La SportivaPrimer Low GTX Shoe - Men's

Footwear that's up to the challenge.

If your idea of hiking takes you over varied and unknown terrain, the La Sportiva Men's Primer Low GTX Shoes are going to be a slice of heaven for your feet. The uppers are made of durable, breathable AirMesh with Nano-Cell direct injection and PU-leather for abrasion-resistance. With the shoes' Gore-Tex Surround lining, your feet have no problem staying comfortable and cool, thanks to how well it breathes as you move. For support La Sportiva used a compression-molded EVA midsole and TPU inserts, and for traction across uneven surfaces, the soles are made of Vibram Nano and come equipped with the Impact Brake System to allow you to stop on any terrain.

  • AirMesh, Nano-Cell direct injection, and PU leather uppers
  • Gore-Tex Surround lining
  • Compression molded EVA midsole with TPU inserts
  • Vibram Nano soles with Impact Brake System
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  • Q & A

Comfy Shoe for Everything In-between

  • Size Bought: 45.5

These are comfortable and they have a really cool look to them. Really grippy and responsive feel with the soles.

I wear them around the campfire, rain, short hikes and casually.

Great shoes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These shoes are great hikers. They felt like  they were already broken in from the get go. The footbed is nice and soft and the traction of the sole is very good. I haven't tested the Gore-Tex in water yet, but it has kept my feet completely void of dust and sand while tromping through the desert.


    They didn't even last a day at the mall before the sole spereated from the shoe on both

    Waterproof hiking shoe with lug sole

      I was looking for a shoe that vented well for hot day, were waterproof and didn't absorb water for rainy days, felt like a stiff trail runner, and had the good grip of a lug sole. My last hiking and traverse shoes did not have a lug sole and were occasionally slippery in the mud and took a long time to dry out after a rain because of the materials used. In contrast, his shoe really worked well. Our last trip was two weeks traversing the alps first in hot sunny weather and then in cold rainy weather. They have the feel of a trail runner which i like because i never get any blisters but with enough stiffness in the sole that the rocks don't work my feet too hard. The new gortex design seemed to work well at keeping my feet cool in the hot weather but stayed waterproof through the days of rain without soaking up much water in the outer materials. And the lug sole was, well, a lug sole, which grips like they always do. So overall a good combination of light weight trail shoe with not too hot waterproofing. Great job La Sportiva!

      Super comfy yet rugged

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10.5

      Picked these up as a replacement for my Garmont GTX zenith. Was skeptical because they looked more like a running shoe and were labeled as a GOre-Tex surround. After testing them out in the park I gave them the nod for some longer hikes and even use them for MTB.. All around great shoe that keep my feet dry and comfy thru wet/dry hikes, approach, and rides.

      Low Top Version of the Synthesis Mid GTX

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I've been using these a lot lately and must say they do a great job at hiking. These are a low top version of the Synthesis Mid GTX so if you're looking for a little bit of ankle protection, check the Synthesis out. I have a wide foot (size 9 2E in Brooks for reference) and have severe navicular drop and generally have a difficult time finding shoes/boots that fit without pain. I purchased a size 9 (42) and they fit good but just a hair snug on the width (width on the Synthesis felt better for my foot but they are nearly identical). The gore tex works well and kept my feet dry hiking and shooting in soggy wet areas in Iceland. Traction uphill and downhill was outstanding. If you're looking for a day hiker or a shoe to kick around in the dirt take a look at Primer Low GTX.

      Delightfully Surprised

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Size Bought: 43.5

      I was concerned about my wide foot fitting in these shoes, especially because most European designed footwear is usually a bit narrow. I ordered the 43.5 and much to my surprise, they fit like a glove. Additionally, Gortex seldom stretches at all, but these conform really well to the shape of my foot. Super comfortable support and after a brief trek around my neighborhood, I wondered why I waited so long to get a pair?? I have worn Merrells for many years and still have a couple of pairs for more rugged terrain, but can't wait to start using these on a more challenging hike. The only first impression con I have are the laces. I hope they hold up and don't give/stretch too much. We"ll just have to wait and see. The overall quality of these shoes is more than apparent and the look is very interesting to say the least. I'm sold on these for sure and have really enjoyed the buying experience from Backcountry. Thanks so much!
      I have had these out now on several hikes and can say they just keep getting better. I find the support really comforting and my feet aren't tired at all when I return. They are cool for being waterproof and they keep my feet pretty dry around the stream banks and crossings. Even in some really wet grass, they have kept my socks completely dry. Because these were such a surprise, I also purchased a pair of Wildcat Trail shoes "mesh" and absolutely love them. I went up a half size on the Wildcats and I can honestly say they are the most comfortable outdoor shoes I have ever owned. I am truly hooked on La Sportivas from here on out..!!

      A bit disappointed

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 47 (U.S. 13 men's)

      I'd like to give these shoes 2 1/2 stars, but that option doesn't exist. I purchased these on the recommendation of the rep I spoke to by phone at LaSportiva. I think I was a bit mislead. He told me the Primer is more or less identical built as the Wildcat GTX, which fit me great. Identical on my examination...NO! The rep couldn't answer my questions, he just read the shoe's description and specs any of us can read on BackCountry. No above and beyond guidance. I had a pair of the Wildcat 2.0 GTX that had the soles on both shoes separating after a few months of use and the sole was literally flat with no tread. Primer is supposed to be a heartier shoe I'm told, but at a hefty price tag. Flying semi-blind, I made a gamble and purchased the Primer. I have narrow, low volume, neutral arch feet. The Wildcat and Primer have neutral arch support. First impression is the Primer is feather light, super cushioned preventing my knees from aching and quite stylish with what seems like a better rubber sole than the Wildcat and I generally can't feel what's underfoot like I can with the Wildcat. Tested in weather in the low to mid 20s for 90 minutes and my feet weren't toasty warm, but not numb either. Call it comfortable. Waterproof - yes. Toe box roomy. Now the negatives ~ this shoe is not for a foot like mine. My right heel has slippage, even with a beefier sock, but only when walking briskly. Left foot is fine. The laces go down lower than the Wildcat and rest where my toes connect to my foot and fold into the top of my toes when walking. Awkward feeling I don't get with the Wildcat 2.0. I don't feel it unless I walk briskly. Around the ankle, the shoe is higher cut by maybe 1/2 inch higher than a typical shoe. Wildcat was like this too, but didn't give me issues. Right foot, that higher cut digs into the outer ankle bone near where the uppermost lace eyelet is. Not comfortable at all! Right foot laces tend to loosen up, but never come untied. Pronation control, I'm split on. It's not awful, it's not the best. The entire shoe is synthetic and it doesn't give me a solid, supportive feel. Wildcat is synthetic too, but gives my foot more of a locked-in feel. I wish the Wildcat was built on the Primer's sole and had the super breathable GTX. If you don't have an average men's foot and want a supportive locked-in feel, I do not recommend the Primer. I made a very costly mistake of a purchase. Beware that purchasing LaSportiva shoes thru, if there is a defect, they offer no support. You have to go through LaSportiva, pay for shipping and go through the inspection routine with them and hopefully they rule in your favor. I'm doing this with my Wildcat pair. BackCountry is basically like, "we want to make the sale with you, but if there's a manufacturer's defect, you're on your own. We don't stand behind what we sell." Complete opposite of what a well known, highly successful outdoor outfitter in Freeport, Maine offers. Buyer beware if buying LaSportiva!

      Does anyone know the difference between the Primer version and the synthesis version sold at REI?

      Just a higher version with the quick laces

      Great Low Cut Boot

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11

      Sportiva is one shoe brand I've depended upon for years. These and the Zamberlan boot (dark leather not the flashy iterations) fit well me well and provide the best comfort. I was disappointed when Sportiva stopped production of the Wildcat 3.0 GTX trail shoe and have had a hard time finding a good fitting replacement. Bought two pairs a year and I'm hard on trail shoes, really tough on them. The Wildcat 2.0 GTX trail shoe didn't impress me at all. The softer upper fabric over a good stiff sole wasn't somehow compatible and allowed too much foot movement. Enter the Sportiva Primer Low GTX. This shoe has real comfort and support with one exception and I'll get to that. The Vibram sole delivers a good aggressive feel and overall the shoe is wonderful and very comfortable. It is appropriately called a boot in other ads for the shoe and it feels like a boot not a trail running shoe. However I like them and feel this is a high quality low cut boot. I've gone to ultra-light gear for several years now and I often prefer trail shoes for workouts, but these feel as if they would be excellent for stability and very durable with the gear-loads I carry, about twenty-five pounds. With any higher weight on long distance hikes I'd want more ankle support and slip on my Zamberlans. Sportiva and Zamberlan also have great waterproofing systems that have never let me down. Now, about the exception to the fit. I have found in just wearing them around the house that the toe box is somewhat too narrow, making a hot spot on the bone on the outside of my foot just behind my small toe and the material doesn't seem as if it will break in, so I'll probably return them. However overall I'd say a great shoe. I say that because what's good and what isn't is entirely subjective.