Blade GTX by La Sportiva
These sleek and sexy boots are true multisport beasts that would be great for quick and dirty hikes or even fastpacking as you can comfortably run in them. They felt super secure and really flexible, with almost an athletic shoe responsiveness that made bounding over logs and dashing down tricky trails a treat. The upper is extremely breathable with a bunch of triangular mesh inserts that allow lots of air flow, but still backed up by the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort liner that lets in air and keeps out moisture.
Secure steps were bolstered by the burly Trail Rocker2 outsole which features tough rubber compound slashed with a mix of lug shapes that help with traction and braking on scree and slop. Sure-footedness is also enhanced by an internal skeleton made from TPU that ties into the laces. We loved the neoprene cuff which helped keep debris out and felt super comfy while hiking. The toe box though, was a bit on the narrower side so those with wide feet may want to choose another boot.
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