La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Ii Mid GTX Hiking Boots

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La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Ii Mid GTX Hiking Boots

La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Ii Mid GTX Hiking Boots

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We've divided up all of the sustainable features we've identified across our product ranges and grouped them into three so you know how your purchase is making an impact: Think Nature, Think Welfare, Think People. It’s a secret spot where President Herbert Hoover kept a hunting cabin and it’s now dilapidated and overgrown by a thick, dark, barely penetrable bamboo forest. The boot version has a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner and is similarly agile, supportive and well-cushioned, even after 100s of miles I put in them. A final highlight is the elastic gaiter-like design at the top, which is highly effective at sealing out debris and falling rain or snow. In this La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX review, we’ll look at this popular lightweight boot from the renowned Italian footwear brand, considering its overall design, features, performance and comfort.

My traverse began with some casual driftwood hopping and rapidly turned into wave-dodging and climbing over sizable flotsam and jetsam. This brand manufactures over 80% of its products in the country of its headquarters, which has many benefits both for the environment and for workers. The first thing to note is that the fit of the standard boot is slightly narrow, especially at the toebox. La Sportiva is a climbing company first, but that expertise has transferred over nicely to the hiking footwear market. rubber outsoles and Trail Bite Heel will keep you in control while shifting from decomposing granite to hopping over boulders.Thanks to their non-insulated construction, they are the ideal solution for people who value excellent climate comfort and heat dissipation. The slightly higher cut compared to the shoe version of the Ultra Raptor Mountain Running icon, is ideal when you plan to be in rough, technical terrain for linger durations and potentially carrying light loads.

He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700ft (that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest). When he’s not running his company, he is often found climbing mountains or hiking the Appalachian Trail. Bearing in mind the added ankle cuff and the waterproof lining, a weight of around 1100g is not really a whole lot more than an old unlined pair of Ultra Raptors from my shoe stash, which come in at 892g/pair size 47 - a weight difference that's not enough to really notice when walking. While this would be considered heavy for a shoe, and the low-cut Ultra Raptor is no lightweight, in boot terms it's pretty darn light, and having swapped from winter mountain boots to these over the last few weeks the difference is night and day. Even in the wider fit my toes push against both sides of the shoe, but because the uppers are soft and have some give this isn't a problem in the way it would be in a stiffer boot.As I mentioned above, my toes pressed against the front of the shoes on steep descents, which caused a good amount of discomfort. By both trail shoe and walking boot standards, the tread pattern is only of medium depth, and though the heel has a little ledge which provides effective braking on the downhills, I'd say the tread is better for hard dry ground than soft and wet. While the Ultra Raptor features a mesh, breathable synthetic upper, this material is also lined with a Gore-tex Extended Comfort treatment that allows your foot to release excess moisture without losing the waterproof component. I wasn’t overly concerned about this at first and was able to break in the boots on local trails on Vancouver Island before bringing them to Patagonia for testing.

Maximum wearing comfort thanks to the insole ventilation and the highly breathable PU foam cells: the foot is always dry and kept at the perfect temperature.These are definitely one of the most comfortable pairs of mid boots around and have excelled on everything from short walks to long multi-day trips. The boot has a five-inch flood line, which did a great job of keeping my feet dry until I plunged thigh-deep into the Potomac River. Initially sceptical, Dan Bailey found himself won over by these shoes, at least for shorter local runs on less demanding terrain. We don’t conduct a separate review of ratings to check that the ratings displayed are actually from consumers.

This may or may not suit you, but it’s worth noting that the Ultra Raptors also come in a wide fit, which might be worth trying even if you normally take a regular width. Enhanced durability thanks to the anti-compression technology which keeps material compression down to less than 5% over time. Added up, the Ultra Raptor II strikes me as a very hardwearing design and should hold up well to long-term use.

There's quite a lot of depth at the front relative to the width, and while this gives your toes plenty of wiggle room I have needed to fill the dead space with a second insole. The result is a mid cut hiking shoe that can be worn for many consecutive hours and suitable for off-road use on any type of terrain.

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