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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's Specs
1 lb. 15 oz.
Shape of last
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'sis rated4.1176out of5by17.
Rated1out of5bySmeesfromPoor designThis shoe looks and feels great. Excellent traction, good materials and workmanship, perfect for everyday use or scrambling on mixed terrain. Unfortunately, there is one deal-breaker: the laces are threaded through un-reinforced leather loops. The laces are braided and the act of tightening the laces creates a sawing motion that cuts right through the leather. Mine lasted for about 4 or 5 wearings before one of the leather loops ripped. Maybe there's some goofy technique for tightening the laces that I don't know about, but if you tie these like any other shoe/boot, expect them to break eventually. Too bad really ... these are excellent shoes otherwise.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated3out of5byBradCfromNot for my feetI bought this shoe online (I know, I know) before trying one on. First let me say that for as narrow as it was it felt like a very comfortable shoe otherwise. I put these shoes on out of the box and wore them around the house, up and down stairs, etc. I ended up deciding to take them to the local store and swapping them for the Scarpa approach shoe. Much better for my feet. My feet are mid to wide so if you don't like narrow shoes for approach / bouldering, then I highly recommend the Scarpas.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated5out of5bypem725fromRugged and comfortableI have wide feet and needed an approach shoe that was light and could be stuffed in my pack or stashed on the outside of my pack without much fuss. These shoes fit those criteria perfectly. The full lace design allows my wide feet to fit without a long break-in period. Also, while these shoes are not the lightest, they are light enough and certainly more durable than other super-light options.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated4out of5byRecursive MemoryfromPretty 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: 2013-09-11
Rated5out of5byBobby UKfromAwesome Approach ShoesI was after an approach shoe which would be very comfortable during long walks in So Cal mountains. These have been awesome on trips to Sequioa and Yosemite during the summer months. They did require a little breaking in but are now super comfortable. I cannot recommend them enough.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated4out of5byEddie ClimberfromGreat Approach ShoeThese approach shoes are excellent for the hike up and for scrambling, but the rubber was not as sticky as I was expecting for easier bouldering on the approach. The platform is also strong, but not as strong as I had hoped. Although, the rubber is definitely sticky enough for scrambling up/down steeper rock--noticed a huge difference when I was setting up an anchor at a place I had a little trouble maneuvering around in the past with normal hiking shoes.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated5out of5byAlpine MattfromVery PleasedHave been surprised at how practical this approach shoe is for every day life. I even sport these guys for air travel and city adventures. Really happy with the shoe.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated3out of5bytetonclimberfromRubber not very stickyLaSportiva 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: 2013-05-25
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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes - Men's Customer Reviews