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Mutant
Mutant Posted: 5/23/16
Reviewer: Julie from Hailey Idaho
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Light weight. Almost too flimsy. I've run in the wildcats for years but could not find my size. I decided to try these. Comfortable but after a few long trail runs I'm not sure they will hold up for the long-haul in terms of arch support and overall foot comfort.

Helios 2.0
Helios 2.0 Posted: 5/14/16
Reviewer: David Eijadi from Way back
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are fantastic. They are my 5th of this brand but this one ran a bit smaller than others so I went up 1/2 a euro-size.

Trango TRK GTX
Trango TRK GTX Posted: 5/11/16
Reviewer: from adirondacks
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have easy to fit feet and the boots fit to size and are very lightweight and comfortable. If you ignore the thick tread, the boot feels like a lightweight sneaker. The ankle is comfortable. They have unique styling. Walked through wet meadow, feet stayed dry.

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 5/8/16
Reviewer: Wendel from Phoenix
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Probably the worst shoe I've ever owned. First, design issue, there sewn tongue/sleeve, so it's hard to get your foot in, and there is no heel tab to pull on. Pain in the butt to get on. Quality issue, The tread lugs started tearing off in the literally the first couple hours of wearing them. I contacted customer service and they said I could return them and have that credit be put towards something else. I choose to get a pair of TC Pros, I send it all in- I get another pair of Raptor's back. I contact customer service again, and they tell me they changed the regulations since I got the GMA to the time I returned the shoe, and now they can only replace with the same shoe. So I'm SOL. So in addition to getting a crappy shoe, I also had a crappy experience with their customer service and have resorted to selling the replacement raptor on ebay for pennies. Needless to say, la sportiva lost a customer for good. Oh, and I work at an outdoor shop that sells La Sportiva, so they also lost every customer I turn away from their brand. Way to go La Sportiva.

Synthesis Mid GTX
Synthesis Mid GTX Posted: 5/6/16
Reviewer: from Austin, Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Comfortable right out of the box. Needed to adjust the lacing for personal fit and comfort on the first try-on, but that was it. It was ready for trail or gym.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 5/2/16
Reviewer: Mike from Toledo, OH
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I wear a 9.5 US and read all of the reviews, so I ordered a full size larger per the recommendations. When I tried them on, I couldn't get my foot in the shoe due to being very narrow. The craftsmanship, materials and style were just what I was looking for, but the sizing was something I couldn't get past. Shoes were returned and another brand was ordered.

Mythos
Mythos Posted: 4/24/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are amazing. The lacing going all the way down to the toe and around the heel allows for maximum snugness while also not pinching your feet at any point. The toes are pointed enough to be useful climbing shoes, but are not super-arched and will not kill your feet during longer sessions.

Primer Low GTX
Primer Low GTX Posted: 4/17/16
Reviewer: Eleni L from SF Bay Area
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Most comfortable hiking shoes I've ever had. I wore them for the first time yesterday on a 13-mile hike with very steep up and down hills and these shoes performed perfectly. Very light on the feet and great traction, with zero break in time. I am very happy with them. Worth every penny.

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 3/13/16
Reviewer: Dylan Hayden from Tucson, Arizona
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I've never had to throw a shoe away before it wore out but I will be glad to see these in the trash. I have about 100 miles on them total (a marathon and a 50 miler, plus some training runs) The shoes felt great when I first put them on but after running a few miles I started having problems with them. See below for a summary. Starting with the positives: Great traction, cool looking Cons: -Lugs on the soles started to tear off after the first run. -Strange high spots just above the insoles (right at the instep on the left, and on the heel on the right) rubbed my feet raw no matter my sock choice. -Metal eyelet on left shoe had a sharp edge and cut through the lace after 4th run. -No drains for water means you'll slosh around for awhile if your runs have any creek crossings. -Not much ankle support for a shoe with that much heel lift. This puts a lot of torque on the ankle. Coupled with a slippery insole material, I rolled my ankle (not badly) several times the first few times out.

G2 SM
G2 SM Posted: 3/12/16
Reviewer: Jeff from NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

High quality materials, love the BOA closure system. Very little heel slippage. Conformable and adjustable all over the place.

Baruntse
Baruntse Posted: 12/1/15
Reviewer: from Salt Lake City, UT
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very warm on all-day winter climbs in Utah & Colorado. Stiff enough for front pointing. Fairly comfortable on approaches in the snow. I use some moleskin on my shins if I expect a long day.

Primer Low GTX
Primer Low GTX Posted: 11/30/15
Reviewer: Kathryn from Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had taken advantage of Zappos' wonderful policy of easy returns, and ordered four waterproof light hiking boots to try out, Merrell Salida Mid Waterproof, Merrel All Out Blaze Sieve, Merrel Moab Waterproof and Tne North Face Storm II WP, all of which had four-star ratings. After putting in my order, I looked at Backpacker (??) magazine, and read their "Spring Gear Guide 2015 Hiking Boots" which rated another shoe as Editor's choice: La Sportiva: Primer Low GTX, which had zero reviews on Zappos. So I took a chance, and also ordered it. The first four came first-- I tried them all on, walked about in them in the house, and was sitting disconsolately with the last, and least uncomfortable of the four shoes on my feet, when UPS showed up with another Zappo's box... This shoe is IT! Wide enough in the footbed, totally comfortable, good support, good looking, light weight! I can hardly feel it on my feet. To quote the review: "Equipped with Gore-Tex s new Surround technology, the Synthesis vents heat 360 degrees by adding an airy, perforated footbed that sits atop a foam spacer and pushes moisture out side vents with every step. We tested this technology in a few other boots this year and found it works best in the lightweight, meshy Synthesis. Not even our sweatiest-footed tester who d been resigned to getting blisters in waterproof shoes could swamp these things. How does it hike? The compression-molded EVA midsole offers sufficient support for a standard weekend load over rocky terrain, and a durable PU exoskeleton boosts protection. An aggressively lugged Vibram outsole boosts traction Innovative Nano-Cell Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection Gore-Tex Surround Technology allows 360 degree breathability STB Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit!

Solution
Solution Posted: 11/10/15
Reviewer: cwalton from colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I adore this shoe! It is my favorite! I usually wear a 40 in street shoes, and I have these in a 39. The mens solution fit my foot ok, and I did not expect this to be better but it is SO GOOD! If you like the mens solutions but aren't sure of the fir try these: they are amazing, and more different than i expected than the mens. Thinking of buying another pair!

Helios SR
Helios SR Posted: 10/22/15
Reviewer: Brandon Murry from Las Vegas, NV
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes are awesome. My trail running times have improved thanks to their more minimalist approach and lighter weight. The drop is 2mm, and the midsole is soft enough that it makes for an awesome road-to-trail shoe. I did a 38 mile trail running event in them with nothing more than adding some tape to a few hotspots between my toes, so it can definitely withstand longer distance stuff. This shoe is a little narrower than my previous shoe (Salomon Speedcross), so at the beginning of the season, my toenails had popped off. After they came off, I had no other issues with the shoes. Due to the minimalist nature of this shoe, and the unforgiving, craggy trails of Las Vegas, the softness of the outsole can be felt if you step on sharp rocks. The rock guard on the front of the shoe has also started showing significant wear, thanks to my poor ability of avoiding rocks. If you live in a terrain that is a bit more forgiving, and are willing to exchange some rigidity for speed, this shoe is perfect. If I could change one thing about this shoe, I would make the toe box a bit more wide. Losing toenails is collateral damage to trail-running, but I expected to keep them for a little longer than my first 20 miler.

Wildcat
Wildcat Posted: 10/6/15
Reviewer: David Bulfer from SF Bay Area
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great shoes. Very comfortable, really hug the foot well. I've not done much walking on the trail with them yet, but they seem to grip the surface great. If you buy them, be careful on the size. They run small! I usually wear a 10 but, knowing they fit small, I bought a 10 1/2. Even so, I would not want them any smaller. Bigger? Maybe.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 9/24/15
Reviewer: Jerry Allison from Bethany, CT
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have worn La Sportiva approach shoes in the past and liked them very much. These seem too wide and boxy for my foot, and the lacing system did not allow for cranking them down for a snug fit. Only wore them around the house for a few minutes, but feel in use on steep and rugged terrain, esp. as they wear and stretch out, my feet would be wallowing around in them. NOT what you want for technical scrambling. If you have a wider foot I think you might like them very much.

Wildcat
Wildcat Posted: 9/21/15
Reviewer: don from Albuquerque
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Most trail running shoes are for people with great feet. I have flat feet and need the use of orthodics. Most shoes I have tried are too flimsy for my foot with the trend moving away from leather to cloth. These shoes provide great support, traction and an incredible toe, similar to Keen's. Pretty fair price for the value you receive.

Python
Python Posted: 9/11/15
Reviewer: from Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Although I have yet to squeeze my feet into this particular pair of the Python I am pleased with the service from Zappos. Fast shipping! I can say from experience (3rd pair) that the Python is the most sensitive, comfortable and well designed shoe I have climbed in. The edge is great and the down turn is modest but effective both indoors and out. This shoe is unlined leather so it forms nicely to the foot but should be sized down generously. I wear a men's size 10 in street shoes and choose to wear a men's size 8 in this shoe. All in all, I look forward to putting this shoe on every time I climb. A shame it is being discontinued (thus the buying of this pair while currently climbing in another pair). Great shoe! Get them while you can!

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 9/2/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I own this shoe in its non-GTX form, and I love it. I ordered this one assuming it would be the same shoe, just waterproof. However, this shoe is constructed slightly different. It comes up higher on the front and the underneath of the ankle area. My regular Ultra Raptors never touch my ankles. This GTX option was rubbing them like crazy. Had to return due to this -- too bad, would've loved them if only they were truly the same shoe.

Mutant
Mutant Posted: 8/31/15
Reviewer: Peter Kahn from Tucson, Arizona
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have tested this shoes under various conditions. Note that I wear professionally made orthodotics and am 67 years old. 1.excellent when used to walk all day for multiple days in urban settings in Europe 2.very good for casual day hikes in Austrian alps 3.excellent for jogging on trails through the woods 4.very good for walking up steep mountain trails--not rock scrambling 5.not so good for walking down very steep hills (think black diamond trails but no snow) because they provide minimal lateral support 6.very good for trail jogging in Bear Canyon (Tucson) but not as sticky as low hiking shoes for running up and down the rocky parts of the trail and crossing streams on rocks. Breath very well and dried quickly after I slipped into the stream. Overall- light weight (good for packing) ; stylish enough to wear with black jeans when going out to dinner; breathable; and versatile for casual hiking and trail running. Soles could be stickier.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 8/21/15
Reviewer: Cory roth from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love, love, love this shoe. Definitely consider getting 1/2 to 1 size larger than you normally wear. 1/2 size larger is pleasantly snug for me. Very stable platform. Excepting sole. Lace system is a little complex!

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