29 users: 4.3 / 5
7 experts: 91 / 100
Weight: Men 44.7oz
Use: Snow
Cut: High cut
Features: Orthotic friendly

Verdict from 9.8 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • Many mountaineers found a perfectly satisfying fit in the La Sportiva Baruntse, all thanks to the boot’s thermo-moldable inner liner.
  • Based on numerous reports, this boot provided excellent thermal insulation in freezing conditions.
  • Quite a number of reviewers were amazed at the amount of ankle flexibility offered by the Baruntse.
  • According to many users, the level of comfort one can get out of this climbing footgear was simply off the charts.
  • Some owners applauded the boot for its reassuring sturdiness.
  • La Sportiva’s Baruntse was a marvel when it comes to technical climbing performance, according to a handful of reviewers.
  • This footwear, although intended primarily for mountaineering, was a capable approach boot, according to a small minority.
  • The Baruntse impressed a couple of wearers with its unyielding protection against wet elements.
  • An expert reviewer considered his purchase of this boot a justifiable one.
  • Its roomy toe box was among the few qualities a reputable gear blogger found amazing in this La Sportiva footwear.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some users didn't like the supposed anti-abrasion PU film of the upper. They said that it sustained scratches and tears too soon.
  • The boot’s heaviness left a bad taste in a couple of expert reviewers’ mouth.
  • A couple of wearers didn’t have second thoughts on replacing the La Sportiva Baruntse’s poorly made insole.
  • A footgear critic found an issue with the boot’s arch zone. He said it gave him arch pains after descending some steep terrain.

Bottom line

Staying warm and comfortable appears to be what the La Sportiva engineers were thinking during the Baruntse's creation. Furthermore, it has an excellent fit, thanks to its thermo-formable inner liner, and amply flexible ankle shaft.

But despite its sturdy construction, wearers wrote off the boot’s laminated PU coating as less than stellar for gaining abrasions all too quickly. Some also dismissed its forgettable removable insole. Ultimately, if users could grow to love its few flaws, then they would certainly find a winner.

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  • The La Sportiva Baruntse is an above-the-ankle double boot with a Cordura-coated, thermo-moldable inner liner. The outer boot is a multi-layered shell engineered to be insulated, abrasion-resistant, and waterproof.
  • Stability and cushioning over craggy terrain are provided by the boot’s extra-stiff midsole. Its construction is imbued with the SBR Air Cushion technology which boosts the midsole’s comfort level.
  • With a Vibram Montagna for an outsole, the Baruntse proactively prevents slips and aggressively latches on to uneven terrain. Its ability to bite into soft and grainy surfaces—think scree and snow—is linked to its beefy lugs.

La Sportiva’s Baruntse is a fairly true-to-size, technical mountaineering footgear. It comes in D – standard width. It is offered in both whole and half sizes. This is a unisex boot. Women are advised to go one size down to get the correct fit.

Getting a personalized fit out of the inner liner is done through a process called heat-molding. Providing a secure lockdown, on the other hand, is made possible by the boot’s lacing system which both the inner liner and outer boot have. The pull tab on the back of the heel provides on-and-off assistance. 

Supplying the La Sportiva Baruntse traction on wet and dry surfaces alike is the Montagna outsole by Vibram. Based on the Megagrip rubber compound, this type of outsole promises to deliver a kind of grip performance that adapts to mountainous terrain. It is laden with high-profile, heavy-duty lugs closely resembling the protrusions found in truck tires. The absence of such lugs from the arch zone and the pronounced height of the heel give the boot a heel brake—a feature that grants mountaineers ample descent control. The noticeably wide space in between treads enables the outsole to shed virtually all sorts of debris with every step.

By and large thanks to its 8- to 9-mm thick midsole, the boot can remain stable and provide comfortable cushioning over rough terrain. As it is made of TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane, this rigid component has the innate ability to withstand extreme temperatures and still perform its duties of absorbing shock and resisting scuffs and abrasions adequately.

The midsole has shelves (one on each end—front and back) that serve as crampon connections which make the Baruntse compatible with step-in (automatic) crampons. These shelves are made of a durable synthetic material.

Additional cushioning and thermal insulation come in the form of the boot’s removable insole. Its layers are made up of a 6-mm Ibi-Thermo insulator, aluminum, and polyethylene insulating barrier.

The La Sportiva Baruntse is a waterproof and insulated double boot. Its heat-moldable inner liner is primarily made of high-density, insulating EVA. Its ability to resist scrapes, scuffs, and wear and tear is all thanks to the anti-abrasion Cordura. It has its own closure system which consists of a lace cord and hook and loop fasteners.

Housing the inner liner is the Baruntse’s outer boot. This cozy main shell is amply warm as it is mainly made up of high-density, expanded polyethylene netting and synthetic micro-fiber. The upper’s transparent polyurethane tech film with insulated, expanded polyethylene overlay contributes to the footgear’s overall insulation and abrasion protection. This outer boot is also imbued with the same Cordura technology found in the inner liner.

The Baruntse’s main closure system features classic laces complete with a set of metallic loops, D-rings, and open hooks. The pair of lace tunnels just above the instep, on the other hand, is synthetic. Walling off unwanted debris is the footwear’s gusseted tongue—a kind of tongue that has seamless sides.

  • The La Sportiva Baruntse is listed with a price range on the brand site. The upper price is inclusive of the additional cost for either of the two extra (larger) sizes in which the boot is offered.
  • Another option from La Sportiva's mountaineering line is the Spantik.

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.