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Boulder X Mid GTX

Just like it's shorter brother the Boulder X mid GTX has proved to be a great versatile shoe. I have had a pair of the boulder x's for the last 2 years and love the shoe. From wearing them around town to scrambling around Larrabee to hiking down to lost lake the shoe gives good grip and fits snug on the foot due to the mythos lacing system. So I was excited to see LaSportiva come out with a taller version. It still fits snug in the toe for those steeper scrambles or impromptu bouldering sessions but is really comfortable right out of the box. I was actually really surprised how comfortable and lightweight these puppies are. The added ankle support is much appreciated and also keeps unwanted hitchhikers out of your shoe (something the boulder x isnt very good at doing). The almost full wrap rand keeps them tough in the scree and protects the leather.  I haven't had a chance to put the Gore-Tex to the test but it's nice to have it in there. Having a full leather upper I would still waterproof with Obenauf's or Snowseal if I was planning on taking them through a stream or in the snow.  All in all LaSportiva has created the perfect lightweight all around hiker/approach shoe, lightweight and comfortable enough to wear around town on wet winter days but supportive enough to take to the trail/approach.