La Sportiva Nepal Cube vs Nepal Evo

In this article, I will compare two popular models of La Sportiva mountaineering boots: the Nepal Cube and the Nepal Evo. By looking at both pairs, they look very similar in terms of design. In fact, both of these boots are designed for high-altitude mountaineering. However, Nepal Cube and Nepal Evo are slightly different in terms of features and price. They include features that will assist you in navigating difficult terrain. I’ll also examine the similarities and differences between the two models. I’ll compare and contrast their construction, materials, performance, and pricing.

La Sportiva Nepal Cube

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Mountaineering Boots
Footwear Height: Mid-calf
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Waterproof: Yes, GORE-TEX
Upper: Leather
Midsole: Carbon Tech honeycomb
Outsole: Vibram Matterhorn rubber
Weight (Pair): 3 lbs. 15 oz.

The La Sportiva Nepal Cube Mountaineering Boots are an excellent choice for mountaineers seeking high-performance boots for extreme alpine environments. The Nepal Cube features a sturdy upper, which is a combination of roughed-out leather and air-injected rubber. It also features a Gore-Tex lining, which makes it waterproof and breathable. The boots also feature a high-cut design with a padded collar and tongue for added ankle support and comfort. You also get Carbon Tech honeycomb insoles with 4 mm EVA delivers high-level insulation. Because of its integrated Carbon Tech honeycomb insole and Gore-Tex insulation, the Nepal Cube provides excellent insulation and warmth. The Vibram sole provides excellent traction and grip on most surfaces. The EZ Out pull loop on the back of the boots makes them easy to put on and take off.

The price of the La Sportiva Nepal Cube boots is one potential disadvantage. They are very expensive and can be a huge investment for some budget-conscious climbers. Furthermore, the boots are difficult to break in (due to their super hard upper) and take time to conform to the shape of your foot. Despite these potential drawbacks, the La Sportiva Nepal Cube Mountaineering Boots are a good choice if you are seeking top-notch performance and durability. They are appropriate for ice climbing and high-altitude expeditions. They will provide a dependable and comfortable fit for many years to come.

What I like: Durable and a dream on steep ice

What I don’t: Heavy and not the most nimble

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La Sportiva Nepal Evo

La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots
Footwear Height: Mid-calf
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Waterproof: Yes, GORE-TEX
Upper: Leather
Midsole: Insulating Ibi-Thermo
Outsole: Vibram rubber
Weight (Pair): 4 lbs. 7.4 oz.

The Nepal EVO is a fantastic choice if you are seeking a blend of traditional construction and modern materials. These are high-quality boots that can tackle challenging alpine environments. The boots feature a 3.2 mm silicone-impregnated Idro-Perwanger rough-out leather upper. You also get Gore-Tex lining with this upper, which makes the boots waterproof and breathable. Additionally, there’s an abrasion-resistant fabric that reinforces the upper, which adds to durability and longevity. Like the Nepal Cube mentioned above, you get a Vibram outsole, which adds an extra layer of protection against rocks. La Sportiva has incorporated 3D Flex ankles into these boots, providing lateral flexibility. This feature allows for more natural movement when you need to make precise foot placements. The removable and adjustable variable-fit tongues allow you to customize the fit for optimal comfort and performance.

The innovative EZ Roller hardware system makes lacing up the boots a breeze. The laces themselves are made of recycled PET from plastic bottles, which showcase La Sportiva’s commitment to sustainability. When it comes to stability and cushioning, the Nepal EVO GTX boots excel. The 9 mm thermoplastic polyurethane midsoles with polyurethane inserts and SBR air cushions offer a combination of support, shock absorption, and insulation. These features provide comfort and help reduce foot fatigue during long days on the mountain. The Vibram rubber outsoles with Impact Brake System™ deliver excellent traction on slippery rocks and snow. You will also appreciate the fact that these boots can be resoled. La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX boots are compatible with step-in crampons. The weight of the Nepal Evo is one potential disadvantage. They are slightly heavier than Nepal Cube. Further, the leather upper is prone to scuffing and wear over time.

What I like: Very durable and stiff, supportive, metal eyelets, and great for ice climbing

What I don’t: Heavy and uncomfortable tongue

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Which one is right for you?

While both La Sportiva Nepal Cube and Evo offer high-quality construction and performance, there are some key differences to consider. The Nepal Cube boots are more lightweight and offer superior insulation, making them a good choice for high-altitude expeditions. However, they are more difficult to break in because of a harder upper and come at a higher price point. The Nepal Evo boots, on the other hand, are more versatile and comfortable out of the box but are slightly heavier and less durable than the Nepal Cube boots. No matter which option is chosen, both the La Sportiva Nepal Cube and Nepal Evo Mountaineering Boots offer exceptional performance and are sure to provide reliable support and protection in challenging alpine environments.

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