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    A lightweight boot that's not squeamish about wet, rocky, or long trails.

    A two-day hike into the rough, untamed world can beat your improperly protected toes and ankles into pulp. With the lightweight, supportive La Sportiva Omega GTX Backpacking Boot, you can trek for many miles with weather-resistance, cushioning, and security for your steps. The tough leather upper and a Gore-Tex membrane seal out the rain, mud, and creek crossings, while the Symbios Technology midsole provides excellent impact reduction and support.

    • Durable Ingrasatto leather and nubuck leather upper stands up to abuse as you traverse mountain ranges and long trails
    • Gore-Tex membrane seals out rain, puddles, and creek crossings while also expelling interior moisture to prevent blisters
    • Co-molded Symbios PU-EVA midsole and 7mm Ergoflex footbed matches your foot's shape and cushions heavy steps in rocky terrain
    • TPU torsion plate reduces boot twisting and buckling while providing a decent amount of flex
    • Flexible ankle enables easy mobility while climbing steep sections of trail but the tall collar provides side-to-side protection to prevent ankle injury
    • The Vibram Sasslong rubber outsole secures your steps on mud, sand, and slick rock
    • Impact brake system, which is a slanted lug pattern, enhances stopping power and control when carrying a heavy pack
    • Soft Cordura in the ankle and gusset reduce pressure points while the lace hooks ensure an even fit throughout the many miles
    • Item #LSP0219

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Ingrasatto leather, stretch Cordura, [cuff] nubuck leather
    Gore-Tex insert
    Vibram Sasslong, Impact brake system
    co-molded Symbios PU, EVA, TPU plate
    Arch Support
    7mm Ergoflex
    Claimed Weight
    (pair) 3 lb 13.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking, backpacking, trekking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Insane tread

      I love the construction of these boots. The lacing system is simple and quick. The tongue is "molded" into the shoe and provided "seamless" protection from elements. I very comfortable footbed, but offers the right amount of support for my taste. The lugs are insane! Deep and burly. I was looking for a lightweight hiker that is quick on the mtn, but can handle all types of terrain and conditions that I will encounter on my western hunts. No doubt they will meet my criteria. Only complaint is they require substantial break-in.

      Superb hiking boots well made but...

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10

      Both design and quality are great and pictures don't even give justice. Unfortunately, these boots are not ideal if you need to put an orthopedic insert. Still, I would recommend the boots as they offer a great value.

      Great boots... until they aren't.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      Bought these boots for weekend hikes in the Cascades with my family about 1-1/2 years ago.
      They seemed like great boots- very solid foot bed, great support. Excellent traction.
      Today they still have plenty of sole left and no real signs of wear, except in two places.
      On both boots, right where the leather bends between the boot and the toe box, the seam there has opened up.
      Boots are no longer waterproof and it is getting worse every time I wear them.
      I learned they are now outside of the warranty period- so I bought a pair of $234 boots that have not lasted any longer than the $100 Merrells I had before these.
      Stay away... not worth the extra money at all.

      Hiking hunting

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 13.5

      Purchased for Hunting Nothern spring and fall. Have put dozens of miles on these lightwieght tires many of which were in wet conditions. Must say once broke in very comfortable, always dry and good traction. Decent ankle upport concidering the hieght. Boot does run small and narrow I also lace up the Makalu for work and it fits true at a 13 however this boot is .5 size small. Needed 13.5. Why Sportive cannot be consistent puzzles me.

      Some issues

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 45.5

      Me: 5'11", 200 lbs, normally wear a size 11.5 in most shoes. I have a narrow foot so La Sportivas are right up my alley as they run narrow. I bought the 45.5 and they seemed to fit great. After a cursory break in, my first trip was a quick overnight trip in Desolation Wildnerness, about 20 miles round trip. They did fine and my only issue was at the end of each day of hiking, I had some minor discomfort from what felt like the tread/outsole pushing through the insole on the bottoms of my feet. It was like the insole was too thin and didn't provide quite enough cushioning. I know that most boot manufacturers skimp on their insoles in order to cut costs.
      So for my next trip, another overnight around 20 miles round trip, I tried out a thicker insole. While this alleviated the lack of cushioning problem, it pushed my heel up a bit too high in the heel pocket, causing it to rub in a weird way. I got hot spots and eventually minor blisters from this on both my heels on the last day. I chalked this up to the insole being too thick in the heel.
      A week later I went on a slightly longer trip, 3 days and 3 nights near yosemite. I went with a thinner insole this time than the last, and also brought along the original insoles in case I had problems, figuring that minor discomfort from the insole being too thin is better than blisters. Well, it didn't matter and I got blisters again. I'm not sure if this was because my blisters from the original trip hadn't fully recovered, or what, but it wasn't super pleasant. I was able to manage the rest of the trip with proper blister care but was still in some pain, mostly while walking uphill and particularly at the end of each long day of hiking.
      So, not sure what is up with these boots. I was wearing a thick backpacking sock during all these trips, so might try next time going with a liner underneath. I would like to be able to use a better insole than the crappy one that came with the boots, as I know that most bootmakers skimp on insoles. But, I don't want any more blisters. Has anyone else encountered a similar problem or have any tips/ideas? I know everyone's foot is different but it's worth a shot.

      Ordered a new pair

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 45.5 & 46

      I buy size 11 shoe 90% of the time and found the 45.5 fit snugly, and a hair too short at times, so I sized up to 46 for my second pair (0.5cm longer I believe). I put 150 miles on the first pair across two years of sharp granite, a heavy pack, and rare campfire kicks, and they easily have another 100 miles left in them. New pair is for extra grip on the JMT.

      If the boot fits...

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

      Boot sizing is a completely personal endeavor but if these fit I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better, more quality option.

      Burly enough for heavy loads, nimble and precise enough in the toe for incredibly confident scrambling over 4th and 5th class terrain. A bit more than you need for a short dayhike but not so much so that you're reminded of it.

      The tread pattern and outsole are proven.

      Definitely requires a break in period but it is worth it.

      Also it is a low volume boot, you may need to size down the thickness of your socks, this can make all the difference in the world.

      Taking these puppies out of the box and feeling the quality is a good feeling after sifting through all of the Chinese labor camp crap that is on the market. This is more than just a product, it's something that someone put some pride into, you can feel it.

      Hot and hard, but a good boot

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

      I have owned this boot for about 6 months and put many miles on it. The soles have never really softened up so I would recommend an insert. Being water proof, your feet will get warm in the summer. Ideal conditions would be 35-60 lbs of pack weight in 25-60 degree weather.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2 year update~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Having owned these now for two years, I want to give an update. These boots have been excellent both in cold weather with snow shoes down to about 5 degrees F. They also do great in very muddy conditions, and wet rock thanks due to the sole. The sole itself is barely showing any wear and is lasting a VERY long time for me as I tend to be hard on shoes.

      Speaking of wear, only two areas are showing signs of failure. The stitching along the outside front, and the back heel area. The back heel area is coming apart from the bottom and leather due to what seems like rotting of the material. If not for this problem, they would likely last long enough to be re-soled (2-5 years out still in terms of sole life). However, the problem seems to be situated to get worse. Whatever foam they used between the sole and the shoe leather is definitely the weakest part of the shoe. I would guess with moderate use that these will be usable no more than 5 years before complete failure, making them not the best shoe in terms of toughness.

      The shoe did eventually break in fully. It is still completely waterproof, and supportive.

      Overall, good boot, but it doesn't seem destined to last keeping it from becoming a lifetime favorite.

      Hot and hard, but a good boot

      Super comfy!

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

      La Sportiva footwear is great. I found these to fit my skinny feet really well as they have a fairly narrow last. They seem to be a pretty versatile boot. I look forward to giving these a working out in an upcoming orienteering event which could be anything from knee high mud to perfect grassy meadows so we'll see what happens! As for straight out of the box they were really comfy and dont seem like they'll need as much breaking in as a more traditional leather boot.

      I've only done a few short walks so far but will get some serious miles on them soon and looking forward to it!

      Agile Italian Fit

      • Fit: Runs small

      La Sportiva has brought back the Italian made, fitted, light hiking boot. However, you may need to go up 1 full size to accommodate trekking socks, because the Italian last is too narrow for most American feet (ex. 45 fits a 10.5 foot).

      I replaced the foot bed with a Carbon Superfeet orthotic, to open up room for the forefoot. They, now, support a mid volume foot and fit a normal heel securely. No break in necessary. They feel good and look good with Positive Forward Momentum.

      Back Country service is the best!

      Best boot ever

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

      Fit: true to size, but I have a fairly narrow foot, narrow heel, and high instep. That said, they are the best pair of hiking boots I've ever owned, and I've gone through a lot over the past 30 years. The fit perfectly, which is of course essential, but the performance is unexpectedly good. I've worn them about 50-60 miles so far, flat trails, hills, and sidewalks. The most comfortable footwear I own, and have been wearing them to work (in an office, but casual time of year) because they just feel good on the feet. Miles in wet slushy snow, no leaks. Hours on a trail, and they breathe beautifully. It is winter here in Idaho, so I can't say what they're like on a hot day. The traction is superb compared to other hikers--real tacky grip on ice and snow. And the leather is so comfortable its like a pair of perfectly fit deerskin gloves. Enough. And I never write reviews. But I'm tempted to order another paid of these and store them in the closet for when the first pair wears out.

      My Italian shoes are for backpacking!

        Top Quality through out. Metal eyelets for boot laces are very stout. Double stitch toe, then protected with the rubber tip. Boot tongue does not bunch up inside boot. Easy to flex foot yet feels very supportive. My upper heel is very sensitive to poor fitting boots, this boot fits my foot just right. Steep accents on dirt / gravel / rock trails are what this boot feels ready for. I have not crossed water yet, but feel sure that my feet will remain dry as long as I dont dive in to deep water. The soles are Vibram and feel solid under my heel when descending. Cuff of boot opening is made of soft yet rugged leather. Interior of the boot is lined w/ soft fabric and I dont feel any hidden edges or stray bits. When the insole is removed I can see that much attention to detail was given to the construction of these boots. Special designed soles provide better contact and control. I hope to put some serious mileage on these boots.

        Solid Boot

          Very nice boot. Almost all leather ( tounge is 2/3s fabric). Great workmanship and materials. 100% waterproof.Boot seems to form fit around your foot. Good lateral rigidity- boot stands almost 8" tall. Moderate flex, good for hiking and light/ moderate backpacking. It is a warm boot, perhaps not the best for hot weather hiking, Too much flex for crampons but it is not advertised as a mountaineering boot. Fits as sized. This is a very good boot for 90% of my needs. It is expensive but well worth it if it lasts. Time wtill tell. One last thing- it's made in Italy!

          Will these work with Black Diamond contact...

          Will these work with Black Diamond contact strap crampons for general mountaineering/glacier travel?

          One of the keys to a good crampon boot whether for ice climbing, mountaineering, or even basic glacier travel is a fairly rigid sole structure.

          Unfortunately the very flex that makes the La Sportiva Omega GTX Backpacking Boot excellent for backpacking and trekking makes it unsuitable even for BD Contact Strap Crampons.

          For a hiking boot that will cross-over well to mountaineering and crampon wear, I would recommend the Mammut Appalachian GTX.