La Sportiva Exum Ridge
This is the best approach shoe out there.
Price Paid: $89.95
This is the best approach shoe out there.
Because I have narrow feet, it has been very difficult…
Use: trail runners. approach shoes
Break-in Period: little or none
Price Paid: $29 at Campmor
Because I have narrow feet, it has been very difficult for me to find trail shoes that don't feel like loose-fitting concrete blocks. I had used La Sportiva climbing shoes in the past and really liked their good fit and construction. So when I spotted a pair of Exum Ridges on sale, I grabbed 'em.
The Exum Ridges have, so far, been terrific. They fit snuggly and craddle your feet; are very cool (lots of mesh); are very supportive without feeling blocky; and have a stick-to-the-wall sole much like rock-climbing shoes. Unlike other trail runners I've used, they don't seem overally tall in the sole. I don't feel like I'm going to tip over. Although they are slip-lasted, they have a full-length plate in the sole to armor your feet from punches and gouges from rocks. I have yet to take them on real steep stuff (5.7 or above), but I'm convined they will work well for scrambling and peak-bagging with a light load.
One note: buy them large. For some reason, they fit small, so try at least a 1/2 larger than normal.
Here's what other sites are saying:
A radical hybrid with an amazing fusion of running shoe, approach shoe, adventure racing and multi-purpose outdoor features.
- GearX.com refers to the women's version
Tackle the fallen branches, unruly rocks, and twisting trails in the truly tough Exum Ridge trail running shoe from La Sportiva. Ready for everything from adventure running to bouldering, it sports a Slingshot Stabilization Technology (SST) yoke and a hybrid outsole with climbing shoe dot treads in the front, trail running traction in the back, and a Trail Bite heel brake for control on the downhill.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The La Sportiva Women's Exum Ridge is the go-to running shoe for steep mountain trails. Its synthetic leather and mesh upper provides lightweight, breathable support that also repels water. Inspired by climbing shoes, the Exum Ridge uses a unique lacing system to provide serious traction on hairball terrain. To-the-toe lacing gives adjustability and forefoot security in any condition. La Sportiva even added a reinforced rubber toe cap for top-of-the-line protection and durability. *AVAILABLE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SHIPMENT ONLY.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the women's version
CLOSEOUTS . La Sportiva's Exum Ridge trail running shoes are a sure prescription for a good run. Side effects may include euphoria and giggling. Climbing dot treads up front In-cut heel brake Heel traction tread Hybrid suspension Rigid midsole Synthetic uppers Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China. Size Euro(US): 37(6) 38(7) 39(7 -8) 40(8 ) 40.5(9) 41(9-9 ) 41.5(9 -10) 42(10) 42.5(10 ) 43(11) See our Running Shoe Fit Guide
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the women's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Women's Exum Ridge Shoe (Fall 2008) - 2007 ALPINIST MOUNTAIN STANDARDS The Women's Exum Ridge Shoe by La Sportiva is a radical hybrid of running shoe technology in a proven approach shoe design.A radical hybrid with an amazing fusion of running shoe, approach shoe, adventure racing and multi-purpose outdoor features. Ideally suited to adventure running, approach, scrambling, speed ascents, cross training, bouldering, adventure racing, getting to the crags or lunatic-fringe mountain running. The Exum Ridge is our stiffest mountain running shoe.Features:UPPER: SST harness, breathable AirMesh, synthetic leather lacing harness with embossed UreTech abrasion resistant panels, rubber toe bumperCONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted StrobelLAST: Women's TempoLINING: Mesh (back half and tongue only)SOLE: FriXion XF/Dot Rubber Trail Tread HybridMIDSOLE: Dual-density MEMlex/RockShock with E.S.P. polypropylene full length protection plateINSOLE: NoneWEIGHT: 1 lbs. 13 oz.SST (Slingshot Stabilization Technology) lacing yoke and down to the toes lacing for stable lock-down performance on hairball terrain High-performance traction with an innovative synergy of climbing shoe dot treads in the front, trail running traction in the back and an in-cut Trail Bite heel brake for downhill control in loose talus and snow Hybrid Suspension E.S.P. protection plate provides flexibility in the forefoot, a functional Edging Stabilization Platform for torsional rigidity and protection from stone bruises Protective UreTech coating defends from rocks, talus and scree and a single layer mesh upper for ventilation and quick drainage Sticky FriXion climbing rubber outsole for the ultimate performance advantage
- Moosejaw refers to the women's version