First Impression: La Sportiva Blade GTX Hiking Shoe
To start, this purchase was a bit out of the box for me. I wasn’t exactly sure where this boot would fit in my current line up. I have my most favorite 3 season boot I’ve ever worn, the La Sportiva Trango Cube TRK GTX and my go to trail running shoe, the La Sportiva Lycan. (I know, I know. I have too many La Sportiva shoes) I wasn’t sure where this boot/shoe would fit into the mix.
When I first received the shoe I was impressed by how clean the lines were and how good looking they were in the black and orange colors. They are a super slick boot that would be at home walking around the mountains or at the local pub.
One of the other major surprises when I first took them out of the box, was the weight of them. I guess I thought I was buying a rigid hiking style boot, and I was… but what I didn’t know was, I was buying a lightweight “trail running” shoe too. Where I think this style boot really shines is a fast and light pursuit in some rugged terrain. Think a race against the clock on a class 3 scramble.
The last exciting feature that I didn’t get to try yet, is the Gore-Tex mesh that tips this over into the waterproof category. I know and trust this waterproofing system and look forward to a good rain or stream crossing in the future.
Don’t let the look fool you, this is a very comfortable, albeit slightly narrow fast hiking boot for most Spring and Summer occasions.
Tested at North Table Mountain, Golden, CO.
- 100% Air Mesh
- Abrasion resistant, waterproof Gore-Tex mesh with lightweight microfiber structural reinforcements
- Snug lacing harness and a roomy unconstricted toe-box for added comfort
- All-terrain Frixion AT 2.0 rubber compound with differentiated lugs and Impact Brake System on the sole
- Great traction
- Very stylish
- Soft fabric on Achilles section of boot
- Slightly narrow