5  
10.5+ 44 11.5+ 28
11 44.5 12 28.5
11.5 45 12.5 29
12 45.5 13 29.5
12.5 46 13.5 30
12.5+ 46.5 13.5+  
13 47 14 30.5
13.5 47.5   31
14 48   
15 49   
Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!