La Sportiva Boulder X
I really wanted to like these shoes, but had to return…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £90
I really wanted to like these shoes, but had to return two pairs due to the inner-lining splitting/ripping. Maybe just bad luck?
- The rubber — sticky, great for edging and scrambling
- The fit is great — a heel box a little like a climbing shoe
- The lining split, twice, just at the heel
- Hot, and they don't seem to breathe very well
I really wanted to like these shoes, in fact when new I utterly loved them, for the first 50 miles.
They simply started to wear too fast — not the sole, but the inner lining. My first pair the lining split open at the heal, and the second pair it started to go in the same place before I quickly gave up and returned them. Currently looking for a replacement, most likely the Scarpa Ascent.
The rubber, combined with the almost "climbing shoe fit" and the lacing right down to the toes is just awesome. No issues with even "heavy" edging, i.e., with a pack on.
The lacing is maybe a long term weak point? That is just an observation, as I quickly returned mine with the faulty/split lining, but the lacing seems that it may pull out of the leather after long use.
The sole tread pattern is great, loads of grip although most suited to drier conditions. In the wet I'd put them in the "ok-good" category.
I found the shoes pretty warm/hot on the feet and not able to breathe very well. They also let the water soak through, even in wet grass.
Like first said, I tried hard to like these shoes; they do tick all the right boxes, just a few niggles to consider. I gave them 3.5 stars just as that rubber and sole is so great in the dry, and the fit.
Excellent shoe! I used them on the outdoor for 20…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $130
Excellent shoe! I used them on the outdoor for 20 miles and didn't feel anything in my feet. I recommend it a lot.
- Rubber sole
The fit is OK. They're really comfort and the support it's OK. Don't try them in the rain.
For me these are wonderful shoes.
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The Boulder X is a super sticky approach shoe designed for high performance.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
While it could be used as a fashion forward hiking and backpacking boot, the La Sportiva Boulder-X Mid GTX reaches its design potential where the hiking path ends. Scramble through scree and talus, step-kick the approaching snowfield, then crawl up chimney cracks-- the Boulder-X Mid will prove itself an alpine workhorse. Stout leather uppers on the outside for durability and GORE-TEX(R) on the inside to keep you dry Ankle protection for longs days when you stumble out in the dark New Vibram(R) Idro-Grip V-Smear sole Vibram(R) rands for confident smearing Board lasted construction offers stability and rigidity 2mm Polypropylene insole allows the Boulder X to be comfortable and stable on long approaches Mythos lacing system laces through the toe for a highly adaptive fit Snug performance fit
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Make good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders when you wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give you confidence on wet or dry rock. With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, your feet can make it from the car to camp without bruising or blistering. On the most demanding approaches, the leather upper and rubber toe rand hold up to your foot dragging and stone kicking, and the mesh liner covering the tongue and rear-foot add some breathability to summer rock hops.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
La Sportiva Men's Boulder X Approach Shoes - The Men's Boulder X Approach Shoes by La Sportiva are a great shoe with ideal protection and performance built for the rigors and abuse of the mountains. With a tweaked design of proven technology from years past the Boulder X has been produced with additional padding underfoot for long approaches and uber sticky rubber to add deluxe comfort and performance. The Vibram Idro-Grip compound stays sticky on every type of rock even when wet and the all leather uppers and sticky rubber toe rands offer durable protection. If you are looking for the perfect shoe to get you to your climbing destination, than you will want to check out the Men's Boulder X Approach Shoes by La Sportiva.
- Outdoorplay refers to the men's version