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- La Sportiva’s Makalu is intended for those who value sturdiness and surefootedness in their gear. Its burliness is quite apparent, from its tough leather and rubber upper down to its heavy-duty soles.
- The boot is engineered with heel and toe welts. They make the footwear compatible with automatic crampons.
- Lacing up with the La Sportiva Makalu is both quick and convenient thanks to its closure system’s EZ rollerball hardware. Its inclusion sees ball bearings in the instep’s set of eyelets.
The La Sportiva Makalu is a mid-cut, unisex mountaineering gear with a fairly true-to-size fit. It is listed in a wealth of whole and half sizes. It comes in standard width. The footwear’s quick lacing system allows for a personalized fit. For women: Since this is a unisex boot, going a whole size down is recommended.
The boot’s Skywalk MPE outsole is what provides and maintains traction over considerably rugged surfaces. Its heel and forefoot zones are generously engineered with high-profile lugs. Its arch region is lug-less and amply raised to give the boot adequate descent control.
Making every ground contact as safe as possible and stabilizing the user’s footing is the Makalu’s SBR Aircushion midsole. Its stiffness is reinforced with an 8-millimeter thick insole and Dracomet-coated full-length steel shank. On the extra cushioning front, La Sportiva engineers gave the boot a cushy footbed.
With its ample thickness of 3 millimeters, the Makalu’s water-repellent Idro-Perwanger leather upper is made extra tough for the mountains. Its interior is breathable, thanks to the moisture-wicking liner called Dry Best. The toe box, on the other hand, comes with a durable rubber rand by Vibram for abrasion protection.
The Makalu technically has two tongues—one external and the other, internal. The one on the outside is seamlessly constructed to the upper, keeping debris out. On the other hand, the one on the inside—the EZ Flex tongue—is crafted to be adjustable and removable.