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Crossover 2.0 GTX
Crossover 2.0 GTX Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: King of the Hammers Racer from Scottsdale, AZ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After owning two pairs of the La Sportiva Crosslites (model with no gaiter?), and loving their performance, I thought these would be a great choice to keep scree and sand out due to some of the events I participate in have really deep soft terrain that will fill shoe with dirt. I was worried the gaiter would be uncomfortable around the ankles, but so far I have not noticed them at all. These shoes make a nice addition to any racers arsenal of footwear choices.

Glacier WLF Firefighting
Glacier WLF Firefighting Posted: 11/2/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought my second pair of these about 3 1/2 years ago for use on a wildland fire engine module. They have seen their fair share of rough country and have held up surprisingly well. I don't know how long they would last on a hotshot crew but for the amount of money I paid compared to a new pair of Nicks or Whites (or even a resole now!), these boots were well worth it! Also, no issues with blisters or white-bite. My previous pair had the rubber over the toe, which I did not like, and the glue came apart there, but I have heard that since their first models (which were not even designed to be used on fires!) the problem has been fixed. I can say that I have had no similar issues with this model. The only drawback is they are not resolable or rebuildable, but I think with buying a new pair every once in a while I still come out money ahead. Whites and Nicks have been cutting a lot more corners than when I got my first pair of them and are now not worth the price to me.

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 10/11/14
Reviewer: Tom DiGati from Collegeville, PA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Well constructed footwear. I would size up about a half, though. I wear a 10.5 and tried to match the European size and was short. Making it work though. Truly waterproof and pretty sharp to look at.

Helios
Helios Posted: 10/10/14
Reviewer: Dee Fitzgerald from florida
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I wanted a la sportive wildcat but all Zappos carries are for men. I tried the Helios since one of the few available for women but the toe is to pointed. I ordered a half size larger then what I normally wear but still doesn't fit and not at comfortable as the wildcat

Vertical K
Vertical K Posted: 10/10/14
Reviewer: B. Bedi from Illinois
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I started buying on this site a week ago and I love it three pairs of shoes already. Excellent costumer service. Thanks!

Trango S EVO GTX
Trango S EVO GTX Posted: 10/8/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Outstanding boot! I need great support and comfort due to arthritis, and I can hike for hours in these boots without an issue. They just gained a big fan. You have to double knot the laces or they will loosen up right away and I am not a big fan of the red color, but will look beyond those 2 issues for how well these boots feel and work.

Anakonda
Anakonda Posted: 9/29/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased the Anakonda to participate in an Obstacle Race that I had heard was steep and very muddy. They worked great. No slipping whatsoever, on the trail, or on the obstacles--and they felt light even when wet. Although light, they seem more ruggedly constructed than other obstacle shoes. I would warn perspective buyers that the sizing is a little off. I wear a 9.5 Mens, I ordered a 10 and they just fit, but they were very wide. It's like they are a 9.5 in length but a 10 in width. It wasn't an issue because I just laced them tight. I would recommend then to anyone for trail running or obstacle racing.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 9/23/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've used these shoes for hiking and so far I like them. They feel a little bit snag first but give them few hours to break in. Very comfortable, with great arch support; the heel cup is good keep the heel locked in.

Anakonda
Anakonda Posted: 9/18/14
Reviewer: Ron D Jones from Albuquerque /South Denver
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This extremely lightweight rugged minimalist trail running shoe has features combined that I now will forever look for; low narrow profile, unparalleled heel stability and supreme traction from aggressive sticky rubber spikes. The terrain I'm commonly on is very mixed, wet/dry, mud with rock slabs and light bouldering, 2,000ft plus elevation gains with steep pitches that these shoes work very well on. When the tread is gone I'm getting another pair. Love 'em.

Miura
Miura Posted: 9/2/14
Reviewer: Julian Strait from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are my 3rd pair of Miura's and they are amazing. Everything you want in an aggressive shoe yet still comfortable enough to keep on for a long time while bouldering. I prefer the lace-ups to the velcro—they just fit more custom to the shape of your foot. If 5.10 heels don't fit you, these Sportiva's will. Leather stretches half a size. I wear 10.5 US and wear 43.5 in Sportiva.

Vertical K
Vertical K Posted: 8/26/14
Reviewer: Steve from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is one of the best running shoes out there. The Vertical K is in a class of its own. It is an extremely versatile shoe. Scrambling, mountain running, single track, packed trail, and even road. There are many shoes that are made for road and have been beefed up for trails, beefing=heavy and clumsy. The vertical K is a trail shoe that works on the road. I have about 150 miles on these shoes with about 50 miles on the road, some of the tread is worn from road use, but it does not effect the trail grip the compound is so sticky and the morphodynamic sole is always there to provide tread grooves and the shoe wraps around rocks giving great confidence in every step. The Vertical K is a minimalist 4mm drop shoe that doesn't sacrifice foot protection and comfort for proper mid foot strike running. When blasting through the trails I always pass other runners on downhills because I have THE best sure footed grip but also because I have padding. You can not bomb down a hill in trail flats without a high risk of foot bruising, and can not do it in a supportive trail/boot because you will roll your ankle. The vertical K is the answer, padding that flexes and gives excellent ground feel and braking. The upper is perfect too, i have a wide forefoot and the soft sock like material allows my foot to expand but its tough enough to keep my foot in place, water draining is excellent, and the covered laces are great for keeping debris out. The shoe just makes sense! I hope La Sportiva continues to develop this style, I am on my second pair of Vertical K's, I have found my perfect running shoe.

TC Pro
TC Pro Posted: 8/25/14
Reviewer: Lars Ensign from South Lake Tahoe, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

For me the most interesting and unexpected thing about these shoes is that the toe box is slightly downturned, like a less aggressive version of a bouldering shoe. This allows you to hook and pull on footholds. It also makes the chisel-shaped toe fantastic for thin cracks. Normally I find this downturned toe/singshot rand combination just too miserable to tolerate, but somehow LaSportiva hit a 'sweet spot' with the TC Pro. I would use these as bouldering shoes but they take a long time to put them on, adjust the laces, and get the floppy tongue in the right place. These shoes are quite stiff - thanks to their stickiness they do fine smearing up friction moves, but not their strong point. My only complaint is the tongue. The edge of the tongue is thick and it bites into the tops of my 4th and 5th toes in a way that is a uncomfortable and distracting. If you have a La Sportiva foot, especially if the Miuras fit you well, you're going to love how these fit. I wear a 10.5-11 US street shoe and got my TC Pros in a 43 (US 10) and they are a good performance fit.

Wildcat 2.0 GTX
Wildcat 2.0 GTX Posted: 8/15/14
Reviewer: Charlie Lish from Boulder Co
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have owned several pairs of wild cats. Always wanted to try the water proof gtx. Bought them on sale and I'm glad I did. Great right out of the box.

Helios
Helios Posted: 8/8/14
Reviewer: reva katz from anchorage, ak
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Normally wear 7-7.5 Ordered a 39 and fits though just barely has extra room in toe so if you are always a 7.5 or 7.5-8 you may need a 40. Shoe is very attractive on and off foot. I live at 2300 feet above Anchorage next door to state park with hiking trails all over, all scree and gravel, as is my road. These do well, have not slipped. Not a lot of arch support but seems enough for me (I have "high" arches, have had several foot surgeries, am overweight).

Xplorer Low
Xplorer Low Posted: 7/21/14
Reviewer: Thomas Campbell from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are a very good shoe to have in the quiver. I use these, North Face & Scarpas, all primarily as approach shoes for climbing or general hiking. Since my NF & Scarpas are generally gore-tex, I favor these for warmer weather. I use an orthodic, and the other reviewer is right: these are not especially soft. I have them in size 12, and with the ortho they fit well. I have very flat, relatively low volume feet, a bit wide at the bunion. I especially liked these in rocky terrain like Joshua Tree or the Dolomites. They are also lighter than my alternatives. My version had some issues with part of the toe rising up, or just not lying flat around the laces in the front, but it looks like the new design addresses this. I would recommend these for the uses I've enjoyed them for: they are generally my go-to approach shoe.

Glacier WLF Firefighting
Glacier WLF Firefighting Posted: 7/9/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A Missoula smokejumper recommended these to me so I tried them out. They have lasted me two seasons fighting fire- district work with lots of travel and filling in with shot crews. Now the tread is slick, so I'm getting another pair. Not sure if it's a batch-by-batch problem these other folks had or what. Maybe the sole wouldn't have lasted a shot crew on New Mexico hot rocks, but I'm still wearing this same pair, and now I'm rappelling in region 6, plenty of action! I did burn through the laces in some hot mop up, so replaced them with p cord, then leather when I got home. Good boots give em a shot. Two seasons for half the price of whites. It's the future.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: SoCal from Socal
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just a follow up. These shoes are great. You can use them as casual walk-around shoes for the gym or for outdoor fun. The fit is superb and they just feel right and are lightweight. Two thumbs up!

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 6/23/14
Reviewer: Jeff Gould from Nashville, TN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just wore these shoes in a variety of conditions on a multi-day hiking trip in Scotland. They protected my feet adequately over uneven and rocky terrain, kept my toes from slamming into the front on downhills and have excellent friction rubber that does a good job of clinging to dry rocks. While I thought the claim to absorb 20% of the shock coming downhill might be marketing hype, they definitely seem to be better at descending than my other boots and hiking shoes. I would buy them again.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/17/14
Reviewer: Catherine reinhardt from Pocatello, Idaho
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I bought these in preparation for a 22 mile trail run. I have only run in them about 5 times including the race. I bought these because I loved my la sportive Helios but was looking for a little more protection for my foot. In comparison this show is slightly heavier and has a higher rise than the Helios. I like that this shoe is similarly light and has a lower profile than many shoes. It fits rather differently than the Helios with a glove-like feel that I really appreciate. The shoe does hit higher on my ankle than the Helios and requires that I wear a sock that comes up on my ankle to prevent chafing. In general, I feel more sure footed on the downhills in the Bushido because of the extra plate in the footbed. It also took no breaking in, my first run in them was 15.5 miles. It is a good shoe. Time will tell if it wins my heart like the Helios.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: Rickk from SoCal
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Have not run in them yet, but I bought 1 size larger based on past experience with this brand. 1 size larger may be too much so I'll try 1/2 size larger and see from there, but the fit it excellent and they feel REALLY comfortable. I mean really comfortable and are REALLY light. Can wait to test run them in the dirt. The bottoms seem to offer an aggressive design and are tacky. I think for trail runs, short of hardcore rock type of hiking, these just may fit the bill. So far, I'm very impressed with them, even with some added toe room for now. Whether you need a 1/2 or a full size larger depends on your feet size, but either way, give these puppies a try. They got rated best trail running show for 2014.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/10/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

When sized correctly these shoes are awesome technical trail running shoes. I would say that these are like an aggressive version of the crosslite. The inner "sock" fit feels great on your foot as if the shoe is part of it. The upper is wonderfully breathable especially in the scorching SoCal heat. La Sportiva has always made the best gripping and most protecting shoes I've worn. The sole and rock plate really suits the technical stuff that can be found throughout the San Gabriel Mountains. Be sure to size up from normal. I wear an 11 in most US size running shoes but all my La Sportivas have been 45.5 (12 US).

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