The Mens Spantik Boot by La Sportiva is a technical lightweight double boot for cold environments.
The cutting edge of mountain-boot technology, the Spantik (hint: it's a peak in the Karakoram Himal whose Golden Pillar is synonymous with extreme alpinism) combines all the latest, lightest materials to shave a full pound of the Nuptse and still offer unimpeachable climbing performance. Throw in the FLS (Fast Lacing System) and integral gaiter collar to keep spindrift out, and the summit is yours.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Spantik Boot
Toasty inner boot features micro-perforated thermo-formable PE/water-repellant lorica with antiacqua external coating and a minimal outsole plate on the bottom for durability
A warmer alternative to the baruntse, it is step-in crampon compatible, and a proven performer for north faces, winter alpinism and long periods at altitude
Innovative fast lacing system for inner and outer boots allows one- handed, glove closure, even in the most heinous conditions
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Spantik Boot
Weight: 44.48 oz / 1261 g
Outer Boot: PU-Tech transparent PU-coated embossed Benecke CeraCom PUR leatherette/ Water-repellent Lorica with Antiacqua external coating/ Vibram rubber rand/ Molded TPU ankle and backstay reinforcement/ PE micro-cellular thermal insulating closed cell foam lined with a thermo-reflective aluminum facing coated with anti-abrasion flocking
I have not used that many boots, but these boots are far and away the best I've tried. I am prone to shin bang, and to cold feet, and to blisters - I am a lot of fun. But these boots eliminated pretty much all issues I've had with boots in the past. I have had no shin bang when climbing in these boots. They have kept my feet warm and dry, with only a little foot sweat to get in the way. I have not had any kind of blistering while wearing these boots. The one-handed tying laces are super convenient. They come with optional liners so that you can get a good, almost custom fit.I took these boots to Mt. Rainier in the early season, and while they may have been overkill, I was glad to have them. I went with a couple guides who were wearing them also, and both swore by them. Those guys know boots, and these appear to be the new standard. They are expensive, but I got them because bad boots can ruin a trip and leave you in a bad way. These boots leave you in a good way.
My brother & I used these boots while climbing Mt Rainier. I also used them on several really icey hikes in Arizona mountains. They surpassed my expectations with traction. The lace-up system on the inner boot never loosened & the outer system, shoot, you can't beat how easy it is. I could work it with gloves on & when you're 12,000 ft up, pelted by 40+ winds & freakin COLD out the last thing you want to do is remove gloves to work a pair of boots! Comfort wise, they were real good. Spent six days on Mt Rainier in them, no issues... Even on Rainier in the dead of winter on summit day they keep your feet warm so use summer socks!
These are nice boots, and the lacing system is pretty awesome. Only thing is that you need to be sure that it fits your foot well. I tried these for awhile, but I ended up using old Koflach Arctis Expeds on my last expedition because I was nervous that these were not comfortable enough, but other people in my group had these and loved them.
Wore these on a Rainier climb this summer, and will wear them on Izta/Orizaba next fall. The sizing is tricky - I had to go up multiple sizes from what the American-European sizing charts suggest. But once you get one that fits just right, you'll love the boot. Had no blistering issues, and no problems with cold. Very comfortable for a true mountaineering boot. Love, love, love the lacing system. They were super easy to adjust during breaks, even when wearing heavy gloves. Highly recommended!
These boots are definitely worth the money. I am woman and I am always cold and I have problem to find perfect fit. These were ordered online, so I was worried, but they fit perfectly. They are really warm, easy to put on and as for woman trendy. On trips, because I am always cold, I wear the inner boots during the night in my sleeping bag and usually I take them down in middle of the night, because I am sweating. Only thing which makes me little bit nervous are laces, but somebody else already pointed that out. I would definitely recommend them to others.
I am having always problem to find good shoes and boots. These are great. Even that ordered online, they fitted perfectly. I didnt have any blisters, kept me really warm and believe me, I am woman and I am always cold. On trips I am sleeping with inner boots on (because I am always cold:-)) and usually I have to take them down in middle of night, because my feets are sweating. Only thing I am worried are laces, somebody already pointed that out, they look kind of weak.
"Got me to the top of South America's Highest Point - Aconcagua @ 6962 Meters!!"
These boots rock! My wife and I both wore them to the top of Mt Elbrus in Russia in July 2010 (5642 meters) and Aconcagua in March 2011 (6962 meters). We never had cold feet - stayed dry - and the fit is fantastic. We've worn them on training climbs and our incline trainer and as long as you listen to your feet - you won't get hot spots, just pay attention and adjust the lacing as needed. The super easy to adjust lacing system works well even when wearing heavy mitts. Bring an extra lace with you though - if you blow a lace you may have trouble repairing it!!! We're considering using them on Denali next season - possibly with an overboot.
These boots climb vertical ice super well. They're super warm. They look like moon boots. You can ski with them. Funky lacing system, not convinced that they won't break at some point. The sizing is interesting too, a bit more snug than other Sportiva boots. I'm a 10-10.5 street shoe, 44 in the Baruntse and Trango, 44.5 in the Trango Extreme and the 44.5 Spantik's I have are more snug in the toes than any of the others. Still, no problems with cold feet, will try thermo molding them at some point when I'm feeling very brave. I asked a La Sportiva rep about the process and he basically couldn't offer any advice.
The boots are expensive - you pay a premium on them for a a reason (or 2):- warm - these boots are reliable - took them to Aconcagua they kept me warm and dry- super lace system - you need to follow instructions first time, after that you just wish all of your boots had the same system - everyone know that that but I still want to say: do buy them in bigger than your size, for example I'm size 38, got Spantik in 40.5 - just right for me!