La Sportiva Thunder GTX
Use: Day hikes, multi-day rugged terrain with heavy pack
Break-in Period: 2-3 weeks
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $95
La Sportiva got it right with the Thunder GTX. Its durability has proved itself through the rugged terrain of the White Mountains, the muddy banks of Vancouver Islands West Coast Trail, and two weeks of intense backcountry bushwacking in the Grand Canyon. Its GORE-TEX lining has proved true after many river/stream crossings with dry feet. Of course if you get stuck ankle deep your toes might get damp but they dry fast.
Comfort is also key. The boot has a very quick break in period and good support for a backpacker. They typically bear the weight of a 30-40 lb pack when I travel. Arch pain occurred on extremely rocky terrain when I first got them, but a "Superfeet" slip-ins for extra arch support was a simple fix. Overall, a great boot for beginners or experienced backpackers.
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A lightweight backpacking boot with an incredible Italian fit, the Thunder GTX is waterproof, supportive and rugged with a Vibram outsole to boot.
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Women's Thunder GTX Boot (Fall 2008) The Women's Thunder GTX Boot by La Sportiva is a midweight waterproof hiking boot for moderate to rugged terrain with light/moderate backpacking loads. Features: Gore-Tex lining Nubuck leather uppers for durability and water repellancy Molded rubber heel stabilizer for great support Weight: 25 oz / 662 g Upper: Nubuck Leather/Cordura/Molded rubber heel reinforcement/ Vibram rubber rand Construction: Board Lasted Last: Women's Trango 2 Lining: Gore-Tex Sole/Midsole: Vibram Light Runner Trailon Insole: 4mm Trailflex This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
CLOSEOUTS . La Sportiva’s Thunder Gore-Tex(R) hiking boots are supportive enough for moderate loads and agile enough to scamper down the trail. Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) lining stands up to stream crossings and rainstorms. Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) keeps feet dry and cool Nubuck leather upper Rubber toe rand Molded heel reinforcement Gusseted tongue Padded collar EVA midsole Steel-polyurethane shank protects feet from trail obstacles Vibram(R) rubber outsole Height: 5- ” Weight: 2 lb. 5 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . Vietnam. Size Euro (US): 35 (4 ) 35 (5) 36 (5 ) 36 (5 -6) 37 (6) 38 (7) 38 (7 ) 39 (7 -8) 39 (8) 40 (8 ) 40 (9) 41 (9 ) 41 (9 -10) 42 (10) 42 (10 ) 43 (11) 43 (11 ) 44 (11 -12) 44 (12) Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide
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