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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's

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    Put on the Boulder X and avoid the easy, boring way.

    Make good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders when you wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give you confidence on wet or dry rock. With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, your feet can make it from the car to camp without bruising or blistering. On the most demanding approaches, the leather upper and rubber toe rand hold up to your foot dragging and stone kicking, and the mesh liner covering the tongue and rear-foot add some breathability to summer rock hops.
    • Item #LSP0152

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather
    Sole
    Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
    Construction
    Impact Brake System
    Lacing
    standard
    Midsole
    micropore EVA
    Footbed
    2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 2 lb 1.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach hiking, rock hopping, scrambling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    True Fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    These shoes feel great, since i work at a rock climbing gym i wanted a shoe that would be great for outside as well as inside. It is hard watching your friends climb and not be able to put on your shoes and join them. So i ordered these shoes and climbed with them all morning with no problems. Although i did order a size up because i got scared by other reviews it was a mistake, order your normal size and they hug your foot great! I can apply pressure where i want on the climbing cap and had no problems with gripping the smalllest hold on the wall. Next step is real rock but for now im 100% satisfied with this shoe.

    Great! But run small!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43

    I was looking for an approach shoe that could scramble up some rocks but still be comfortable to walk in and these definitely fit the bill.

    In my opinion there are other approach shoes that would do a bit better on the rock scrambling side of things but these definitely do better on the regular hiking side of things.

    The vibram sole is great, super grippy (a little heavy). I haven't had them long so can't say much for durability but I think they will last a good long time.

    The toe box fit a little funky at first. There were a couple weird pressure points where the rubber meets the leather but once we went with a size up the shoes wore in well and the pressure points went away.

    My bro usually wears a 9-9.5 so we went with the bigger side of things and got the 42.5 but those were small so bumped up to a 43 and they fit great!

    All-purpose shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10

    I'll start off by saying that as a multi-pitch approach shoe, it's not ideal. The one big thing working against it is that it's bulky and heavy. It still grips super well and is very comfortable.

    With that said, I love this shoe because it can do just about anything. I've used it on long hikes, scrambles, and bike rides. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it has performed as a mountain biking shoe. I have experienced no issues with slippage on the pedals.

    The shoe you're looking for

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10

    I moved to western Colorado this summer and this was exactly the shoe I was looking for. The major critique seems to be the weight, but I did not mind at all. I was looking for a supportive, grippy shoe that I could scramble around rock formations but also load up with miles. I also have a fairly narrow foot. The Boulder is still very supportive and I imagine it will last for years to come. The toe box took a little while to break in but I wore ininji toe socks during this time and avoided any blisters. If you are looking for great hiking shoes for varied/rocky/mountian terrain that are quite affordable compared to the competition, I would highly reccommend the Boulder X

    Amazing Approach Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Very sticky rubber, fits great, durable upper, and capable of sending easy 5th class climbs. This is my second pair and I don't plan on using anything different. They do run a tad small, so if you're in between sizes, consider sizing up. That being said, it depends on what you'll be using them for. If you plan on climbing in them, the smaller size is nice. If you're going to wear them to work and around town, size up.

    Note on sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43

    I just received these beauties. Bought size 43 instead of 42.5 based on reviews and am mixed on weather that was the right choice. I think since I am now old and will be using these much more for hiking than climbing approaches the larger size will be good. However, if you plan to use these for technical approaches or rock climbing I would go with your normal size. If they stretch or pack out they may need to be sized down a little more. Anyway, just want to point out that they seem to be sized appropriately for their intended use if you have a normal to medium volume foot.

    Also, my first impression is that these are great and I wish I had them instead of the last 3 pairs of hiking boots/approach shoes I have owned. I will update once they get some real use.

    I love my La Sportive Hiking boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I love my La Sportive Hiking boots, and I need a new pair of approach shoes to replace my 5.10 Camp fours. So I took a shot at these. I have used them a couple times. They are much stiffer than my camp fours. That can be a good thing or a big thing. My first impressions are I miss my 5.10's, but I am still breaking them in.

    Step up your game

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    I've been using backpacking boots for years to get to and from the wall. My last pair fell apart from the abuse so I decided to get these. After a weekend in Donner Summit I couldn't be happier. Boulder hopping? No problem. Snow? No problem. Easy slab pitches? No problem. Offwidth? No problem. Technical face? Not so much. What did you expect? They're approach shoes.



    These shoes are tough, comfortable, grippy, and at first look seem pretty durable. They don't hang as well as flip flops on the harness.

    Step up your game

    My new go to shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44 (10.5)

    The La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe is a well built, sturdy and very useable shoe. After testing the shoe in a variety of trails and mountains, I have found this shoe to be my new go-to shoe for my performance days. I will compare this to the Merrell Moab Ventilator to give a clearer understanding(because it is a well known shoe by many people including myself). I am an experienced and active hiker and climber.

    Cushioning: The Moab feels very soft cushy, but under closer inspection that may be because there is simply less and softer cushioning. The Boulder X has slightly thicker and more useful cushioning. The softness of the Moab can lead to foot movement under hard use. In the X, my foot did not experience that annoying sliding which an lead to ankle problems. But many people will enjoy the softness of the Moab.

    Fit and sizing: I believe the Moab sizing was corrected over the last year or so. Previously, I could not use an after market footbed without going to a larger size. I can now use the footbed (Spenco is my choice) while also using my correct size (10.5). The Boulder X sizing is a more useful size for me. A 10.5 is actually sold as a 44, which gives you an extra millimeter. But the X is slightly more narrow up front. That could be an issue. I like a wide forefoot and after market footbeds. I could not use the Spenco footbed in the X. But, I am surprised that the original footbed in the X is the first useable one I have seen. I just added a small amount of mole skin under the arch and I am happy.

    Flex and Movement: The Moab is very flexible. But you quickly find that it may be too flexible for some serious trails or mountains. The Boulder X seems to have flex points in just the right spots. I was able to move very easily and quickly with the X.

    Grip: The X is clearly better. The Boulder X gave me good grip on all rocks. Remember, always be careful while descending on wet rocks. The Moab is average in grip on dry rocks - there was little grip on well worn or wet rocks. The Moab sole will last for many miles. I personally need the kind of grip found on the X.

    Comfort: I thought the Moab would always be better here due to the softness and flex. But I am very taken by the X. It is plenty comfy and still very useable on the trail.

    Break-in: The Moab has essentially none or very little. But it is too soft. The Boulder X had very little break-in time. I am a blister king and have had no problems with the X break-in at all.

    Weight: The claimed weight for the Boulder X is an ounce, or so, heavier per shoe than the Moab. Seriously, I never noticed it. I have used the shoes on mountains and trails. I have also used it for trail running. The weight was never an issue or even noticed. That may be because the X rolls and flexes at the right places. The Moab is just plane soft everywhere.

    Construction: Both are well made. But the X clearly is a more durable shoe. You will have fewer issues on rocky mountainous terrain. They did a good job making the X.

    Both shoes are very good, depending on the application. I enjoy using the Boulder X more that the Moab and am now converted. The Moab is still my daily shoe for light training. The X is my shoe for serious days and serious mountains. You will not be frustrated with your purchase. I would like to see the La Sportive Boulder X give a millimeter of added width up front, but so far it is good. Most people will not have an issue with it. My feet are a bit wider up front.

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    After even more mountain use, I am finding myself catching the toe on one of my shoes. I switch between different shoes, so that could be related to a slightly longer toe. I have also turned a ankle (no sprain issues at all) a couple times. I seem to need to tighten the shoes very much to gain precise control on the downward route.

    Stiff, very stiff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    How stiff are these shoes? hmmmm, tempted to respond with an X rated comparison, but, I'll abstain. I bought these to wear on the trails and for work. When I first put these on, it felt like I was wearing a much heavier version of my climbing shoes. These run small, my normal size for walking shoe size is a size 8. I got the 8.5 and it still felt small with my toes jammed at the end of the shoe. After a couple of months, these shoes got a little more comfortable, but not much. BUT, wearing these on the trails basically makes your toes stub proof, the tread wears well and offers a lot of traction and in the winter, the shoes are warm.

    Would I buy these again, probably not. I much prefer the Patagonia Rover and a pair of Scarpas I picked up for comfort.

    Durable. Solid.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46 and 46.5

    I own La Sportiva boots and climbing shoes and thus I thought I'd give the Boulder X's a try. Right out of the box you can tell that they are very well made. Stiff. Supportive. And thankfully NOT bright yellow :-). I believe they would likely be quite durable. Just like with my boots, I had to order a 46.5 even though I typically only wear an 11.5 US. La Sportiva's are known for running a bit small so make sure you at least consider 1/2 size larger than your normal, if not a full size like me. Obviously, for performance in climbing and scrambling, a smaller size might aid in edging and "feel". Sadly, I'm returning them because I just can't seem to get the right fit out of these. Still though, they are a sweet shoe.

    My second pair of Boulder X's

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    These shoes rock! I would know, I'm an avid rock climber and I do a lot of hiking up and down and sometimes on super loose and steep approaches/descents to and from climbs - from 15 minute boulder pile scrambles in Joshua Tree to 3+ hour alpine approaches, I do it all. Most of the time I'll be wearing my backpack full of water, clothes, a rack and a rope...so I need a pair of shoes that are supportive, wont slip over gnarly terrain or wet slabs - these dawgs do it all! Definitely supportive enough also to kick steps in late spring/summer snow.

    The Boulder X's have a killer tread with sticky rubber and an adequate "edging" platform. They're so sticky, you can climb pretty hard slabs and wide cracks in them (of course you would suffer a little on long hikes if you size them tighter, to climb harder). I would recommend to most to size em comfy enough with a good sock. That way they are also excellent for technical terrain and wont crush your toes on the hike - think big days in the Sierra like getting to The Incredible Hulk, or on a technical ridge traverse when you really don't want to have to bring a climbing shoe but you also need to go big on the mileage - these shoes are perfect for that sorta stuff too! I have a medium width, med to low volume foot and normally wear an 11.5 US street shoe - I found my ideal size in this shoe to be a 46 EU.

    When you first wear it outside, the shoe may feel a little clunky. I find that it needs to break in a bit (maybe only a couple days) before it will feel super good...then it feels like a pair on monster trucks with traction control for your feet. Total stompers!!!

    Dude

      Right out the box, these shoes straight up 'illin'. Snug fit, grippin' soles, intense frickin lace up style givin' mad options on the tightness. For real though, I wear a 9.5 in most US shoes and I bought the Boulder X's in size 43. I have normal width. Perfect size but yeah a little in the snug size, but that's what you want if you are putting these things to their intended use. Great stuff. La Sportiva customer for life, breh.

      Grippy

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small

      Great so far. First pair of approach shoes and I like the increased grip over the trail running shoes I've used in the past. I ordered the same size as my trail runners, which is a 1/2 size larger than my typical street shoe size. I have medium width low volume feet. The fit is pretty snug.

      So much grip!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: 43

      I was long overdue for a good pair of approach shoes and after trying on a few other pairs, these were the winner! The soles are very grippy and have been put to the test on sandstone, limestone, and dirt. They have given me tons of confidence while scrambling around between climbing crags and even while hiking up Angels Landing! The only thing I wasn't a fan of initially was the weight. They are a bit heavy, but after beating them up in the desert for 2 weekends and even running down the switch backs of Angle's Landing I am very happy with how durable they are. These shoes should last me for many seasons of climbing and hiking and would be a great purchase for anyone looking to get a solid pair of approach/hiking shoes.



      I wear a 10/10.5 in most street shoes, ski in a 26.5, and climb in a 41/42. I am wearing these in a 43 and the fit has been perfect.



      If you have any questions about approach/hiking shoes, please contact me directly!

      So much grip!

      Last forever

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 9

      I had my last pair of these shoes for almost 7 years. When the toe stitching blew, it was even repairable, but I figured it was time. This is my go-to shoe for anything in the mountains under 20 miles. They perform best for me above treeline--hopping over sharp rocks and talus is a breeze, as you can't even feel it through the very stiff and supportive sole. The leather is bomber, and the extensive around-the-ankle lacing really allows you to dial it in. The rubber is amazing, even wet--the pointed toes and toe rand allows you to climb hand cracks all day if you don't want to put your slippers on.

      I will be buying another pair of these to put in my closet for the next decade when I want another, just out of fear they will ever stop making them!

      A word of caution--they're definitely a good half size small, but do "pack out" a bit inside after some moderate use. They also get warm, but the benefits outweigh that my a large margin.

      Great Hiking and Approach shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I have used this for 3 years hiking and a little climbing. I have hiked the rim to rim to rim, twice in it with no problems. I climb in them on easy terrain when in the mountains <5.8 but that will probably depend more on the comfort ability of the climber and the climb itself.

      Hi guys!!Are these shoes supposed to adapt to the length and shape of the foot? I found a pair on sale but my toe slightly touch the tip of the shoe wearing a pair of hiking socks!!

      They will stretch a bit but not much. Be careful if you have wide toe base, the leather may stretch too far as mine did if too much pressure is put on them. Overall, I would suggest these pair because they are comfortable and great to travel with. One suggestion though, have a cobbler reinforce the leather eyelets so they don't come apart when climbing or using during every day situations. Hope that helps.

      Backcountry, Are the Boulder X's only...

      Backcountry,



      Are the Boulder X's only available in Grey/Blue or do you have any 42.5 still available in Grey/Orange?

      Hey C-RaigTheEl,



      Thanks for your question.



      Then inventory we have on hand at this time is only the 'Light Grey' which is grey/blue as pictured. The orange and grey in the 'detailed pics' is most likely an older color from a previous model.



      Sorry about that.

      Anyone feel like these need a break-in...

      Anyone feel like these need a break-in period or are they good out of the box?

      I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high...

      I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high arch foot. Is this a good shoe for me?

      Probably need an aftermarket insole. I'm 12.5 with a narrow heel and normal midfoot. I put superfeet in them from day one after noticing the stock inserts are pretty flimsy.

      The superfeet will give you that arch support you're looking for and should fill some of that volume.

      They do lace up really far, almost to the toes. so you can take some volume out that way.

      where are these shoes manufactured ?

      where are these shoes manufactured ?

      social mobility in China is made possible because they have worked hard to create an economic and political climate that welcomes foreign direct investment (like La Sportiva moving some or all of it's manufacturing to a factory in China from a factory in Italy) and literally millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, and the United States has been able to run a capital surplus as a result, keeping our government running.

      I am looking for a super sticky hiker for...

      I am looking for a super sticky hiker for scrambling and general hiking with a light to moderate weight pack. I normally wear a size 13. I have fairly wide feet. I bought a 47 and 47.5. The 47.5 will make it if I adjust the laces to their loosest configuration. BUT, the laces are then too short to ties securely. Does anyone know of a shoe that might be better for my use, or do you know the lace length on these, so I can simply buy longer laces. I don't want to pull these out to measure, because it looks like a hassle and I may be returning the shoes.

      How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44...

      How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44 in Nike and my old pair of La Sportiva is in 43

      hi, i have merell in 10.5 which are fine i...

      hi,

      i have merell in 10.5 which are fine
      i got selwa mountain trainer in 10 and are a bit short. ( return them)

      what do you think i should get for this pair of shoes.

      i have long thin feet :(

      i wonder if i get 10.5 or 10.5+ or 11 but i fear to twist inside the shoes.

      thank you !

      Write your question here...I was considering...

      Write your question here...I was considering the 5-10 Canyoneer for hiking the narrows in Zion.I have read great reviews for that shoe. How does this shoe compare ? How will this shoe do in water ? Are there any other shoe recommendations for sticky in the water and hiking ?

      Where are these shoes made?

      Where are these shoes made?

      Is this shoe made on the same last as the...

      Is this shoe made on the same last as the EXUM? Fit-wise the EXUM is a perfect 10 on my feet, but I need something a little sturdier for a trip to NZ.

      Thanks.

      I wouldn't know about the EXUM but let me just speak to the "sturdier" part of your question. In terms of sturdy. These things drop a bomb on anything easier than 5.10a. I will run up to 3 miles in them and I will crush over boulders, scurries and as far as low angle slab 5.7 shhhhhizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam! I'm all about that.

      Do it! (read my review up above for more of my pent up emotions regarding this shoe!)

      Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)? Can...

      Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)?

      Can you ship this shoe to japan?