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Go light, lean, and sufficiently lugged.

For the mud-loving trail runner on the hunt for a minimalist shoe, the low-profile La Sportiva Men's Anakonda Trail Running shoe is a dream come true. This shoe is low to the ground, lightweight, and packs tons of traction. The AirMesh upper is breathable, it drains away water quickly, and a TPU overlay provides ample lateral support. Stable and neutral for efficient runners, this shoe omits thick cushioning in favor of its Impact Brake System, which features opposing, slanted lugs that deform to absorb shock and provide grip on steep terrain, going up or down.

La Sportiva makes two other minimalist-style trail running shoes: the Vertical K and the Helios. Both shoes are lighter and offer more cushioning, but neither can hold a candle to the traction or control offered by the Anakonda. Something like a burly track flat, this shoes leaves little between your foot and the ground, but it doesn't punish you for it. A dedicated trail runner can easily tackle short or middle distances runs wearing this shoe, whether the terrain calls for rolling, loamy single track or steep trails in deep in a wet forest.

  • Breathable Poly Grid and AirMesh upper aids temperature regulation and drains away moisture in a flash so your foot stays dry and comfort during long, wet runs
  • TPU heel stabilizer ensures exceptional sure-footedness and control at the back of the foot
  • EZ-in pocket secures heel; and EVA AirMesh lining wicks away moisture, so you don't stew in sweat or slop
  • Durable MEMlex midsole and UltraGuard EVA insert combine to counteract the forces of uneven terrain and create a stable, neutral platform underfoot
  • Low, 4mm drop (heel-forefoot offset) means that there's just a 4mm difference between the measured height of your heel and the measured height of your forefoot
  • This low drop creates a natural foot position inside the shoe, encourages proper biomechanical flex, and allows you to more easily utilize a mid or forefoot striking style
  • Rigid forefoot insert protects the ball of your foot and toes from impact with roots, rocks, and other hazards on the trail
  • Sticky, aggressive FriXion XF rubber outsole provides sure footing on slick, uneven terrain
  • Impact Brake System V-Groove absorbs shock to reduce body strain, and its opposing slanted lugs grip into steep terrain uphill and downhill

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5 5

Great trail runner

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

Got a half size larger, but so far done a few trails with them. Grip is great and the tread is durable and hoping it last a while. The cushioning is minimal but I like that so no complaints here. Other than that feels like a durable well made trail runner

5 5

Great shoe for the trails

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Anakonda is the ideal shoe for me, my feet and what I run. I'm 5'10" and weigh 150#. I have a narrow foot, men's B, and often buy women's 11. I replaced the La Sportiva insole with a Spenco RX full arch cushion insole, as I do in all my running and hiking shoes. I trail run 1-2x/wk. It's a 6-8 mile route on a hiking trail along an undulating basalt ridge: dirt with loose, angular rocks, smooth rocks and roots.
The Anakonda has the best fit I've found: snug heel and mid-foot, a little room in the forefoot. The XF out sole has great traction - dry, wet or snow - but won't wear as well as most. The out sole doesn't extend beyond shoe, permitting precise foot placement when necessary. The shoe has some cushion but still good trail feel. The wrap upper keeps out debris. I'll retire my first pair soon, have my second pair and plan to order a third.

5 5

The break in period was well worth it

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

Initially I was disappointed by how uncomfortable this shoe was. However after wearing them several times the shoe finally molded to my feet. Now they are my go to trail running shoe in the Wasatch. Summers in Utah are hot and dry, making this the ideal choice for nontechnical hiking. The shoe grips well and makes descents much easier on your feet. In addition, I feel the all round design of the shoe is much tougher than the Ultra Raptor or the Wildcat. Aside from the break in period, this Shoe is awesome!

I was wondering if anyone knows how the...

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I was wondering if anyone knows how the sizing of the anakonda compares to the fit of the la sportiva C-Lite? My current pair of C-Lites are a 44.5. I am thinking about a 45 in the anakonda but not sure. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks

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I have had the X-Country, the Vertical K, and the Wildcat. I have tried these on and they fit about the same as the X-Country and the Wildcat. I wear a US 9 and have 42s in those. The Vertical Ks were like .5 size too small. So if I were you I'd only size up .5 if you need a little room to splay or those C-lites were a touch too snug.

Plastic heel

Plastic heel

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The whole heel and wrapping below the ankle is encased in a very stiff plastic.

4 5

Specialty shoe?

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

This shoe has a good fit, true to size ( same as I wear in Raptor). I waited a while to post this review as I had mixed feeling when first running in it. One thing I noticed right off was that, for me, it felt like it had a kind of uneven pressure distribution on the forefront that causes a little soreness after long runs. Since I noticed this more on one foot than the other, other people may not have this experience at all.. The shoe has a very aggressive lug pattern on the sole which makes it really great for slippery or loose downhill running and trails that are wet and muddy. Superior in those cases to almost any shoe. But for most situations I find that overkill. One unique (different?, odd?) feature is that it has a crazy stiff clear plastic heel (see picture) that I first found uncomfortable, but soon did not pay it any attention. It has a lot of vinyl side support. These two things help to make it stable on those slippery downhills and side slopes. Given these features it is just not something I feel like putting on and wearing unless the conditions call for it. But in the right conditions it is great. Just ran a 10K cross county race in snow and mud and it was very stable on the wet side slopes and muddy turns. Overall it is a pretty cool shoe when the conditions warrant, but certainly not my everyday go-to shoe. La Sportiva calls this a "minimalist" shoe. Not sure exactly what that means but does not feel minimal to me. I feel like there is A LOT under my foot. But being low to ground and low drop is nice - if that is what they mean.

Specialty shoe?

How similiar are these to the sizing of...

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How similiar are these to the sizing of the Vertical - Ks? I wear a 45 in the Vertical-Ks, but a 42.5-43 in normal sportivas.


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I'd say these are way more true to size than the Vertical K. The vertical K felt way tight for the size. Usually I'm a US 9 (EU 42) and the Vertical K in 43 were a good fit. These felt good at my normal 42 (also what I wear in my other Sportivas).

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I have to size up (46) in the Vertical K, where as Anakonda and Raptor I am 45.

5 5

Read Nate Blouin's Review

I agree with Nate Blouin across the board. Read his review and his answers to the questions posed by other customers.

Read Nate Blouin's Review
5 5

La Sportiva Anakonda Trail Running Shoe

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

just got these out for the first time today... love 'em. nice and light, low to the ground feel, excellent grip on loose dirt, all sorts of rock and easily the best downhill feel i've ever experienced. similar shoes i've used and like are the keen a86 tr and the new balance MT110s, these are definitely more similar to the MT110 in terms of having a nice, stiff/hard sole for rock protection with light weight and low drop, but the downhill hold on these is superior. maybe slightly higher volume than i'd like, could have sized down a half, but i think true to size will work out too. the main thing i noticed right off the bat in these is a nice high arch. testing ground was mt. olympus here in SLC if you're familiar, very steep and rocky, just what these are built for. i'm going to get them on a more typical trail tomorrow.

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i also wore 10s in the mt110, i went 43 in the anakonda. i think i could have gone with a 42.5 but after breaking them in a bit and tightening them down a bunch the 43 feels great, i'm wearing midweight darn tough socks. maybe try 42.5 and 43 and return whichever you don't like. they feel great on harder stuff, there was a stretch of concrete on my run today and they felt fine, as they have on harder dirt. the ONLY thing i have found so far is that with such big lugs you can get mud caked in there pretty good, so that's something to watch out for in wet dirt. seemed to clear easily as well though. flexibility wise, i just tested them side by side for you, underfoot and heel is very comparable, the anakonda definitely has more flex in the toe box though, which seems to be great going up hill. protection wise i've found them to be on par with the mt110 as well, and i've already a couple fairly heavily rock strewn trails.

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Hi Nate,
I really appreciate your review of Anakonda - the first one I could find online! Since you have experience with MT110's which are also my current shoes, I have few questions: 1. Sizing, how Ananonda compares to 110's, I need good/little tight fit. Should I go with 43? (wear 10 in 110's) 2. How do they feel on fireroad/hardpack, do you feel the lugs? 3. Flexibility, again, how they compare to 110's? Last thing, from the picture the laces loops don't look very solid. Personally, I trust more old fashion eyelest. I'll appreciate any response.

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as for eyelets, you're right, old fashioned with the metal ring is probably best, but after a few runs and cranking on them pretty hard, they seem to be holding on fine.

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Thanks so much for such a thorough answer!

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ran 10 miles in the desert yesterday, these things kick ass. probably have close to 50 miles in them now with no complaints.

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close to 200 miles in these now, durability has been outstanding, better than other trail shoes i've used in the past, treads wear a bit more quickly due to their soft, grippy nature but holy hell do they work, super easy scrambling on moderate difficulty rock on top of mt. olympus with unmatched grip coming downhill on dirt and rock at speed!

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One more late question. Since I am a 110 runner as well, How is the toe box width compared to the 110?