La Sportiva Batura

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Will Sim on the "Desecures-Robach" Jorasses North Face.  © Will Sim
Will Sim on the "Desecures-Robach" Jorasses North Face.
© Will Sim

La Sportiva Batura
© La Sportiva
The Batura is a technical winter climbing boot. A winterised, streamlined version of the famous La Sportiva Nepal, the Batura bridges the gap between the renowned Spantik, and the Trango range. In essence the Batura is Sportiva's version of the popular Phantom Lite, with more jazzy colours and a slightly less jazzy name.

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La Sportiva Batura

What La Sportiva Say

The ultimate mountain boot for high elevation alpinism, winter mountaineering and ice climbing

This six layer synthetic boot has an integrated highly water resistant gaiter that opens with a Riri Storm® zipper for excellent water resistant warmth. The inner boot uses thermally expanded PE foam and a polyamide layer for warmth. The shock absorbing PU midsole makes these boots comfortable on long approaches and the 8-9mm TPU midsole stiffener accepts automatic crampons.

WEIGHT: 34.67 oz • 983 g LAST: Nepal CONSTRUCTION: Board Lasted GAITER: Elastic Cordura/ Schoeller® -Dynamic™ with water repellant membrane/ Vibram® rubber rand/ Elastic nylon with impermeable insulating layer/ Riri Storm® zipper UPPER: High tenacity nylon/ Insulated anti-dragging felt/ Insulated PE/ Insulating aluminum layer LINING: Polyamide Thermic layer/ Mesh INSOLE: Insulating Ibi-Thermo 9mm MIDSOLE: 8-9mm TPU/ PU Inserts/ SBR Aircushion SOLE: 8-9mm TPU/ PU Inserts/ SBR Aircushion

Although I've heard people say different things, I find the Batura extremely comfortable, both for climbing and approaches. Sportiva boots usually lend themselves to narrow feet and the Batura is no exception. To begin with there was a slight pressure point on the outside of the balls of my feet, however after a few days of use this sorted itself out. I've worn the Baturas on a number of long approaches through steep loose moraine and steep lateral traverses and have found them to perform brilliantly. The light design and low ankle means that in place of stiffer support you have a greater level of movement and consequently jumping from one loose block to another and negotiating loose scree is made significantly easier. Also by walking with the gaiter undone and strapped around the back you can keep your feet cool resulting in dryer feet when it matters.


One immediate difference with the Batura's from the Phantom Lites is that the integral gaiter reaches higher up the lower leg. As well as this being good for preventing wet feet when wading though deep snow it also means that the lower leg of your trouser can be tucked in to the gaiter securely. I've been wearing them like this for a while now and as well as it being a good way of keeping your trousers from being ripped its also a lot safer. The amount of times I've nearly tripped up on my own trouser leg while unroped is enough to learn that this is a worthwhile thing to do.

I find the Batura extremely comfortable, both for climbing and approaches.

Oscar Lopez walking in to the American Direct.
© Will Sim


A fundamental problem with lightweight, minimal leather boots such as the Baturas and Phantoms is heel lift. Nearly everyone I've spoken to has shared this problem, which is inevitable when you make a boot designed to front point for long periods of time and move over steep ground with such a low ankle. With a higher ankle more leverage is required through the ankle joint to make the heel lift, whereas with the Baturas the boot isn't stiff enough to prevent this. This however was only very noticeable for the first couple of days I used them, now it hardly presents a problem.

Technical climbing is where this boots excels. The dexterity and feel that these boots provide will have you thinking you're wearing rock shoes. Whether it be directing your points on to a small edge or aiming for a small blob of ice, the accuracy which you can move with is brilliant. Again, this is greatly down to the flexibility the low cut ankle gives you. It does mean that calf pump is a problem when standing around on steep ice for any length of time.



What is an Impact Brake System?

An innovative sole (patent pending) developed in collaboration with Vibram® designed to soften the negative impact while pounding the ground.

The inclined position of the lugs allows a reduction by 40% that the impact of the foot, leg and back endure with each step while walking on hard ground. Further, the sole offers a better grip on very steep terrain.

What is an SBR Aircushion

A shock-absorbing system incorporated inside some soles and not visible from outside. A honeycomb heel grid flexes upon impact of the shoe with the ground and contributes to shock absorption.

It's always hard to gauge just how warm a boot is as some people have better circulation than others. Therefore, a winter boot for one person may be a summer only boot for others. I've got pretty good circulation and I'd use these boots for winter day hits and ice cragging, but for routes which may require multiple days something a bit warmer with a removable inner would be advisable. I've climbed big routes in temps as low as -10 and other than numb toes at belays and hot aches shortly afterwards the boots have been fine.

Due to the gaiter-boot in one design the Batura takes a little while to dry compared to an inner-shell design. Although no problem when you're returning to a warm house every night it can be really annoying at bivis, when they will consequently freeze. Having something that will brush every little piece of ice or snow off the boot before snuggling up with them in your sleeping bag is essential.

At 1.8 kilograms for the pair the Batura is pretty light. It seems almost as light as it is possible to make a boot fit for these purposes; Talking to a ski-mountaineering racer who owned a pair of carbon fibre boots weighing 490grams each I thought with some adaptation they'd make an amazing alpine boot, but it turns out that they'd disintegrate if knocked against rock!


A big issue I've found with the Baturas is durability. Particularly the rubber seal at the toe, which seems to suffer from the crampon toe strap rubbing and has now come apart from its self on one boot. Others have had the same issue and used some special shoe glue to reinforce it which seems to have worked well, but a solution to a problem which shouldn't exist. Other things to watch out for are the zip and toe. A friend had the zip “explode” in his hands and the bit of the toe which the crampons clip to snap off within 30 minutes of each other while attempting to solo the Peutrey Integrale on Mont Blanc. This was followed by a death-defying bail down the back side of the Blanche and across the Freney glacier. Its worth noting that these cases of durability issues have all been experienced by people who wear the boots almost day in day out, and therefore perhaps not the best indication of durability for the average, casual user who may only wear the boots twenty days a year.


I've used both technical and regular strap-on mountaineering crampons with the Baturas. The Grivel Rambo 4's fit the boot brilliantly with no sliding from side to side and so far no unclipping themselves. This is a problem I found with these crampons and my previous boots when they'd decide to become unfastened at inconvenient times. My strap on 12 point mountaineering crampons are a little wider which meant that the narrow shape of the Batura sole could slide around making lateral traversing with flat feet uncomfortable. This is all unique to what crampon you're using but its worth keeping in mind that the Batura is very slim and most strap on flexible crampons are quite wide.


When writing a review for a product which is so reliant on the specific needs and requirements of the particular user its hard to compose a fair summary. For example, I suffer a little bit from heel lift in this shoe, but will you? I find them a relatively warm winter shoe but will everyone else? Its not like writing about a new wire gate which is or isn't 32 grams. So with that in mind treat everything as guidance and think how your unique needs fit this boot.

What I would say is that this boot is perfect for: Winter alpine routes when you're going to be moving continuously and ending in the valley. Technical winter climbing such as icefall cragging and Scottish mixed (the Batura would make an excellent Scottish boot, I just haven't had a chance to test it out yet), and summer alpine- not too warm, but warm enough for the coldest of summer days.


Will Sim bivying on the Grand Montets ridge  © Jon Griffith, Alpine Exposures
I'm 19 years old and split my time between Chamonix and St.Bees in West Cumbria. At the moment I climb non stop for three quarters of the year, then spend a few months milking cows, shovelling shit and spreading muck on a dairy farm in my village. I've been climbing since I was 12. My main interest is climbing big stuff fast. But I still enjoy a sunny days cragging just as much. Will maybe go to Uni one day, but don't see any rush.

About La Sportiva, N.A.

La Sportiva Batura  © La Sportiva

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19 Nov, 2009
agree with most of the review especially about the Batura's heal (sic) lift....part of the proble is with the lacing system which i need to re-tighten once or twice each day. Approach-wise a few days in scotland will get the better of the integral gaitor, although they have been fine for typical euro ice approaches in deep snow. Warmth is ok for the weight, though for cold days i pop in a hand warmie into each toe box. I use rambos as well but find the fit ok but the rocker means there is a bit of a gap between boot and crampon....although this isn't a huge problem.
19 Nov, 2009
I don't get any heel lift it mine, they fele really nice and snug. They feel awesomely techincal and can't wait to test them on some mixed stuff if we ever get it this season.
20 Nov, 2009
Spot on Will. Starting the third season with mine and concour with everything you have said. We must have similar foot profiles. Not that many miles on mine but so far no durability issues. But no rock either. Hard to dry this one out so a night out will make the next day a little cold I suspect as you have mentioned. Not a two day boot for me in winter. I find the Nepal Evo as warm and with more support but it is no "rock shoe" for weight. Evo is easier to dry as well. Sad there is so much difference in volume between the Batura and the Baruntse or Spantik. Batura fitted with a light weight and removeable inner boot and 3 more inches of gaiter really would be brilliant.
1 Dec, 2009
Although I've haven't used my Baturas too much. Just unlucky only this year in Scotland and a bit in the Alps. On the approach in Scotland I stepped in a snow covered creek up to my ankle. Gaiter is higher than the Cumbre. I thought this high gaiter will keep the water out. The gaiter does but the zipper leeks. So your safety margin is rather small compared to a ‘classic’ boot like Scarpa Cumbre ao. The zipper starts low, see picture. Think also of wet snow. To say it indiscriminate: People who tell you that this is an ideal winter boot for Scotland, don’t know what they are talking about. A better choice for Scotland is IMO probably the Cumbre or the Trango Extreme EVO Light GTX or the Nepal EVO GTX sedan. If the Trango has the same fit as the Battura? I have wide feet, despite the Batturas feel very okay and very accurate and “narrow” for a big boot. Is the shoe/zipper to blame? No. Once high or cold enough they work perfect. The outside is sturdy so far. No visible scratches or crampon holes :-). Used with Rambos and Makalus. They behave nice on the Silvretta 404 binding as well.
27 Dec, 2009
Has anyone else had a problem with these leaking on walk ins, particularly when traveling through soft/deep snow? I'm contemplating sending mine back after getting very wet feet today. They have probably been worn for no more than 12 days.
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