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La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boot

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$228.75 $305.00

Item #LSP0092

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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Idro-Perwanger roughout leather (3mm), Vibram rubber rand
MtnFlex (8mm)
SBR aircushion, Dacromet-coated full steel shank (1.5mm)
Skywalker MPE
Claimed Weight:
[pair, size 9] 4 lb 4 oz
Recommended Use:
mountaineering, glacier travel
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Aloha Makalu.

The La Sportiva Men's Makalu Mountaineering Boots have become among the most popular alpine footwear for everyone from casual climbers to Outward Bound students and instructors. These durable leather boots hold up to years of abuse in the mountains and provide plenty of support for hiking with a heavy load. Thanks to full crampon compatibility, the La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boots make a great choice for glacier travel, and their Vibram soles provide excellent traction on snow, mud, dirt, and rock.

  • Traditional mountaineering boot for general alpine with heavy packs
  • Durable Idro-Perwanger leather upper with Vibram rubber rand
  • Dry-Best lining wicks moisture and dries quickly
  • Steel shank offers stable support with heavy backpacks
  • Aircushion midsole with anatomic MtnFlex insole for comfort
  • Skywalker sole with step-in crampon compatibility
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

La sportiva

    These boots are stiff and hard to break in, the cloth tabs get pulled out of the stitching and they won’t warranty them. The boots need to come with a water proof technology in them for the price and what they are meant to be used for

    Epic boots

      Warm Happy feet! Super durable design with great traction!

      Comfy boot

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      Super solid boots, a really easy break in period compared to other boots I've had. Super comfortable right out of the box, and they seem really high quality so far.

      Mountain Man

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

      My brother and dad have worn these boots for years. Got these for my brother who is always working on snow guns and is a cat driver. He loves them and they have kept his feet dry and he has traction to keep himself safe! Perfect mountain man working boots!

      The ol' functional Makalu

        Pretty comfortable out of the box. Need to definitely adjust the tongue to get proper fit. Fits true to size. Although I thought they would be warmer. Overall. Worth the money.

        4 Stars, but 4.5 Stars wasn't an option

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: 45.5

        I have had several pair of La Sportiva Makalu and Glacier boots (discontinued) and they all have a few things in common, they are water proof, sturdy, and last for several years. They ALL also begin to have issues where the toe rand and sole begin to separate. Every pair I have had has done that, but keep in mind it generally takes a while, like a year or two. I generally wear these boots year round for work, then waterproof them up a little and take them hunting in November. My only complaint is after a couple years of use they breakdown, however I have not ever found a boot to last longer than these. I would say that if you have a quality issue with these boots its a manufacture defect, these should last a long time with no issue. IF La Sportiva stops making this boot it will be a very sad day!!! (just in case I have a few new pair hidden away in the basement... hey the wife has a million pair running shoes and this is my guilty pleasure!)

        Great boot

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Size Bought: 43.5

        Great boot I’m an apprentice lineman and it an all around good boot from climbing to your every day tasks. The worst part honestly is they will eventually start splitting at the toe but I’ve worn mine every day at work for alittle over two years and I wouldn’t buy a different boot for the work


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

        these boots i bought for school and am still in the breaking in process and so far they are the best boots I've owned.

        Out of the BOX....

        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 44

        I'm an Apprentice Lineman, if it one thing we have to have it is a good pair of boots to work in and also climb in to keep the power going. Right off the bat the quality of this boot is outstanding! When you look at the material you can tell. The laces are a huge selling point for because they are ballbearing style so they will not get cut up. I will do a follow up on this review once I get some miles on them and some pole work. I can't wait to break them in and see how they are. 5 stars all the way.

        Essential All-Around Boots

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 45.5

        I have had mine for over 15 years and they have held up extremely well. Great for moderate weather climbs/ hikes. Also casual enough to wear out to the pub for post climb dinner / drinks.

        Unanswered Question

        They stopped making the women's version of these boots. Have any females tried the men's version? If so, how do they fit? Similar or is it completely different?

        Solid high quality

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: sz 12

        I bought these 5 years ago because I needed protection for arthritic toes which can't bend up more than 50 degrees (hallux limitus, limited range of motion up). They pretty much saved my off road career. I've put on about 800 miles and they seem like they will last another few thousand (although the heel is getting a little rounded). The toes now bent a bit, that took a few years. The toes bend is comfortable way without putting pressure on the top of your toes. Very comfortable considering how unforgiving a full shank boot can be. I've also recently purchased La Sportiva Trango Cubes which are lighter but less burly. I bought size 46.5 for size 12 feet and can stick a bit more than a finger behind my heel in expedition socks. They do take a while to break in. The leather is repellant and breathable sort of like a softshell and I've used nikwax about once on them I think to refresh.

        Unanswered Question

        I'm looking to get a pair of these boots. Men's size 47 wide is that possible?

        Awesome boots for the right foot and job

          These boots fit great out of the box, but were a little tight for my foot in the toebox when sizing up a half size. I ultimately returned them because I wanted a gore-tex liner for guaranteed dryness and snythetics quick drying properties.

          Brought down zugspitze

            They were true to size really hard to break in though. When standing in the snow a little cold but once moving they are fine, maybe buy gaiters for more snow.These boots really performed, 9 hours guiding the climb and my feet felt great. The auto crampons fit fine and didn't really need to be messed with. The boots seem stiff but the during the climb I really didn't notice. Awesome via Ferrara boots. Hardly a scratch on them after the scree field. I'm excited to wear them on more climbs

            Mountain Addict

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times
            • Fit: Runs large

            The world of high alpine climbing is where these boots were born and bread. The stiff shank makes them an ideal candidate for adorning crampons and the tall cuff is rock solid on off camber slopes. I have put these to the test on ice, rock, and snow and they have not let me down. They also make for a stellar work boot once they get broken in. Climbing towers and ladders is no problem and they take a beating and keep my feet feeling fresh.
            I would recommend these to any mountaineer looking to upgrade from a softer boot to something more formidable.

            Tough Boots

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

            Use these boots to build powerlines. These are an "older style" mountaineering boot with a full steel shank. Used them everyday at work for the last 4 years. The boot really tough and works good for climbing poles. Out of the 3 pair that i have own i always end up wearing out the soles before anything else on the boot even comes close to breaking. If you are looking for a boot for mountaineering there are better choices out there, and for most people the La sportiva WLF is probably a better work boot but doesn't have a full shank.

            Tough Boots

            Thanks! what I needed to know especially gettin started in this trade

            I would agree with the above comment. I am the guy wearing the brown shirt! Man that was a long day..... My favorite boot for line work.

            This is why I bought them. It was between them and the Hoffmans.

            Unanswered Question

            20% off if you wear a 41 but full price for the rest of the sizes. Not cool backcountry. Moose Jaw will match the 20% on all sizes if anyone else got bummed on this so called sale

            Put to the test...

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
            • Fit: True to size
            • Size Bought: 44.5

            I've had these boots since 2008 and have hiked/climbed 200+ peaks, scrambled countless ridgelines and walked hundreds, if not thousands of miles. This boot is bomb! I couldn't tell you how they compare to a $500 boot because I've never had to spend that much. Online ordering a new pair right now for my summer plans...

            *just to mention a few

            La Sportiva

            Adult Footwear
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            4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
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            6.5+ 39 7.5+ 24.5
            7 39.5 8  
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            8 40.5 9 25.5
            8.5 41 9.5 26
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            10 43 11 27.5
            10.5 43.5 11.5  
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            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!