Who should buy the La Sportiva Spire GTX

La Sportiva Spire GTX is a day hiking shoe for men and women. La Sportiva created the Spire GTX to keep a comfortable and waterproof in-shoe environment even on the harshest trail conditions. It's a perfect option for:

  • backpackers who want a light yet stiff shoe for day hikes on tamed trails

  • hikers looking for waterproof and breathable footwear providing sufficient support and protection

La Sportiva Spire GTX hiker

Enhanced traction and grip

Traversing most types of terrain is made possible by the Vibram XS Trek. Its aggressive lugs and non-marking profile possess sensitivity to ground conditions for an enhanced grip.

La Sportiva Spire GTX outsole

La Sportiva also added their Impact Brake System to this low-cut day hiking shoe. It includes opposing, slanted lugs that increase the braking ability of the sole. It also helps reduce negative ground impacts.

La Sportiva Spire GTX brake system

Maximum ventilation for a comfortable stride

The 5 mm Ortholite insole works with the compression-molded EVA midsole designed with aeration channels. This layout enables it to wick away moisture from the foot to the ventilation panels on the sides to maximize air circulation inside the shoe.

Great midsole stiffness of the Spire GTX

With the STB control system, the stability underfoot is enhanced. It places two full-length TPU stabilizers on the sides of the midsole.

La Sportiva Spire GTX stiffness

360° breathability in La Sportiva Spire GTX

With an abrasion-resistant upper equipped with the Gore-Tex Surround technology, the breathability of the Spire GTX is optimized. The open side ventilation outlets are reinforced with the Nano Cell 2.0.

La Sportiva Spire GTX membrane

Aside from keeping pebbles from entering the shoe, it also adds structure and durability.

La Sportiva's protection and secure fit

A PU Techlite rand is placed on each end (in the toe and heel areas) for protection, a finger loop at the heel for easy-on access and round laces running through the webbing eyelets lock the foot in place.

La Sportiva Spire GTX protection

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 440g / Women 371g
Use: Day Hiking, Backpacking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal
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.