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Boulder X

Manufacturer: La Sportiva

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Reviewed by: artkinnaman

I wanted an approach shoe for doing scrambling on rock & tougher terrain. I have found it. Took these out for a scramble up the East Summit of Pinnacle Mtn in Little Rock. These guys did fantastic! I had a light rain the entire trip but the sticky vibram soles allowed me to stick to the rocks like Batman. The lacing system is fantatic & allows for getting a perfect fit- a little tighter when needed. i would pay close attention though if you break a lace and need to replace it. they are not waterproof but the construction appears to be topnotch. The generous rubber toe rand assists with scaling some rock while providing extra protection of the shoe. Also took them to scale down a drainage into the Hurricane Creek Wilderness Area in Arkansas. I have a pretty narrow foot and these guys hugged my pups great. They have a pretty stiff suspension so i would think again before putting a lot of miles on them but perfect for multiple terrains, low pack loads, & moderate mileage. While i have only had them out a couple times, i can see i am really going to love them.
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