Today I’d like to review the newest addition to my hiking gear collection – La Sportiva Cornon GTX Boots for women. I came across this model when I was searching for a new pair of boots that can take me anywhere, from soft wood trails to rocky mountain paths. My budget was limited, so these came in as a really good deal – great price, plenty of stability, support, Gore-Tex technology etc.
I took them for a test run in our local wood trek – 8,5 km in snow, ice and sand conditions. To say it briefly – i’m really happy with them. Apart from some minor discomfort, they are truly great all year boots, suitable for very different conditions. Kind of a “one-size-fits-it-all” sort of boot.
How do the La Sportiva Cornon GTX Boots feel?
These boots have quite hard sole, which is normal for trekking boots in general. So when you are walking on soft ground, they feel a little strange, almost like wearing a ski boot at home. Kind of funny, too. All it takes is a little bit of time to get used to. The support is great and every time I would step on uneven surface, the boots would gently support my ankle. You get the feeling that somebody is always watching over you.
Walking long distance will make your feet tired, but that is understandable. For a boot that is brand new, walking 8,5km without major discomfort seems already a great achievement.
Technology behind La Sportiva Cornon GTX Boots
These boots are equipped with 3D Flex System, that provides support and maximum stability control on all types of terrain. Thanks to Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining, maximum breathability is guaranteed. Vibram outsole provides excellent traction on the widest range of surfaces and high degree of abrasion resistance.
The boot is relatively lightweight – it weights only around 1kg, making it an ideal model for long, full-day treks with heavy backpack.
What I didn’t like?
Perhaps this is due to the terrain I chose for testing these boots, but I wasn’t particularly happy with how my feet fatigued. I realize this is probably due to the fact that the boots were out of the box new and probably because I haven’t worn them in yet. A few times I felt like my blood circulation was getting bad, so I had to loosen the laces.
After some kilometers I felt that the boots were disconnecting from my leg a bit. When I bent over to check the laces, I found out they were already untied, but thanks to locking hooks, I could still continue walking without bothering to tie them right away.
Verdict – should you buy La Sportiva Cornon GTX Boots?
Well, it depends on your hiking style and needs. If you go hiking every other weekend with occasional mountain trips (e.g. Samaria Gorge walk in Crete) once or twice per year, they might do just fine for you. From what I can see, they are solidly built, good quality, breathable and waterproof – everything you would want from a good boot. I’m taking them to Annapurna Basecamp trek in Nepal later this year.
However, if mountain hiking is something you do regularly and spend lots of hours on trekking routes, there may be better (and pricier) options out there to suit your needs.
What are your favorite hiking boots?