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La Sportiva Reviews

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).

Wildcat 3.0
Wildcat 3.0 Posted: 5/22/14
Reviewer: Curtis from Valley of the Sun
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I tried a number of different trail running shoes to use for my LT hike and have settled on the Wildcats. They're the most sneaker-like IMO The tread works really well and holds up better than I would have thought. Arizona trails are really nasty and tend to destroy shoe treads. After 3 weeks of relatively hard use with my pack on (26lbs all in) everything is holding up well including the mesh. (I train with my pack) They did take 3 hikes, 6-7 miles duration, to get them properly broken in, I also use green SF insoles. Initially I ordered 10.5 (my normal size) and 11 The elevens fit well so kept those, but after a 4 mile trail run discovered I didn't leave enough room for my foot to expand. So for my hike I'll add another half size (11.5) Order a half and full size over your normal size. Super comfortable, I will order more of these shoes.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 5/18/14
Reviewer: Debra Schechterle from Western MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

It was the color that attracted me to these sneakers. Now that I have them, the colors attract everyone else too! Tons of compliments and people asking where I got them. The best part though, is for me, they are true to size and quite possibly the most comfortable sneaks I've ever owned. I own a liquor store and am on my feet all day on a cement floor, my feet never complain! I just ordered these in blue.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 5/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe! It fit perfectly right out of the box, only had to adjust the laces a little bit in the toe. I especially like the counter opposing tread, that method provides great traction and the soles are great for holding your position on rocks. Fine shoe.

Anakonda
Anakonda Posted: 5/13/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Hands down the worst trail runner I've ever purchased. The high heel back put a wound on my Achilles just from walking around the house, it's no wonder I couldn't find this shoe in any running store in town. They are on their way back to rot in a warehouse somewhere right now.

Makalu
Makalu Posted: 5/11/14
Reviewer: Jeff Gunther from Westminster, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Can't say enough about these boots. I've had mine for 15 years and they are still going strong. I am about to get them resoled for the first time as the lugs are finally getting low and the rubber around the front crampon slot is getting thin. They've helped me climb dozens of peaks in both summer and winter including Mt. Rainier and Pico de Orizaba. I've never had a blister in all those years. As others have said and as with most all boots, I would recommend upgrading the insoles. Keep 'em conditioned with Nikwax and yours may very well last as long as mine! Highly recommended.

FC Eco 2.0 GTX
FC Eco 2.0 GTX Posted: 4/29/14
Reviewer: from north east alabama
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe. I put in a lot of miles on my feet at work in all conditions. Shoe has been good in mud, wet conditions, and hard surfaces. Extremely comfortable. Highly recommend.

FC Eco 2.0 GTX
FC Eco 2.0 GTX Posted: 4/23/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

After ten days of use which included 20 miles of walking and hiking to break them in, Ive noticed fraying around the collar of the shoe. It's not what I would expect of a shoe in this price range. It's also a little snug. I'd recommend going up a half size and using a thin sock.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 4/6/14
Reviewer: alex c. from Baku, Azerbaijan (From US, living abroad)
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent product, glad I got them. One of the only brands to make this style of shoe without using ridiculous colors. my last pair of approach shoes were Asolo brand (very similar design), but their new line only comes in neon orange and green;I can't wear that. These La Sportiva shoes are stylin' and fully technically functional. My only complaint would be that they run a bit small. I ordered a 43.5 (US 10.5). that would normally be on the large size for me. for these, I probably should have gotten a 45 to compensate for the mis-sizing. However, I liked the shoes so much I decided to just stick with the smaller size and snug fit (more helpful on climbs anyway). Just be aware when ordering.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 4/3/14
Reviewer: from Mexico
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

La Sportiva's Boulder X are great shoes for light hiking. They are rugged for outdoor terrain yet delicate on your feet. Zappos has one of the best customer services policies I have experienced. The shoes I ordered came very quickly. The size, however, was a bit tight. I went online ordered the correct size, printed the label and in a matter of two days had the correct size and had shipped the previous ones with no cost.

Karakorum
Karakorum Posted: 4/1/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are amazing boots. There's a break in period, but they're super sturdy and comfortable once they're broken in. My only complaint is that the laces come undone.

Xplorer Mid GTX
Xplorer Mid GTX Posted: 3/21/14
Reviewer: from alaska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Ridiculously expensive and worth it. My third pair of La Sportiva, all are different type and same size. All fit from day one, all perform as described.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 3/5/14
Reviewer: Darla Warren from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

At first these shoes felt snug on my feet, but after loosening the strings and wearing them more, they felt very comfortable. Great support and good grip on the bottom for walking the trails. Overall I am very impressed with this brand. Never tried it before, but so glad I did. Great purchase.

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