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Michael Toyama

Michael Toyamawrote a review of on November 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

I really love these shoes, but I'm going to have to sell them to someone whose feet run cooler than mine. In any temperature or activity level, my feet overheat in these things like crazy. Even sitting around the house. I gave them multiple tries on the trail, including hiking on a fairly cool day. I find these hotter than my goretex backpacking and mountaineering boots, which is hard to believe. It gets so uncomfortable I have to take them off mid hike. I do believe this is specific to me (hence the high rating), but I just want to warn anyone who also knows they have hot feet. The uppers seem practically impermeable to air and just don't vent. I'm going to give the La Sportiva TX3s a try, which look similar to these but have a lightweight mesh upper.

Aside from the hot feet, these perform amazingly well. They hike and scramble fantastically. I'd actually get excited when I put them on, knowing I could go flying up some rock off the trail with confidence if I wanted. They look good too. I really wish I could have kept them. La Sportiva continues to impress me and these would be my fourth pair - I own Tarantulaces, Trango Cubes, and Nepal Cubes. No other mountaineering boot manufacturer seems to fit my feet well, so I'm pretty invested into the La Sportiva family.

Sizing. Street and hiking boots, I am a size 12, sometimes going down to an 11.5 and almost never going up to a 12.5. La Sportiva is the only exception: I wear a 46 (12.5) in all of the above listed La Sportiva shoes, and the 46 Boulder X's fit me perfectly: fit was just a little snugger than my other hiking shoes, reducing slop for better performance on rock. Didn't negatively impact hiking. Any smaller and I'm sure I'd have issues on the trail.

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Michael Toyama

Michael Toyamawrote a review of on April 27, 2016

Stretchy Leg Armor
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 174 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Picked these up for the alpine climbing season. I haven't yet climbed with them, but I have taken them out for a bunch of mountain activities: ice axe / glissade practice up on Rainier in a 50 degree scorcher, dry, rocky scrambling up Putrid Pete's Peak, bushwacking off trail going vertical on a sopping wet Snoqulamie Mountain winter scramble, and alpine start practice in the pre-dawn cold out on the ski slopes. These pants have handled it all, and handled it well while keeping me warm, cool, and dry. While bushwacking, I banged my shin against a sharp branch on a blowdown - pants didn't get damaged, even though my leg was bleeding under the pants (wat). While glissading down several ~100 ft chutes, only a small part of my behind got wet, mostly because I left the back pocket slightly open. I can't wait to wear these on alpine climbs.

I gotta second the other reviewers on the fit and pocket size. I'm tall and thin and wear a 32x32 pant. Medium fits great in the waist and the inseam length is just about perfect for mountaineering boots. However, the thigh area is fairly tight. I don't think I have particularly large upper legs either. The small pocket size is made worse because of how tight the upper legs are - there's practically no room between my leg and the pant fabric to put anything in the upper pockets. The pocket on the lower thigh is a bit more useful, but there's no way you're fitting a map in there (like a Green Trails map) unless you fold it 8 times.

Photo:
Near the top of Davis Peak, we were getting hit with typical spring mountain weather: one moment, it's 45 degrees and sunny, the next, the skies darken, wind kicks up, and the snow starts coming down. The cirque pants kept it real.

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