La Sportiva Batura Boots: Comfort and Performance

Posted on: May 8, 2008


Weight: 2 pounds, 2.7 ounces

MSRP: $500

La Sportiva has created another fine technical boot with the new Batura. I've used the Nuptse in the Himalaya, the Nepal Top all over the North Cascades and Ouray, the Trango Ice Evo and Women's Trango Evo GTX in Patagonia and at home in the San Juans. I've been happy with all of these La Sportiva models, which tend to fit narrow feet, like mine, especially well. I'm psyched on the new Batura because it fills the gap between the warmth of the Nuptse, as a quasi-double boot, and the technical performance of the Nepal Top or Evo. Its weight-to-warmth ratio sets it apart from the pack of other boots I've used over the years.

The skeptic in me scoffed at the zipper and funkadelic appearance on first impression, but after a few days they'd won me over. I'm not a fan of zippers on anything that could compromise functionality, but the beefy nature and streamlined, asymmetrical detail of the zipper on the outer gaiter proved to be simple and, within the limited season I used them, super durable. The entire system with internal lacing and external zipper was easy to get tight with cold fingers or loosen quickly when needed.

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The boots performed great on both steep and moderate ice routes. They offered excellent flex in the ankles thus climbing well for French technique and side-hilling. Without crampons the boots kick steps with the best of them and edge on a dime. One notable difference that added to the warmth and comfort over La Sportiva's other models is a slightly larger toe box, giving some wiggle room and more comfort on approaches. For a stiff pair of boots, they hike super well. Overall, if it's not evident already, the Baturas feel and perform the way they're supposed to.

The gaiter and zipper combo are definitely waterproof, even more so than I expected. This compromises the breathability of the boots, but that came as no surprise. These aren't the boots I choose for multiple nights out, as drying them would become a problem. However, they are my pick for fast, cold-weather ascents in the mountains and winter ice climbing.

Pros: Durable; warm; lightweight; waterproof; climb well on moderate and steep terrain; great for alpine ascents and ice climbing.

Cons: Less breathability than normal boots; takes a while to dry fully.

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Comments
DcinDC

You're lucky to be able to use all these La Sportiva Boots with those narrow feet of yours. I've learned that the reason I've gotten frostbite is because my La Sportiva Nepals are slightly too narrow. What would you recommend?

2013-04-30 05:30:27
Emmanuel

Still happy with these boots! And any crampons would fit on, just pick the one you like!

2012-02-13 12:48:41
Keese Lane

Stavzas what are you trying to do? I would go into a shop with these boots and throw ever crampon you're thinking about on them and see what the best fit is.

2011-12-15 23:02:56
stavzas

Hello, Which is the best crampons for those?

2011-12-06 01:47:59
Emmanuel

After long reflexion, I purchased a pair of Batura for cold environment and high up in the Alps in Winter. Indeed warm, precise and as mentioned, the only drawback is drying them, even after one intensive day out. But nevertheless, these boots meet requirements. Sizing is similar to Nepal Extreme, somewhat roomier at the tip. Snug fit, no deception so far.

2009-12-16 15:58:39
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