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La Sportiva - Spantik Mountaineering Boot

La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot

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$581.25 Original price:$775.00
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Item #LSP0059




Tech Specs

Upper Material:
PU-Tech, PU coating, Benecke CeraCom PUR leatherette, Lorica with Antiacqua coating, molded TPU, c
PE micro-cellular thermal closed cell foam
thermo-reflective aluminum facing
Removable Liner:
micro-perforated thermo-formable PE, Lorica with Antiacqua coating
Thermo-moldable Liner:
speed lace
thermal structure carbon fiber and aluminum insulation (5mm)
TPU, dual-density EVA
Vibram Montagna
Crampon Compatibility:
Claimed Weight:
[pair, size 9] 5 lbs 4 oz
Recommended Use:
high-altitude and cold-weather mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Spantik Mountaineering Boot

The La Sportiva Men's Spantik Mountaineering Boots give you warmth for high-altitude and winter mountaineering and the agility to send difficult ice and mixed pitches. The synthetic outer boots increase flexibility and help reduce weight to a low 5lb 1oz per pair. Heat-moldable, removable liners give the Spantik Mountaineering Boots a precise fit to ease foot fatigue and minimize heel lift when you front point steep ice. La Sportiva knows what it feels like to lace boots while you wear gloves, so they invented the Fast Lace System, which lets you cinch down these boots with a single pull—even with gloves.

  • Mountaineering boot made for 6000-7000 meter peaks
  • Thermo-molded inner boot and micro-cellular insulation for warmth
  • Both shell and removable liner have Lorica weatherproof treatments
  • Glove-friendly closures at both inner and outer boots
  • Insulated footbed and triple-layer midsole assures underfoot comfort
  • Vibram Montagna sole with step-in crampon compatibility

Awesome cold weather and expedition boot

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

Before I say anything else let me say I know the g2 sm is lighter, has an easier and better fit and and is possibly warmer. I haven't used the G2 SMs and this is not a comparison. The Spantik is an awesome boot and I just want to highlight why it impressed me on its own merits.

It's a warm boot. Used it at ~0F, at 3000m, ice climbing on a shaded north face. Used it winter north-face Alpine climbing proper at 4000m. Used it summer alpine climbing above 6000m in single digits. Even bivied with them on at those altitudes (don't ask why). Toes sometimes got cold but I never worried about it getting dangerous. I've had repeated cold injuries in the past and have learned a pretty keen sense of what's safe and unsafe cold in my toes but also have more cold sensitive toes than most. In these boots in those conditions I always felt safe and "nimble" while partners with other lighter boots struggled with cold feet.

The boots facilitate using approach skis. The same ridifity that works against this boot on highly technical terrain makes these boots better performing on approach skis. It's still not easy skiing, but it's a vast improvement over all other synthetic double boots. This makes it easier to reach pristine, solitary ice climbs. Probably doesn't hurt in glacier bound expeditions either like to the Ruth.

They work as substitutes for down booties. The outer boots are insulated, unique among synthetic double boots. This means you can wear them alone without the inners. The inner boots can stay in your sleeping bag to dry out while you complete short errands around basecamp or take care of business wearing just the outlers

Regardless of what other boots I may own or what other boots are out there the spantik will always have a place in my lineup.

Great boot for mid-level Himalayas

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

Just took these on a climb of Mera (6,461m, 21,197') having put about 75 miles on them before I left. The break-in was flawless and they performed extremely well on the two days of glacier travel with Grivel G12 crampons (fitted with the longer bar). Even with a cold 2:130am start, there was never a sense of chill in my feet.

That said, they would be too much boot for anything much lower and not enough for 7000m or above.... but on Mera, they were perfect.


  • Fit: True to size

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Money well spent.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46

Very happy with all aspects of these boots. Got them for the warmth and have been more than satisfied at 0 degrees with a steady 25mph wind. Feet were actually QUITE warm for someone with cold hands and feet. Thought the one handed lacing system was a little gimmicky until I re-laced them in the cold. Was able to do quite easily with one hand still covered with a liner glove. No issues.
One potential drawback came up. Am using these with Grivel G12 (Cramp-O-Matic style) crampons and the fit over the toe is less than perfect. They (crampons ) don't conform to the shape of the toe too well and needed to be readjusted several times over the first 4 miles of my trip. They just didn't seat correctly in the groove (any suggestions?).

I think the G12's can be fitted with a longer bar to accommodate different boots.

Small fit, awesome lacing system

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Fits REALLY small in front half of the foot, loose in the heel. I had to return because the fit didn't work for MY foot. I wear New Balance sneakers as a reference. I thought the lacing system would be a gimmic, but loved how easy it was to lace up securely with one hand.

I was going to get these..

    I was.

    Was being the key word.

    I just got the La Sportiva G2 SM's and I am so happy I did. For $40 bucks more and having a lighter, warmer and an easily adjustable boot made all the sense in the world over the Spantiks.

    Why am I telling people this? Some may know the G2's are out there and that they have become available. Check out La Sportiva's website. For those who don't know there is a new boot on the market for only a few dollars more. I guess this 'review' is for you.

    The Spantiks are a great boot, there is just another option out there from La Sportiva worth checking out.

    And while throwing food for thought out there. Scarpa's new phantom boots are totally amazing looking too.

    This 2016 season is going to have a bunch of other options put out to the climbing community.

    Can you tell me how is it with the sizing on the G2's?

    The sizing is right there with both the Nepal Evos and the Batura 2.0's I own. I wear a 44.5 and the sizing is the same throughout.

    After watching my buddy trying to get his Baruntse's tightened I was even more happy with getting these. He is tugging and pulling just trying to get them firmed up, then trying to tie them while keeping the tension. Me... I just kick my heal back into the heal pocket and turn the boa system until I am satisfied. I am done and ready to go. I think he is kicking himself for not waiting to get the G2's.

    What size running/street shoes are you?

    I usually wear a 10.5 in any shoe I buy. In La Sportiva I always buy an 11. Even in the Boulder X approach shoes from them. I have a wider front toe area than most and that extra half size makes them fit normal. I like the tighter heel pocket that La Sportiva has in their boots and shoes. I tried Scarpas and the toe area felt great but the heel pocket was too loose and my heel wouldn't stay in place. I never thought I would be in La Sportivas. Going up a half size for me hasn't had any negatives with their performance.

    I see you did a review on their running shoes you own. I would stay with the same size in their boots.

    I usually wear Salomon running shoes and stay with my normal 10.5 in anything from them and my Hoka hiking boots too. They I would call a standard width. La Sportiva is worldly known as a narrow fit

    Have you had a chance to wear these on a Climb? Headed to Peru , thinking the g2sm might be too warm if temps hit the teens. Interested in what temps you have had them in?

    Hey Kevin,
    I was using them on Rainier two weeks ago, I was up there the day before the Norwegian guy who got killed that weekend.
    I was trying to get to Muir to hang out with some buddies who were doing a winter seminar with RMI.
    It was a total whiteout heading up. Breaking trail snowshoeing was a workout. My feet were nowhere near getting cold while trudging along.

    It was in the mid to low 20's and I was toasty. I finally had to turn back after going 1/3 of the way up. I just headed back to the car instead of camping out with the worsening forecast. The inner boots were steaming when I was getting out of them.

    They are supposed to be warmer than the Spantiks. The inner boot and the Boa system is where the boot really shines. I have spoken to many of the RMI guides and they have all said that the Spantiks degrade to a certain level and then just stay at that point while they nurse them along with small little Macgyver fixes.
    I am amazed how many people came up to the back of my vehicle while I was getting ready to come check them out. Everyone was expressing interest in them after they got a chance to play with them .

    If you are looking for a double boot.. Yeah, I would recommend these for sure.

    Perfect Fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 39

    I have a small foot & very narrow heel. I wore other rental boots on a 6 day trip that gave me pressure sores, which left scarring. I invested in a good pair of boots for happy feet on future trips. So far, so great. These worked very well for me because only the heel (and not the toe box) seemed to run narrow in the 39, which fits my needs perfectly. I wear a US Women's 7 in running shoes & hiking boots typically


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

    This boots is perfect for hight mountaing, especially Aconcagua in Argentina

    Size problem

      Awesome boots but i am confused on size. i rented Nepal EVO sz 39.5 and those were quite comfortable.
      Spantik i tried 40.5 and they seemed to fit but was not sure :(

      yes they run small for me as well

      La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5

        La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5 fits perfectly with Grivel g12 crampons. I used Grivel's super asymmetric bars because I found that with my small size boot, the G12s with standard bars didn't quite match the curve of the boot but you can use the standard grivel bars too. I was just nit picky.

        La Sportiva Spantik size 40.5

        Heck yeah! Nice shot.

        Jared D.
        Expert Gearhead

        Heck yeah! Nice shot.

Jared D. 
Expert Gearhead 

        I'm trying to figure out my fit. What is your street shoe size?

        I'm trying to figure out my fit. What is your street shoe size?

        Amazingly comfortable double boot

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

        I knew these would be warm, but I didn't realize how comfy and usable they would be. I've never once been even the slightest bit cold, and they are easy enough to walk in that if I want to go on a 'posh' alpine trip in the lower 48, I might even bring these. It's not a huge deal to take long approaches in these, despite their weight.

        Thanks for the review, Chris!

        Jared D.
        Expert Gearhead

        Himalayan Worthy!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: Runs large

        I got these for a trip to some 6000m+ Himalayan peaks, never once had an issue with cold feet the entire time. Did some ice climbing while there too and had plenty of control for the technical parts, well worth the extra money over the Baruntse's.

        I have a size 42 in the Nepal Evo's which fit perfect and went up half a size for the Spantiks which was the perfect fit.

        Himalayan Worthy!

        La Sportiva

        Adult Footwear
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