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La Sportiva Eco 4.0 Review

   

Hiking Boots - Men's

  • Currently 4.0/5
Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: December 18, 2013
Street Price:   $165
Pros:  Light, comfortable, good sole, large toe box.
Cons:  Poor to middling support, particularly when wet, not durable, large toe box.
Best Uses:  Backpacking, hiking.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 0 reviews
Manufacturer:   La Sportiva
Review by: Atherton Phleger ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ December 18, 2013  
Overview
Product Discontinued
The Eco 4.0 has been discontinued. Check out the new Best Buy winner, the Hi-Tec Altitude and our complete Hiking Boot Review.

The La Sportiva Eco 4.0 is a great value for its all-around performance and relatively long lifespan. It is a well-built boot that is worth the price. However, if you are looking for a higher performing boot, perhaps one that can handle the talus approaches and root-choked trails that, when wearing the La Sportiva Eco would make you feel like a baby deer, try a heavy hiker like the Asolo Power Matic 200.

The La Sportiva is a perfectly adequate, middle-of-the-road sort of boot. We liked it on moderately maintained trails during good weather with medium-weight loads. Because of the unusually large toe box it does not do well on talus hops or any sort of balance-oriented type of walking. That same toe box was helpful when crossing ice-crusted snow, though most of the time it was simply a pain.

To handle hot-weather activities at the other end of the spectrum, we recommend our lighter weight offerings like the Keen Targhee or the Moab Ventilator.


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Most recent review: December 18, 2013
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