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La Sportiva - Mix - Approach shoes tested

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Stephen | Brixton

02.04.2016

Good value 3 season do most stuff shoes

I've used these for a 3 day hike in autumn and a rough wet week in Wester Ross.

They are light but sturdy so good for 75% of conditions from sunny hikes to rocky scrambles - excepting real mountain snows (need boots) or total muddy bog (need wellies).

So the sort of easy comfortable shoes you might use for most trips when trainers are too flimsy. The first thing I reach for...

They were good value at the discount given.

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Breathable
Price/performance
Comfortable
Good grip
Lightweight
Robust
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Tom | Westport

07.08.2015

The worst pair of LaSportiva's I have ever bo

I have had many pairs of LaSportiva's over the years - from rigid mountaineering boots to approach shoes. All have fitted perfectly in 43.5.

These are 43.5 and seem to fit fine. However, walking any distance in them causes the heel to grab and cause a blister. It seems to start after only a few hundred metres, so they are really only of use for around the house or in the office. Even breaking them in slowly (something you shouldn't need to do with modern shoes/boots) or wearing blister plasters is no use.

Despite having barely used them as they are so uncomfortable, the liner at the heel has already started to wear away.

Looking at the shoe in more detail, it is very light and offers pretty much no support. The fit is snug and would be good for easy climbing, but these seem to be more of an urban hangout shoe.

I've had 2 pairs of LaSportiva Boulder X in the past, and would buy another pair. The Mix I will avoid.

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Lightweight
Disadvantages
Causes blisters
Not robust
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True approach shoe

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| Kesgrave
Good allrounder

The product isn't a dedicated climbing shoe, but does provide a useful and comfortable alternative to squeezing into your stickies when you least want to. If the fit is correct for you, you'll find the grip is satisfactory for low grade climbing but the feel is difficult owing to the 'trainer' fit, rather than a tight climbing shoe fit.
It's as comfortable walking around town as it is on the climbing wall, but don't buy if you intend to climb everything in these.

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| Brixton
Good value 3 season do most stuff shoes

I've used these for a 3 day hike in autumn and a rough wet week in Wester Ross.

They are light but sturdy so good for 75% of conditions from sunny hikes to rocky scrambles - excepting real mountain snows (need boots) or total muddy bog (need wellies).

So the sort of easy comfortable shoes you might use for most trips when trainers are too flimsy. The first thing I reach for...

They were good value at the discount given.

  • Advantages
    Breathable
    Price/performance
    Comfortable
    Good grip
    Lightweight
    Robust
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| Westport

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The worst pair of LaSportiva's I have ever bo

I have had many pairs of LaSportiva's over the years - from rigid mountaineering boots to approach shoes. All have fitted perfectly in 43.5.

These are 43.5 and seem to fit fine. However, walking any distance in them causes the heel to grab and cause a blister. It seems to start after only a few hundred metres, so they are really only of use for around the house or in the office. Even breaking them in slowly (something you shouldn't need to do with modern shoes/boots) or wearing blister plasters is no use.

Despite having barely used them as they are so uncomfortable, the liner at the heel has already started to wear away.

Looking at the shoe in more detail, it is very light and offers pretty much no support. The fit is snug and would be good for easy climbing, but these seem to be more of an urban hangout shoe.

I've had 2 pairs of LaSportiva Boulder X in the past, and would buy another pair. The Mix I will avoid.

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    Lightweight
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    Causes blisters
    Not robust
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