Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $165
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11.3oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Sep 2017
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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.

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Expert Reviews

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97 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to La Sportiva Tempesta GTX

  • 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 comprise 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.

La Sportiva Tempesta GTX size and fit

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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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 bootie lining that also shields against the elements. It has a flexible property that moves with the foot smoothly.