Reviewed by Guyman from Reno, NV on Saturday, February 2, 2013
Any boot can handle a trail. My wife hiked 400 miles of the PCT through the Sierras wearing some mesh style boat shoes from Bass Pro Shops. Where these babies shine is the off trail/bushwacking department. I have had probably a half dozen pair of hiking and running shoes from Sportiva and these are by far the best ones I have ever owned. I work as a Geophysical Surveyor in Nevada which means many kms of rough off trail limestone/basalt rocky hiking. I am a snob when it comes to my boots. These boot will destroy any other boot out there. You can stomp down a scree field or burn up a rocky hillside and these boots can handle it all. My coworkers opt for a traditional hiking style boot but after a couple of months they get totally trashed and my Sportivas are still kicking. These are soooo much better than regular dinky hiking boots. I think the secret is that the soles are a little thicker than other boots which means the uppper material isn't getting trashed as easily. These boots really excel at off trail where they can easily handle the abuse. Worth the price for sure.
Reviewed by Tom Foolery from Crowley Lake, CA on Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I love these boots. I put my own footbeds in them and wore them on a 10-mile hike/scramble the first time I wore them. No blisters. No hot spots. I hike a lot in the Sierras, and I love the fact that I can be fairly comfortable just trail hiking yet can take off cross-country at any time and feel confident of my footing on snow, talus, scree, and rock. They're heavier than my light dry-trail boots, of course, but much more comfortable than most boots I've used in snow, and better on rock than most snow boots. I was SO glad to see them at Sierra Trading Post, as they are no longer available in any stores that I frequent. I now have two pair, and frankly am thinking of buying another pair, so that it will be quite a while before I have to go through the agony and expense and frustration of experimenting with mountaineering boots again. The one drawback is the cloth in the uppers, as my first pair got a tear after only a month or so. But the tear hasn't gotten any worse over time, and what do you expect? Everything is a trade-off. The suppleness of the uppers is one of the best things about them. If the uppers wear out before the soles, fine by me as long as my feet are comfortable.
Best Uses: Backpacking, General Mountaineering, Scrambling, Snow travel
Reviewed by TrekerJohn from Raymond, NH on Monday, September 26, 2011
Good boot with support, good traction on wet and slippery surfaces, and good durability. Worked well for me on a Thru-hike of the AT. I like more support and carry a heavy pack so lite hikers are not appropriate for me. For the weight I thought these were a perfect mix of durability, traction, and support. Never a blister for me. But if they get wet they take forever to dry and others say they are a little heavy for thru-hiking.
Reviewed by IBA from Austin, TX on Sunday, September 25, 2011
I ended up returning these boots because they were a bit too heavy for my use. They are designed for cooler temps than I encounter. However, the build quality is really solid and these have all the features and quality of boots that cost twice as much. Be cautious with sizing though, I usually wear a euro 45 but the sportiva 45 was a bit too big for me. Overall I think these are well worth the money if you need a burly boot for activities below 50 degrees.