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Thunder III GTX
Thunder III GTX Posted: 7/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are true hiking boots. I took them to Switzerland for hiking and they were great on my feet and the support was superb. They do take time to break in so wear them before you hike.

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted: 7/7/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I am a die hard Puma fan but I wanted to try something different that I can use for hiking. I usually wear a 9.5 so that's what I ordered. Once I put them on they felt like they were crushing my feet. I initially thought that they are new shoes and I have break them in. Well, after wearing them for a few days they didn't give. The shoes weren't nearly wide enough. Length wise the shoes were a perfect 9.5 but width wise they were way to tight on the lateral portions of my feet and I was forced to return them.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are great shoes! They are very comfortable, supportive and sleek looking. Being a trail runner these are the best that I have ever had. Make sure to order a size larger than you normally would. I ended up having to exchange my first pair. Thanks to Zappos for the great customer service. They are easy to deal with and have an easy exchange process.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/23/15
Reviewer: from Atlanta, GA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Because of the European sizing, it runs a whole size small. My son usually wears a 10, but we had to buy an 11 to fit him. Other wise they are true to color, comfortable and stylish.

Bushido
Bushido Posted: 6/19/15
Reviewer: Quentin Fraser from San Diego
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I really like these shoes. They look and feel great but they certainly run small so be sure to size up. I have not done any trail runs yet but i can tell they are going to be awesome. I would recommend these to folks wanting a solid pair of runners or just done comfy casual shoes.

Mythos
Mythos Posted: 6/13/15
Reviewer: Earl Murray from Planet Earth
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am pleased with the shoe purchase and customer service. I would recommend both product and service to anyone seeking my experience in this purchase. I wear a 9 medium US. My order came in a 42 medium European size which is a 9 medium. It was too small for me. I had to reorder in a 42 1/2 which felt much comfortable for me.

Vertical K
Vertical K Posted: 5/30/15
Reviewer: Sam from Bakersfield
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I don't get La Sportiva. Every shoe I have ordered of theirs is so off on sizing it is not even funny. Thank god for Zappos and their free returns. I bought these vertical Ks in a size 12 granted I normally wear an 11. Still super tight. I ordered the Helios size 12, fit perfect.

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.

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!

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