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91 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
This is a mid-duty waterproof boot built with speed and efficiency in mind.
Basically, this is a tennis shoe with dirt protection.
The Blades are a solid pair of hiking boots that look and feel more like an athletic shoe than a hiking boot.
- The multifunctional La Sportiva Blade GTX boot enables hikers to move swiftly on a wide range of outdoor activities. Thanks to the materials used in the upper, it is able to render flexibility, durability, breathability, and waterproofing.
- An Ortholite insole paired with an EVA midsole offers lightweight cushioning. The TPU buttress on the boot’s exterior promotes stability.
- A brand-owned outsole and rubber compound provide surface traction. It features a balanced combination of durability and grip.
A mid-cut day hiking boot for men and women, the La Sportiva Blade GTX fairly runs true to size. Both versions come in standard width. It is shaped using the Tempo 2 last which accepts a range of foot types. The toe box is roomy, delivering extra forefoot comfort. Its lace-up closure grants a snug fit.
The La Sportiva Blade GTX uses the Trail Rocker 2 outsole. It promotes external heel-internal toe mechanism for a more natural stride. This sole uses the Frixion Blue compound which grips on a variety of terrain. It is also equipped with the brand’s Impact Brake System which enhances the braking ability of the boot through its angled lugs. The Trail Bite Heel assists wearers, especially on steep descents.
This day hiking boot features a 5 mm Ortholite insole optimized for mountain hiking. It yields durable cushioning, breathability and moisture management. This footbed sits atop a lightweight, shock-absorbent EVA midsole. As visible on the exterior, under the rearfoot is a TPU stabilizer which enhances steadiness on uneven grounds.
A waterproof AirMesh fabric with TPU Microlite skeleton overlays primarily makes up the upper of the Blade GTX. It is lined with a Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate which promotes all-day comfort through its non-insulated construction. The Flex-Guard inserts add protection without the added weight.
Its cushioned collar includes a gaiter which helps prevent unwanted entry of loose trail debris. Its TPU toe cap is shock absorbent which shields against accidental bumps. For an easy on and off, the brand attached a pull loop at the heel. Secure foot lockdown, on the other hand, is obtained through the webbing eyelets with a pair of open hooks on the top.