La Sportiva Mens Karakorum Mountaineering/Hiking Boots


  • IDEAL TERRAIN: general mountaineering and heavy backpacking
  • Padded Cordura cuff.
  • The 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger leather upper is ideal for water repellency, breathability and durability.
  • Karakorum used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.
  • Rubber sole
  • Leather sole
  • Karakorum uses a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for New-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.
  • Vibram sole
  • Multi-directional 3D Flex hinge promotes greater flexibility and faster break-in
  • Vibram rubber rand.
  • Karakorum used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon® that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex.
  • Synthetic sole
  • Dry-Best lining.
  • 100% Leather
  • Take in all of Mother Nature’s breath taking beauty in a pair of these Karakorum mountaineering and backpacking boots from La Sportiva.
  • Imported
  • Ideal boots for NOLS and Outward Bound courses.
  • Aggressive Vibram sole with semi-automatic crampon attachment

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This boot begs for abuse again and again. Karakorum used a new tapered 8mm high density Nylon® that provides a smooth flex and protection throughout the boot. This allows for new-matic crampon compatibility and long lasting consistent flex. The 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger leather upper is ideal for water repellency, breathability and durability. A SBR Aircushion sole provides cushion and helps insulate from cold or hot climates. Perfect for light duty mountaineering, heavy hiking and backpacking or various types of outdoor work situations where you need durable support and all-day comfort. IDEAL TERRAIN: general mountaineering and heavy backpacking. WEIGHT: 30.97 oz/ 878 g. LAST: Makalu. UPPER: 2.8mm Idro-Perwanger Roughout Leather/Vibram® rubber rand. Cordura® cuff. LINING: Dry-Best. INSOLE: 8mm high density Nylon® with anti-torsion plate. MIDSOLE: SBR Aircushion. SOLE: Vibram® Couloir. SIZES: 38-48 (half sizes).

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10, 10.5, 10.5-11, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 12.5-13, 13, 14, 38, 38.5, 39, 41.5, 47.5 M EU, 47.5MEU, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5

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22 Reviews For This Product

  1. 21

    by Spilamus

    Precisely what I expected was precisely what I got. Excellent product!

  2. 21

    by garen ward

    These boots are very comfortable right out the box . The sole has the perfect rocking shape which makes it feel more like a hiking boot. The construction and hardware are top end. I own much more expensive boots that do not compare to the features this boot offers. This is a top end boot at a great value.

  3. 21

    by Sonia

    I have a wider foot I recommend to order one size up from normal size

  4. 21

    by Kaylan joubert

    These boots fit great right out of the box with absolutely no break in period. I was looking for other la sportiva boots that had a dual shank but liked these so much when I got them that I kept them! Can’t climb for very long in them but can walk all day with no discomfort at all. Bottom line- great boot.

  5. 21

    by Kenneth Long

    Used them on Orizaba, going to use them with 40 Below overboots for Denali in six weeks.

  6. 21

    by felix

    Good quality boot, very stiff. It will take a while to get them broken in.

  7. 21

    by traveler889

    I love these boot enough that this is my second pair and I just have a few months on my first pair. I got the second pair in case they phase them out this year. Awesome boots for general hiking with a load or anywhere you want more support than a light hiker. Stiff enough for crampons, flexible enough for hiking, but then again, I like a stiff boot. Warm enough for PNW winter hiking. Would probably want something warmer for mountaineering. They are comfortable enough that I wear them at work, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, for weeks at a time.

  8. 21

    by Amazon Customer

    Contrary to ‘the most comfortable boot evar!’ comments these boots are pretty firm and supportive with a 3/4 hard and stiff sole. This allows a mostly stiff footbed with toe articulation(flex). Built much like the Nepals I owned 20 or more years ago but with way more flex in the toes and rockers at the heel and toe. You can actually walk easily in these while the Nepal is more of a pure alpine boot. I remember my Nepals weren’t uncomfortable but not exactly pillowy. I wore them to the office and clomped around in them for 2 weeks for slogging up Shasta. This fit is similar minus the clomping. These are real boots with thick leather that needs to wear in a bit to soften up with good toe room and a reasonably snug heal. I’ll wear them indoors for a couple of weeks before committing to them. I wear a size 8.5 and sometimes 9. I ordered these in 9 and have room for a footbed without having to worry about squeezing my feet. I absolutely love the lacing system

  9. 21

    by DTM1864

    I mainly purchased these for their quality as well as their looks. I would use them for real ridge hiking maybe twice a year, but sometimes I’ll just wear them with a nice pair of jeans for cold weather days. As soon as I pulled them out of the box I could see the huge quality difference between these and my old Bears that they are replacing. Bears are still great but the Karakorums look like they could survive a bomb blast. The Vibram soles look indestructible. I can’t wait for some real snow to test them out. I’m normally a USA size 7 1/2 to 8 and read that you should order a half size larger. I chose size 41 because they are closest to USA size 8 1/2. Tried them on with the socks I normally wear and bulls eye, perfect fit. Color is true to what I saw on the Amazon site, more olive than green which actually works better, you don’t wanna be the guy walking around the street with green boots. Just got them; have yet to put them through the paces but right out of the box they are nice.

  10. 21

    by Graham

    I am comparing these to my previous boot. I had a pair of Zamberland boots that I hiked glaciers in Montana. I hiked the Continental divide. I hiked parts of the Appalachian trail. I hiked in Waterton Park Canada. I hiked in the mountains of Mexico and I wore those everyday for work. I figured I would try another pair of fine Italian . For starters, why are they not waterproof for the price? Second, once you wax them the color changes, and not for the better. I really do like the fit and finish of these and hope they last and keep my feet dry.

  11. 21

    by K. Feeney

    I’ve had a pair of Makalu’s for 15 years, and loved them, but I have beaten them to death and while they are still wearable they look pretty ugly.So, I considered another pair, but the Karakoram just looked too damn cool and I couldn’t pass them up.I’ve only had them for a couple of weeks but I can already tell they will break in just great.While I’m not a world class climber or adventurer I do climb around in Joshua Tree etc. and these will be perfect.For anyone who still thinks that a pair or Merrill’s or god forbid high-tech boots are good, you just have no idea until you really get the best andLaSportiva is just that, the best.They take a long time to break in but it’s well worth the journey, give yourself at least a couple of months for break in, wearing them every fewdays and you will never look back.For a person like me with flat feet, I do have to wear them with an orthotic, but they work just fine in these .If you hike or climb don’t bother with anything else get these get the Makalu’s but if you love yourself you will buy LaSportiva.

  12. 21

    by Jeffrey ferjak

    Soild boot ..just breaking in, the Italians know mountaineering.

  13. 21

    by Chris Kelley

    I bought these for lineman school. They worked great. They show almost no wear. I received many complements on them while in school. Can’t wait to take them into my new career.

  14. 21

    by Matt

    normally I wear a 12.5 and my toe was touching the end , so I ordered a 13.. they felt very confortable anyway. I’m confident that once I have my 13s here they will be great.

  15. 21

    by Amazon Customer

    I wear a size 9 US. I initially ordered a size 9 US and it was very tight. I ordered a size 9.5 US and the fit was perfect.

  16. 21

    by Christopher Cleveland

    Well this boot came early and right out of the box you can tell it is well made and ready for the desert hike. Supper craftsmanship!! Regrettably I had to return the boots, they are built for a more narrow foot formation. even when I ordered them a hole size larger. I wear 43.5 and when I 44.5 they fit well and comfortable enough to wear around as a daily shoe, but anyone that has done serious hiking ( the reason your buying this shoe ) knows that your feet swell. After about 5 or six mile of a 15 mile hike with a 38 pound pack my feet will swell and the shoes will no longer be , they will be crippling. This boot doesn’t have a water proof Gortex linear, and it probably ideal for desert hiking in more dry climates or say minimal river and water crossing or have some good gators and water proofing rub to put on them. I hiked the the Camino in Spain last year and there is enough rain and water that this boot would not have been my choice, rather I walked the path in my Asolo 520s.

  17. 21

    by Alex

    No response after 300$$ purchase. Kill my feet to small!!

  18. 21

    by audrey h.

    My husband is a tree climber, and needed the support these shoes give. He is very happy with them, they are high quality!

  19. 21

    by Amazon Customer

    Comfortable boot built like a tank. I wear a size 10 1/2 with a somewhat wide foot, went with a size 44 and it was too small. Got a size 45 the second time around and they fit perfect.

  20. 21

    by blords

    I purchased these because they are almost the only boot available in a plain color without Gore-Tex. Comfortable boots once once you find your size. I am reliably a size 11us, ordered a 11.5 and found them to be too small. 12 fits great.

  21. 21

    by Ashley

    I sincerely thank you for letting me buy the baby I’ve always wanted. Thank you very much!

  22. 21

    by nyahok kang

    Very unexpected, I will come again next time ~ good seller, continue to pay attention!

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