Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The La Sportiva Trail Ridge Low is superbly comfortable, says nearly everyone who has reviewed it.
  • According to a small number of buyers, this remarkable hiking shoe is fantastic when it comes to arch support.
  • This La Sportiva product is one stylish hiker, less than a handful of customers claim.
  • Someone who has taken a chance on this gear considers it an astonishingly lightweight hiking shoe.
  • Its proprietary outsole is unbelievably sticky, a tester who has tried it says.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An owner finds the toe zone of the La Sportiva Trail Ridge too cramped.
  • It is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

Impressively supportive—this describes the Trail Ridge Low from La Sportiva. It also oozes with style and comfort. This lightweight hiker, however, might give those with stout feet a tight and restrictive experience around the forefoot. To sum up, despite its misstep in the width category, the Trail Ridge Low can still be considered a quality shoe. However, potential buyers should be willing to shell out extra cash for a hiking shoe.

Facts

Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Price: $120
Features: Lightweight | Breathable
Weight: Men: 13.2oz | Women: 10.6oz
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Brand: La Sportiva
Material: Leather
Colorways: Brown
Size
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-The La Sportiva Trail Ridge Low is a hiking shoe designed to help outdoorsy folks rack up trail miles with as little restriction as possible. Its breathable construction delivers enough comfort on extended trips, especially in warmer locations.

-Its heavy-duty sole unit is rockered front and back to make traversals on level surfaces a bit more comfortable. This unified sole comes with STB inserts, which help stabilize the wearer’s footing during twisting maneuvers.

A below-the-ankle hiking shoe for men and women is the Trail Ridge Low from La Sportiva. This footgear is built on European half sizes, which means more sizing options (four extra sizes per run, to be exact) for the wearer. Its ghillie lacing system enables owners to adjust and personalize the shoe’s overall fit.

The Trail Ridge Low’s ability to stick to a variety of outdoor surfaces is all thanks to its grippy outsole, called Frixion AT 2.0. V-shaped lugs with aggressive treads are scattered all around it for enhanced traction and skid resistance on loose soil. It comes with two subcomponents: Trail Rocker 2.0 and IBS (Impact Brake System). The former makes its heel and forefoot zones extra supportive. The latter, on the other hand, improves the outsole’s braking power by 20%. It also mitigates force due to impact by 20%.

This La Sportiva hiking shoe uses an injection-molded midsole, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate, to give the user ample protection and cushioning underfoot. Its robust construction provides enough stability and shock absorption on the trail. La Sportiva engineers armed it with inserts made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) to amplify its stabilizing capability.

Atop the Trail Ridge Low’s midsole is a 4-millimeter thick insole (a.k.a footbed), called Fit-thotic. This removable component delivers extra comfort and support.

Air Mesh and rough-out leather make up the majority of the Trail Ridge Low’s main shell. It comes with a forefoot and midfoot lining made of nylon mesh. Its designers furnished it with several air vents for breathability and a TPU toe cap for added forefoot protection. They also crafted its collar and Air Mesh tongue with enough padding to make the shoe even more comfortable.

Synthetic loops and plated lace holes serve as the shoe’s eyelets. A synthetic lace is set through them, making their utility come in full circle.

  • Outdoorsy folks who require a bit more ankle support might want to try its hiking boot sibling, the Trail Ridge Mid.

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Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com