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La Sportiva - Karakorum HC GTX - Mountaineering boots tested

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Jörg's profile picture
| Birkenfeld

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    Good grip
    Waterproof
    Good fit
    Price/performance
    Robust
Benjamin's profile picture
| Waldshut-Tiengen

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    Good grip
    Waterproof
    Robust
Gregor's profile picture
| Magdeburg

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    Robust
    Price/performance
    Good grip
Mike's profile picture
A Good Boot for appropriate application.

The Karakorum HC is an excellent boot in its class but it is important to appreciate suitable uses for this kind of footwear. This is essentially a mountaineering boot that is suitable for more arduous trekking terrain. I use the boot for wider applications but I would not recommend it as a hiking boot if you are not used to a stiffer boot. In my experience, typical of an Italian brand, the fit is snug and particularly good if you often find footwear to wide. This makes for a very comfortable boot. The lace clips work very Well, allowing the ankle to be adjusted separate from the foot. The high ankle is ideal for rougher terrain and you can adjust the level of support with the laces without loosening the foot. I find the flexibility of the sole superb but this means there are limitations with a C2 Crampon, mostly in relation to more serious climbing. A butchers at BMC crampon guidelines is worthwhile. IT is not the lightest boot in its class but to put it bluntly, I don't care. I've seen some pretty shredded feet for the sake of a few grams. I use a good quality foot cream but I have never had a blister in these or my Nepals. Essentially, if you've done your homework and know you need a boot in this class, it's a very good option that I would definitely recommend.

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Robust
Jakob 's profile picture
| Oberzent

The thread was edited on 06.01.18

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Waterproof
Julian's profile picture
| Freiburg

  • Advantages
    Price/performance
    Robust
    Good grip
Lukas's profile picture
| Münster

87% have found the reviews
by Lukas helpful

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Price/performance
Peter's profile picture
| Nastätten

34% have found the reviews
by Peter helpful

  • Disadvantages
    Too stiff
Michael's profile picture
| Rumlikon

  • Disadvantages
    Not robust
Benjamin's profile picture
| Forchheim

45% have found the reviews
by Benjamin helpful

  • Advantages
    Robust
  • Disadvantages
    Heavy
Markus's profile picture
| Oekingen

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Price/performance
    Waterproof
    Robust
Michael's profile picture
| Regensburg

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    Price/performance
    Good grip
    Waterproof
    Robust
Robert's profile picture
| Bad Bleiberg

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    Robust
    Price/performance
    Waterproof
    Good grip
frank's profile picture
| Kamp-Bornhofen

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Waterproof
    Good grip
    Price/performance
Mario's profile picture
| Schlierbach

25% have found the reviews
by Mario helpful

Christian's profile picture
| Obergrafendorf

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Price/performance
    Good grip
Peter's profile picture
| Berlin

90% have found the reviews
by Peter helpful

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Price/performance
    Good grip
    Waterproof
Hanspeter's profile picture
| Spittal/Drau

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    Price/performance
    Waterproof
    Good grip
    Robust
Umberto's profile picture
| Susten

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Good grip
    Waterproof
    Price/performance
Hanspeter's profile picture
| Gasel

25% have found the reviews
by Hanspeter helpful

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    Robust
    Good grip
    Waterproof
    Price/performance
Tobias's profile picture
| Planetal OT Dahnsdorf

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Waterproof
  • Disadvantages
    Too stiff
Christian's profile picture
| Wiesbaden

75% have found the reviews
by Christian helpful

E.W.'s profile picture
| Lelystad

The thread was edited on 18.10.16

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    Price/performance
    Good grip
    Robust
herbert's profile picture
| Matrei

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Robust
    Price/performance
    Waterproof
Uwe's profile picture
| Konstanz

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    Price/performance
    Robust
    Waterproof
    Good grip

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