Exum Ridge Shoe


Exum Ridge Shoe
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Exum Ridge Shoe
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By Dow Williams
Page Type Nov 17, 2008 / Nov 17, 2008
Object ID 5716
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Product Description

The La Sportiva Exum Ridge is the ultimate shoe for any mountain adventurer or trail runner. The synthetic leather and mesh upper provides lightweight, breathable support and repels water. The abrasion resistant panels protect the foot from rocks while still allowing flex. The lateral flex windows provide anatomically correct flex and draining points. To-the-toe lacing gives adjustability and forefoot security in technical terrain. The reinforced rubber toe cap offers additional protection and durability. The Exum Ridge is among the highest performance trail running shoes available.


Material: Synthetic leather lacing harness with embossed UreTech abrasion resistant panels, rubber toe bumper
Lining: Breathable WaferMesh
Sole: FriXion dot trail and trail tread combo
Lacing: Traditional
Shank: polypropylene full lenth
Recommended Use: Trail running
Weight: 1lb 13oz
Warranty: 1 year



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Dow Williams - Nov 17, 2008 11:46 am - Voted 5/5

Exum Ridge
My new approach weapon for the Canadian Rockies and desert climbing. I normally prefer trail runners for desert approaches and a light boot for Canadian Rockies approaches. This is a wonderful hybrid that my wife had turned me onto....that gets both jobs done well with little weight, which is a factor since we are normally carrying our boots/shoes up and over a route. Takes the scree bashing fairly well in comparision to others.

liferequiresair - Jan 27, 2009 12:01 am - Voted 5/5

Excellent performance
This shoe is great when used as an approach shoe or for peak bagging. The grip is excellent and the adjustable lacing can't be beat. I'm not so sure about using this as a trail runner as the lack of padding in the fore-foot can be rough on the down hill sprints. Also, because of the padding under the heal and the fact that the base is not flared at all makes it easy to roll an ankle if you're not careful. All in all, a lightweight yet durable shoe with great technical capabilities.

Dow Williams - Apr 21, 2009 6:00 pm - Voted 5/5

Now they are calling it the Exum Pro instead of the Ridge. Still the approach shoe of choice for everyone around southern Utah, canyoneers and climbers alike. I have the old ridge and new pro side by side in my closet and can't say they changed it much which is a good thing. One hell of an approach shoe.

MoapaPk - Jun 13, 2009 11:33 pm - Voted 5/5

Exum Pro: pretty good for $90
Sole is not quite as sticky as I expected. The toe (as expected) is a little tight, so if you run significant distances, you may wear the skin off your toes.

Well ventilated.

My 1st use was a 14 mile trailless hike with ~4500' elevation gain. I got significant blisters and rubbing -- that surprised me, as I haven't had that many blisters from new shoes for maybe 12 years; it's rare that I actually need to "break-in" approach shoes. HOwever, in several uses since, most of the irritation is gone.

06/17/09 update: OK I just upgraded from 4 to 5 stars. I tried tightening the top laces before a severe trailless downhill-- duh! -- and they are much better (in terms of irritation). Actually, the laces are good in themselves -- have never come undone on their own.

awilsondc - Aug 15, 2012 8:35 pm - Voted 5/5

Solid Approach Shoe
I love these shoes. They fit slightly narrow in the toebox which is great for scrambling, but can cramp the foot if you have to do extented steep sidehilling. They fit really snug on my feet, with no wiggle. No break in period for me as they were good to go right out of the box. No blisters yet either. The breathe really well, smear really well on rock, and the laces don't seen to untie themselves like some others are known to. If I were to do a hike strictly on dirt trails, I might opt for boots or a more roomy shoe, but any trip with cross country or rocky terrain these shoes perform perfectly for my needs. Love 'em.

Alamkuh - Dec 17, 2012 2:48 am - Hasn't voted

Is that still available to buy? or since 2008 it expired? :D

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