La Sportiva Omega GTX

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Felt broken in after just a few miles. Great fit for…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $240

Summary

Felt broken in after just a few miles. Great fit for narrow heel/wide toe people. Offers 12.5 size.

Pros

  • Sizing
  • Break-in
  • Waterproofness
  • Build
  • Grip

Cons

  • Thin sole/lugs
  • Laces

After having owned a few pairs of lower end boots, I decided to upgrade to a higher level.

Looked at the usual: Lowa, Vasque, Asolo, Zamberlan. Then the salesperson at REI had me try these.

I've heard of the brand, but didn't know much about it. After 4-5 other boots I tried these on and immediately was impressed with how well they fit as well as how comfortable they were.

The heel was firmly planted, mid-foot was just snug, and the toe area gave just the right amount of wiggle room. One nag I had with a few of the other boots was that there seemed too much room above the toes, this boot had room, but not excessive.

Even thought these boots seemed quite supple out of the box, after only 25 miles they really seemed to fit like the proverbial glove.

The lacing seemed adequate to provide good support, the first hook locked the fore-foot in place once you dialed in the right amount of tension.  The supplied insole provided good cushioning, I have yet to think about replacing them.

Did the waterproof test before taking them out, in about 4-5 inches of bath-tub water I didn't feel a drop inside. Having a real leather outer probably helps with this. All the other boots I've had were synthetic and eventually leaked at seams.

The only nag I have is the way the sole is constructed, in two parts, like a running shoe. The harder rubber that meets the pavement seems a little thin. However, I've yet to put mileage on these boots to put that to the test yet, so I may update this review once I get some good mileage in.

On a 25-degree morning, these boots provided toasty feet with some SmartWool socks.  I think they may be a little too much for hot weather. I'll update with my findings once that happens.

Stephen S.

After wearing a full day including a short 3 mile walk, the 12.5 size seemed a little small. Luckily I purchased at REI and was able to take back and get the 13 with no problems.


1 year ago

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

A two-day hike into the rough, untamed world can beat your improperly protected toes and ankles into pulp. With the lightweight, supportive La Sportiva Omega GTX Backpacking Boot, you can trek for many miles with weather-resistance, cushioning, and security for your steps. The tough leather upper and a Gore-Tex membrane seal out the rain, mud, and creek crossings, while the Symbios Technology midsole provides excellent impact reduction and support.

- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version

Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Omega GTX Boot FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Omega GTX Boot Tough leather uppers withstand trail abuse Lightweight flexible symbios midsole technology is soft underfoot and stable on the trail Aggressive outsole bites into sketchy terrain for great traction Ergonomically sculpted midsole cradles the foot for an excellent fit SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Men's Omega GTX Boot Weight: 22.9 oz / 650 g Upper: Idro-Perwanger Leather/ Nubuck leather cuff/ Cordura with Lycra gusset Lining: Gore-Tex Insole: 7mm Ergoflex Midsole: Co-Molded Symbios PU/ EVA/ TPU torsion plate Sole: Vibram Sasslong with Impact Brake System Construction: Board Lasted Last: ErgoTrek This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

La Sportiva's Omega GTX hiking boot uses Symbios technology to provide a durable leather outer, a cushiony ride, all while keeping you light on your feet. It has a Gore-Tex membrane to keep moisture out, while allowing your feet to breath.

- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version

These La Sportiva Omega GTX hiking boots deliver a light, agile and comfortable platform that's waterproof and resilient, keeping your feet protected through the miles ahead. Tough full-grain leather uppers withstand trail abuse; Cordura(R) nylon gussets enhance breathability while also helping keep trail debris out of boots. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable membranes keep feet dry in wet, muddy and sloppy conditions; mesh linings wick moisture away from feet to enhance in-boot comfort. Light and flexible midsoles use a mix of polyurethane and EVA to optimize cushioning and stability for underfoot comfort and support. Thermoplastic urethane torsion plates help stabilize feet when traversing uneven terrain or carrying moderate pack loads. La Sportiva Omega GTX hiking boots feature Vibram(R) rubber outsoles with Impact Brake System(TM) to handle wet, dry and off-trail routes equally.

- REI refers to the men's version