Who should buy the La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX

The La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX is a weather-ready and lightweight hiking boot best suited for:

  • backpackers, outdoor adventurers and trail-goers
  • off-trail use, camping, fishing and summer scrambles

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Delivers better performance than previous model 

The Nucleo High II GTX is the successor to a well-loved trekking boot by La Sportiva. They say that the follow-up to something considered high-quality is supposed to be better in every way.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Delivers better performance than previous model 

While being a complete revolution over the Nucleo High GTX might be a tall order, the boot in question does have welcome improvements.

Nucleo High II GTX provides improved upper protection

The La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX this time around comes with a rubber rand and toe cap courtesy of Vibram.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX provides improved upper protection

This means that you get virtually the same amount of toughness around your tootsies as you have underfoot.

Weak laces and questionable durability

Some testers have reported durability issues with the eyelets, laces and heel brake of the shoe.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Weak laces and questionable durability

The laces of the Nucleo High II GTX snapping and fraying on more than a handful of owners is downright disappointing. 

Promotes ankle flexibility 

This backpacking boot comes with a tweaked closure.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Promotes ankle flexibility 

Aside from having sturdier eyelets, the shoe’s lacing system has been redesigned in a way that promotes ankle flexibility.

Offers superior comfort

To hikers in droves, the La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX is either "fantastic" or "superior" comfort-wise. It has plenty of arch support, according to many. Someone who has flatfeet also finds it quite accommodating underfoot.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Offers superior comfort

As far as backpacking boots are concerned, this trekking gear is not weighty at all, and numerous reviewers very much agree.

Grippy outsole

Trail-goers are amazed by the grippy Vibram outsole of the Nucleo High II GTX. And like most Gore-Tex greats on RunRepeat, this La Sportiva offering is watertight through and through.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Grippy outsole

Despite having a waterproof liner, the featured boot can keep things stuffiness-free on the inside for longer. This shoe can be considered one of the lookers among La Sportiva’s library of hiking boots.

Default insole keeps the interior stink-free 

The insole of the shoe is pretty good at fighting against stink. Consider keeping the boot’s default insole.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Default insole keeps the interior stink-free 

The reason for such a suggestion is quite obvious—said footbed is from Ortholite, which is engineered with antimicrobial agents that eliminate odor-causing bacteria.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX delivers on high performance

Just like its predecessor, which won Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year award back in 2017, the Nucleo High II GTX is also a triumph.

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX delivers on high performance

This time around, however, the recognition comes in the form of Editor’s Choice Award from REI Co-op!

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 476g / Women 381g
Use: Backpacking
Cut: High cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: La Sportiva

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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.