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La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Ii Mid GTX Hiking Boots

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A. The men’s boot comes in Black/Yellow, Poseidon (blue)/Carbon, Maple (orange)/Black, Black/Goji (red), and Black/Clay (grey).

But even after they stretched a bit, the boots still felt a little tight and prohibitive at the front. Thanks to their non-insulated construction, they are the ideal solution for people who value outstanding climate comfort and heat release. Just bear in mind that the tongue gusset only extends to the base of the ankle, so it’s still easy to overtop the boot in deeper streams, bogs and puddles. These are definitely one of the most comfortable pairs of mid boots around and have excelled on everything from short walks to long multi-day trips.In this La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX review, we’ll look at this popular lightweight boot from the renowned Italian footwear brand, considering its overall design, features, performance and comfort.

We assume this is due to La Sportiva's compression-molded MEMIex midsoles and nylon molded flex TPU shanks. It is one the easiest ways to get outdoors for people of all experience levels, and simply put, any time spent on the trail has a way of soothing the. The boot has a five-inch flood line, which did a great job of keeping my feet dry until I plunged thigh-deep into the Potomac River. The 9mm drop is relatively generous, which makes this a good boot for hard-packed trails and long distances. The 5-inch comfort collar and a user-friendly lacing system extending to the top of the ankle helps prevent rolling the ankle and minimize any movement inside the boot.Padded yet breathable comfort as well as a lightweight design with minimal break-in time made the Ultra Raptor II one of our go-to's for overall comfort. From your local crag to the summit of Everest, at Tiso, you’ll find the climbing and mountaineering equipment you need. Ultra Raptor Mid II GTX is also available in a wide-fit comfort version to accommodate different foot-volumes. La Sportiva is a climbing company first, but that expertise has transferred over nicely to the hiking footwear market.

A final highlight is the elastic gaiter-like design at the top, which is highly effective at sealing out debris and falling rain or snow. As with all waterproof hiking boots, the membrane won’t help much if you happen to dunk them above the collar (and will take a while to dry), but the taller cuff and laces extending all way up the ankle provide a good amount of coverage when stepping in puddles and streams. Hard-packed trails are no issue: you could almost go road running in these (and I certainly have in the shoe version).Unless you need the added stability, it’s a competitive design that otherwise stacks up very favorably to the Ultra Raptor. While this would be considered heavy for a shoe, and the low-cut Ultra Raptor is no lightweight, in boot terms it's pretty darn light, and having swapped from winter mountain boots to these over the last few weeks the difference is night and day. Our testers put these boots to the test while hiking and approaching various rock climbs during the spring season in the Eastern Sierra, often moving through patches of snow and multiple creek crossings. According to La Sportiva's own figures for a single shoe (size not specified) the unlined Ultra Raptor is 350g, and the waterproof low-cut Ultra Raptor GTX is 400g, while the Ultra Raptor Mid weighs 470g. Having worn the Ultra Raptor Mid GTX on sunny spring days I'd say that while they are defintiely warmer than an unlined shoe or boot, they do seem pretty breathable as these things go, and until recently I'd yet to find them sweaty.

The East bank was littered with floating mats of driftwood, seagrasses, downed Sycamore trees, and the myriad detritus that floats down the river from Washington. It’s a secret spot where President Herbert Hoover kept a hunting cabin and it’s now dilapidated and overgrown by a thick, dark, barely penetrable bamboo forest. La Sportiva's Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX builds on the success of the original Ultra Raptors by upping the collar height and making this a more versatile mid boot for general outdoor use. But on a recent sunny day of high teens temperatures (it passes for a heatwave in the NW) I did begin to notice a clammy feel after some hours. Through it all, the La Sportiva Raptor II Mid GTX hiking boots enabled me to keep my footing, prevented me from twisting my ankles and knees, and protected my feet from countless unknown hazards along the bottom of the Potomac as I waded thigh-deep through the murk.Plus, thanks to their clever lacing, you’ll be able to adjust their shape to fit your feet, so an excellent fit without any pressure points is ensured.

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