Verdict from 2 experts and 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Lightweight: As far as backpacking boots go, this hiker is "pretty darn light," says a professional reviewer. Numerous trail-goers agree with him, too.
  • Comfy right away: Quite a number of hikers find the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX remarkably pampering straight from the box.
  • Watertight: This boot, according to many, has stellar waterproofing. A critic among them even said that it is the perfect shoe for sloppy conditions.
  • Grippy: Scrambling in this trekking shoe on rock, whether dry or wet, is very reassuring, based on a critic review.
  • Stabilizing: To a respected blogger, the featured boot provides “a lot of lateral (sideways) stability.”
  • Supportive: You can kiss wobbly ankles goodbye while donning the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX.
  • Lasting: Its stout build elicits confidence.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Slow-drying: An expert says that, just like most GTX boots, the waterproof Ultra Raptor II Mid takes time to dry once it gets wet.
  • Tight (women’s version): Its wide version, according to a very few, is still too narrow—particularly around the heel.

Bottom line

Backpacking with boosted strides may have been unheard of some years ago, but with the Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX, it might soon become the norm. Yes, expect your extended expeditions spanning multiple days to be speedy adventures with nary a drop of moisture in sight. It is a keep-you-coming-back-for-more hiker, especially if you play to its many strengths.

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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.

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How La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 36% hiking boots
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Bottom 25% La Sportiva hiking boots
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Bottom 37% day hiking hiking boots
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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.