Verdict from 4 experts and 31 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Most runners were impressed by the overall sturdy construction of the Crossover 2.0 GTX.
  • The La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX offers and precise and internal lacing system with a gaiter zipper for outstanding protection based on several comments.
  • Majority of the runners took note of the enhanced grip of this shoe, allowing great experience while running on icy terrain.
  • This shoe features an "Easy-In" speed fitting technology to easily slide the shoe on and off.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Crossover 2.0 GTX is an expensive shoe.
  • Few runners experienced discomfort because of the shoe’s narrow toe box.
  • As noted in some reviews, the heel cup rough fabric needs enhancement.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX is a great off-road running shoe that features a very durable and reliable construction. This shoe offers an impressive grip while running on a snowy or icy surface. The shoe gained different reviews but overall, the shoe is still considered by some as a worthy investment.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

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Good to know

  • The La Sportiva gives the changes in small doses to the Crossover 2.0 GTX. One subtle modification is the change in location of the overlays. These are now more strategically placed to enhance support and lockdown. An example of this new placement is a Microfiber rand that sits nearer to the sole and extends to the heel where it sits lower than before. This overlay improves heel and midfoot support. Another prominent overlay is found in the forefoot as protection against the harsh outdoor terrains.
  • Even harder to see is the absence of the prominent stitches. The 2nd version of the La Sportiva Crossover GTX does not have that much stitching, which will limit the risks of irritation or blisters.
  • A more streamlined and sophisticated upper is due to a glossier mesh that almost looks like spandex. This adds to the support and anti-debris feature of the shoe without compromising breathability.

Fit and sizing are pretty much identical to the first version, which means that the Crossover 2.0 GTX runs at least half a size smaller. It has average heel and a very snug midfoot while the toe box is a bit narrower. This is the type of fit that works well for those with medium or narrow foot measurements. La Sportiva offers the medium and wide options regarding width. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.


The outsole is made up of different components. There is the La Sportiva’s proprietary Frixion AT technology that covers the entire outsole. This enhances the shoe’s resistance to wear and tear. The Impact Brake System is the configuration of sizeable lugs that provide exceptional traction on different off-road surfaces. Adding more grip in the harsh and uneven trail is the V-Grooves in the outsole.


A compression molded MEMlex midsole, which is composed of 80% EVA and 20% synthetic butadiene rubber or SBR, deliver plush and responsive cushioning. Runners who want a higher stack, or a maximalist platform, might want to try the Altra Olympus 3.0.

La Sportiva also uses a standard TPU insert in the midsole to hold off moderate overpronation.


A fully integrated Gore-Tex upper keeps water and snow off. A gaiter is also incorporated in the upper for a comprehensive feature to ward off the elements during rainy or icy conditions. The interior of the shoe offers a sockliner for added comfort and enhanced fit. An “Easy-In” fitting system makes foot entry and exit convenient. A network of overlays, Microfiber rand, and nylon delivers superb structural support and stability.

How Crossover 2.0 GTX compares

This shoe: 78
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: $175
All shoes average: $131
$60 $250
This shoe: 13.1oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
6oz 24oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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