Who should buy the La Sportiva Stream GTX

La Sportiva’s Stream GTX is a mid-cut hiking boot ideal for those who wish to hit the trail with as much agility and airy comfort as possible. Get this pair if you want:

  • an extremely light and comfortable hiker that will take you extra miles on the trail 
  • a backpacking boot providing excellent waterproofness and 360-degree breathability 
  • sturdy footwear offering reliable grip on hard, soft, and muddy terrain

La Sportiva Stream GTX hiking

Vibram's grippy outsole

Wearers are promised a responsive kind of surface traction with the Stream GTX’s multi-lugged Vibram XS Trek outsole. It has been optimized to strike a balance between longevity and grip effectiveness. It has also been engineered in a way that contributes to the boot’s overall comfort and stability.

La Sportiva Stream GTX outsole

Over at the heel is La Sportiva’s Impact Brake System (IBS). This brand-owned technology is responsible for enhancing the outsole’s braking power. It also decreases impact forces received by the outsole.

La Sportiva Stream GTX heel

Stability and snug fit 

What offers footing balance and ground protection on the trail is the La Sportiva Stream GTX’s sturdy yet cushy EVA midsole. The STB technology with which it is engineered places TPU inserts or stabilizers on its medial section and lateral sidewalls for enhanced flexibility and stability.

La Sportiva Stream GTX midsole

Its sides are engineered with Gore-Tex Surround aeration channels, lightning-shaped vent holes that double down on breathability.

Comfortable in-shoe padding

Sitting securely atop this feature-rich midsole is the gear’s 5-millimeter Ortholite footbed. It offers extra underfoot comfort thanks to its adequately padded construction.

Breathable and protective upper in La Sportiva Stream GTX

The Stream GTX puts breezy comfort into the forefront by having an abrasion-resistant mesh upper that is imbued with a breathable technology, called Nano Cell 2.0. The Gore-Tex Surround serving as the boot’s liner further bolsters breathability while preventing intrusive water from getting in.

La Sportiva Stream GTX upper

Its heel and toe zones are wrapped in PU Techlite, making the gear even more resistant to abrasion-inducing hazards.

La Sportiva Stream GTX protection

Rounding out all things upper is the Stream GTX’s quick lacing system which features a pair of open hooks at the top.

La Sportiva Stream GTX lacing

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 409g / Women 344g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Narrow, Normal
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.