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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.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 4/22/15
Reviewer: Hope Allen from Los Angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Amazing shoe. My orthopedist rated this shoe an "A", when I was there with several pairs of different brands that I wear. Every other expensive, popular sneaker I own only scored C- and below. Yikes. I've been wearing them a ton since that visit and they really are better than my other shoes. I hike and work outside often so I've been putting them to the test!

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 4/15/15
Reviewer: from Portland Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great. Good traction on wet trails very comfortable. My feet feel good in these shoes.

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.

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
Glacier WLF 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.

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