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A waterproof fastpacking boot for bolting up mountains in questionable weather.

Ascend the mountain like lightening while wearing the La Sportiva Men's Hyper Mid GTX Hiking Boot. More like a shoe with the personality of a grizzled mountain man, this boot grips loose trails, fends off the weather, and moves with a sure-footedness typically found in a full-blown backpacking boot. Rather than leave your ankles exposed during your high-altitude scramble, the Hyper protects it with a mid-height upper that laces from the very top of the tongue all the way to the top of the toe. Although it might look a little unusual at first, the security offered by this design is unmatched. Over time the leather breaks in to match the contour of your foot, adding to the comfort.

Mother Nature can be cruel to even the most well-prepared hiker, and this boot is ready for the foulest of weather. Just beneath the upper lies a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane that keeps your foot bone-dry on wet trails or during torrential storms, all the while allowing sweaty moisture to escape from within. Toss a pack on your back, point yourself toward something steep, and dig into loose terrain and you'll be rewarded with ample grip from the Vibram outsole. With all that it has to offer, this boot weighs only a touch over one pound.

La Sportiva makes two over mid-height boots of this ilk, the Xplorer Mid and the Boulder X Mid, but the Hyper is the definitive choice for three-season fastpacking or technical backpacking in questionable weather and steep terrain.

  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof breathable membrane
  • Roughout leather uppers feature secure, to-the-toe lacing
  • Strobel last ensures support and long-term durability
  • Cushioned EVA midsole for support is backed with a Rock Plate for forefoot protection from stone bruises
  • Grippy Idro-Grip Vibram X-Traction outsole with Impact Brake lug pattern
  • Item #LSP0247

Tech Specs

Upper Material
leather, Lorica, UreTech, AirMesh, [rands] Vibram rubber
Gore-Tex Extended Comfort
Vibram Idro Grip X-traction, Impact Brake System traction
dual-density MEMlex, TPU stabilizer, RockGuard
Claimed Weight
18.5 oz
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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The Best Alpine Scrambler

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

These puppies are built for big days in the alpine. The higher ankle provides great support for those wearing packs or if you need the extra leverage. I used these on a 3 day climb in the Tetons, and could easily climb 5.7 all day wearing these things. Absolutely will buy again.

Awesome boots.

    This efing boots are awesome. They felt great and look bad ass. I have a pair of la sportiva approach shoes that i got at REI (love em) That's why a decided to buy this bad boys on line. Size vary from brand to brand, I always try a pair of the brand I'm shopping for at a local sports store, makes sense to me, and haven't had any troubles. Haven't climb on them. Used them on a scrambling route and rappelling an a canyon at Baja, so far so good.

    Absolutely No Issues

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

    Fantastic boot. No rubbing or sizing issues for me. If a boot feels like it doesn't fit your foot, return it. Don't think the boot will gradually stretch or accommodate your foot, it'll just rub.

    Maybe not the most durable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    I've put about 50 miles on them and they hike great. I climbed 1000ft of class 3/4 rock and they felt really great, but the wear and tear is noticeable and my confidence in their longevity is not high. Although I can't say how long they "should" last since usage varies and depends on the user. I'm a big fan of La Sportiva and have never had an issue, but the rubber on the sole, as well as the leather upper and laces on these have worn quick. I am hard on boots, but for what I have done in these so far has had a surprising effect. Hopefully they last a few more trips before a catastrophic failure. They run typical La Sportiva size, meaning I go one size up in US Men's.

    So far, so good

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

    I've got a pair of heavy duty backpacking boots for extended trips, and I've got plenty of approach shoes. I bought these as an in between. I'm a big fan so far. They're lightweight, but have great ankle support. Super grippy and comfortable. I saw other reviews saying they ran small, so I ordered my regular size and the size up. I ended up returning my regular size. Stoked on these boots, they're quite versatile .

    Walking on Sunshine

      Traded in a pair of Asolo Fugitives for these. These are light like a running shoe, but provides plenty of support for hiking. They stick to just about everything. I haven't attempted to climb I them yet, but I'd imagine these would kill for low level climbs.

      Outstandingly light and maneuverable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 45.5

      Bought these for a hunting/hiking boot. First thing size: reading reviews beforehand I gained consensus they run small. The assistant advised buy my normal shoe size then the next size up, thus return the size that did not fit. I am a size 11.5 US thus ordered a 45 and 45.5 Euro. Turns out the 45.5 fit perfect and the 45 was sent home, confirming these run a tad small for US sizes.
      Secondly, the weight is almost nonexistent. I mean they weigh like a running shoe. After using these in Montana across stub cactus they are very durable and I had no issues.
      Lastly, they look sharp, unique and quite unlike their competition. I am highly impressed and may order an identical pair for the day my first pair wears out!

      Highly recommended.

      Initial Impression

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11

      At first these seemed too tight but after wearing them a bit with light/mid socks they fit well. I went a half size up but I always do so I'm calling them true to size . Not much padding, kind of a hard minimalist feel to them. Will most likely replace the stock insole with something more comfy after I get some real miles on them.

      Like them, but my heels don't

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

      Really like the idea of this boot and had high hopes. But, the heel on these things is like a brick wall - hard. They're thin and skimpy throughout, which is good on a lightweight approach oriented boot like this, but those heels...

      Great light hikers

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

      I purchased these boots to supplement my backpacking/hiking gear closet with something light/comfortable for day hikes/shorter trips. I have a pair of burly Asolos that I use for long trekking trips, but I wanted something a little less intense for short trips.

      These boots fit the bill perfectly. Super lightweight, very comfortable and completely waterproof. I've trudged through deep snow, mud and water and stayed completely dry.

      In my experience, they run a little bit smaller in the toe box, so I'd consider trying a half size or size up from your normal street shoes, especially if you plan on wearing a thicker hiking sock.

      The ankle support was great in these as well, and as someone with bad ankles, that's not a feature to be overlooked.

      very good boot

      • Fit: True to size

      bought these a couple of months ago and after breaking them in, have enjoyed them ever since. they are true to size and quite comfortable with plenty of support, light weight and stylish. I would recommend highly.

      Pretty awesome boots.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've put about 30 miles on them and I have no complaints. The reviews i read indicated the stock footbed was lacking so i bought these with the Danner footbed and its been a great combo. No hotspots or soreness for me. Love the lacing system too. Received many compliments and some envious looks from friends.

      Really wanted to love these boots.

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

      These boots were purchased for summit day for four 14ers in september 2015.

      Got these boots a month before a four day in the Smokies trek from Cherokee to Fontana Dam. With a proper break in boots fit fairly well.

      Weather in the 80's and no rain for full length of trek.

      Wore the boots with Smart Wool PHD socks and changed them daily

      Day one was five miles to first shelter. No problems. Day two was 14 miles and hot spots developed on both inner heels where the rubber strip meets the second red stripe from the top crosses. Day three was 16 miles and much more discomfort despite proper blister care and duct tape. Day 4 the final five miles and a bruised left little toe and a lot of pain in the sole of the right foot.

      I have not given up on these boots yet the plan is to try some Super Foot insoles to improve fit and comfort.

      Pic of right heel below.

      Really wanted to love these boots.

      I've had similar issues. I sized up and did a super foot green insole and have had no problems. I also adjust my tightening depending on uphill, downhill or technical. Haven't had a problem with blisters since and I have put some serious miles backpacking in these. I also have used the Xplorer models (regular and Mid GTX). Love the whole line, but especially love these for backpacking. They offer a little more support and protection.


      Just a week ago ordered the Super Feet Green for exactly the same rational. I hope this is a problem solver for me. They have been sitting patiently by the front door waiting for their new insoles. Should arrive soon so I can try them out. No mileage planned in the near future so it will be about town testing. I will update as I get to test them out.

      Similar feel to expensive running sneak

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

      Love these. Similar feel and walk to an expensive running sneaker like a NIKE AirMax.

      I'm in New Orleans gave these a hard test in the bayou and the lakefront levees.

      I'm in Colorado in summer. I'll provide update for semi snow/high peak conditions.

      I wear an 11. The 44.5 has just enough room for 2 socks.

      Great boot on rock and the trail

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

      I have have hiked well over a 100 miles in these boots, nearly all off trail. I have hiked trails like Cactus to Clouds in Palm Springs (broke them in on that hike) and climbed up to 5.7 in these in the High Sierras including routes on Mount Darwin, Mt. Humphrey's, Mt. Birch and Lone Pine Peak. On low grade routes, I rarely have to switch into my rock climbing shoes. These are light, sticky on class 3, 4 and 5.easy routes. They excel on slabs and class 3 boulder scrambling.

      As for durability, I think they do very well. I did replace the original laces. They were abraded through at the toe pretty quickly. Not a big deal and expected.

      The laces going all the way to the toe make for a very nice fit. You can snug them down tight with thin socks for climbing feel and loosen them up and throw on some thick Smartwool socks if its cold out.

      They are waterproof, so your feet will sweat in them. But nothing unusual for a GTX lined boot.

      I will buy another pair when these are toast.

      Great all around light hiker...

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

      I bought these to replace a really old pair of La Sportiva Boulders that I finally trashed. I live in southeast Alaska and tend to use them as general light hiking boots rather than just approach shoes. My typical use is day trips with a pack full of DSLR gear, including a couple long lenses. The grip isn't quite what the old Boulders were but it is much better than something like my trail runners (Mtn. Masochists). I've had no issues walking up and down moderately steep rock, which around here is wet more often than not. Now if they'd only come up with a rubber that grips wet log too...

      i have to go a full U.S. size up in the Boulder X, wondering if this model has a similar fit? Which are 'better' for hiking with a 20lb pack off trail over moderately steep rough rock, these or the Boulder X mid? I can't try these on locally unfortunately.

      Are these boots compatible with crampons?


      You could use this shoe with the CAMP USA XLC Crampon in the 490 (strap on), Item # CMP3273 and get a flex bar from CAMP USA to have these work better with a boot without a shank.

      Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

      Jared D.

      Expert Gearhead


      Unanswered Question

      From your size chart, I am advised to choose a 42.5 EU size. But normally, I am picking a 44 (so I thought a 43 size would be normal with these shoes). How accurate is it ?



      How do these compare to the La Sportiva Xplorer Mid GTX? I see that the shoe looks almost identical, except that these here have some extra leather parts, but are also 2 ounce heavier.

      Best Answer

      Just talked to our Rep for La Sportiva. He says that the Hyper is a bit more durable because the upper has leather in it. The Xplorer is purely synthetic, lighter but, loses a little durability. If you are planning on hiking through a lot of scree fields where you might see more wear on the upper part of the shoe then go with the Hyper.

      I can confirm this. I switched from the Xplorer Mid GTX to these precisely for the extra protection. Love the xplorers but I do a lot of hiking in scrubs and cactus. Got a lot of sticks and cactus come through the mesh on the Xplorers. Still love them, but the Hypers are my go-to for longer/bush whacking backpacking excursions.

      Looking for this boot in 47!

      Looking for this boot in 47!

      Best Answer

      Hey alex G.,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      At this time we are all sold out of the size 47.0 that we do bring in. However, I have looked the item up and we do have a new purchase order coming in late April or the beginning of May. So i would keep this page book marked and just check it frequently so you can set up an order with the size 47.0 when we post them online.

      I hope you have a nice weekend.

      Had these boots for a while and as a tree climber and rigger these are great boots! On tower work and tree work they have great dexterity and foot feel with softish sole that has excellent grip. Not great with gaffs although these were not made specifically for that. Will be getting several pair more for work. BTW, how do these compare to Ganda guides?

      about lasportiva;s sizing : 42,5eu is...

      about lasportiva;s sizing : 42,5eu is normally smaller than a 9,5us. In your size options is it 42,5 or 9,5?

      Would this be a good boot for winter trail...

      Would this be a good boot for winter trail hiking?

      Best Answer

      Hi there --the Hyper Mid would be a good winter boot, but my only concern is the relatively shallow tread depth--that won't do you too many favors on snow when it fills up quickly. If you wanted to look at another boot by La Sportiva that has a deeper sole and the same gore-tex lining, I would recommend you take a look at the Delta GTX--check it out here:

      Good luck with that!

      Would this be ideal in Kilimanjaro?

      Would this be ideal in Kilimanjaro?

      I would personally recommend a boot that extends up your calf a little bit higher and offers a more supportive footbed--if you're going to hike Kili, there are few things that will make as big of a difference as the type of footwear you use. For that reason, I would look at a boot like the La Sportiva Pamir, found here:

      Not only is the Pamir a great price, it features a much more supportive lacing system up the front of the boot and a more deeply lugged sole. It's also recommended by a number of different Kilimanjaro guides--read more about how much they love the Pamir here:

      Hope this helps! Send me a note if you have any more questions!

      Can these boots be put in the washer or...

      Can these boots be put in the washer or hosed off or how do you clean them?