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Hi can someone clarify that what size is...
Hi can someone clarify that what size is 6.5 in the USA for this? I googled it but I get conflicting information, some sites say 37, some 37.5, some 41!! I need them for a canyoneering trip and need them in Oakland CA Monday AM - need to order today, thanks! 6.5 in women's USA size. thanks!
The 37.5 translates into a size 6.5 in women's according to La Sportiva's own sizing chart. See here: http://www.sportiva.com/about/technology/sizing-boots-shoes Hope that hels!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
These shoes are great for shorter more techy approaches. They are very stiff and have great edging, because of the stiffness they took forever to brake in. On longer hikes they are heavy and my feet started to hurt. I have wide feet and they seemed to pinch a little. They are very bulky, and run a little small at first.
Diggin these kicks
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I blew my knee out and had it put back together over the winter. Since then, my balance is a little off and avoiding stumbling and re-injuring myself is high on the priority list. I've been looking for some really stable shoes for hiking and walking over scree and rocks (near Bozeman MT, lots of scree and rock hiking). These boulder x have been great for me, they are really "grabby" and very sturdy but casual (and dare I say, cute) enough to keep on at the bar. They also seem to be made of high quality material and like they will hold up, (but I have only had them for a month.) They are not "light shoes"and actually took me a minute to get use too, so if you are expecting something ultralight you might be disappointed. But if you want something a bit burlier but not a full hiking boot, these are great.
I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my...
I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my GF. Any thoughts on how water resistant they are? And as important, how do they perform on wet rock? We hike a lot of slippery Shale and nasty roots in the Catskills, and after our last adventure I don't think anyone is going to believe her "I fell off my bike" and "I slipped off a boulder" stuff. Yes, my gf is awesome!
She does sound like a catch! These should be adequate for the job, generally speaking approach shoes use climbing shoe rubber for more adhesion against rock scrambling. As far as wet rocks are concerned she'll have to be careful just as she would have to be with any shoe. But I've used dozens of boots for hiking in the Cats and Dacks and very familiar with the uneven terrain you're going to find there. I find Vibram makes the stickiest rubber even on slippery stuff and the lugs are pretty rugged on the sole so that'll help as well.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Great shoe for scrambling, approaches and walk offs. More sturdy than a trail runner but lighter than a boot. I even wear this shoe for day hikes! I have yet to actually climb in them, but am guessing I could do some easy stuff in them.
La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe
I feel safe!
Walking with this shoes! I can walk, climb, go to work or trainning!! I've already bought my second pair! =]
I wear these shoes all the time, not just on approaches. They are sturdy, very cushioned, and true to size. The rubber is very sticky, and you can comfortably climb lower grade climbs in these with ease.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After getting hosed by a few other approach shoes, this shoe made my year. I have used it for descents off some big climbs like El Cap, Half Dome, Bear Creek Spire, etc. in the Sierras and in the Tetons. It fits true to size. Incredibly comfortable with great support & cushioning, and superb traction on rock. Reliable and excellent shoe.
Positioned for Descent
The BoulderX on the harness in preparation for descent off the notorious East Ledges of El Cap after a climb up the East Buttress.
Worked out well
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I bought these for my girlfriend, who has a narrow foot, and she loves them. She has taken them out hiking and backpacking and has had good experiences with both. She has a narrow low volume foot so the extra adjustment and the lacing to the toe helps her to get the perfect fit. The sole is rigid enough to support a mid-weight pack and they stick to the rocks when scrambling.
These shoes are amazing, not one blister or hot spot right out of the box. I am going to order a second pair. My feet are extremely narrow and this shoe accommodates that perfectly!
Sticky and comfy
The best attribute of these shoes is that they are incredibly sticky. They are plenty comfy for long approaches and could probably work for low grade climbs in a pinch. I do find it a little tough to lace them just right, but when I do, they fit perfectly.
does anyone know how these would fit men's...
does anyone know how these would fit men's feet? would they be too narrow generally?
I'm a man and where a women's size 6 shoe. My feet are also very narrow. With my narrow feet these feel good width wise, but if you have wider feet it might work to loosen the laces a little. Sorry I can't really help more than that. I do think the bottom of the shoe is a little hard though. I tried putting in my own broken in insoles, but that just made the shoe too tight, I guess I'll just have to break in the shoes the old fashion way... wearing them around with the original insole.
I love this little shoe
First and foremost, I have to emphasize just how difficult it is for me to find adequate footwear of any kind due to the extreme narrowness of my feet and heels. After trying nearly every other brand on the market, I looked for some online advice about outdoor shoes for women with very narrow feet and La Sportiva came up more than once. I am planning to hike Half Dome in Yosemite this August and want an approach shoe for the ascent and descent of Sub Dome and Half Dome. I've tested these on the highest, craggiest, boulder-strewn peaks of the southern Appalachians and I think they fit the bill - not to mention my ridiculously narrow feet. They are grippy, relatively light, and comfortable. I am currently trying to find a hiking boot in this brand as the fit has given me a glimmer of hope. Finally.
Sticky Sweet Shoes
Runs true to size for the most part..I wear 5.5-6.0 and in these 5.5 is right on. Super sticky soles, lightweight, low profile, nice smaller lightweight yet super sturdy shoe. Perfect approach shoe as they can be hiked in and bouldered in....used for scrambles as well as class IV..I love them.
Comfortable but weird
I tried these on and they are comfortable but weird. I don't like how the heal has the really wide sole. I guess it is there so you don't roll your ankle and I probably could get used to it, but I think I'll try something else. The footbed does have a soft foam under the insole which is pretty cool! :)
Women's La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe
Great Day Hiker
I use this for day hikes all the time. It was a bit tight at first but loosened up after I used them the first time. My feet don't get too hot and I think they look cute too. Not too bulky, which is nice but give killer support. I'd buy them again.
Best Approach Shoe
I am tempted to buy a second pair right now so that I have some when my current pair wears out- I don't want to risk NOT having these in my life.
I was wary about buying ANOTHER pair of day hiker/approach shoes. However after loving my La Sportiva climbing shoes and reading the reviews of these shoes, I decided to go for it. Boy, I have not regretted my decision once. These shoes are STURDY, keep my over-pronating feet in check; they are LIGHTWEIGHT, heading up and down a 9-mile hike with mixed terrain of snow, mud, and dry dirt was no problem. Bouldering at the top was a dream- the toe and sole have the stickiest rubber that allowed me to play without overthinking my feet.
Side note: on a recent hike there were people struggling up and down slick terrain, while I had footing that I could write home about. Sticky, nimble business. Loved it.
Bottom Line: If you need some good approach shoes that can handle a lighter hike but also a day-long push with bouldering, don't hesitate to get these in your life!