Who should buy the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX is a lightweight and waterproof boot best suited for:

  • trail-goers and off-road enthusiasts for their next outdoor adventure
  • trekking rocky paths whether dry or sloppy conditions

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Delivers comfortable and reliable support

There are quite a few 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.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Delivers comfortable and reliable support

Certain facets of this backpacking gear may only be appreciated if given a bit more focus. For a starter, it comes with a snug collar with extra give that delivers comfortable and reliable support.

Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX makes faster maneuvers possible 

Just like most hiking boots, the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX comes with a strong ankle cuff for additional support.

 La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX makes faster maneuvers possible 

La Sportiva designers, however, made sure to give it additional flexibility—especially around the Achille’s heel—to make faster maneuvers possible.

Takes longer to dry once it gets wet 

However, an expert reviewer says that, just like most GTX boots, the waterproof Ultra Raptor II Mid takes time to dry once it gets wet.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Takes longer to dry once it gets wet 

Women’s version is a bit tight

Its wide version, according to a very few, is still too narrow—particularly around the heel.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Women’s version is a bit tight

Yet again, quite a number of hikers find the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX remarkably pampering straight from the box.

Enhanced bump protection

Toe cap+. While that is not what it is really called by the brand, it might as well be. Why?

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Enhanced bump protection

Because the hiker’s front bumper provides two-fold benefits: enhanced bump protection and better shock absorption.

Grippy teeth-like lugs

The Outsole is 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.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Grippy teeth-like lugs

Besides that, the teeth-like lugs of the outsole are also able to dig into soft soil with little effort.

Pretty darn light

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.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Pretty darn light

As far as backpacking boots go, this hiker is "pretty darn light," says a professional reviewer. Numerous trail-goers agree with him, too.

Promotes trekking mobility 

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.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Promotes trekking mobility 

This is why the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX is lighter than most, with components that promote trekking mobility. 

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX is a waterproof boot 

This boot, according to many, has stellar waterproofing.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX a waterproof boot 

A critic among them even said that it is the perfect shoe for sloppy conditions.

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
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

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