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La Sportiva Men's Boulder X Shoes


Price: $104.75 - $105.00
Light Grey
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Sportiva, please bring your manufacturing back to Italy, and fix the suspect lacing system, and I'll buy another pair.
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I hike in red rock (near Las Vegas) all the time and these are excellent approach shoes.
Glenn | Fit: As expected
They fit well and are light enough.
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  • Leather
  • Construction: Board Lasted
  • Upper: Leather; Lining: Mesh (back half and tongue only)
  • Midsole: Micropore EVA; Insole: 2mm Polyproylene/2mm La SpEVA; Sole: Vibram® Idro-Grip V-Smear™ Impact Brake System™
  • Last: Boulder
  • Weight: 16.97 oz / 481 g

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La Sportiva tweaked the designs of proven technology from years past to produce the Boulder X. Additional padding underfoot for long approaches and uber sticky rubber add deluxe comfort and performance. The Vibram® Idro-Grip compound stays sticky on every type of rock even when wet. The all leather uppers and sticky rubber toe rands offer durable protection. Ideal protection and performance built for the rigors and abuse of the mountains. Ideal Terrain: approach and hiking on technical terrain requiring friction footwork. Impact Brake System (I.B.S.) A proprietary technology in outsole design where the lugs of the soles are oriented in opposing slanted directions. This opposition increases braking power by an average of 20% and decreases impact forces by an average of 20%.

  • ASIN: B0035PHB8G
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 5 inches; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Item model number: 838-GREY-41
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,661 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    These are great approach shoes.
    T. Dufrane
    They are extremely comfortable, are relatively light and perform very well.
    Craig Slaughter
    Gift for my husband ... He loved it!!
    JB

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2013
    At first was really jazzed with the hikeability of these shoes.. In general, it's hard for an approach shoe to be a good hiker and one that you can reasonably climb in. Really liked it, was able to climb 5.8 in it (just barely) however I'm only a 5.10 climber at best.

    Big negative for me is the durability of the lacing system. The top 'leather' eyelets.. (actually the tabs that the lace system goes through) ripped out on the first substantial climb I attempted in them.

    Contrast these with my Sportiva TC pros (Made in Italy) which are still going strong.

    Sportiva, please bring your manufacturing back to Italy, and fix the suspect lacing system, and I'll buy another pair.

    Looks like I'm going to check out the Ganda (pricier) but with real 'eyelets'

    Returned these to REI and picked up a pair of Solomons. Not the same, but still a tried/true lacing system and they fit my feet well.
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Dufrane on June 25, 2012
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    These are great approach shoes. Comfortable, fairly light (compared to dedicated hiking shoes/boots), and ridiculously sticky. I wear Mythos to climb most stuff, but of course wanted to see how these would do on rock. I have been able to climb up to around 5.8 without much of a problem in these, which I did not expect to be able to do at all. For very small footholds, you'll want to be in your actual climbing shoes because of the surface area - but for a lot of easier climbs, these are great. I wear a 13 and the fit is nice. Not too snug, but enough to where I don't feel like my foot is moving around. A little narrow on my feet, but they will stretch. I'm taking one star off because the glue is visible in a few sections, which leads me to believe that these might wear out quicker than I'd like - but overall, these are awesome approach shoes for the money.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Martin on August 24, 2012
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    I have had these shoes for about 3 weeks now and have hiked only 25 miles, all of which are on Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park near Sperryville, VA. The shoes are comfortable and fairly light. They have been very good on the rock scramble on Old Rag (Class 3). I am planning on taking them to hike Half-Dome in September.

    Always wear wool/smart wool socks to minimize the potential for blisters. I learned that the hard way my first attempt at Old rag in these shoes. I was wearing cotton socks (yes I was a newbie)and soon developed a blister 2-miles into the hike. I turned around and descended, fortunately for me as it started to storm within 5 minutes of me getting into my car, so the blister was a blessing in disguise.

    Nonetheless, I would recommend these shoes for any day hike. I am enjoying their traction and comfort.
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    Color Name: Light GreySize Name: 48 M EU Verified Purchase
    Friends:

    While I always were a size 13 or 14 these shoes were way too narrow and the tongue was not gusseted to tie the strings loosely to make up for the fit.

    Garmont quit distributing my favorite approach shoe in the USA. I only tried these as the Garmont Dragontail LIte is no longer available in the USA. I have written Garmont about all this....

    I am the author of two books on roped solo climbing. Google my name to Learn more.

    Thinking allowed.....

    Arthur von Boennighausen
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Esplin on November 5, 2011
    Color Name: Grey/OrangeSize Name: 45 M EU Verified Purchase
    These are my favorite boots, hands down. They don't have the burliest soles in the world, so heavy backpacking across rocks and roots caused some serious foot pain around day four... but they're perfect in every other way. I'll probably still take them on my next heavy backpacking trip simply because they are so comfortable and light. I love the tacky soles. Treat the leather with nikwax to get them more waterproofed. It makes a big difference for the suede.
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    Within a month or two the inner side of the left shoe ripped. It was only the leather on the outside, but I was a little disappointed. Besides that they worked really well, so far its been six months and that was my only problem with them.
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    Color Name: Light GreySize Name: 43 M EU Verified Purchase
    I use these every time I hike Breakneck Ridge. For the price, the only drawback is they are not waterproof. Not an issue for the day hikes I use them with. Their grip is amazing on everything but wet moss and ice.
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    By Craig Slaughter on May 2, 2014
    Color Name: Light GreySize Name: 47.5 M EU Verified Purchase
    This is a great all round shoe for the money. This is my second pair of Boulder X and I also have the mid version. I previously wore out a pair of their ancestor, the Cirque Pro. Love them all. They are extremely comfortable, are relatively light and perform very well. I have hiked/climbed in them for 15 hours straight on numerous occasions with no problems. The sizing is a little small, maybe on the narrow side, but I chalk that up mostly to the translation between US and Euro sizing. I normally wear a 13US, but bought 47.5 in this shoe. I went with the 47.5 because I recently had to incorporate a special orthotic sole to deal with a recent injury and I was worried about it being too small. That being said, it fits my right foot well with the original sole as long as I have medium weight socks. I have the mid version in a 47 and it fit well before the injury with medium weight socks. The Boulder X is roomier than the Cirque Pro, though for sure. A 47.5 just fit in them. I could not have worn a 47. There have been complaints about the eyelet blowing out. That happened to my Cirque Pros, but I have three comments. The shoe is generally cheaper than its competitors. It is, for me, an ideal performer. Finally, it was cheap and easy to get a cobbler to fix the blowout. It happened on the trail and didn't really affect the function of the shoe enough to concern me at the time.
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