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La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

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Nucleo High GTX Backpacking Boot

Hike through rugged terrain in La Sportiva's Nucleo High GTX Backpacking Boot. Gore-Tex Surround waterproofing protects the boot as you trek through snowmelt soaked grass fields. The Vibram Nano sole provides traction over steep trails and rocky ridge lines alike, and the Nano-cell upper creates a durable construction that shaves weight at the same time. Keep your foot comfortably protected as you make your way out and back all the while enjoying the beauty the backcountry offers.

  • A mid-range hiking boot for high performance in the backcountry
  • Gore-Tex Surround waterproofing blocks out water on rainy days
  • Vibram Nano sole offers sticky traction in variable conditions
  • Nano-cell upper technology provides lasting, durable foot protection
  • High top style offers ankle support on rocky, loose terrain
  • Item #LSP00HL

Upper Material
Nano-cell direct injection, nubuck leather
Gore-Tex Surround
Vibram Nano
Claimed Weight
16.8oz (single)
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Comfortable boot / can be worn out

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
175 lbs

Excellent boots. Fit and finish is spot on. Extremely comfortable for long hikes and full days in the boots. On or off trail, great traction and support. Two small issues: the waterproofing is not amazing. You're feet won't be "wet" but they will be "moist" if you walk across some streams. Suboptimal. My 2nd issue is the lifespan. I wear these 3 days/week with a non-trivial amount of off trail scrambling in southern Appalachia. In 9 months I have blown them out in two spots. I hike 3-10 miles each day I am wearing them (for work) so this is a lot of use relative to the weekend hiker. So while I cannot speak highly enough about the comfort and support, for my next pair I'll be trying a different Sportiva boot, hoping to crest the 1-year mark.

>Rating: 5

Super lightweight but strong boots

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

These are just the shoes that I was looking for: comfortable, lightweight, strong materials. I just started using them but they feel durable. I have wide feet and they fit nicely. I'll certainly recommend this for medium to long hikes.


Do these have a protective toe?

Hey Andrew, These don't have a steel toe if that is what you mean but the toe is protected by an extension of sole's rubber and nubuck leather. Hope that answers your question. Hit me up at mbova@backcountry.com if you have any other questions or need help setting up an order. Cheers, Mike