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La Sportiva Makalu

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  • Made for mountaineering and heavy backpacking.
  • Rollerball hardware and a locking D-ring allow independent fit in the lower and upper portions of the boot.
  • Dry-Best® lining for water-resistance.
  • Features an MPE sole (MPE stands for Mountaineering Performance Evolution): This proprietary sole features a dual-density SBR design, an SBR Aircushion, self-cleaning lugs, and automatic crampon compatibility.
  • MPE Sole is crampon compatible, deep lugged and tough as nails for years of service in the harshest conditions.
  • Features a 3mm Idro-Perwanger leather with rubber toe rand for durability and protection in all mountaineering applications.
  • 8mm Mtnflex insole with a 1.5mm Dacromet-coated full steel shank.

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Fit Survey:

70% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 0% Half size too Large
  • 70% True to size
  • 26% Half size too small
  • 4% Full size too small
87% Felt true to width
  • 87% Felt true to width
  • 9% Felt narrower than marked
  • 4% Felt wider than marked
55% Moderate arch support
  • 45% Excellent arch support
  • 55% Moderate arch support
  • 0% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the La Sportiva Size Conversion.
  • Made for mountaineering and heavy backpacking.
  • Rollerball hardware and a locking D-ring allow independent fit in the lower and upper portions of the boot.
  • Dry-Best® lining for water-resistance.
  • Features an MPE sole (MPE stands for Mountaineering Performance Evolution): This proprietary sole features a dual-density SBR design, an SBR Aircushion, self-cleaning lugs, and automatic crampon compatibility.
  • MPE Sole is crampon compatible, deep lugged and tough as nails for years of service in the harshest conditions.
  • Features a 3mm Idro-Perwanger leather with rubber toe rand for durability and protection in all mountaineering applications.
  • 8mm Mtnflex insole with a 1.5mm Dacromet-coated full steel shank.
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La Sportiva Makalu

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3 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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The Zappos staff was very, very helpful in locating my size in the boots. They are wonderful to deal with! La Sportiva boots are fantastic and the Makalu boots are just what I needed for heavy backpacking and alpine climbing. La Sportiva boots use a last which is wider than a normal shoe with more room in the toe box which is perfect for wearing thick socks. The automatic clamps on the laces for the lower part of the boots is genius! This insures that you can lace the foot part tighter or looser and totally independantly from the upper part of the boots which is great for adjusting uphill versus downhill climbing. The boots are waterproof, pefectly stiff, nice and warm and are crampon compatible. Add to that excellent style and the boots are ones you don't want to take off of your feet.

I'd also recommend: Asolo, Vasque, Kolfach, Scarpa, Zamberlan

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  • from Silverlake Los Angeles, CA
3 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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La Sportiva Makalu...a good massive boot - I spend several weeks of my summer fighting forest fires where we are required to have 8 inch high boots. I have always hated the typical high-heeled 'Whites' type boot with no ankle support. I bought the Makalu as it just meets the 8 inch high requirement. I also have high, rigid arches and heels that are rotated inward. So new boots are a frightening thing, with a long break-in period usually required. Well the Makalu felt great right out of the box and on short flat hikes. I have gotten in a 10 mile walk without a significant load and still no foot problems. These feel like great boots. They are heavy but repay you with great ankle support and a rigid sole that will support crampons. And they are nearly half the price of Whites! The insole insert is the typical useless piece of thin foam. Put in a good support like 'Superfeet.'

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  • from Colorado
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Awesome! My second pair. Left first pair in Hawaii home when I visit. Shoe is a little heavy and bulky so I didn't want to lug it around in luggage. I had first pair for almost 10 years so the sole were worn a little, but just a little so decided to get new shoes. Loved it so much I got another pair. Fits like a glove, waterproof and tough. Exactly what I was looking for in a shoe for mountaineering, daily use. For me it is so comfortable that I wear it daily if I am not trail running, at a business meeting or going out to some place fancy. This years models has little improvements from several years ago. Like the front protection on top of the boot, removeable cushioned tongue and "ball bearing" lace eyelets. I am used to its stiffness and weight that I don't notice it much. Probably getting another pair in case they stop making it so I'll have these shoes for the rest of my life... I have not tried them with crampon so I can't comment on that but I believe it would be fine. I do get buzzed a lot going through metal detectors though.

I'd also recommend: The North Face (only other brand I tried before these)

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2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I bought this boot in ten years ago. I couldn't tell you how many miles I have on them, but it's a lot. Even after a 14 mile day on the Minong trail on Isle Royale, I was glad I was wearing these boots. They are the perfect backpacking boot. After 10 years, they don't show any wear. I am amazed at how well they held up. I have never had any hot spots, nor even close to having blisters on my feet. The break-in wasn't any big deal. I would definitely recommend the La Sportiva Makalu to any avid backpacker.

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  • from Petoskey, Michigan
2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I bought my first pair of La Sportiva Makalus in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1994. I wore them every day for 12 years - and then occasionally - until last year, when the sole came apart from the boot. I recently bought a new pair and have been breaking them in daily. These are by far the best all around boots ever. They're built to last for years. They do take some time to break in, but are worth the time and the money.

I'd also recommend: Nik Wax Cleaning / Waterproofing

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  • from Tennessee
$305.00

Width: D - Medium

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