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Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted: 11/19/16
Reviewer: Penni from PNW
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

This is my husband’s review of these boots: I fell in love with these boots after reading about them and reading reviews on several websites. I agonized over the price, but decided to spring for them; in fact I bought two pairs so I could try a 10 and a 10½. Zappos had them to my door so fast it made my head spin and I unboxed them with eager anticipation. OK, the size 10 were previously worn, and came without the original box or tags. Seriously Zappos? You charged me full price for used boots? Not good. Those were too small anyway, so I unboxed the 10½ pair. PERFECT. I wore them around the house on the carpet for a few hours and thought I was going to love them at first, but then my arches reminded me I have mild plantar fasciitis. Dang. I took the boots off and tried to fold them; yep, they fold at the arch not at the forefoot. If you have or want to keep from getting plantar fasciitis, these are not the boots for you. SIZING: I normally wear a Mens US size 10. I have a pair of La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes in US size 11, and thought the best fit for these boots were size 10½.

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 11/15/16
Reviewer: from San Jose, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've worn the Ultra Raptor for years and while they run narrow and small, aside from the more rapid than usual sole wear, I'm mostly satisfied. Because of $15 off coupon, I decided to try the GTX which is essentially the same shoe style sans waterproofing and color. Ordered the same size I wear in the Ultra Raptor and noticed the GTX runs a bit narrower and found I needed a half size larger. Zappos immediately sent a return label and shipped the replacement pair overnight. Very satisfied overall but be warned to order at least a half to full size larger and be aware the GTX runs narrow.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted: 10/28/16
Reviewer: theMJF from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Borrowed a pair of these from my friend for a trip to Kauai. They performed great and are very comfortable. They're a little goofy looking at first, but actually they look pretty good in their element. Sizing is funny with these. I normally wear a 10.5 in most shoes, but my friend's are 11.5 and I ordered 11. Both feel good:/. My advice is order .5 and 1 full size up and see what works for you.

TX3
TX3 Posted: 10/15/16
Reviewer: Phil Decker from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These were a buy based off of Climbing Magazine gear review for approach shoes and easy climbing. These are perfect hiking shoes and I don't think I will ever wear boots again!! If you are just doing day hikes or short hikes and some bouldering I highly recommend!! I even use on my indoor wall!

Helios 2.0
Helios 2.0 Posted: 9/23/16
Reviewer: Anne Marie from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the most comfortable running shoes I've ever worn. No lie. So light. They feel like slippers--but are supportive in a stealthy way. How do they do it? I have wide feet with narrow heel, and shoes usually feel tight at the base of my toe area. These just feel good all over. Sisterhood of the traveling sneakers...

Thunder III GTX
Thunder III GTX Posted: 9/22/16
Reviewer: Lad0206 from Dallas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

FANTASTIC BOOTS! Hubby loves these new boots! Comfortable from the start, nice room for toes (he's broken a couple so that's important) and excellent arch and ankle support. Surprisingly lightweight too. No trouble with breaking-in either!!

Ultra Raptor GTX
Ultra Raptor GTX Posted: 8/23/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love La Sportiva - I have worn their climbing shoes since the 80's. This really is a perfect shoe for most trail running, walking, hiking and I love how they look, too. However, these will not work for me on technical trails / steep, rocky surfaces. The toe area is too boxy and doesn't allow for a snug fit, it is also bulky which doesn't allow for a lot of specific control very steep and rocky trails up or down. Otherwise I love the shoe!

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 8/13/16
Reviewer: Windknot54 from Bend, Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Ultra Raptor is an excellent trail running shoe which is also suitable for casual hiking. The shoe appears well constructed, comfortable and provides good support with excellent traction on loose or wet ground. Size 43 is very slightly shorter and narrower than the usual 'Made in China' size 10 running shoe. That suited me perfectly but if you have wide feet you might consider a half-size larger.

Wildcat
Wildcat Posted: 8/3/16
Reviewer: Noah from California
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

In order to get good arch support in a La Sportiva shoe and get the shoes to not make my arches hurt, I need a size 10. My foot is a 9.5, these days the 9.5 shoes are way to small. With the size 10, however, my toes hit the end, in the Wildcat and the Synthesis. I like the length and width of the 10.5, but they make my arches hurt when I walk in them. Shoe sizing these days; don't get me started. Don't. Get. Me. Started.

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.

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).

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.

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