La Sportiva Nucleo - A good option for narrow feet

Hunter Sargent

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Just wanted to give a heads up for guys like me with skinny feet. These seem to be a great fit, full foot cradle with no slippage. I have Lowa Tibet's that fit decent, but are heavy and wanted something lighter. The Nucleos are half the weight (2.1 lbs per pair instead of 4 lbs for the Tibets.) They are Nubuck with a goretex membrane and synthetic tongue. Also a decent amount of cushion as opposed to the jarring effect in the heavier boots.

These were not even on my radar but I tried them on at REI and had to take them home. I'll try to update regarding their durability, but La Sportiva's have a great reputation in that department so I'm sure they are fine. I'll keep the Tibets in the truck in case I need them for a heavy packout.

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BSeals71

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I have the Lowa Tibets and have been looking for a lighter boot also. I'll have to give those La Sportiva Nucleo a try. I don't think i have "skinny feet" but i do have a very narrow heel cup with big calves = bad recipe for constant heal blisters.

Thanks for the suggestion.
 
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Hunter Sargent

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What is the rest of your foot like? I will say the Nucleo's have a pretty small vertically, both in the forefoot and toe box...I guess you would call that "low volume"? Perfect for me but might be an issue for others.
 

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Love me the low volume fit of Sportivas, they still seem to work well with a large variety of feet too. I wish more boots would fit the same!
 

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Just wanted to give a heads up for guys like me with skinny feet. These seem to be a great fit, full foot cradle with no slippage. I have Lowa Tibet's that fit decent, but are heavy and wanted something lighter. The Nucleos are half the weight (2.1 lbs per pair instead of 4 lbs for the Tibets.) They are Nubuck with a goretex membrane and synthetic tongue. Also a decent amount of cushion as opposed to the jarring effect in the heavier boots.

These were not even on my radar but I tried them on at REI and had to take them home. I'll try to update regarding their durability, but La Sportiva's have a great reputation in that department so I'm sure they are fine. I'll keep the Tibets in the truck in case I need them for a heavy packout.

Cheers


How are these working out for you? I tried a pair on at REI tonight and they felt great so I ordered a pair after trying on several others. Hoping to hear some good things and will share my experiences once I get them out on the hills.
 
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Hunter Sargent

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How are these working out for you? I tried a pair on at REI tonight and they felt great so I ordered a pair after trying on several others. Hoping to hear some good things and will share my experiences once I get them out on the hills.

I returned them after a few months, actually. The small red piece of rubber on the heel started to separate slightly, and I didn't want to have a full separation on my elk hunt. I ended up getting a pair of La Sportiva Trango TRK's that have a similar fit and have held up extremely well so far. Link: La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX Hiking Boots - Men's at REI

I do have to say that the staff at REI said they have sold a ton of Nucleos and hadn't had any returned before mine, so maybe it was a fluke.
 
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