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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.

Helios
Helios Posted: 1/17/15
Reviewer: Erin from Cumming, GA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been running trails in these shoes for a couple of months now and so happy with them. I have a narrow foot with a low arch and have been transitioning out of Five Fingers (VFF) over the past several months (after having run in Five Fingers for 4 years). My road shoe has been the New Balance Minimus and I wanted to find a trail shoe that offered a bit more protection but still had some softness and flexibility. The La Sportiva Helios has done just that. It's not a minimal shoe but it does feel great on the trail and a great transition out of my VFFs. No heel slippage, ample toe box room and flexible sole have made this an excellent running over roots, rocks, sand, mud and steep climbs. Only thing I would change is the color of the mid-sole. It's white. Why white on a trail shoe? Anyway, I highly recommend this shoe for those looking for flexibility and support wrapped up in one comfortable trail shoe!

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.

FC Eco 2.0 GTX
FC Eco 2.0 GTX Posted: 12/18/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been wearing my first pair of these for a year and a half now, and I recently bought another pair to keep clean and wear to work. I have had lots of foot problems over the past 5 years, and these shoes provide rock-solid support. I honestly cannot say enough good things about them. They're great for hiking. They keep my feet warm and dry in the winter, but they're not too hot to wear in the summer. 10/10!

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.

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