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Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from CT
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I LOVE these boots. I've had them for about 5 months now, and I've probably hiked upwards of 100 miles in them over varying conditions (snow, ice, rocks, dirt and pavement!), in addition to "around town" wear. I am prone to blisters, but I haven't gotten a single one since I put these on the first day--they just fit so well. They're super light, they've taken a beating and still look like new, and the treads are holding up very nicely. I have a wide foot box and higher arch, and these fit nicely--not too snug, and very adjustable. I've owned a LOT of boots over the years; my favorite mid/high lightweight boot for the past few years has been the Salomon X Ultra series boots, but the Contragrip treads in those boots wears away too quickly: these boots are just as light, even more comfortable, more waterproof, and have Vibram soles that will last forever. I highly recommend buying these boots (and I'm buying a 2nd pair today, just in case they sell out)!

Bushido
Bushido Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Just got them and they fit in length and width but the height is short so they're pretty tight across the top of the foot. Never had this issue with a shoe before. Will see if they break in after a day or so. If they didn't look so good, I'd return them instantly.

Boulder X
Boulder X Posted:
Reviewer: from Ketchum, Idaho
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my forth pair of these. My only complaint is that you have to double tie the laces or they come untied easily.

Wildcat 2.0 GTX
Wildcat 2.0 GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Oh No! These were WAY too small! I'd say at least 1 size too small. And they were heavy. Clonky. A big no, here.

Trango TRK GTX
Trango TRK GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Berkshires
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a size 8.5/9, so I ordered both sizes (40/40.5) and ended up keeping the 8.5/40, with plenty of wiggle room for my toes. I've only worn the boots a handful of times and feel the high ankle needs to be worn in a bit yet, but I'm looking forward to these lasting a long time. My feet felt well supported on the few hikes I've done so far and the boots look great.

TX3
TX3 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes, but go a half size or so up.

Wildcat 2.0 GTX
Wildcat 2.0 GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Ojai California
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My third pair, great approach and day hiking shoe. Zero break in--take off right out of the box. Sturdy enough to support carrying overnight pack yet light and comfortable. Need to orde 1/2 size up to fit. I wear 10.5, need an 11.

Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Colorado
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are lovely light hiking boots. But to get the correct sizing took a bit of patience. Initially ordered in 7 but too short. Then ordered in 7.5. Also too short and no real discernible difference in length between the 7 and 7.5. Wear a 7-7.5 in street shoes. Have a narrow foot and except for the length either of these smaller sizes would have worked. Have a 8 in Sportiva light trail shoes (love them as well) but had tried on a different Sportiva hiking boots at a local store and thought 7 was the size I needed in the hiking boot. Ended up with the 8 although there is probably too much room all round. But the length is finally good and can cinch up the boot to tighten it and wear thicker socks if needed. Haven't worn them except for short foothills hikes but don't think will need much to break them in. Plus they are so light and snazzy looking.

Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from Germantown, TN
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Shoes are gorgeous!!! Light weight. They have a narrow toe box and little toe protection. I am having to return them, unfortunately.

Wildcat
Wildcat Posted:
Reviewer: from Portland, OR
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've owned 4 pairs of these and plan on ordering again in the spring. I can feel the breeze running past my feet so not advised for cold weather. Great cushioning and the heel cup is superb. I wear 12.5-13 and size 47 fits perfectly for me. I use them for trail running and another pair for nursing.

Helios 2.0
Helios 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great lightweight shoe. Would have loved to keep the shoe, but with wider feet these were too narrow. Very breathable and great lacing system. Highly recommend if you do not have wide feet.

Wildcat
Wildcat Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great trail shoe or can be used for approach as well

Synthesis Mid GTX
Synthesis Mid GTX Posted:
Reviewer: from CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great style, comfort, and day-to-day look. Limited ankle support but a fantastic everyday shoe.

Core High GTX
Core High GTX Posted:
Reviewer: 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:
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:
Reviewer: 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:
Reviewer: 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:
Reviewer: 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...

Ultra Raptor
Ultra Raptor Posted:
Reviewer: 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:
Reviewer: 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:
Reviewer: 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.

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