If you're looking for a high caliber boot that performs well across the board, look no further than the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX - Women's. The Editors' Choice award winner features a whole range of qualities we look for in a quality mountaineering boot: front and rear toe-welts, a full shank, and waterproof insulation to keep those feet warm and protected from the elements. It also stands up to the task of kicking and front-pointing into the hardest ice. Increasing our love of this boot is the fact that the Nepal has the most sophisticated lacing system of all the boots in our review, combined with tall and supportive ankle protection and a well-fitting gusseted tongue. There is also a removable tongue insert to allow the wearer to tweak fit and insulation.
The Nepal Evo - Women's is replaced with the Nepal Cube GTX - Women's, which is featured in the main photo above. The product links will take you to this new version since most major retailers have sold out of the Nepal Evo. Read all about the augmentations below!
The downsides to this high performing boot are that it is the heaviest boot we analyzed (a result of its durability), and sometimes it creates an uncomfortable biting pressure on the top of the foot. This can be alleviated by experimenting with the tongue in or out, and with careful lacing. Also, the round laces on this boot come untied far more frequently than any of our other test boots.
A fairly narrowly fitting boot, if your foot is on the wide side, try on the Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX - Women's, which is similar in almost every way but with more volume in fitting.