La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX
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Overview of this review
Aequilibrium ST GTX: Making 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. 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. 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.
Double Heel. This proprietary technology makes heel strikes and transitions on level terrain smoother and less tiring. It also increases stopping power during downhill negotiations.
Elastic Achilles’ heel. 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.
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.