Verdict from 5 experts and 100+ user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • A couple of users testified to the comfort of the Nepal EVO GTX.
  • It was a warm boot, according to a few wearers.
  • An expert reviewer lauded its durability.
  • The rigid sole of this boot was very supportive, especially on climbs, as testified by a handful of mountaineers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The stock insole lacked support, as mentioned by a disappointed gear reviewer.
  • A considerable number of testers said that their ankle mobility was limited by the heavy leather upper.
  • A couple of experts stated that its rigid sole made it less sensitive to the ground.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX has proven itself through its durability, delivery of comfort and heat-retaining abilities. It, however, fell short on satisfying outdoorsmen with its default insole and mobility-limiting upper. To conclude, for those seeking a flexible boot, the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX might not be the best choice.

Good to know

  • The La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX is part of the Nepal series. It is the Italian brand’s iconic line of mountaineering footwear which has been serving the needs of expeditionists for 25 years. According to La Sportiva, this range of products are built with quality, durability and reliability in “Val di Fiemme” (a valley in northern Italy located in a mountain region called the Dolomites) style.
  • Ideally crafted for winter mountaineering and mixed climbing, the La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX is a fusion of traditional construction with modern components. It has a leather upper combined with fabric and a Gore-Tex laminate. It is integrated with an elastic gaiter to prevent the entry of snow and scree.
  • The brand designers equipped the boot with a tapered TPU midsole for durable cushioning. A heat-retaining insole and La Sportiva's SBR Aircushion are added to increase walking comfort.
  • It has a rubber outsole with Impact Brake System which helps lessen the negative impacts from the ground. Its construction allows it to be resoled (sole can be replaced as necessary) for a cost.

The La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX is a fairly true-to-size, unisex mountaineering boot. It is offered in standard width and regular sizes. Using the Nepal last, it grants a precise fit suitable for most foot types. For women who are interested in purchasing this boot, going a size down is recommended to get the right fit.

Fit customization is made possible by the EZ roller hardware and removable tongue. The former uses a locking D-ring near the ankle to create differential tension on the forefoot and the shaft.

The La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX uses a Vibram rubber outsole equipped with Impact Brake System. It has aggressive, self-cleaning lugs which bite into most terrain types. The toe and heel areas are designed with a larger surface contact for a secure foothold on ascents and descents.

Resting underfoot is an insulating ibi-thermo 9 mm insole and SBR Aircushion. These materials cushion and help keep the warmth inside for a more comfortable ride. It works with an 8 - 9 mm crampon-ready TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) midsole. Also, there are PU inserts located in two sections: below heel and the ball of the foot. They are responsible for shock absorption.

This high-cut mountaineering boot from La Sportiva features a 3.2 mm silicone impregnated Idro-Perwanger leather. It is joined with an abrasion-resistant fabric which makes the upper flexible and durable. A Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort laminate retains heat on colder temperatures while keeping a breathable and waterproof environment.

The 3D Flex System features a multidirectional hinge which allows the ankle to move freely. It also yields a more enhanced foot control when traversing challenging terrains. The boot’s removable tongue, on the other hand, helps maintain a dry in-shoe feel by drawing moisture out of the boot.

The lacing system of this boot uses a combination of metal D-rings, open and closed hooks and webbing eyelets. It also comes with La Sportiva’s EZ Out pull loop to help unfasten the lace lock. The rubber rand at the base reinforces the upper and renders protection against knocks.

  • This boot is compatible with step-in crampons.
  • The Nepal EVO GTX was the 2013 winner of the Outdoor Gear Lab’s Best Buy Award.
  • It bagged the Climbing Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award.
  • The women-specific model of this silhouette was discontinued. 

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Top 12% mountaineering boots
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Top 20% La Sportiva mountaineering boots
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Top 8% waterproof mountaineering boots
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.