La Sportiva Core High GTX

Gear of the Year Awards 2015: La Sportiva Core High GTX

2015 gear of the year

La Sportiva Core High GTX

No matter how hard companies try to make a breathable, fully-waterproof hiker, most fall short, and with good reason. To make something truly waterproof while keeping the boot breathable is almost counterintuitive. Breathability is allowing air to enter the boot. Waterproofing keeps everything out. The La Sportiva Core HIgh GTX is one of the few hikers on the market that accomplishes this while adding some of the best traction and comfort in the industry.

An over-the-ankle all synthetic trail assault vehicle with highly breathable Gore-Tex Surround Technology designed for moving fast on all types of hiking terrain. Innovative Nano-Cell technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection. STB Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole unifying it with the upper for a locked-down fit.

Two things make this hiker an absolute standout: Traction and comfort. The upper might be the most comfortable we have ever felt. With the Nano-Cell™ direct injection, the upper feels more like a sock and a serious hiker. In terms of tractions and grip, introducing the Impact Brake System (I.B.S.) — A proprietary technology in outsole design where the lugs of the soles are oriented in opposing slanted directions. This opposition increases braking power by an average of 20% and decreases impact forces by an average of 20%. The sole is a little softer than most, paired with opposite slanted lugs, creates a ridiculous amount of grip when traversing rugged terrain.

Price: $200.00