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Bushido
Bushido Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are great shoes! They are very comfortable, supportive and sleek looking. Being a trail runner these are the best that I have ever had. Make sure to order a size larger than you normally would. I ended up having to exchange my first pair. Thanks to Zappos for the great customer service. They are easy to deal with and have an easy exchange process.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/23/15
Reviewer: from Atlanta, GA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Because of the European sizing, it runs a whole size small. My son usually wears a 10, but we had to buy an 11 to fit him. Other wise they are true to color, comfortable and stylish.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/19/15
Reviewer: Quentin Fraser from San Diego
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I really like these shoes. They look and feel great but they certainly run small so be sure to size up. I have not done any trail runs yet but i can tell they are going to be awesome. I would recommend these to folks wanting a solid pair of runners or just done comfy casual shoes.

Mythos
Mythos Posted: 6/13/15
Reviewer: Earl Murray from Planet Earth
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am pleased with the shoe purchase and customer service. I would recommend both product and service to anyone seeking my experience in this purchase. I wear a 9 medium US. My order came in a 42 medium European size which is a 9 medium. It was too small for me. I had to reorder in a 42 1/2 which felt much comfortable for me.

Helios
Helios Posted: 6/8/15
Reviewer: Sam Q from Bakersfield, Ca
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After doing a lot of research for what shoes to wear for a spartan race I landed on the La Sportiva Helios shoes. The fit was the most difficult I normally wear a size 11 and sent back a pair and landed on the size 12. I do not know why their sizing is so off. But I was not at a zero drop shoe yet so these were a good compromise. On the trails uphill and downhill they were incredible while everyone was slipping and sliding around I was able to zip up and down dry and wet hills. Also going up walls or the rope climb they had amazing grip. For drainage going through mud they were excellent they never felt overly wet and water was out of them in no time. They have great cushioning on them which really helped for a long race like that. After the race after a quick wash they looked brand new again. I cannot wait to use on the Spartan beast course. I wish that these came in a wide but it is what it is.

Vertical K
Vertical K Posted: 5/30/15
Reviewer: Sam from Bakersfield
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I don't get La Sportiva. Every shoe I have ordered of theirs is so off on sizing it is not even funny. Thank god for Zappos and their free returns. I bought these vertical Ks in a size 12 granted I normally wear an 11. Still super tight. I ordered the Helios size 12, fit perfect.

Thunder III GTX
Thunder III GTX Posted: 5/23/15
Reviewer: Kelly from southern california
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Moderate overnight backpacking is a frequent pastime of mine. That is what I hoped to use these for. I will not be using them. These boots have zero comfort. As soon as I opened the outer zappos.com box to reveal the actual shoe-box containing these boots, I got a bad feeling about these. It was clear from how beat-up and worn the shoe-box looked -- these have been returned by more than one buyer. "That's ok," I thought (giving myself a pep talk), "maybe they got returned because people ordered the wrong size." Nope. These get returned (and will be getting returned by me) because they kind of suck. Do a google search for "dutch klompen." Klompen are shoes made entirely of wood. That is how these la-sportivas feel. It feels like my foot is enclosed in an immobile wooden casket. The shoe doesn't "give" or flex in any way. I suppose in some extreme case this could be a plus -- you definitely will get something that feels "built like a tank." But I cannot imagine walking a mile in these, much less 10-20 miles per day. I'd rather go barefoot than carry around these little wooden-feeling boxes on my feet.

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 5/15/15
Reviewer: larry from SC upstate
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought about six weeks ago and wear everyday with shorts and tee shirt. Have discarded Asics and become firm believer in the "sock" approach taken by la Sportiva. Foot is held comfortably and firmly. Initially thought might be short on cushioning...after wearing for week or so, cushioning quite good. Lacing system very secure and easy to use. Takes a minute or two to get accustomed to black/yellow/red color scheme. I also bought another model (la Sportiva Wildcat Turtle), a good shoe as well, but not as comfortable or structured as the Ultra Raptor. Will buy ultra raptor again.

Mutant
Mutant Posted: 5/7/15
Reviewer: Mr. O from iowa
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe has a solid hold on your foot. The shoe is light and fast. The rock protection is as good as the Ultra Raptor. The shoe size is the same as others in the La Sportiva lineup.

Mutant
Mutant Posted: 5/5/15
Reviewer: Cristina from San Francisco, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The color on the picture is a bit deceiving. The blue us much lighter and the orange is no that color but a salmon one. I like them anyway, they were a present, if I have seen the real color my self, I wouldn't have bought them.

Helios SR
Helios SR Posted: 4/9/15
Reviewer: Toby Morgan from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love the look of the new Helios. Rubber on the sole seems slightly grippier. I tried purchasing a half size bigger than my old Helios running shoes to get some more width for my Flinstone feet. Sadly they slipped at the heel and seemed even narrower than the old version that were a half size smaller. I would still recommend them if you have narrower feet, since they have a good balance of shock absorption, propreoception, grip and lightness.

Mythos
Mythos Posted: 4/3/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are great first shoes. I have a very unique foot shape and the lace up system on the mythos is great. Fits like a glove. Street shoe size is a 9½ ended up going down to an 8½ and could have gone down to an 8. They will stretch so keep that in mind.

Thunder III GTX
Thunder III GTX Posted: 3/10/15
Reviewer: David Frost from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The La Sportiva Thunder III GTX is a high quality, solid hiking and backpacking boot for those looking for that style of boot. They offer more sizing choices, making it more likely that you can find the best size for your feet. It fit my low volume foot pretty well, although it was not as plush feeling as some brands when new. It feels like it would get more comfortable with break-in miles. Its a bit heavier than the competition that I considered for this type of boot, but it walks "lighter", probably due to the excellent outsole that provides some impact cushioning as well as significant support to the uppers. Those "slots" in the leather part of the lower boot contribute to a nice flex when walking, despite the stiff sole. My one complaint was that the lacing has lots of friction, making it more difficult to get the desired tension in the lower boot, although the lace locks in the last loop are quite clever. I tried different laces, but the friction was still there. In the end, I decided that this was a heavier boot than I wanted for my strictly day hiking.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 2/28/15
Reviewer: from Radford, VA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These run very small, maybe even a full size. I wear a 9 or 9 1/2 in running shoes and the 9 1/2 would barely fit on my foot. They look cool and seem to be good quality construction.

Helios
Helios Posted: 2/28/15
Reviewer: from Radford, VA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These run small and narrow. I also tried the Sportiva Bushido at the same time. They are similarly small. The shoes look cool and seem to be high quality, but I could not fit my foot inside them. They may even run a full size small. I typically wear a size 9. Sneakers tend to run small, so I am between a 9 and 9 1/2 in most running shoes. I ordered the 9 1/2's and they are super tight.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 2/22/15
Reviewer: kenny Shove from currently Italy
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

After 7 pairs of La Sportivas, the Bushidos did not live up to my expectations - possibly my fault - should have read up a bit more. here's the deal, plain and simple: I am a heavy runner (199-202 lbs), up to now all other models were perfect. Unfortunately these are just too light. I can feel the rocks / small stones when running in the mountains - to the point that I was only able to use them 2 times.

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 2/22/15
Reviewer: kenny shove from currently Italy
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This is 8th pair of La Sportivas, up to now I have never had any issues (except with one pair). My only gripe with these is that the size is not true to feel. I always take 11 (44,5)and have never had any issues. With these, after longer mountain runs, My big toes hurt, as they are hitting the front. Not sure if this is due to the rubber lip in from. I would personally go 1/2 size larger. Also seem a bit narrower in the frontal outside area (below my little toes)!

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 1/31/15
Reviewer: Paul from Givsonville
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

First, the most relevant information. The shoes run about a half size small. They are very well made, and comfortable. What I don't like about them is that they are "one trick ponies". Remember snow tires? Those tires you could put on your vehicle just for driving in snow? Well these are "trail tires". Just trying these out in the house felt like I was going to tear the floor up walking in them. They are squeaky, noisy shoes on hard surfaces. If my intentions were to have these only for trail running, I still don't think I would keep them because I run some on pavement to get to the trails. How far into the backcountry would have to live to not need to run on pavement at least occasionally? My impressions of these are that running on anything that isn't trail surface would be like riding on snow tires on the dry highway. That is kind of a lazy way to design a trail running shoe. Disregard all the "critical acclaim" these shoes my have; they don't deserve it. Trail running shoes have to function as normal shoes, to some extent, anyway.

Katana
Katana Posted: 1/13/15
Reviewer: Super Jes from Livermore, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The La Sportive Katanas are amazing aggressive rock climbing shoe that offers great heel hooking, fantastic edging and support. They are perfect for the intermediate to advance climbers all around!

Xplorer Mid GTX
Xplorer Mid GTX Posted: 12/25/14
Reviewer: JP from ATL, GA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Boots came shipped with several areas having the material that binds the laces coming apart. This was consistent with both pairs. Unfortunate if you buy something that is supposed to be brand new.

Katana Lace
Katana Lace Posted: 12/19/14
Reviewer: Rebecca Kraemer from Carlisle, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

It's been a long road finding a more technical shoe that really fits my foot well. I had been using the La Sportiva Mythos for my first year of climbing and I'm at the point where I really want a more downturned shoe. I actually didn't start with the La Sportivas this time around. Instead, I tried a few different brands (mostly 5.10 and Evolv) and had really thought I could make the 5.10 Anasazis work for me. Unfortunately, I finally had to come to terms with the fact that they just didn't fit my feet right: if the heel fit my toes felt like they were breaking and if the toes were manageable the heel was too loose. After speaking with folks in my gym I learned that for my type of foot: long and narrow with long toes, La Sportiva is a better match. Sure enough, they spoke the truth! I started with the Katanas (velcro) in both men's and women's, but they don't make my size in the women's shoe and in the men's shoe I felt like it didn't have that "glove" feeling no matter what size I tried (went from a little too big to way too small). The Katana Lace got better reviews and is actually a fairly different shoe. While I had wanted a velcro this time around for easy-on-easy-off, I have to admit that the laces just really give the shoe that perfect fit. These to me are comfortable (at least comfortable enough, my toes still hurt but c'mon, they're climbing shoes!) and really do feel like they hug every bit of my foot as if they were made for me. I've been wearing them about a month now (so ~12 gym sessions) and I can wear them for about an hour straight without too much discomfort; looking forward to breaking them/my feet in further. Great stickiness. Good for toe and heel hooks. I'm using them for both bouldering and sport climbing and feel they have a good balance for both uses. I'm excited to try these on real rock once the weather warms up. The moral of the story: try on a lot of brands and models to find what really fits your foot. If you have a narrow foot with long toes, these might be perfect for you. I love them! Oh, and for anyone going from Mythos to Katana Lace, I went up a 1/2 size.

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