Things that make the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX its own boot

In this space, the shoe’s myriad of features is readily on display for your perusal. That said, certain facets of this backpacking gear may only be appreciated if given a bit more focus. The following elements are what we mean:

Snug collar with extra give. Just like most hiking boots, the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX comes with a strong ankle cuff for support. La Sportiva designers, however, made sure to give it additional flexibility—especially around the Achille’s heel—to make faster maneuvers possible.

Toe cap+. While that is not what it is really called by the brand, it might as well be. Why? Because the hiker’s front bumper provides twofold benefits: enhanced bump protection and better shock absorption.

Outsole toothier than most. Ever landed on your bottom after sliding on a muddy slope? Well with the aggressively engineered heel brake of the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX, that may never happen again. Besides that, the teeth-like lugs of the outsole are also able to dig into soft soil with little effort.

Whatever happened to the first Ultra Raptor Mid GTX?

The boot in question really has no predecessor; it is not a sequel to any one boot. Rather, the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX is a product of demand.

Indeed, fans of the Ultra Raptor, one of La Sportiva’s high-quality trail runners, compelled the Italian brand to make a hiker version of said shoe. This is why the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX is lighter than most, with components that promote trekking mobility.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 16.6oz / Women 13.9oz
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide / Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.