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La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Ii Mid GTX Hiking Boots

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Their founder, Narciso Dellado, began his craft making leather boots for the lumberjacks and farmers of the Fassa and Fiemme valleys in the Dolomite mountains.

We did experience some stability issues in the Falcon, but tightening up the laces resulted in adequate support when backpacking with a heavy load over tricky terrain (also in Patagonia). Initially sceptical, Dan Bailey found himself won over by these shoes, at least for shorter local runs on less demanding terrain. The 5-inch comfort collar and a user-friendly lacing system extending to the top of the ankle helps prevent rolling the ankle and minimize any movement inside the boot.The Ultra Raptor II is a new-for-2021 mid-cut version of the very popular Ultra Raptor II Mountain Running Shoe favored by ultra-marathoners.

The Gore-Tex Extended lining provides excellent breathability as well as impeccable waterproofing to keep your feet dry and comfortable.Perfect volume adjustment and foot hold thanks to the dedicated lacing elements: the eye-stay webbings are sewn on the inside of the upper and reinforced on the outside with a high frequency TPU skeleton, allowing the lace pull-force to be distributed equally over all areas of the upper. I felt like I was hiking through the fucking mangrove and convinced I was going to stumble across a dead body. Of course, they do feel warmer than an unlined shoe or boot, but even wearing the leather Ultra Raptor Mid on a sweltering weekend in the Peak District, they didn’t get overly sweaty or uncomfortable. But aside from that shortcoming in terms of lifetime durability, this is still a great three-season boot for fast and light summit-bagging missions or lightweight backpacking trips. The East bank was littered with floating mats of driftwood, seagrasses, downed Sycamore trees, and the myriad detritus that floats down the river from Washington.

Dan Bailey has never been a fan of waterproof-lined running shoes, but finds himself won over by the Ribelle Run GTX.

La Sportiva's Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX builds on the success of the original Ultra Raptors by upping the collar height and making this a more versatile mid boot for general outdoor use. But even after they stretched a bit, the boots still felt a little tight and prohibitive at the front. The boots do run noticeably narrow at the forefoot and were prone to slippage in softer surfaces like mud, but we think they’re well-suited for everything from short day hikes to all-day summit pushes and backpacking with a light pack.

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