The Wildcat Shoe by La Sportiva is a stable, neutral, extremely well cushioned trail running shoe: our most cushioned trail running shoe.
Built on the FriXion X-Axis rubber outsole the Wildcat digs into any surface for excellent traction and added cushion. The single density midsole provides excellent cushioning and is coupled with a plush LaSpEVA 2.4 mm lasting board. A great all around trail runner for people looking for great stability and cushion.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Shoe
Simple one-piece upper with a protective wear-resistant mesh trail cage
2.4mm LaSpEVA lasting board for sublime out-of-the-box cushioning
Foot-wrap lacing harness provides a secure, stable fit for every type of foot
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Shoe
The wildcat is as named, one bad mother! This shoe is by far the most comfortable trail shoe I've ever owned. The tread pattern also grabs the trails in almost any condition (except ice, but then just add screws or spikes to the shoes). I did have concerns about the soft upper, but my feet have been protected thanks to the toe guard. I have ran with this shoe for two years with two pair(one is an older model), which are both still in decent condition despite the abuse from rocks, roots and other trail hazards.
Hikes:-3 different moderately strenuous 10 mile hikes climbing 1000-2000 feet in elevation.Sizing:-I'm usually 10.5 neutral arch and neutral stride. I had to size up to 11 because my feet are slightly wider. 44.5 fit nice and perfectly snug. I had about half inch of room in front of my toes so they didn't bang the front when I was stomping down hill. No heel lift and no blisters.Pros:-Lightweight-Super breathable-Great traction-Stiff sole provide excellent stability and supportCons:-No durability issues yet
Very happy with this shoe, although had to return it for a larger size. It's cut a bit narrow, but has a good size toe box that is great. I'm a 10.5 and had to go to a 44.5 in this shoe.I'ts vedry stable on the trail and good support all around. It's very light and breaths well. Good looking too!!!
After my sweet 3 month old black lab decided to make a snack out of my old trail runners, I was in the market for some puppy approved shoes. Hiking fourteeners, being a bad a**, and backpacking in tennis shoes is just not cool or comfortable. So now that my black lab is a 11 month old young man (and his shoe chewing is in the past... I think). I invested in these bad boys. Super light and comfortable. Perfect for day hiking and backpacking (if you have good ankles). And the precious black lab angel won't dare stick a canine on it. Pretty much what I am saying is that these bad boys are perfect for anyone and anything. I would highly recommend.
I really dig these shoes for runs both on and off trail but more so when i'm not on pavement. This is the second pair of Sportiva runners I have had and I came back for a reason. I really like the support I feel like I had laterally on the trail. The cushioning is just right for my liking and the distances I put in. As for the GTX liner I sometimes wonder why I go for shoes with a waterproof liner since when its raining water is certainly going to get into the shoe over the top. However, when the rain stops, I found the puddles are no match and my feet stay dry. As for the sizing I feel they are true to size, especially if you know and use the euro sizes.
"Great support with a solid sole and very comfortable upper"
These are my favorite running shoes. They absorb much more shock them my Brooks ASR7 Adrenalines. There is a flap on the tongue to stuff the lace ends down so they wont come undone or catch on debris. They breath well and the upper is frictionless for blister free running. No break in period needed for the Wildcat. Ran 21 miles the other day and no hot spots at all. Thanks La sportiva.
"A comfortable shoe for trail running or day hiking."
This is a good looking, comfortable shoe. It handled pretty well for trail running and day hiking. However, eventually due to rubbing and abrasions when on the trail, the mesh near the little toe will break. At this point tries to slide out through the new opening and the shoe is no longer useable. I didn't track the mileage on the shoe up to this point, so while I had the shoe for a year and did many many hikes, I expected it to last a bit longer. I would not expect this kind of failure with a shoe that used more standard materials.
These shoes are great. They are my main pair of shoes for everyday use and they are wonderful. I do a lot of running around and they have a lot of support and comfort. I've also used them on light trials for easy hiking. Love the shoes and would suggest them to anyone. Cheers!
"Stood up to a royal beat down in Peru. Totes Rad Kicks Brooo!"
I took these bad boys with me on a Trek/Bike trip to Cusco Peru and they just preformed their little hearts out! They fit perfectly true to size 100%. I wouldn't recommend taking them to super wet climates due to the light breathable mesh/non-water proof-ness, but if you're dry they fly. Comfy soles and awesome tread, no seriously...NO seriously! They're great. Buy them.
Ok listen, i ran cross country and track in high school, 2 years ago, and i ran over 5000 miles in 4 years..(i know my running stuff) I have a PR in the mile as 4:44 and a 2 mile of 10:27. These shoes GRIP EVERYTHING on dirt, leaves, gravel, grass, you name it. now, there not the best for running on the sidewalk, but if your going on soft ground such as the terrain previously named, buy these. The rubber is so freaking sticky. the shoe is narrow so buyer beware! I have a narrow and foot and the size 10 was true to size! amazing shoe that feels like it rock with when you heel to toe transfer. ...simply incredible running shoe for the Smokies!
I have used these for pretty rough trail running & 10-20 mile dayhikes in the Tetons as well as for road running back in the city. With easily 200 miles on these, they haven't shown a sign of wear and tear. They support the whole foot well, but they are a bit light around the toes. Nonetheless, it doesn't detract from the overall feel and running experience in these. Best trail running shoes I have owned to date.