Sticks like glue when you're faced with steep, technical trails.
Ultra sticky rubber gives the sole of the La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe grip where other trail runners slip. Race along roads, pick through rock gardens, and pound down steep descents without worry. Dynamic midsole cushioning reduces the impact of every foot strike, a rigid toecap guards your toes against rocks, and the unique Impact Brake System uses angled sole-lugs to reduce stress on your joints when you're running up or down a steep slope. Go the distance with this neutral, stable trail shoe.
- Temp 2 last provides a snug, performance fit that accommodates a medium-width foot
- Mesh upper encourages airflow that keeps your foot cool, and the TPU overlays help the upper hold your foot in place when you're ascending or descending quickly
- Heel pocket features reinforcements for durability and added cushioning for comfort
- Moderate 8mm heel-to-toe drop helps the foot roll from the toe to the heel so every footstrike feels smooth on the trail
- MEMlex midsole provides cushioning and shock absorption
- Endurance Platform EVA insert balances load and shock forces by providing a support structure between the midsole and the outsole
- Nylon shank adds rigidity to this shoe so your foot and ankle feel supported on unpredictable terrain
- EVA rock guard protects your toes from rocks and debris
- FriXion outsole provides rock-solid grip on hard surfaces like rock, and large sole lugs dig into looser surfaces like gravel and sand
- Impact Brake System uses slanted and opposing sole lugs to decrease impact on your ankles and knees when you're traveling down a hard surface with a steep decline
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Good shoe, runs small
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
I bought these shoes to train for a trail running race. The first thing I noticed as I tried them on is that they run a bit small, I usually wear a size 43 but had to get a size 44 in these shoes. They are very grippy, stable and great for the technical runs they also breathe well. I will up date this review as I get more miles on them..
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
I got these to use for hiking because I like a lower profile shoe for running. They are super shock absorbing! To the point where it makes you thin that rocks are softer than they are. and the grip is fantastic! I took these down the Yosemite falls trail which is steep and wet and I didn't slip once. They breath really well too. I really liked the shoe but I feel like they run a bit small and they hut my toes to much so I got rid of them after about 30 miles of hiking in them.
Sticky, but lugs come off easily
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
First: I wear a size 9.5 approach shoe, size 10 running shoe. I got size 10 for these, and they feel comfortable and adequately snug. They are much roomier in the toes (but not sloppy) than La Sportiva approach shoes. On my feet, they are hot and sweaty.
I've used these shoe in three settings so far:
1) a cross-country (mainly no trails) 9 mile, 5000' elevation gain, with some class 4 and a very steep scree descent, in 4.5 hrs. They were sufficiently grippy that I was never creeped out on exposed cliffs. I thought that trip broke them in.
2) a 26.3 mile treak across the California Inyos, mainly on dirt roads, some scrambling. After 14 miles my heels suddenly seemed rubbed raw; else they were comfortable. I taped my heels and finished the trip. At the end of the trip, one of the lugs had almost ripped free. I reglued that lug with urethane.
3) A 9.3 mile trek on "use trails," mixed limestone and sandstone, at Red Rock NV. No more heel problems, but another lug seems to be loose. I descended some class 3 and worse sections, and they held pretty well, but don't give you quite the confidence of sticky rubber approach shoes. However, compared to most approach shoes, they are much stabler on steep scree and dirt.
I have an older pair of raptors; I've reglued the lugs on those several times, and rebuilt portions of the sole. The plastic red plate that is partly exposed between forefoot and heel is very prone to wear and breakage. The new ultra raptors, even though they have the same lug pattern and supposedly same rubber, seem stickier, but also seem to have the same problems with sole wear. If you hit real rocky trails or trailless country, examine the soles a lot, and be prepared for regluing. The lugs are incised too deeply, probably so they will splay around rounded rocks in the trail.
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running
I recently used these for a week long backpacking trip in Utah and they preformed amazingly. They really allow your feet to breathe because they are not Gore-Tex, and I also felt I could be more precise with my foot placement due to their light weight and great traction. I had the older version of these but tore out an eyelet on the first use and had to replace them with these. They are very similar, however there are some subtle differences in the material on the top which seems to be an improvement. I am still wary of the eyelets but overall these are a very solid pair of trail runners.
Feels like the original raptor
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Been running several days in the new version of the raptor and loving it. So why only 4 stars? A little background first: The original raptor (bottom in photo) has been my shoe of choice for backpacking and nasty rocky steep trails for several years. My only complaint is where the toe guard meets the fabric at the front of the shoe. It has a very unsatisfying tendency to rip at the seam. That has happened several times for me, and other people who have reviewed the shoe have noted the same thing. If the Raptor weren't so comfortable and otherwise held up so well I would have abandoned it. The new "ultra" (top in photo) is pretty much the same shoe. The sole and tread are identical. Unfortunately, they have not visibly changed the design of how the toe guard connects up with the fabric. That's a disappointment. When I compare the feel of the original and the ultra side by side, even running with one on each foot, I can tell NO difference. There are some minor modifications in the ultra. The upper fabric is different (will this help with the toe guard/fabric ripping problem of the original raptor?) The side support and structural design of the eyelet support is a bit different. On the back, inside of the shoe there is a narrow strip of rubber, where in the original it was all fabric. And the stitching is a little different. These things could possibly extend the life of the shoe a bit, but for me the point of failure was always at the toe guard/fabric seam. I never had any other issues in the original raptor. I don't understand why this problem has not been addressed (unless the different fabric used in the ultra will make a difference), as I run/hike in several different shoes and have never seen this problem. Bottom line - if you are a fan of the original Raptor, you will like this shoe - except they raised the price. The ultra appears to be a minor tweak unless the different fabric used helps with the fabric ripping issue at the toe guard.