La Sportiva Baruntse Boots

NOTE: This article is not a gear review. It is a part of a “Winter Gear Roundup” buyer’s guide on Outside magazine. . . Made for high altitudes and big peaks, the La Sportiva Baruntse Boots work for glacier travel and moderate ice climbing, or for slogging to big heights on expeditions from Denali to the Himalaya. The low-profile, all-synthetic outer boot will not absorb moisture. Like similar mountaineering boots, the inner bootie, which has a molded EVA foam shell, slips out of the outer boot and is made to be worn alone after a climb in camp or in a tent. $600, www.sportiva.com

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