La Sportiva Crossleather

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Is it a trail runner or light hiker or both? The La…

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Is it a trail runner or light hiker or both? The La Sportiva CrossLeather joins the company’s product line this year as the more rugged sibling of the wildly popular and multi-award-winning CrossLite. The Crosslite was built specifically for trail racing and employs mostly synthetic materials and mesh for the uppers. As the name suggests, the CrossLeather replaces the mesh with leather adding a higher degree of ruggedness to the standout platform.

Out of the box, the Crossleather is definitely an eye catcher. The shoe sits low to the ground and has minimal heel to toe drop.

These shoes at just 26 oz just felt light and fast. The scree guard adds to the streamlined look, hides the laces and keeps debris out of the shoe. It’s a nice touch but from a practical standpoint, I’m not sure how you replace the laces with the scree guard in place.

Where the rubber meets the trail, the CrossLeather employs the company’s proprietary FriXion rubber and some very heavy duty lugs. The shape and spacing between the lugs aids in traction and helps to keep mud from clogging the sole. These elements worked well together. And despite the low heel, the midsole provided surprising rebound and comfort.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

La Sportiva CrossleatherA leather version of our award winning Crosslite perfect for ultra light backpacking and hikingFor the minimalist. The perfect ultra lightweight hiker with an aggressive V-Groove(TM) FriXion(R) lugged outsole for impressive traction and a dual density midsole to provide all day cushion. The leather upper offers excellent protection from abrasion and moisture. The integrated external scree guard keeps debris out of the shoe so you can keep the tempo moving fast on the trail. SpecificationsWEIGHT: 13.1 oz/ 370 gLAST: Racing LiteFIT: PerformanceUPPER: Nubuck Leather/ TPU Overlay/ Nylon Scree GuardLINING: Mesh (back half and tongue only)MIDSOLE: Dual-density MEMlex/ TrailShock w/ Nylon molded shank/ High-tensile composite Rock GuardSOLE: FriXion(R) AT/ Impact Brake System(TM) V-Groove(TM)

- River Sports Outfitters

CLOSEOUTS . Ultralight enthusiasts can cover serious ground with the traction and support of La Sportiva Crossleather trail running shoes. Perforated nubuck panels join a nylon mesh scree guard for durability, and a lugged FriXionand#174; sticky rubber outsole shines on rocky trails. Available Colors: BLACK. Sizes: 36, 36.5, 37, 37.5, 38, 38.5, 39, 39.5, 40, 40.5, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 45, 46, 46.5, 47, 44.5, 45.5, 47.5.

- Sierra Trading Post

If youre all about saving weight on the trail, then the La Sportiva Mens Crossleather Hiking Shoe suits your need for a lightweight, durable shoe. The Crossleathers FriXion, V-Groove lugged outsole grips rock and loose gravel, and the dual density midsole provides a comfortable cushion for your foot all day long. An integrated external scree guard keeps small rubble out of the shoe, and its leather upper protects your foot from abrasion and moisture.


Great for fast, ultralight pursuits, the La Sportiva Crossleather cross-training shoes meld the traction and stability of a boot with the lightweight performance of a shoe. Sturdy nubuck leather uppers help protect shoes for long-lasting performance; thermoplastic urethane overlays provide support and structure. External nylon mesh scree guards keep trail debris out. Mesh nylon linings in heels and on tongues wick moisture to help keep feet comfortable. Dual-density EVA midsoles provide ample cushion on high mileage days; stable medial posting helps prevent ankle rolling. Nylon shanks and composite rock guards add stability and support while protecting feet from stone bruises. Nonmarking rubber outsoles deliver aggressive traction on and off the trail.


La Sportiva Crossleather


The La Sportiva Crossleather is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 28, 2014 at Sierra Trading Post.

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