Who should buy the La Sportiva Eclipse GTX

The La Sportiva Eclipse GTX has what it takes to be the next go-to boot of many. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an ankle-supportive piece capable of aiding wearers on their backpacking adventures come rain or shine
  • Prefer a hiking boot that gives users more control and precision over steep terrain
  • Prefer a hiking boot that promises protection and surefootedness on a variety of terrain

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Provides sufficient slip and skid resistance

This weatherproof hiking boot provides sufficient slip and skid resistance with its Vibram XS Trek outsole. Aggressive multi-directional lugs are scattered across its surface, generating ample grip in practically every angle. 

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX outsole

Reduces impact forces

It is engineered with La Sportiva’s IBS system—a technology that improves the lugs’ braking power by about 20%. It also reduces impact forces by roughly 20%.

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX OUtsole 1.0

Grants underfoot comfort and ground stability over uneven terrain

The Eclipse GTX’s injection-molded midsole is what grants underfoot comfort and ground stability over uneven terrain. Its entirety is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate, a synthetic, foam-like material that is characterized by high flexibility and resilience. 

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX midsole

Offers excellent support and protection

Since it has a segmented construction, this component gets to provide outdoorsy folks with extra springiness during transitions. It also comes with a polypropylene stiffener (with a thickness of 2 millimeters) for additional support and protection.

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX arch support

Comfortable cushioning

Nestled right on top of this comfy yet protective layer is the boot’s 4-mm thick Ortholite insole. Aside from cushioning, this removable footbed also doubles down on support underfoot.

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX insole

Adequate breathability and waterproofing

Roughout leather makes up the majority of the Eclipse GTX’s high-cut upper. It is wrapped with a protective rand and toe cap made of Vibram rubber. The liner that gives it adequate breathability and waterproofing is called Gore-Tex Extended Comfort (also seen in Salomon’s Quest 4D 3 GTX and Danner’s Mountain Light II).

La Sportiva Eclipse GTX upper 2.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 18.6oz / Women 15.1oz
Use: Backpacking, Day Hiking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.