The award-winning Men’s Core High GTX hiking boot combines La Sportiva’s mountain heritage with an innovative GORE-TEX technology to deliver lightweight traction, responsiveness, and truly breathable waterproof protection.
An innovative offering from La Sportiva, the Core High GTX grants lightweight performance with an array of features that are sure to appeal to hikers and backpackers. Let’s take a look at all of its features.
The upper is a full synthetic upper with this nanocell technology. It is a really neat technology that opens up the upper to allow really good ventilation and breathability. Under that there is actually a light weight air mesh, which, again, it is going to be nice. It is going to be breathable. It is going to provide a lot of air flow and ventilation.
Under the synthetic materials there we have a Gore-Tex surround insert. It is a really innovative piece from Gore-Tex. It is fully water proof, breathable, completely surrounds the foot 360 degrees. So it is going to allow breathability from not only the top and sides, but also the bottom. They have built in a spacer with the mid sole portion of the shoe to allow that extra air to dump out from the bottom of the foot. So essentially with every step it is like a bellows type effect and it just forces warm air out, really allowing better ventilation and, you know, it allows your foot to breathe better than some other water-proof breathable membranes. So really nice features in the upper there.
You do have a gusseted tongue and a nice padded tongue at that. So you are going to get some extra comfort as well. And some nice padding around the ankle of the shoe here. So it is going to give you good support as well as a nice comfortable fit.
So really nice upper features on the core. In the midsole we do have a compression molded EVA mid sole with some TPU inserts for stabilization. It is going to provide a good shock absorbing, you know, feel and fit. And those TPU inserts are just going to give it a little bit more stability. So you can be confident and have confident traction on the trail as well as protection underfoot from rocks or sharp objects.
Moving to the out sole, we have got a Nanorubber outsole from Vibram. It is a nice, light weight out sole. It has got really flexible traction there. It is going to give you confident grip on the trails. You have got some directional lugs here that are going to provide really good grip. And in the heel we have actually got a really nice system here. It is Vibram’s impact brake system. So it is going to reduce the impact force by an average of 20 per-cent while increasing your braking or stopping power by that same average of 20 percent. So if you need to stop quickly on the trail or come to a halt for any reason, the design of this heel is really going to allow you to stop and stop quickly. So good grip, good stop-ping power and over all good traction on the out sole of this boot.
So there you have it. It is the La Sportiva men’s Core High GTX, a super lightweight flexible option that offers supreme breathability for hikers and backpackers.