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Facts

Terrain: Snow, Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 13.1oz | Women: 13.1oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Fell running | Jogging
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Material: Reflective, Rubber sole
Features: Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Gore-Tex
Season: Winter
Heel height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Forefoot height: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: La Sportiva
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $199
Colorways: Black
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 10/10
Comfort 7/10
Traction 10/10
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92 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The La Sportiva Blizzard is an amazingly competent all mountain, waterproof Gore-Tex winter trail shoe with impeccable traction, security, control and agility.

  • 95 / 100 | RoadTrailRun | | Level 3 expert

    I did run the Blizzard’s on dry trail and rocks and really enjoyed the cushion and protection of the midsole...

  • 90 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 1 expert

    I have run in the Blizzard in deep snow, cold temps in the teens and even single digits, through slush and water and the Gore Tex upper has kept my feet warm, dry and protected.

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- Blizzard GTX is La Sportiva’s first trail running shoe that is designed for extreme use on slippery and icy terrain. It features a water-resistant gaiter and waterproof lining that keep the foot warm and dry in deeper snow. 

- This winter-oriented running shoe utilizes the FriXion® Blue rubber compound for maximum grip and durability in the most severe conditions. The AT Grip Fixed Spikes infused in the outsole ensure stability and propulsion. 

- The shoe also uses the Gore® Flex Construction membrane technology. It is a durable waterproof material that offers optimal protection against the elements. 

The La Sportiva Blizzard GTX follows the standard running shoe length to accommodate users with narrow to wide foot volume. Providing a customized fit is the lacing system that allows the user to easily adjust the tightness around the shoe. Another component that affects the fit of the shoe is the Ortholite® sockliner that offers a more comfortable in-shoe feel. 

Runners are welcome to get a pair in their usual sizing preference, though it is recommended to fit the shoe first or check the user feedback about sizing to ensure a comfortable fit. 

Providing supreme traction is the FriXion® Blue rubber incorporated in the outsole unit. FriXion® Blue is a soft, long-lasting compound that offers excellent grip on a variety of surfaces. 

Infused in the outsole are the AT Grip Fixed Spikes, which provides a firm grip on icy and slippery surfaces. The spikes are specifically designed to ensure stability and efficient propulsion. 

The Blizzard GTX utilizes an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam that offers firm yet flexible cushioning. Other popular running shoes, such as the New Balance FuelCell Rebel and Altra Lone Peak 4.0, also has this feature. This lightweight midsole material lessens the impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle, providing a softer and smoother running experience. The EVA foam is also resistant to abrasion, allowing the midsole cushioning to maintain the same features and form for the entire running duration. 

The Ortholite® sockliner is an additional layer of cushioning that is positioned beneath the foot. It provides additional protection while improving the overall fit. 

The Gore-Tex material is integrated into the La Sportiva Blizzard GTX. This material keeps the shoe waterproof and highly flexible. It also equipped the shoe to withstand extreme weather conditions and keep the foot dry and comfortable.  

The stretch sock-shield gaiter that wraps the foot is also water-repellent. It provides protection against mud, stones, and snow. 

This La Sportiva running shoe features the single cord lacing system with an integrated lace pocket. The lacing system allows perfect wrapping and volume regulation. The high-frequency Fusion Gate structure that connects to the lacing system also offers additional support and a more customized fit

Reflective details are also integrated into the shoe upper. These add ons are designed to keep the runner visible in extreme conditions or during low light runs. 

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