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A technical, warm, lightweight mountaineering boot with state of the art technology for climbing on mixed terrain. A highly insulating Carbon Tech honeycomb insole is lightweight, stiff and low profile. Insulated Comfort Gore-Tex® membrane provides waterproof breathability coupled with insulation. Innovative 3D Flex™ ankle and removable adjustable variable fit tongue.read less
A technical, warm, lightweight mountaineering boot with state of the art technology for climbing on mixed terrain. A highly insulating Carbon Tech honeycomb insole is lightweight, stiff and low profile. Insulated Comfort Gore-Tex® membrane provides waterproof breathability coupled with insulation. Innovative…read more
We recommend ordering this boot 1/2 size larger than your typical US size. See drop down selection for European/US size equivalents. Note that a "plus" size is slightly larger than a US half size but smaller than the next whole size.
Wider toe box than previous models, so more room. Seems warmer, and definitely lighter. Recommend a thicker insole, as the cold was coming through the bottom a bit.
Use Situation: hiking, ice, snow
I am going to climb Mt Rainier this coming September so I started looking at boots for the trip. There are somany options out there I felt a little overwhelmed. I finally decided that this boot would probably be a good fit for my needs. The boots came and are true to fit. The week after I received the boots I was invited to join a group of ice climbers going to the upper peninsula of Michigan. I could not have been more impressed with the quick break -in time and over all comfort of the boot. We had some 2-4 mile approaches to the climbs. By the end of the week, after climbing 75-130 foot vertical ice everyone in group had blisters and sore feet but not me. They also accepted three different crampons with no issues. I love these boots and would recommend them to anyone who wants a solid general use boot.
These are my first pair of Montaineer specific boots that I purchased for high alpine activites, including a Rainier trip this summer. Since I have a wide foot for a women, I purchased the men's boot after recommendations from the Wittaker team [the women's boots run narrow]. The Nepal Evo were incredibly comforable right out of the box. The built in gaiters and adjustable tongue really dialed in the fit and comfort. The only adjustments needed was changing the non-suportive soles out for supper feet. I found these boots did not require the normal break-in. No hotspots or blisters from the right out of the box to a 12 mile 40lb trip [feet stayed warm and dry- almost too warm on the approach].
No break-in required is a myth. So far I have not found a review explaining how to successfully break in these excellent boots. My first try was a blister disaster and almost caused me to miss my Rainier climb. I sent the boots back and rented plastics for the climb. I purchased another pair for my second Rainier climb and here is what worked for me: 1. size up a half to full size 2. break in using a slipper sock under a med weight wool sock (don't go too thick to avoid overheating)and break in when it is cool to minimize hot spots. Don't over tighten laces, especially at the beginning 3. do not upgrade the footbeds/sole inserts until after the break in. Using another brand may lift your heel too high in the boot causing blisters 4. start the break in without the tongue insert and see how things go. Add the tongue insert if you start to feel heel slip with medium lace tension. 5. hike flat terrain for two miles each day for 7 days. Slowly start taking more grade and uneven terrain. 6. don't assume comfort in the store equates to comfort during use. The boot with a perfect feel in the store and while walking around the house ended up giving me the most trouble. 7. take your time, adjust sock thickness as needed, don't ever push to the point you feel hot spots. After 10-15 miles the boots start to feel pretty good and after about 20 miles I started thinking they were awesome. I realize everyone is different, but this approach worked for me.
Used my Nepal Evo's this morning on a winter trek up Mount Baldy. Temps at the summit were in the twenties, snow and ice everywhere. These boots are great. If you are considering a pair note the following: - they run small so save yourself the postage and buy a size up. - they take time to break in. a second removable tongue comes with for dialing in fit. - they are stiff for use with crampons, ice climbing and mountaineering so if your just looking for a good pair of hikers, get something else. these have a purpose and they excel at what they are made to do. - they work perfect with the black diamond contact crampons. if you're wondering which to pair with, I have the BD's and they are excellent. - some people complain about their feet getting cold, but the cold feet effect is often because of the user, not the shoe. These will keep your feet generally warm, but they aren't UGGs. Wear a good wool blend sock and you'll be fine. I bought a pair at TJ Max that i use religiously. $5. - Many have said the insert on these is poor and should be replaced. That i agree with 100%. I'm going to swap mine asap as they provide nearly zero foot padding. Enjoy!!
Incredible boots. I usually have REAL trouble getting alpine boots that fit nicely. The Nepal Evos are amazingly comfortable, and hardly needed any wearing in. I did a couple of hours walking around at home, taking the dog for a walk etc, a one day alpine trip. Then did a big 6 day mission into the mountains. I wore them on the 11km approach as well... the only blister I got was on my right little toe. Warm in the snow, a bit too warm on the approach. Not as warm as my plastics, and also not as sweaty... the goretex breathes well. Dont feel quite as rock solid as my plastics in the snow (due to the ankle being quite flexible), but they make up for this on rock and for general all-roundness. The sole is more flexible than I expected - not completely stiff like plastics, which helps with walking. My wife got a pair of the womens boots and she is equally happy. Somehow LaSportiva have made a really solid boot that is super-comfy and not too heavy. I am comparing these to my Koflach plastics, Asolo Granites and a pair of Raichles, and these are way more comfortable. They are too heavy for general hiking, but OK to wear on the approach. Also went on easy after freezing at night. Locking ring on the laces is a nice touch and the mini-gaiter which snugs it up against your ankle (but you still need normal gaiters). Inner-sole seems cheapskate and I had some pain on the balls of my feet, so I replaced it with another, which solved that... I think most people who wear these a lot will want to do that too. I am a street-show size US 12 and got the Nepal Evo in US 13. The fit is snug, but with room to move your toes. When these wear out, I know what my next pair of boots will be...