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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.

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4 5

Tough shoes 3 years of abuse still work

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

I bought these about 3 years ago and have put these shoes through the wringer! Despite a small tear in the leather on top of the shoe and some of the leather eyelets coming apart, these approach shoes have stood the test of time. I've used these hiking up mountains in Afghanistan, on the trails at home and in everyday casual life. The Italians know how to make shoes last. Highly recommend these. Get them brand new, I bought mine after market on sale and I believe they may have been a defect (hence the tears in the leather).

Tough shoes 3 years of abuse still work
Unanswered Question

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!!

Teaching dad crack climbing.

Teaching dad crack climbing.

He's getting there. Slowly. -- Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

5 5

Approach this!

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

I love these shoes. They are very comfortable and sticky. They do a great job on approaches, as well as being an around-town shoe.

Hanging out in Maple Canyon

Hanging out in Maple Canyon

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

5 5

From the city to the slot canyon

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

I use these shoes for everything. Super protective, super supportive, and super grippy! I have had them for 1 year and have put a beating on them. I have a rip at the toe of one but it does not go very deep. This is my first pair of approach shoes and I will always have a pair in the closet from now on.

One interesting thing I have learned about approach shoes from a customer of ours is that they make a fantastic golf shoe!

Eric Watford
Expert Gearhead
ewatford@backcountry.com
800-409-4502
Ext. 6069
Instagram: @ericwatford

5 5

One Shoe Quiver

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

The hike to Priord Lake involved spongy bogs, sketchy log crossings over swollen streams, rocky talus fields, and double-digit mileage. The Boulder X Approach shoe took it all in stride. I like the Boulder X for backpacking because it blends the light and agile feel you get in a trail runner with some of the support and protection you’d get in a traditional hiking boot. Plus, you get climbing-shoe-inspired elements like the sticky rubber sole and a super precise lacing system. In short, it’s a true one-shoe quiver.

One Shoe Quiver
5 5

Great heavy backpacking shoe

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

I've used these on all kinds of hikes & backpacking trips, & even taught school in them most days for two years. They have been comfortable & dry & grippy as heck - true to running shoe size 12's. They did feel a little snug when i 1st got them (like a climbing shoe), but the leather naturally formed to my foot, & they've been a great fit for two years. Our last 9 day backpack the left toe rand finally developed a hole after a 26 mile day on the JMT (& a previous 24 mile day going up Whitney). Truly a great shoe! A little heavy & stiff, but that is what i wanted for carrying 50+ lbs of bear cannisters. The leather never gave out, but the lining around the heel finally wore through, tho was never uncomfortable.... & the toe rand eventually wore through also. i've done a fair bitof class 3 scrambling, where they grip wonderfully, but no technical climbing. I highly recommend this shoe for backpacking & all types of hiking!

5 5

Solid Fit - Great Traction

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

I wear these puppies all the time from approaches to the occasional hike (mainly for hikes that will have sort of technical sections.

Fit:
Over all the fit of these is pretty great. The heel sits nicely, the arch is supported but not too much. The lacing system works nicely but occasionally comes a tad loose.

Toe Box:
So the front of my feet are kind of squarish. Most climbing shoes are rather pointed in the from near the toe box which ain't fun. These approach shoes have a great fit to them and don't cramp my toes style.
Lacing:

Traction:
I get great traction on approaches and in spots where a little edging is necessary. The rubber is super durable. I've logged many miles in my pair and they're holding up like champs. Currently they don't look like they have that much wear on the outsoles. Makes me happy knowing these will last for some time to come.

Problems:
I had these a bit loose one day while we were descending the west ridge of Grandeur Peak and holy heck was that my mistake. Also sorts of fun painful bruising in my big toe due to the constant toe bang. This is my fault for letting the shoe get loose. So keep em tight.

Jared D.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

5 5

Favorite shoes

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

I use these shoes for light bouldering and mainly quick and light overnight to weekend long backpacking trips. They provide great support and I can comfortably carry a load with them. This is my second pair, and my first pair I use for work now. The first pair are almost 4 years old and still going strong.

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?

Responded on

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.

5 5

Favorite for wandering slickrock

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

Very durable, great sticky rubber, and awesome lacing system. If I'm in the desert, and can keep my feet dry, this is the shoe of choice.

4 5

Solid Construction

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

So right now I'm living in the Hindukush system and I do a fair amount of walking. That said, I have only worn these for quick walks to and from...

After mixed reviews about running small and fitting true, I decided to order a .5 size large (I average an 8.5 to 9...so I went with a 9 or 42) and thought that that would be fine.

My initial impression when I first put the shoe on was that they were snug/narrow but the length was true. They were not uncomfortable and knowing that approach shoes should be just that...snug...I decided to keep them. After about a week or so and 8-10 hours a day in these shoes, my pinky toes hurt to the point that my entire foot felt like it was in a vice. I do not have a "high volume" foot at all. On the contrary, I have a pretty bony foot that is very prone to the cold at the slightest whisk of a breeze.

So besides needing to return these for maybe another .5 size larger than I have now, the quality of these approach shoes are impressive. I definitely like them. The wrap around lacing system is genius and the sole and rand are solid. I fully recommend these, just go a size up.

For sizing reference: A pet peeve of mine is when people complain about sizing and don't list there comparable sizes. I?m 5?8? and 155lbs. I comfortably wear a 9 in Lowa Zypher (my favorite boots-until they recently changed the design), a 9.5(42.5) in Salewa Snow Trainer Insulated, and an 8R in Belleville. I bought a 42 in these and plan to switch them out for a 42.5...pending Backcountry.com approving my return, of course.

5 5

Comfortable, sticky, good on scree

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

These are my favorite approach shoes. They lace snug, and the rubber rand comes in handy more than you would think. This is actually a "reserve" pair, in case LaSportiva changes them before my other one's wear out.

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?

Best Answer Responded on

Dan,
I don't have this exact same shoe but I have had similar approach shoes from La Sportiva. My experience is that very little if any breaking in is required. I would make their first outing only a mile or two, but beyond that you should be good.

Responded on

I agree with Mike there is really no break in required, as long as you buy the right size.

5 5

Awesome shoe!

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

The Boulder X is the best approach shoe I have worn! It fits true to size and the cushy liner makes it very comfortable for long walks. The rubber is very sticky for those class four scrambles and it edges well enough that I often find myself leading easy routes in them. Stick to your size if your typical approach is more like a hike. If you have technical approaches or often climb in your approach shoes then I would recommend downsizing half a size.

I like them so much I bought a second pair to have a ready replacement when the first wears out.

Great shoe, good price, very comfy, and performs well. I highly recommend this product!

3 5

Not for me

  • Gender: Male
  • Fit: Runs small

the first few times that i used them it was fine, a bit stiff, but ok.
but during the the third big aproach (8 hours) my achilles started hurting. i did a 30 hours climbing rountrip in patagonia using these for the aproach (16hs aprox) and had to rehab for a month because of them.
it�s probably just me, but they didnt work.

5 5

Great shoe..

I have been wearing these things just out and about to break them in.. A little narrow for my feet but they are slowly conforming to my feet. Or vice versa.

Great price for a shoe with the durability of a boot. I think these might become an everyday shoe to wear when knocking around.

5 5

Great approach shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've only had the shoe for a few months but so far it has been hands down the best approach shoe that I've worn. Wear and tear is non-existent so far and the fit/comfort has actually been great, note that I have narrow feet and heel so this is the perfect shoe for me. The grip is good enough these could actually be used for climbing.

4 5

Does the job well and comfortably

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

I wear the La Sportiva Scorpion in a 44 for bouldering, and decided to go up to a 45 in the Boulder X for more comfort hiking. I primarily use this shoe for hiking/climbing/scrambling Colorado's 14ers, as well as for work. This is a very sturdy shoe, yet still remains functional for both scrambling up scree and hanging off ladders re-glazing windows. I have yet to see any extraordinary wear that some of the previous reviews have stated.

Even though I did size up for these, I absolutely had to remove the insole it came with. This was simply to give my foot more room within the shoe. I had incredible blisters on both heels after Grays and Torreys. Removing the insole gave me just enough room to keep wearing them. Now that they are broken in I have reinstalled the stock insole and these shoes are now awesome. This is strange considering I dont have a high instep or a large volume foot.

Responded on

After a year of full use the sole is starting to peel back from the upper in the toe. Not pumped but they have gotten a lot of wear and this is the only place showing damage.