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

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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.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX superb performance on speedy ascents

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.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX truly lightweight 

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.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX Solid stopping power on descents

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.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX Less calf support on tough stances 

"It seems to crowd the neck of the boot," commented a gear critic on puffy tongue.

Waterproof boot 

Compared to most mountaineering boots and according to bloggers, the La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX is quite light.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX Waterproof boot 

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.

La Sportiva Aequilibrium ST GTX offers sufficient balance 

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 Aequilibrium ST GTX Alternatives to 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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 630g / Women 515g
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe, Single / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva
Construction: Lace-to-toe, Single

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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.