Who should buy La Sportiva Baruntse

Climbers who plan to tackle snowy trails and require insulation from a value for money option will find the La Sportiva Baruntse a solid purchase. Choose this mountaineering boot if:

  • The wearer needs a high-cut boot
  • A vegan mountaineering boot is preferred
  • The wearer requires support from a high-cut boot

La Sportiva Baruntse logo

The Vibram Megagrip outsole

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse outsole

Descent control feature

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse descent control

La Sportiva Baruntse's cushioning designed for rough trails

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse midsole

Insulated upper

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse upper

Warm inner liner

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse liner

The Baruntre's lace-up system

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.

La Sportiva Baruntse closure

Facts / Specs

Weight: 1267g
Use: Snow
Cut: High cut
Features: Insulated, Double, Lace-to-toe, Vegan / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Author
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.