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Makalu

Makalu

$305.00
Traditional design meets advanced technology in the Makalu. This classic leather mountaineering boot features a Skywalk® MPE sole to ensure stability and traction in rugged environments.
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ADULT FOOTWEAR SIZING CHART

More sizes means a better fit! La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us five extra sizes per size run, which gives you a better fit!
MEN'SEUROPEANWOMEN'S
  33 2.5
  33.5 3
2.5+ 34 3.5
3 34.5 4
3.5 35 4.5
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
6.5+ 39 7.5+
7 39.5 8
7.5 40 8.5
8 40.5 9
8.5 41 9.5
8.5+ 41.5 9.5+
9 42 10
9.5 42.5 10.5
10 43 11
10.5 43.5 11.5
10.5+ 44 11.5+
11 44.5 12
11.5 45 12.5
12 45.5 13
12.5 46 13.5
12.5+ 46.5 13.5+
13 47 14
13.5 47.5  
14 48  
15 49  
16 50  
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Features

We used a burly 3.0mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather upper for classic mountain boot performance and fit. This is a full steel shank boot that will accept an automatic crampon and kick steps in snow all day without a crampon if needed. Additionally, the protective Vibram® rubber rand adds excellent toe protection and the EZ rollerball hardware makes these boots easy to lace up.

 

• Ideal terrain: General mountaineering and heavy backpacking

Product Information

ITEM NUMBER: 238
SIZES: 38 - 48 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 34.57 oz (980g)
LAST: Makalu
UPPER: 3mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather / Vibram® rubber rand / removable EZ Flex tongue with Dry-Best® lining
LINING: Dry-Best®
INSOLE: 8mm MtnFlex with 1.5mm Dacromet-coated full steel shank
MIDSOLE: SBR Aircushion
SOLE: Skywalk® MPE

Reviews

Customer Reviews

8 Item(s)

per page
REVIEW FOR MAKALU
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.
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Review by Mike (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Great boot for bad feet
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!!!
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Rick the teacher (Posted on 1/15/2017)
Highly Recommended as a Mid-Elevation Boot
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.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by SummitUP (Posted on 1/12/2017)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Rick H. - Denver, CO (Posted on 2/4/2016)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Luke S. - Eagle, ID (Posted on 12/8/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Ken K. - Rye, NH (Posted on 7/16/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Dave B. - Phoenix, OR (Posted on 2/27/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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!!!
Review by Mike H. - Rosenberg, TX (Posted on 7/20/2012)
Features

We used a burly 3.0mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather upper for classic mountain boot performance and fit. This is a full steel shank boot that will accept an automatic crampon and kick steps in snow all day without a crampon if needed. Additionally, the protective Vibram® rubber rand adds excellent toe protection and the EZ rollerball hardware makes these boots easy to lace up.

 

• Ideal terrain: General mountaineering and heavy backpacking

Product Information

ITEM NUMBER: 238
SIZES: 38 - 48 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 34.57 oz (980g)
LAST: Makalu
UPPER: 3mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather / Vibram® rubber rand / removable EZ Flex tongue with Dry-Best® lining
LINING: Dry-Best®
INSOLE: 8mm MtnFlex with 1.5mm Dacromet-coated full steel shank
MIDSOLE: SBR Aircushion
SOLE: Skywalk® MPE

Reviews

Customer Reviews

8 Item(s)

per page
REVIEW FOR MAKALU
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.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Mike (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Great boot for bad feet
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!!!
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Rick the teacher (Posted on 1/15/2017)
Highly Recommended as a Mid-Elevation Boot
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.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by SummitUP (Posted on 1/12/2017)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Rick H. - Denver, CO (Posted on 2/4/2016)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Luke S. - Eagle, ID (Posted on 12/8/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Ken K. - Rye, NH (Posted on 7/16/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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.
Review by Dave B. - Phoenix, OR (Posted on 2/27/2013)
Review for MAKALU
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!!!
Review by Mike H. - Rosenberg, TX (Posted on 7/20/2012)

 

25% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER WITH CODE 25NOV17

La Sportiva NA will be closed 11/23/17 - 11/26/17. No items will ship during this time.