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La Sportiva Boulder X Mid GTX Approach Shoe - Men's

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    8 Reviews


    Have fun on your approach.

    It can be tough to find a shoe that will perform well both hiking to your route, as well as scrambling up anything technical to get there, not to mention being able to actually perform while climbing. Lucky for you, there's the La Sportiva Men's Boulder X Mid GTX Approach Shoe. La Sportiva started with a durable leather upper to ensure that the shoe won't break down on you. A Gore-Tex lining keeps your feet nice and dry, since you don't want to pull a wet foot out of your shoe when you roll up to start your climb. The Vibram sole with La Sportiva's Impact Brake System makes sure that you have a sure grip on your whole trek, no matter how many banana slugs you might accidentally step on. To keep these stiff enough to hike comfortably with a pack, La Sportiva made them board lasted.

    • Leather uppers
    • Gore-Tex lining
    • Vibram sole
    • Board lasted
    • Item #LSP003D

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, AirMesh, Vibram rubber rands
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    2mm polypropylene
    microporous EVA, LaSpEVA
    Vibram IdroGrip V-Smear, Impact Brake System traction
    Support Type
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 17.9 oz
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Grippy Shoe, but feels like a sauna

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    In general I prefer high top shoes over boots to hike in. I have several pairs of La Sportiva boots and rock shoes so I figured I would give these a try.

    I wore these for a multiday climb in the Cirque of the Towers. I varied my socks between liner and light hiking sock, liner only, and hiking sock. Regardless of combination my feet were super hot and sweaty-- temps were in the 50s and 60s.


    Super grippy, climb really well (better than my low top 5.10 guides)

    Great construction


    These shoes are hot and don't breath at all. My feet were miserable for most of the time they were in them.

    Grippy Shoe, but feels like a sauna

    Can't Take Them Off

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46.5

    For years I always wanted to purchase the Boulder X. It had been the approach shoe of choice for my buddies. When the Boulder X Mid was designed I knew this boot would change the game.

    My first impressions were merely with the outside of the boot. Strong, but nimble. They look tough and have classic style (Original Lime Green.) I had the chance to try them on in a shop to get my size correct as you should do with everything. It tried them on with my thickest pair of mountaineering socks. I had to size up a half size to be comfortable and have some extra room for my feet after a couple of miles of trail.

    During first several months, these shoes shined. It was during elk hunting season that I started to appreciate the ability of these boots. I never had an issue with blisters or arch pain. The internal stitching never influenced my toes, probably because I sized them right. The soft rubber was amazing in alpine conditions, even when wet and cold. Simply put, I put my Scarpa M3's in the closet for the season. These boots do have GTX and it does work. But only for some time. If you want water impervious boots, buy some XT's. These boots are extremely light in wt. for their toughness.

    Now, over the last three years, with over a thousand miles of hiking and plenty of day to day use in Wyoming, Canary Islands and Norway, the only gripe I have is that I can not re-sole them.

    Overall, this boot is the best thing I've put on my foot. They are tough, light, comfortable, sticky, water-resistant (not water-proof) and relatively inexpensive compared to my other boots. Ill probably get a new pair with in the year just because the sole is wearing out. I hope this helps, but remember my foot is not like yours.


    Can't Take Them Off


    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 13

    I got a chance to try these on in a brick and mortar store and wanted to give feedback on sizing. I wear a 13 in most shoes, for comparison: Lowa Focus GTX mid, Lowa Renegade in size 13, a size 12 in Salewa Alp Flow. The 13 in this boot was a bit snug, but the boot feels well padded, and I can see how it would stretch once broken in. Testing it out on the fake rock slope in the store my toes didn't hit the front of the boot on a downhill if the laces were pretty snug. To echo what another reviewer said, it was difficult to get the laces tight, and to stay tight. They were easy to pull tight, easier than most, but the retracted quickly when trying to tie the laces. Edging and toeing in on small foot holds was pretty good due to the stiff sole and sticky rubber, better than the Salewa Alp Flow. The boots do feel a bit hot, but very comfortable other than that. Hope this helps someone out buying them online.

    Love, love, love these boots!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I'm not an avid hiker (I live in Chicago), but I can appreciate good gear. I'm absolutely love with these boots. They fit great right ouit of the box. Some might find them snug, but they will conform to you foot over time. Make sure to buy 1/2 size up from what you "usually" wear, or you'll be jamming your toes into the toe box. Kind of wish I could've gotten them in another color other than yellow, but, oh well.

    OK boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    The boot's sticky sole is awesome holding on rock. I have a narrow low volume foot and the fit is pretty good, however there is a spot in the toe box that constantly causes blisters on my 3rd toe.

    Yet another leaky GTX branded product

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    I've used these a number of times and generally am pretty pleased with their comfort and performance except in a few specific instances. As for their climbing ability, I've used them to climb up to 5.10- on TR at the gym (Portland Rock Gym) and lead 5.5 trad. They seem great for scrambles and grip rock pretty well. I've used them for a few backpacking trips as well, and they were pretty comfy and performant.

    However, I do have a weird issue where the top of my middle left toe rubs the inside of the boot while going downhill. This has occurred twice and left me with a blister. It happens in kind of specific circumstances, so maybe I just need to fiddle with the lacing or something. I've never had boots do this before.

    Second, as the title indicates, the Gore-Tex is worthless, as they still soak up water. My feet were soaked after just a few hours hiking in light rain. Every GTX branded product I've ever used has not been waterproof, with the one exception of my $500 mountaineering boots. The Gore-Tex brand is crap, and merely serves to justify a higher price.

    Also, the new yellow color is ugly. Green forever.

    Mid-term review

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 47.5

    These things are not even close to waterproof during extended treks in the snow. My feet became thoroughly soaked. The suede becomes saturated, then water presses through the Gore-tex liner. How do I know my feet weren't just sweatng? Read on.

    These boots are even less colorfast than they are waterproof. The bright yellow suede has permanently dyed all my socks yellow. They even make yellow tracks in the snow. I could see where the gore-tex liners were leaking because of yellow streaks inside the boot where the stained water pressed through at the seams. This occurred both before and after treating the suede with a waterproof sealant. Using a rigid insole exacerbated the leaking so be sure to use a supple insole.

    The outsole rubber is not as sticky as Scarpa Tech ascents, but that is apples to oranges, because if you have low volume feet these fit and the Scarpas don't. These are, however, pretty sticky on everything except wet lichen.

    The choice between sock-dying yellow and sock-dying yellow leaves something to be desired.

    At the end of the day these still win 3 stars because they are some of the only boots that fit my low volume feet well, and although my feet got wet they never got cold in the snow. I sized up a half size as instructed by other reviewers, and they are still a half size small, so I compensated with thinner socks and thinner insoles. After upsizing 1/2 size, the fit is still more attuned for approach than hiking, but they are supple enough to be comfortable for extended hikes. The leather also has a tendency to shrink after being wet for awhile. Buy one full size bigger for backpacking.

    Like others on here, I get the blister on one third toe. Duct tape on that toe completely fixes it. I think the culprit is sharp nylon stitching so I'm going to try to smooth it with a hot spoon. Aside from that, these boots feel custom made to my feet, due to their soft upper and full lacing.

    They Don't Stay Laced

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

    Bought these for my husband, who is a straight-up-the-mountainside/bushwacking hiker. He wore them about 3-4 times but could not keep them tight and laced. He does have a high instep and maybe that was the issue. But he found it very frustrating to stop all the time to tighten them up. We returned them. For the average once in a while trail hiker maybe they would be sufficient.

    How is toe box on these compared to the Hyper Mid GTX which seems narrow.
    I'm almost always a size 11 (44.5) and that's what I bought in the Hyper model. Perhaps I should have gone to a 45?
    Which would make a better 3 season day hiker in New England rocks? Boulder X mid or Hyper Mid? Both have same sticky Vibrim Idro sole.


    So between the Hyper Mid GTX and the Boulder X Mid GTX footwear, the Hyper Mid will be more comfortable in the toe box for the longer mile days. But the Boulder X has a more technical design at the front of the toes for better edgeing/smearing ability on rock. These will be superior on rock and slightly less comfortable for logging miles.

    I use my Boulder X's on long hikes all the time. What part of New England are you hiking in? The Whites? How many miles are you aiming to get in on your hikes?

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead


    Why there are no half sizes?

    Would you recommend this boot for colder weather?

    I wore them in the snow all day with smartwool socks. They are not waterproof at all but my feet stayed warm. This may be a question of circulation and metabolism, however, and I'm not sure I would trust these boots in cold weather without a lot of calories.

    Hi, Is the sizing of these boots exact...

    Hi, Is the sizing of these boots exact same as the low cut version, Boulder X? My local stores do not carry these boots, but they do carry the low cut version. So, I was thinking that I would try the low cut version in my local store, find my size, and order the mid cut version online. Thanks for your answer!

    Best Answer

    Do it! I have the low cut version and it is the same sizing. If you want to order 2 sizes just to make sure we will pay for your return shipping of which ever size you send back. Give me a call and we can put your order together.

    Eric Watford

    Expert Gearhead

    Ext. 6069