Who should buy the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX
The La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX is a top-rated mountaineering boot best suited for:
- hard-core mountaineers and heavy backpackers where boulder-climbing is required
- climbing up to an overnighter on technical routes and extremely jagged surfaces
Delivers superb performance on speedy ascents
Aequilibrium ST GTX: makes speedy ascents a trend. Quick maneuvers and carefully placed steps can be pulled off simultaneously in the Aequilibrium ST GTX.
Its existence, indeed, puts a vivid emphasis on efficient ascents.
Aequilibrium ST GTX is truly lightweight
But how can this boot from La Sportiva make a speedster of a mountaineer out of you? Well, with the following, of course: minimal weight, double heel, and elastic Achilles’ heel.
It can be argued that the Aequilibrium ST GTX is among the lighter mountaineering boots out there. On average, it beats out similar options from Garmont and Asolo by roughly 100 g per pair.
Solid stopping power on descents
This proprietary technology makes heel strikes and transitions on level terrain smoother and less tiring. It also increases stopping power during downhill negotiations.
With it, lateral (side-to-side) maneuvers become less restricted. That is only half of the story, though, as its presence also makes descents feel more fluid.
Less calf support on tough stances
Questionable support: The flexibility of its heel translates to "less calf support on tough stances," says an expert.
"It seems to crowd the neck of the boot," commented a gear critic on puffy tongue.
Compared to most mountaineering boots and according to bloggers, the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX is quite light.
One professional tester is impressed with the boot’s Gore-Tex protection. He said that even snow did not penetrate the boot.
La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX offers sufficient balance
Its level of comfort is astonishing, especially on flatter terrain, says a footwear guru-slash-journalist.
To a professional reviewer, this mountaineering boot supplies and sustains sufficient balance on uneven terrain.
Alternatives to the Aequilibrium ST GTX
La Sportiva Trango Tech Leather GTX. While not as protective and feature-rich as the Aequilibrium ST GTX, the Trango Tech Leather GTX is almost as light as the featured boot.
As a hybrid of sorts, this boot can be used for backpacking pursuits. And the cherry on top? It is about $80 cheaper than the Aequilibrium ST GTX.
La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX. Properly insulated, the Trango Cube GTX will keep your tootsies fresh and toasty as you ascend snowy routes.
The trade-offs here are a slight bump in weight and a bit more demanding price tag than the featured boot.