La Sportiva Exum Ridge
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:
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
The La Sportiva Exum Ridge is the ultimate shoe for any mountain adventurer or trail runner. The synthetic leather and mesh upper provides lightweight, breathable support and repels water. The abrasion resistant panels protect the foot from rocks while still allowing flex. The lateral flex windows provide anatomically correct flex and draining points. To-the-toe lacing gives adjustability and forefoot security in technical terrain. The reinforced rubber toe cap offers additional protection and durability. The Exum Ridge is among the highest performance trail running shoes available. *AVAILABLE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SHIPMENT ONLY.
- Backcountry Outlet
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Exum Ridge Shoe (Fall 2008) The Men'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: 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