The La Sportiva Spire GTX quickly became our lead tester's favorite pair of hiking shoes, due to its incredible performance on all types of trail. This shoe is built like a running shoe but has the stability of a low cut hiking boot, while remaining lightweight. This shoe is a perfect choice for long-distance fastpackers who want to shed the weight from their feet but are uncompromising on water resistance and comfort. The traction of these shoes is also top-notch, as they feature Vibram's XS-Trek compound.
While they are certainly not as durable as other models due to the heavy use of lightweight synthetic materials, we were truly satisfied with the Spire GTX and heartily recommend it to those who desire a top of the line shoe that can handle it all. For these reasons, we awarded the La Sportiva Spire GTX our Top Pick Award for Lightweight Hiking. This shoe competes squarely with the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX, which weighs less and costs less and provides better traction but isn't quite as comfortable.