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Helios 2.0
Helios 2.0 Posted: 7/28/16
Reviewer: Erin B from Georgia
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to love these after having had the Helios v. 1 for many many trail miles (running and hiking), but La Sportiva went and narrowed the toe box on me. I have narrow feet and like the fit everywhere else and the light, minimalist feel, and the Helios 1 and 2 did the job. The other updates to version 2 that I liked was the new quick laces. But alas they forgot the toe room of version 1 in their update to version 2. Deal-breaker once I ran beyond 5 trail miles.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 7/28/16
Reviewer: cory from las vegas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

this is my second pair. most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. Not soft and cushiony initial comfort comfortable, but solid, secure, all day comfortable. Already dreading the day I can't get them anymore

Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted: 7/25/16
Reviewer: Lou Fatkin from Idaho Falls, ID
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wore these boots for the first time on a hike in the Tetons. They were quite comfortable, with excellent traction. It's important to note, I have a narrow forefoot; the boots fit me perfectly. I would not recommend these boots if you have a wide forefoot. The design compliments a narrow foot. Zappos you rock!

TX2
TX2 Posted: 7/15/16
Reviewer: puersimius from SF Bay Area, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Nice replacement for my previous favorite shoe, the discontinued Patagonia Rover. Light, sticky, decent tread on loose ground despite being capable on rock. More sole protection and support than the Rover; better grip, worse breathability. Works well as a mtn bike shoe when using flats, even as a trail runner (though the forefoot is narrow). So far, the durability is good. I will be using it as a light backpacking shoe for some summer Sierra mountaineering, so we'll see if that continues to hold up. Only major downside is that black is HOT, and I wish it breathed a bit better. Fits like an approach/climbing shoe: low volume, with a narrow toe box, and snug for the size. If you want it for hiking/approach, go at least 1/2 size up. Not much arch support (which is a good thing in my opinion).

TX3
TX3 Posted: 7/14/16
Reviewer: from Colorado Springs, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have taken these shoes on three different hikes. Totaling maybe 9 miles. I go climbing often, and carry anywhere from 15-30 pounds of climbing gear. I also weigh about 150 pounds. I share all this to give context about my review. These shoes are SUPER comfy, and provide great support. Not only great support, but amazing grip! You could probably get by climbing in them around 5.6. 5.7 if you're a super strong climber. Anything 5.8 and above, use your climbing shoes because the toes are thick and I personally would want my thinner climbing shoes for those. The only complaint I have in these, are do not drive in them. I drive a manual, and there is so much rubber on the bottom that it took some adjusting to shift gears. Hope this helps your purchase :-)

Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted: 7/6/16
Reviewer: Krissandra B Darrah from Maui, Hawaii
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these shoes for an upcoming 3-week trek in Nepal after reading an article in Outside Magazine, the author of which highly recommended this shoe. I tried them out on a long hike this past weekend, and they fit like a glove! They are lightweight and super comfortable, but still provide adequate ankle support and have great traction. They feel like a favorite pair of slippers, and as a bonus they are super cute!

TX2
TX2 Posted: 7/5/16
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am a technical climber and purchased the shoe to use on short [1-3 mile] approaches and hikes to climbs and boulders primarily in the upstate NY area. This is a very light, really more a kind of minimalist approach shoe. The fit is unusual and suits my foot very well- narrow, low volume, and very snug across the top of the foot. I purchased a half size [or more] smaller than my usual sneaker street size as I will be using for technical approaches/easy 5th class climbing, and I'm happy I did as in the first session testing the shoes they performed well, climbing up to 5.9 in a gym setting. I may regret this after several miles of hiking, but we will see. In a 'real world' outdoor setting I'm guessing they'd climb comfortably up to about 5.7. The toe box, even fit snug, is a little roomy side to side- unlike some other approach shoes I've worn, including older shoes by Sportiva, the lacing system cannot crank the toe completely into place, but as other reviewers have noted elsewhere, this room around the toes can be a good thing if one is using the shoe for descents at the end of a long day in tighter climbing shoes. I suspect most people would fit the shoe closer to street shoe size for walking comfort, and thus, the shoe would not be useful for climbing anything harder than 4th class and the easiest 5th class approaches.

Primer Low GTX
Primer Low GTX Posted: 7/1/16
Reviewer: from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have bunions and needed waterproof hiking shoes for a hike in New Zealand. These shoes were incredibly comfortable right out of the box, were virtually waterproof (in six hours of pouring rain my feet got wet, but up to the last few hours, my feet were dry), and with a bit of extra moleskin placed strategically, let me hike for hours without pain for my bunions. I find it really hard to find shoes that work for feet with bunions, so I wanted to write this review and use the word bunions a bunch of times so anyone searching for hiking shoes that allow for bunions would find these!

TX2
TX2 Posted: 6/29/16
Reviewer: Jen from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great lightweight approach shoes with excellent traction (my main worry) and a close, but not tight, fit. I purchased a size 37, with a regular street shoe size of 6 or 6.5 and a climbing shoe size of 36 or 36.5. These were a good fit for me, though the ankle feels a bit low. Could have been my socks though. On my first day wearing these, I promptly walked through a river on some slippery rocks and made it across fairly easily. I think they'll be great for scrambling and they fit me well, so I'm excited to continue wearing them on our climbing/exploring trips.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/29/16
Reviewer: Ed from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are awesome! I ordered three different shoes to see what fit the best and these were the hands down winner. I did have to go up a full size for better fit. Great arch support, and light weight. I work on my feet all day and these shoes keep my feet happy.

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 6/17/16
Reviewer: Bob R from Northeast
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes have a nice, wide sole for the foot so I'm not walking on the outside ribs of the shoe like with many other modern namebrands. It seems as though many companies are making their newest models thinner and thinner in the name of going Ultra Lightweight, but these shoes offer plenty of width. I ordered half size up like I do with most European shoes. Oh, and they look cool too.

Mythos
Mythos Posted: 6/15/16
Reviewer: JT from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I like this shoe. I normally wear a 42 street shoe and 40.5 in these feels nice right out of the box. I expect a fair bit of stretch though so might have to size even smaller. only negative is I found the heel was a bit loose for my taste (feels like it could pop easily with a heel hook).

Primer Low GTX
Primer Low GTX Posted: 6/7/16
Reviewer: from midland mi
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have duck feet and am very picky about shoes. It took me a lot of Zappos orders to find the right right shoe, but in the end it is the La Sportiva's that had the right fit - low at the ankle, great heel cap and wide & roomy toe box. From a sizing perspective, I normally wear a 8-8.5 in a dress shoe and a 9.5 in a Mizuno running shoe. I needed an 8 in the La Sportiva Primer. Ironically, I needed 9 or 9.5 in other La Sportiva's I tried.

Oxygym
Oxygym Posted: 6/1/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

it was too hard and too big. it was definitely a rock climbing shoe and I was trying to wear it for walking and for the everyday and it was not comfortable enough.

Helios SR
Helios SR Posted: 5/29/16
Reviewer: i from San Jose, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've used up two pairs and would buy it again. I'm a 210+ lbs trail runner who tries to run 8min per miles in the outskirts of the Bay Area (mostly dry, rocky, and steep terrain). I abuse them pretty heavily. They've lasted well - my first pair did over 600 miles and my current pair is at 450+. We've had excellent times together. The grip is excellent. Have never found another shoe that feels so light and fast while providing enough support for any terrain. Favorite shoe of all time!

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.

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