La Sportiva Tempesta GTX Review Facts
The Tempesta GTX is a high-quality, versatile technical trail running shoe with amazing performance. Meant to be worn during the colder months, on rocky, slippery, muddy and icy trails, the Tempesta GTX is surprisingly breathable for a running shoe with a waterproof Gore-Tex® membrane. This is an ideal running shoe for everyone that enjoys outdoor runs in any weather. You’ll be pleased with everything, starting from comfort, to traction, flexibility, durability, stability, cushioning and responsiveness. The only reason not to be pleased? The price.
The techy outsole of the Tempesta GTX is made out of sticky FriXion XF rubber
compound that provides the shoe with full-length coverage that makes it long-lasting and adhesive. There are two types of lugs on this outsole: the first type is the Impact Brake System, which is positioned on the outer edge of the outsole, and its function is to absorb impact and provide traction, especially on uphill or downhill trails. The second type of lugs cover the rest of the outsole and those lugs are V-shaped with the primary function to offer cushioning and comfort. Both types of lugs measure 6mm in height and are spaced relatively far apart, in order to avoid getting mud between them, enabling you to tackle technical terrains with ease.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the midsole of the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX is made out of injection-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (IMEVA
) compound, which is always the top choice when going for a cushioned feel that is also lightweight. The midsole of this trail running shoe also features a TPU stabilizer in the rearfoot area below the heel, which adds to the overall stability of the shoe and provides a steady feel on a variety of terrains. This combination of IMEVA and TPU stabilizer makes this shoe quite resistant to impact shock, which is key when going on a run on a technical trail. Under the foot, there is a Gore® Flex strobel board which increases responsiveness and stability.
The durable AirMesh upper provides ventilated protection, due to the fact that it’s coated with a Gore-Tex® waterproofing membrane, which will resist not only rain but snow and mud as well. The Gore-Tex® membrane is complemented with a lining made out of the same material, which increases the overall comfort, durability and protection features of the Tempesta GTX. The tongue and collar are padded, which results in slightly decreased breathability of the shoe and complements its reputation of a high-quality snow shoe. The lacing system is simple and effective: it features a single-pull closure with an integrated lace pocket, which makes putting the Tempesta GTX on a breeze.
Given that this is a padded shoe with rubber outsole lugs, the lightweight IMEVA midsole seems like an even better idea, in order to balance out the heavy and light components. The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX weighs 11.3 oz or 320g for a half-pair of men’s size 9 and 9 oz or 256g for a women’s size 7, which doesn’t exactly put this shoe in the lightweight category, but it’s still light enough for you to not feel like you’ve been tiring faster due to the shoe’s weight.
While not the most breathable pair of trail running shoes on the market, the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX still manages to offer comfort and prevent overheating, even if it lacks the breeziness that some other shoes take pride in. That being said, this isn’t a summer shoe – it performs best on temperatures up to around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as sub-zero temperatures. There are some people who feel too hot in Gore-Tex® shoes in general, so if you do know that to be your experience, you should take that info into account when deciding on whether to buy the Tempesta GTX or not.
The Tempesta GTX offers a comfortable, protective and flexible ride that will make you glide over various terrains without feeling discomfort in your feet. The vast majority of people that have run in this shoe have been immensely satisfied with the level of comfort it offers. However be warned that the shoe does have a short break-in period, in which the sole won’t feel as cushioned and flexible as it will eventually become. As for the length and width, the Tempesta GTX comes in the standard running shoe length and has a medium-to-wide fit. The upper is very comfortable and thanks to the padded tongue, it doesn’t have any awkward pressure points on the top of the foot, and the toe box is roomy enough, but nothing to rave about.
The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX running shoe looks exactly like it is: technical, durable, techy, interesting, yet simple. The predominantly dual-toned colorways are well combined and the shoe features the ‘La Sportiva’ letters imprinted on the lateral area of the upper AirMesh material, with the recognizable mountain logo not far away, yet much more discreet. The lacing system, aside from being innovative, looks very modern and minimalist at the same time. On the front of the tongue is the vertical reflective strap that completes the whole ‘professional and low-key’ look.
A lot of customers have described the durability of the Tempesta GTX as top-notch, and we agree with them. Although the shoe does have potential – and quite literal soft spots – mainly the soft sole, that might experience wear and tear quickly than other parts of the shoe, overall the Tempesta GTX is a sturdy choice that will take you over rocks, snow, and ice without any issues. Additionally, the protective toe scree guard
is super-durable and will resist both scratching and elements alike. The Gore-Tex® waterproofing membrane increases the durability of the upper, while also protecting your feet from water and snow.
Unlike most running shoes that stop at protecting your feet from impact, the Tempesta GTX didn’t come to play. This trail running shoe offers protection from the elements, so you can run on almost any terrain and in any weather, and your feet will remain dry and warm. Additionally, the scree guard on the front of the shoe will protect your toes from clinching and experiencing any pain when going through rocky terrain. While the midsole isn’t the star of the show, that doesn’t mean that it’s negligible. On the contrary, it will absorb shock and provide comfortable all-day, everyday wear.
The Tempesta GTX offers a tad more responsiveness than the Crossover 2, and while the sole does have some energy-return along with the satisfying cushioning, the flexible upper and the Gore-Flex strobel board has good bounce and enables a springy ride. That being said, keep in mind that the Tempesta GTX isn’t meant to be as responsive as some racing and track shoes that can allow themselves to focus solely on responsiveness, and less on traction, terrain adaptability, and grip
This is a neutral trail running shoe, meaning that it’s made for people who don’t need additional arch support and have normal, medium-high and high arches, as well as normal pronation
. If you've decided on getting the Tempesta GTX, but you have issues with low arches and/or flat feet, we’d wholeheartedly recommend investing in high-quality corrective shoe insoles because, without them, your feet will start to hurt after a couple of hours of wear.
To a lot of avid and passionate runners, this is their go-to winter running shoe, precisely because of the range of different terrain it covers. Whether it’s wet, muddy, rainy, snowy or icy out, this shoe will stand up to the task and deliver a reliable ride in any condition. Technical trails can often be slippery, and the Tempesta GTX is the perfect shoe to wear if you want to keep your feet dry and have a firm grip on the slippery rocks. In fact, you can use the Tempesta GTX as your daily outdoor trainer without an issue – its durability
will allow the shoe to be used daily without lowering its performance. The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX is best for the trail, off-road runs, mountains, and any other uneven surface you can think of. Additionally, the widely spaced lugs we mentioned earlier don’t accumulate mud in between, which is crucial in order to ensure a good grip on the surface.
The price point of the Tempesta GTX is actually one of its most obvious bad aspects – everything else is at least very good, if not great. With the price going pretty high in the three-digit category, it’s unclear whether someone who doesn’t go trail running in winter at least twice a week will make he shoes worthwhile. Even if you catch this trail shoe on a discount, it isn’t likely that you’ll go below one C-note, which, admittedly, would be a much better price for the Tempesta GTX.
The sticky rubber of the outsole
, combined with the two types of 6mm lugs spaced out throughout the outsole, make this the perfect shoe for soft, uneven and muddy ground. The traction the Tempesta GTX offers is great, and the grip on slippery or icy surfaces is amazing. As an added benefit, you can opt to purchase the La Sportiva Hobnails, in order to increase the traction even more. All in all, we’re looking at a highly effective and performance-oriented shoe.
The La Sportiva Tempesta GTX features an extremely flexible upper that moves with your foot seamlessly, providing maximum comfort and flex, which makes the whole shoe feel fast. The Gore® Flex Construction makes this one of the most flexible trail shoes on the market, smoothing out the gait cycle and making running over muddy terrain and flexing the foot over rocks feel easy.
The TPU heel stabilizer adds greatly to the overall stability of the La Sportiva Tempesta GTX’s stability
, holding the heel locked in place during various climbs and descents. The sole also features the Impact Brake System that helps you break and hold to a stop on a steep hill, while the FriXion AT V-Groove lugs keep you stable on extremely uneven, rocky terrain. One runner even noted that with regards to heel stability, this was the best shoe he’s tried this year, which isn’t to be trifled with.
At 24mm heel stack height and 14mm forefoot stack height, the drop of the Tempesta GTX is a classic 10mm. This represents a comfort zone that will suit both heel strikers and midfoot strikers while skewing a bit to the heel-strikers’ side. If you’re used to the really high drop
and you’d like to make a transition to some lower-drop shoes, this drop would be a good place to start.
● FriXion XF rubber outsole
● Impact Brake System & V-Groove lugs for amazing traction
● IMEVA midsole with the TPU heel stabilizer
● AirMesh upper with Gore-Tex® waterproof membrane
● Reasonably breathable for a winter shoe
● Extremely comfortable
● Top-notch durability
● Good responsiveness
● Trail, off-road, mountain shoe
● Extremely flexible upper
● 10mm drop
● Neutral shoe
● Good stability features
The moment you see the La Sportiva
logo, you’re instantly expecting the shoe to be high-quality and adjusted to the adventure lover’s lifestyle. The Tempesta GTX doesn’t disappoint – the majority of runners have been more than satisfied with its performance, build and features. The brand has hit the sweet spot between creating a reliable outdoor running shoe and making it sturdy, and suitable for technical trails. The only downside to the Tempesta GTX is its price – it’s not the kind of shoe you buy just because you like it. In order to splash that kind of money on a winter running shoe, you have to really need it.