Who should buy the La Sportiva Trail Ridge Low
The Trail Ridge Low is considered a quality shoe. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a hiking shoe that is designed to help outdoorsy folks rack up trail miles with as little restriction as possible.
- Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers enough comfort on extended trips, especially in warmer locations.
- Prefer a hiking shoe that provides stabilization of the wearer’s footing during twisting maneuvers.
Excellent grip on a variety of outdoor surfaces
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.
Excellent braking power
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.
Stable and absorbs shock
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.
Comfortable and supportive cushioning
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.
Breathable and provides toe protection
Air Mesh and rough-out leather make up the majority of 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.
Excellent lacing system
Synthetic loops and plated lace holes serve as the shoe’s eyelets. A synthetic lace is set through them, making their utility come in a full circle.
- Outdoorsy folks who require a bit more ankle support might want to try its hiking boot sibling, the Trail Ridge Mid.