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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men\'s


    La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's

    The La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes feature sticky rubber and soft padding to keep your feet comfortable while hoofing it to a climb. See details

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    The La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes feature sticky rubber and soft padding to keep your feet comfortable while hoofing it to a climb.

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    The La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes feature sticky rubber and soft padding to keep your feet comfortable while hoofing it to a climb.

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    The La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes feature sticky rubber and soft padding to keep your feet comfortable while hoofing it to a climb.

    • Vibram IdroGrip rubber sticks to dry and wet surfaces for excellent performance on trail and low-angle rock
    • Leather upper combines with a beefy rubber rand for lasting performance and comfort
    • High-cushion EVA layer is placed above the 2mm polypropylene insole to cushion the foot on long approaches
    • Patented Mythos to-the-toe lacing design lets you fine-tune the fit and tie the laces as snug or loose as you need to; heel and toe loops aid entry and storage

    Please note: La Sportiva products can only be shipped to the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


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    La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's Specs
    Best use
    Vibram rubber
    1 lb. 15 oz.
    Shape of last
    Footwear closure
    Can be resoled
    Average footwear weight (pair)

    La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's

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    La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's is rated 4.1176 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hiking approach shoe out there This shoe is awesome! I was looking for a shoe capable of hiking, doing some light backbacking, and climbing boulders and mixed terrain. This shoe very capably does all of that. I also tried on the Scarpa Cruz and Scarpa Zen at REI, including traversing their rock wall and taking many laps around the store. The Cruz is definitely lighter (and possibly better looking?), but it's also much less supportive and won't hike as well for any significant distances. The Boulder X has more cushion and, for me at least, hugs my foot better for a more precise fit than either the Zen or the Crux. The Zen is really rigid but, again, doesn't conform to my foot the way you expect a pseudo-climbing shoe to. The Boulder X also climbed/traversed the rock wall at REI better. The rubber felt grippier to me and the shoe laces all the way (almost) to the tips of your toes for a very precise fit. The leather(ish) upper is soft yet supportive on your foot just like a climbing shoe. It edged well and the wall and smeared great. It doesn't toe edges as well as a climbing shoe, obviously, because your toes don't go all the way to the end, but it's still a very capable climber and will do well doing some on-site bouldering or at least scrambling up moderate mixed routes. So I bought the Boulder X and have been extremely happy. I've worn it with packs up to 35-45 lbs. and it does just fine. I added green Superfeet inserts, also from REI, and those give more arch support for higher pack weights. I've also taken them hiking in the San Gabriels and they have EXCELLENT traction. Mud, wet grass, and wet granite were all no problem for these shoes. Wet pavement is also not a problem -- the shoes just won't slip. These are my go-to shoes for taking my Deuter Kid Comfort II out on hikes as well because they are so stable, supporting, and won't let me fall. La Sportiva makes fantastic climbing shoes, and the Boulder X's clearly benefit from the company's research into sticky rubber. Buy these shoes if you like to hike to rocks and do some climbing when you get there without changing shoes.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all-around shoe Best shoe I've ever owned! Very solid, snug, & secure. I wanted a stiff sole that could take heavy loads on uneven terrain and this shoe is ideal. It is not a light running-like shoe, but it would not be so supportive if it was. It was a little tight in the toe at first - like a semi-climbing shoe, but the suede upper has stretched perfectly. After 2 months of everyday, on my feet all day long, wear, it fits like a glove, with a perfectly stable & very solid feel on all types of surfaces. I also like the leather upper which nicely takes a Nikwax waterproofing, and the large, sturdy, rubber rand which along with the full leather upper makes the shoe extremely durable. It has a slight rocker which allows for a long, natural, rolling stride. I feel like I can cover a lot of terrain without tiring in this shoe.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty darn good. Bought these to replace the ?carpa #rux who's sides blew out on me. REI was obviously great about doing an exchange. The #ruxes were/are lighter (synthetic as well) but not nearly as stiff or as good of climbers. The La Sportiva Boulder X's climbed & hiked very well on wet schist yesterday up in Peterskill in the 'Gunks (easily to 5.6 if not greater). I would not hesitate to recommend them as an approach / guiding shoe if the fit is even close. The edging, stiffness, and stickiness of the rubber is to be commended. They are a bit bulkier than the #carpas but are made of leather, which in this example I think is a good thing, as I believe they'll last longer. They remind me of an update to classic climbing boots building into them a bit more of the functionality of modern trail shoes. That being said I wouldn't waste the sticky rubber walking around town unless you really need to, save them for rock approaches. Size wise, I typically wear a 10.5 EE & bought these in a size 44. These run a bit narrower in the mid and forefoot as most LS shoes/boots do. They did seem to "break in" a little bit but obviously the full rubber rand will ultimately limit a large amount of stretch. If you find yourself climbing / hiking / guiding on the rocks, and you size these with reasonable comfort wearing thin socks, I see no reason not to heartily recommend the Boulder X's.
    Date published: 2014-04-17
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for daily wear I like that these are built with plenty of leather, Vibram soles, and have a real rubber rand. They weren't particularly comfortable right off, and they didn't get much better. Not horribly uncomfortable by any means, but not very good either. Eventually they stretched a lot and fit like floppy sneakers. I wouldn't welcome the discomfort of buying them a size smaller and breaking them in to fit. Like any all-leather shoe, they sweat a bit. Overall, they held up fairly well except for the rand, which is thin and quickly developed holes from occasional kneeling and kicking things. Unfortunately, once the rand starts to go, the rest of the toe falls apart pretty quickly. I expected they might be a bit more rugged than an average shoe, but they didn't hold up any better than most other decent light hiking shoes. Perhaps that's an unreasonable expectation, but with a heftier rand, they probably would've lasted much, much longer. I got several good months out of them before they started showing signs of defeat. With lots of Shoe Goo, I got almost six months before they were totally unsalvageable. I've done better with $20 sneakers. As you might expect, they excel at light bouldering and climbing or scrambling - something that cheap sneakers won't do. Not so great for daily use - something that sneakers do much better. They do what they're designed to do fairly well. They just won't do it for very long before they expire or stretch out.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rubber not very sticky LaSportiva makes great rock climbing shoes. Unfortunately, they didn't put good rubber on these shoes. They are good hiking shoes, but forget about 4th class or harder climbing with them. The Vibram Igrogrip rubber is terrifying on routes such as the Exum Ridge.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great These are awesome, no compliants. I love La Sportiva. The sizing on these are similar to Vans Slip Ons (my reference shoe for sizing lol). I wear a 7 in Vans Slip ons, and they are snug with no wiggle room. I got the boulder X's in 39.5 (size 7) and they are a PERFECT fit. My boulder X's are really snug, my toe is touching the end and any smaller size would make my toes curle. Some say to size up 0.5 size, but I say get them snug and go with your street shoe (if your inbetween, get the smaller one). Also, I wear 37 in La Sportiva Solutions for climbing. I tried on the Scarpa Crux's and I can safely say that they fit 0.5 size bigger than Boulder X's (Crux 39 = Boulder X 39.5). I love the Vibram, and narrowness is pefect for my foot. The lacing is cool, but pretty intricate, so don't try to relace them. The laces go around the heel so you can adjust the ankle tightness. I haven't climbed in them yet, only been to the grocery store. I foresee these shoes being awesome for approaches and warmup climbs. Going to Hueco Rock Rodeo next month, and i'll be rolling up in style with the Boulder X's!!!! Get them, they are what's missing in your life.
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and yet quite rugged Very good shoes, comfortable for everyday use when traveling, rugged enough for hikes in rocks or mixed terrain. Good balance between weight and foot support/durability. Not tested in wet conditions or snow though
    Date published: 2014-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent shoe Great shoe. They do break in a half size, but can be synched down with the nice lacing system. They come untied very easily and can be annoying if they are not double knotted. Good for medium climbing and great for hikes up to ten miles if sized for climbing.
    Date published: 2014-03-21

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