Best Overall Men's Mountaineering Boot
La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX
The winner of our Editors' Choice award is the La Sportiva Batura 2.0 GTX
which is a step beyond any other super-gaiter boot ever made. The Batura 2.0 combines solid climbing ability with superior weather protection in a lightweight package. The Batura is so light, in fact, that it weighs less than many single boots, which offer much less warmth or protection. La Sportiva has built upon the first versions of the Batura to make this all new boot that truly deserves the title of 2.0. The Batura uses not one, but two layers of Gore-Tex to keep you dry. The Batura also uses a super thin honeycomb carbon insole which not only keeps you closer to what you are climbing, but provides perfect stiffness step in crampons.
Best Bang for the Buck
La Sportiva Nepal Evo
Our Best Buy award goes to the La Sportiva Nepal EVO
, which is our pick as the most durable boot. The Nepal is made of 3.2mm Perwanger leather which showed no signs of wear during our review, and we expect them to last for seasons. The Nepal also uses the industry gold standard Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry. While the Nepal is not the absolute least expensive boot we reviewed, it will likely last the longest, which makes suitable for schools or clubs looking for a rental fleet of mountaineering boots. If you are looking to get the absolute best value for your money, the Nepal is your boot.
Top Pick Award
La Sportiva Spantik
Our Top Pick was the La Sportiva Spantik
which is a lightweight double insulated boot, suited for multi-day assaults on peaks under 8000 meters. The Spantik is insulated in both the inner boot and outer shell, providing the highest level of warmth of any boot we tested. We feel that the Spantik is as much of a game changer in the category of insulated double boot as our Best in Class winner the Batura 2.0 is in the super-gaiter category. The Spantik is the gold standard in the Alaska Range, from Denali to the Mooses Tooth, since it is not only extremely warm, but climbs hard rock and ice like a much lighter boot.