Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Tempesta GTX stayed dry, even when treading in creeks, a commenter wrote.
  • Several wearers liked that the outsole worked perfectly on hillsides and muddy paths.
  • Some users found this shoe to be useful in winter; the outsole apparently held onto snowy surfaces with ease.
  • The Gore-Tex® upper was useful in providing an impermeable coverage against water, mud, and snow, many users relayed.
  • Several users praised the midsole for its minimal weight that enabled a natural transition through the gait cycle.
  • Many reviewers agreed that the Tempesta GTX was true to size.
  • Some people were happy with the comfort level afforded by the cushioning system.

4 reasons not to buy

  • It was not as breathable as other running shoes with Gore-Tex®, a user observed.
  • A few buyers thought the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX was expensive.
  • Some users claimed the shoe was hard to find in their local stores.
  • The shoe was a bit narrow at first and needed a break-in period, a couple of wearers experienced.

Bottom line

With its functional features and efficient performance, the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX was a well-admired shoe by many users. Most reviewers found the shoe to be a harmonic balance between a rugged trail gear and a fast and flexible running wear. Although it may be expensive for some, the Tempesta GTX has achieved its status as a recommendable shoe for outdoor runners.

Facts

Expert Reviews

97 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | FernwandererX | | Level 1 expert

    It's just a great shoe. I would buy it again!

  • 97 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    The weather protection is outstanding in the Uragano. It is a great shoe for cold and wet conditions while also adequate in more moderate weather conditions up to about 65 F.

  • 96 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I find [the Tempesta] to be ideal for most wet, snowy trails runs of several hours, when I am looking for added warmth, waterproofing, traction and something a little lighter, more agile and nimble than other dedicated winter trail runners...

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  • As an ideal trail running shoe for the winter season, the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX is versatile, lightweight, and convenient to use. This shoe is released the same time as another La Sportiva winter runner, the Uragano GTX. Both shoes have mostly the same construction, the only difference being the Uragano GTX having a 4-way stretch gaiter. The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX is built for neutral pronators.
  • A durable AirMesh coupled with a Gore-Tex® waterproofing membrane comprises the upper of the shoe, protecting the foot against harmful outdoor elements while also giving a comfortable in-shoe feel in both wet and dry conditions.
  • An injection-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (IMEVA) foam in the midsole gives the shoe sufficient underfoot cushioning, coupled with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) stabilizer to maintain a steady ride. They are supported by an outsole unit made of a versatile sticky rubber designed to handle various surfaces effortlessly. The Saucony Peregrine 8, in comparison, uses a proprietary midsole material that offers shock absorption.

The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX has a standard running shoe length. However, the forefoot and heel are on the narrow side, and the toe box is a little bit shorter compared to other running shoes; thus, runners who prefer more room might want to go a half-size up. The Tempesta GTX comes in medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.

The FriXion XF outsole material gives the Tempesta GTX a full-length coverage and protection while running on rocky and technical terrains. It is made of a sticky rubber compound, therefore guaranteeing a maximum adhesiveness and durability.

The Tempesta GTX has two sets of lugs on the outsole. First is the Impact Brake System, which is the lug pattern on the perimeter of the outsole that absorbs impact and enhances traction on uphill and downhill slopes. The second set found on the rest of the outsole is the V-Groove lugs, which increases cushioning. With a 6 mm height, both lugs ensure grip on different surfaces, including wet rock, snow, and mud. The lugs are widely spaced apart to prevent dirt from getting trapped in between.

An IMEVA foam makes up the bulk of the midsole of the Tempesta GTX. Aside from delivering the necessary underfoot cushioning, IMEVA also offers stability and support. As such, it makes the shoe shock-resistant, a quality that is essential for trail running.

At the rearfoot area is a heel stabilizer made from TPU. It keeps the foot secure and steady, therefore promoting a contoured fit.

With AirMesh, the upper of the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX equips the foot with a full-length coverage that is cool and well-ventilated. It is coated with a Gore-Tex® waterproofing membrane for protection not only from water but also from mud and snow.

Assisting the Gore-Tex® membrane is the Gore-FLEX®, an internal cleatie lining that also shields against the elements. It has a flexible property that moves with the foot smoothly.

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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