This is the best approach shoe out there.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $89.95

This is the best approach shoe out there.


Because I have narrow feet, it has been very difficult…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
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.

La Sportiva Exum Ridge


The Exum Ridge has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$23.13 - $94.95

The La Sportiva Exum Ridge is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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