Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like a full-grained leather backpacking boot.  La Sportiva’s Omega GTX boot offers excellent support and torsional rigidity in a refreshingly light package – throw in a Gore-Tex liner plus a Vibram sole and we have the ingredients for a really killer boot.

La Sportiva Omega GTX Features:

  • Weight 23.42 oz • 664 g
  • LastErgoTrek
  • Upper: Ingrasatto Leather/ Nubuck leather cuff/ Cordura® w/Lycra gussett
  • LiningGore-Tex®
  • Insole7mm Ergoflex
  • MidsoleCo-Molded Symbios PU/EVATPU torsion plate
  • SoleVibram® Sasslong with Impact Brake System™
  • Sizes38-48 (half sizes)
  • ColorGrey/Rust
  • MSRP$240 USD


Omega Vitamins in Leather Form

La Sportiva worked a bit of black magic by creating a high-support trekking boot at a magically low weight – at just under a pound and a half, it’s hard to touch the Omega’s light footprint.  Even though these boots are light they definitely don’t compromise on support; the midsole is a high-density foam to provide impact cushioning, coupled with a half-length midsole plate to strengthen torsional rigidity; as a matter of fact, I was quite surprised that a half-length plate could provide as much support as La Sportiva’s unique co-molded SYMBIOS does.  If you pick up the boot and do the typical REI test of flexing the boot in all manner of directions, you can easily tell that the Omega’s are strong boots.

I received these boots in late March and took my time breaking them in, partly because my feet are a little wide for these boots; the Omega’s are better for low-volume feet, so both my feet and the boots needed time to adjust to each other.  Now that I’ve been hiking for some time with the boots truly broken in, I credit La Sportiva’s top-notch engineering and build quality for creating a boot that’s ‘smart’ enough to accommodate wider feet – we had a few disagreements early on, but I know for certain that a cheaper boot wouldn’t have been able to adjust to my feet like the Omega’s did.  Keep this in mind, though: if you have high-volume feet, you’ll need some solid break-in time before the boots are comfy.  For reference, I normally wear size 10.5 boots, width E; I ordered a half size over for this review.

La Sportiva Omega GTX Boots

Shrug on a heavy pack and point your feet at some backcountry to see where the Omega’s really shine.  The boots are incredibly light, considering they provide the support that I’d expect from a heavy trekking boot – this allows you to slog more miles and keeps your feet nimble for technical trail late in the day.  The Gore lining keeps your feet dry, but if you expect bomber breathability from a full-leather boot, you’re going to have a bad time.  The Vibram sole is pleasantly luggy, but I personally found that performance suffered in wet conditions.  The rubber is on the harder side (which gives it longevity) but it likes to slip on the wet granite that is ubiquitous during Spring in the Rubies.  Moreover, the close-set knobs like to pick up mud and hold it – the heel area is especially prone, and you can imagine that I slipped coming down the hill once or twice.

La Sportiva’s eyelet/hook lacing combo is absolutely stellar.  These are designed so that pulling the laces tightens the laces all the way down the tongue, not just the upper.  Anyone who has spent five minutes fumbling with cold fingers to get obstinate lower laces to tighten will definitely appreciate this feature.  Additionally, the tongue features a full-length gusset that provides water resistance all the way up to the mouth of the boot.  The scree collar is soft and cushy, so your achilles tendon will stay comfortable as debris stays out.  What I’m getting at is that these boots are very well designed – both the big stuff and little details received a lot of attention from La Sportiva.

Here's that Vibram sole - while the clay-based soil in Northern Nevada can be challenging, the treads still retain too much mud.

Here’s that Vibram sole – while the clay-based soil in Northern Nevada can be challenging, the treads still retain too much mud.

The Good:

  • Lightweight and high support in the same package
  • Top-notch design and build quality from the Italians
  • Gusseted, full-length tongue is easy to get in and out of, keeps water out
  • Dense midsole foam cushions impact very well
  • Lacing system is well-designed and easy to pull

The Bad:

  • This particular Vibram sole falls short in wet conditions
  • Tread design holds mud, especially on heel
  • No ‘Wide’ size available – these boots are not really for high-volume feet

The Bottom Line: La Sportiva Omega GTX

A day hiking in the Omega’s is a day spent enjoying the outdoors without having to worry about your feet.  They’re so light that your legs are considerably less tired by the end of the day, but they still provide loads of support for carrying heavy packs.  I have to admit, this particular Vibram sole isn’t my favorite, but there are tons of good points which outweigh the bad.  People with small, normal or slightly wide feet will most certainly have a lot of great adventures in this lightweight, full-support Italian boot.

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About Author

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.


  1. Hello, Thanks for the review! I just bought these and there are a couple spots of minor discomfort. Did you have a similar feeling while breaking them in. They seem like solid boots and I really want them to workout!



    • Hey Gary,

      Thanks for the comment. Can you tell me a little about this discomfort? What spots are sore? What are your feet like in general – particularly wide, narrow or high-volume?

      Looking forward to helping you. I still enjoy my pair, but they did take me a little time to break in all the way.


  2. Thanks! A possible hotspot on the outer side right behind the little toe. Almost feels like there is not a lot of cushion in the sole on that one spot. It’s mainly on the left foot, which is a tad bigger…. Shoes always feel a little different on that side. Other than that they feel snug and good!


  3. I tried on the Salomon Quest today and they felt great immediately. However, the Omega seemed to be a little better made and felt as if they would last longer with heavy loads on them….

  4. Gary,

    I’m not familiar with the Salomon pair you mentioned, but most of the boots at this price range will all hold up very well indeed. If the Salomon feels better out of the box, it might be a really good option for you.

    As for the Sportivas, they’re fantastic books but it took some work for me to break them in. I haven’t noticed the particular problem that you described with the hotspot behind your toe and it could very well be particular to your fit in the boots.

    I think you have two great options here, but perhaps exchanging the Omegas for the Quests would be the ticket for you.

  5. Karine St-Pierre on

    Thank for the review, a small hint more about those boot : they’re a dream for women to tall for women boot.
    They fit perfectly out of the box. I hope they will last long.

  6. I’m a little confused – you seem to be using high-volume and wide interchangeably. Could you clarify? For instance, I have very wide, very low-volume feet — they’re flat, and thin — which tends to yield blisters on the tops of my toes in shoes that have too much volume.

    So it sounds like these come fairly narrow — but are they also low-volume?


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