La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 96 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.9 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.7 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 69

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Reports of users feeling supported, but still mobile while wearing the boot.
  • Able to use the boots in some approach skis, as well as splitboards.
  • The outer boots are insulated, which means you can wear them alone without the inner section.
  • Integrates well with crampons.
  • Keeps your feet warm in sub-zero temperatures.
  • Ability to lace the boots with gloves on, promoting functionality.

Expert Reviews

  • The boot is ideal for 6000-7000 meter peaks.
  • Step-in crampon compatible.
  • Great boot for technical-climbing.
  • Molded TPU ankle back-stay reinforcement for support and stability.
  • Water-repellent external coating promotes waterproof qualities.
  • The boot is well-insulated and comfortable.
  • Fits and climbs like a lighter-weight boot, highlighting the mobility of the boot.
  • Features micro-thermal insulating foam for warmth.
  • The boot provides ample support and stiffness for steep and icy terrain.
  • Versatile and agile for a double-boot when compared to the competition.
  • Warm for the weight.
  • The synthetic leather makes the boot dexterous.
  • You can remove the inner-liner to speed-up the drying process.
  • The full shank is ideal on icy terrain.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • When using with Grivel G12 crampons, the fit over-the-toe is not perfectly snug.
  • Might be too small in the front of the shoe for some foot shapes.

Expert Reviews

  • The plastic trim has a tendency to delaminate.
  • Not ideal for hiking or other low elevation pursuits.
  • Despite being ‘waterproof’, the boot is not completely waterproof.
  • The full shank that makes the boot ideal for ice climbing, makes the boot less than ideal for basic walking.
  • The GS2 boot is lighter and more flexible.
  • This boot is heavier than much of the competition.
  • A bit narrow in the toe-box.


The La Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot is great for adventurers looking to alpine climb in high-altitudes. The durability and proficiency in snow and ice make this boot best suited for alpine conditions, and less suited for lower elevation hiking.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.