I purchased my Makalus...around 25 years ago...I wanted something I could use with crampons which was my original reason for the purchase. Since that time I have worn them for all manner of hiking, scrambling, ice wall climbing, etc. They are easily the best boots I have every owned. I would have worn them to the summit on Denali...but obviously they are not to be used for such a climb...but everywhere else including working in the Alaska bush, Northwest Territories of Canada, Nevada Montana, Utah and Arizona, and Mexico. But here is my problem now...the soles lasted for the first 10-15 years....no problem...but since that time I have had to resole them and so I have had this done by supposedly good resolers....but they all used what they said was the toughest vibram soles they could get....and now I am fortunate if the soles last 12-18 months. Completely unacceptable.
So now I don't know what to do...they need to be resoled again......but perhaps I should just save the $ and get a new pair.. Anyone with similar issue that found a solution...please let me know.
(Posted on 8/30/2018)
Great climbing boot for any apprentice lineman. Great support from hiking right aways, railroad ballast or down the road in between spans. Great comfort when in the hooks or standing in the bucket. Just have to see how long they hold up.
(Posted on 1/19/2017)
My purpose in buying these boots was different than most. My feet are flat and narrow which tends to cause a lot of pain in the back and legs. It has only gotten worse with age. As a teacher I rarely sit down and enjoy hiking so I need good shoes. I have tried a multitude of orthopedic and hiking shoes. In desperation I tried the Makalus and am so glad I did. Granted, I have only worn them for a week but they are going to be my shoe of choice from now on. My wife even commented on how they have improved my posture. It is very hard to find anything that will fit my narrow feet feet that is sturdy, comfortable and looks this good. The steel shank is a definite plus. I did need to buy a half size larger than normal. I am planning on buying a second pair soon just to be on the safe side. Also I like the fact that they aren't orange or some other neon color. These are now my everyday shoes so please do not stop making them!!!
(Posted on 1/15/2017)
Here's my review, broken down by category for easier reading (hopefully):
USE: Climbing Mt. Baldy in 2-3 feet of snow, via Devils Backbone trail. 14 miles round-trip, 3,900 Elevation gain. 10,060 feet at summit.
WEATHER: Temp at summit was 10 Degrees Fahrenheit, temps fluctuated between 15-30 Degrees.
PERFORMANCE: My feet were warm and comfortable the entire day. The boots performed better than expected in regards to walking such a long distance. I walked a total 9.5 hours without any pain or discomfort, and when crampons were attached (GRIVEL G12's), my feet felt secure, stable, and ready for battle. There was, however, a moisture issue which became noticeable ONLY towards the end of the day, and likely the cause of my own actions: I wore two pairs of socks, and loosened the boots after the summit, which I believe allowed my feet to sweat. Nonetheless, my feet were in very good condition after a strenuous day.
WATERPROOF?: As previously mentioned, I did not notice water or moisture of any kind for the first 8 hours, despite blazing through knee to waist high snow for a couple long stretches (1.5 - 2 hours) of the hike, which yes, was brutal. Therefore it's safe to say these boots are waterproof right out of the box. However, I plan on coating them with one of NikiWax's products, and I recommend you do the same.
FIT: I ordered them .5 sizes larger than my normal shoe size, per previous review recommendations. That worked great - it leaves just the right amount of room for two pairs of socks, or one thick pair. The self locking lower lace system works well, but it takes some getting use to. There's a fine line between too tight which cuts circulation, and too loose which allows feet to slide around. It takes some trial and error to find the sweet spot.
APPEARANCE: Old school and less flashy than others, this is a sharp looking boot. Don't be surprised if you're complimented and asked about them - I was. These are one of the few remaining mountaineering boots on the market with a classic, rather than neon / yellow "HEY LOOK AT ME!!" style and color.
OVERALL: Excellent product, well worth the money. For lower to mid elevation (up to and around 14,000 ft) mountaineering, these are great.
(Posted on 1/12/2017)
I've had these boots for the last 5 years and they are the best hiking ,snowshoeing boot I've ever owned. Living in Colorado all my life I have always lived a very active outdoor lifestyle. These boots remind me of the LaSportive leather boots I wore when in High School. My next boot is going to be the LaSportiva Pamir.
(Posted on 2/4/2016)
The best boots I have ever put on my feet! I used these boots for the entire chukar hunting season here in Idaho. Temps from 5 degrees to 70 degrees. They were amazingly comfortable and excellent for side hilling in steep nasty country. I would recommend these boots to anyone who is covering lots of miles in steep unforgiving country. Always used off trail while carrying a heavy hunting pack. Happy Hunting.
(Posted on 12/8/2013)
I purchased my La Sportiva Mountain boots in1990 for a month long hiking trip in the Rockies. The boots performed flawlessly. Since that trip, my boots have seen 1000s of miles of hiking and hunting, in all kinds of weather. It's been 24 years and these boots are still going strong.
(Posted on 7/16/2013)
As a forester, I have tried many other brands and models of boots. The Makalu have been more comfortable and longer lasting than other boots that are supposedly made for working in the wilderness.
(Posted on 2/27/2013)
Probably the best boot I've ever owned after almost 30 years as an lineman and going through several boots supposedly "built" for lineman. My feet stopped hurting, my back no longer aches. Extremely well made, rugged and good looking boot. I'm buying another pair soon to rotate them out. Thank you La Sportiva......sorry it took me so long to find you guys!!!
(Posted on 7/20/2012)