Climbing shoes may get you up the rock route you planned to climb at Joshua Tree, but they almost certainly won't get you to the route in the first place. So give your feet some protection and support on the hike in with an approach shoe like the La Sportiva Boulder X. It features a sticker rubber sole than standard light hiking shoes, so you can scramble more securely across the slabs at the bottom of a climb. Extra padding underfoot and the exclusive Impact Brake System on the sole increase the comfort factor on long days.
Feature list from La Sportiva
- WEIGHT: 16.97 oz/ 481 g
- LAST: Boulder
- CONSTRUCTION: Board Lasted
- UPPER: Leather
- LINING: Mesh (back half and tongue only)
- INSOLE: 2mm Polyproylene/2mm EVA foam
- MIDSOLE: Micropore EVA foam
- SOLE: Vibram® Idro-Grip V-Smear™ with Impact Brake System™
ABOUT LA SPORTIVA
Innovation with passion. That’s the mantra of La Sportiva, the Italian sport shoe company from Ziano di Fiemme whose iconic yellow boots and shoes can be found on mountainsides worldwide. The majority of La Sportiva footwear is still produced in their small, 150-person factory in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, where the spirit and heritage of master alpinists like Walter Bonatti and Reinhold Messner lives on.
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Approach Shoe, Day Hiker, Through Hiker
The boulder-x is one of my favorites for so many reasons. This shoe is such a workhorse. Depending on how you plan to use this shoe you should size appropriately, but it excels at every category. Common choice of many through-hikers, it is stiff enough to support a heavy pack, sticky enough for wet trails and still lighter Read More...
Approach Shoe, Day Hiker, Through HikerThe boulder-x is one of my favorites for so many reasons. This shoe is such a workhorse. Depending on how you plan to use this shoe you should size appropriately, but it excels at every category. Common choice of many through-hikers, it is stiff enough to support a heavy pack, sticky enough for wet trails and still lighter and just as durable as a pair of hiking boots. As an approach shoe I felt super confident hiking the trails to all of the local crags, and actually climbing in them with a full pack on long slab approaches. These are one of the best approach shoes on the market and make for a pretty good looking rugged sneaker for someone just looking to go on and off the trail.
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