We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe – Men’s and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars
Expert Rating: 3.8 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 213
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Outer rubber has adequate traction.
- Vibram soles for increased grip ability.
- Ideal choice for a narrow foot.
- Inner sock/liner adds comfort.
- Durable and supportive.
- Despite the stiffness, lasts a long time.
- A top choice for scrambling.
- Able to jam the toes into cracks.
- Great for edging, but better on medial than lateral.
- Maintains stability on wet surfaces.
- Great traction in dirt and mud.
- Lacing system can be cinched for smaller edges.
- Ideal support for medium/large edges over a long period of time.
- Vibram Idro-Grip sole provides enough flexibility to get adequate smearing ability.
- Stiff enough to allow weight shift to forefoot during crack climbing.
- Inexpensive shoe option.
- Highly durable due to Vibram sole.
- Very sticky rubber at a low price point.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Laces can wear out after prolonged use.
- Should be noted this is not solely a hiking shoe – they are best when used for approaches and scrambles.
- Not a lot of arch support for those with flat feet.
- Be aware when purchasing it fits like a climbing shoe, so you may need to purchase half a size up.
- Would be heavy to carry on a harness.
- Some reports of a lack of breathability during warmer temperatures.
- Very long break-in period.
- Not ideal for carrying up a long route.
- Some reports of running small due to narrow toe box.
- Heavy and bulky, especially if you have to carry for a distance.
- Lack of sensitivity on small edges.
- Poor choice for edging in pockets due to rounded toe box.
- Lacing system has durability challenges.
- Leather tongue doesn’t increase breahtability.
The La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe for men is ideally suited for those who need a durable, supportive, and stiff approach shoe that is suitable for crack climbing and smearing, all without breaking the bank. We don’t recommend this option for climbers who carry their shoes over a long route, will be climbing small cracks and edges, or are looking for shoes to perform in small pockets.