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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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5 5

Comfortable Slimmer Fit

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: True to size

I gave these to my father as a gift as he needed some new running/hiking shoes, and he's stoked! He generally runs a more narrow profile in shoes, so Sportivas offer him the right fit. He did mention that the toe box on these was a little bigger than most La Sportiva models, but for running that might actually be advantageous. The heel pocket is slim and keeps the foot in place. Other than that the length of the shoe fits true to size. He's used these out hiking and for every day use, and plans to take them out trail running, and he says they're awesome. Makes me feel like an awesome daughter

5 5

Very comfy and good for everything.

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

I climb rock, ice and mountains/sidewalks with La Sportiva shoes. They fit my foot the best out of any other shoes that I have found. I had a pair of Wildcats before I got these which are also very comfortable. I like the Raptor more for the stiffness and how they now have the waterproofing that comes a little ways up the shoe. I hike and run in these shoes and they have become my favorites. I am a 9 in these so a 42 and they fit awesome. I also really like how they have put the leather or whatever kinda of material it is in the heel area so they are easier to get on.

5 5

All-time favorite shoe

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

This is my go-to shoe for trail runs, hikes, treks, and even moderate scrambling.

Performance: the sole is very grippy, giving excellent traction on almost all surfaces. Cushioning is well balanced and support is typical of a trail running shoe. The mesh upper breathes well. If you're looking for a torsionally-stiff hiking shoe or boot the Raptor may not be your best choice.

Fit: I wear a Brooks Adrenaline 11.5 for running roads and the Raptor 45.5 is a perfect fit. The toe box on the Raptor is wide but rather thin. I have a narrow heel and a wide, flat forefoot, and the Raptor is a great fit for my foot. If you have a particularly "beefy" foot or a high arch requiring substantial support, the Raptor may not work as well for you.

Application: I've run mountain ultras, completed multi-day treks in the Alps, scrambled Class 4, hiked slot canyons, and backpacked in the Ultra Raptor - they are clearly my favorite shoe for these applications. In the Alps we encountered several days of snow, and my only regret is I wasn't wearing the Gore-Tex version. Their traction, cushioning, running shoe "feel", and fit (for my foot anyway) are a hard combination to beat!

Ultra Raptor in Zion Narrows.

All-time favorite shoe
5 5

Best Trail and Everyday Shoe

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

Not much to say, but that this shoe is awesome. I've worn La Sportivas for many years and this tops out at the best I've worn. The soles lasted forever and they grip well on all surfaces. The fit and finish on these are also top notch.

5 5

tough, good grip, well balanced

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

Great shoe. I have wide feet and this accommodated perfectly. They went through a Tough Mudder, and endless trail runs. I also used it as a daily wear, work shoe, and for hiking. The shoe breathes really well and you dont have to worry about perspiration more than any other shoe. They finally broke on me at the loop for the lacing, cant be fixed I am guessing.

5 5

Good shoes

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

Very good for trainnig and for trekking! A litle bit heavy for competition!

5 5

Like a magic carpet for my feet

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

This shoe has been great so far. I've definitely put it to the test, and it's passed with flying colors. I started standing at work all day, and could no longer wear my normal shoes, as my feet would hurt. I started wearing these all day, and it's completely taken care of the problem. On the trail, in their intended usage location, they are absolutely phenomenal. The traction, support, and overall comfort are top-notch.

I'm a size 12 in almost all shoes, and a 12 fits great in these.

Like a magic carpet for my feet
5 5

Sticky heaven

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I have been running in Adizero XT for a while due to my addiction to the impressive Continental outsoles. After it had a radical design change becoming almost a racing flat and looking horrible, I was in the quest for a new sticky rubber sole.
I had problems buying La Sportiva shoes before due to their weird sizing and I was skeptical to try them again. I decided to go with a 45 size although I wear 10.5 on other brands. I use to live in Europe before and I was a size 42.5. Doubt my feet are still growing...
I just went on a 15 mile very technical run involving rocky, steep terrain, some really steep flat granite slabs on the downhill, wet and muddy stuff, dry packed leafs, mossy stones crossing streams.
I am really impressed with the rubber on these shoes. They can handle everything and some more.
With this kind of rubber, it would be ridiculous to discuss the durability. It's like complaining that your summer racing tires on your car don't last as long as some cheap all seasons. For this kind of performance you have to accept sacrificing cost and durability.
The shoe feels very comfortable and soft yet with good flexibility and protection against sharp rocks. The impact break system is somewhat noticeable although initially looked like the usual marketing gimmick (read bla bla 'system' or 'technology'). The lugs on the outsole are soft and have a little give on hard downhills without compromising grip or balance. May take a few runs to get used to the feeling.
I bought a second pair of Wildcat GTX and what I noticed on both is slight asymmetries and rubbing points probably due to QC issues. I got a bleeding blister on the Achilles tendon at the heel. They softened out a bit so not a big problem. Take NB for example, their shoes are perfect out of the box, I would be comfortable in doing a 50 miler on the day I bought them.

Conclusion:
Very good shoe with impressive grip on various terrain, excellent support and protection. Minor asymmetries and weird sizing.

5 5

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

This shoe does it all. I've put hundreds of town, backpacking, hiking, running, approaching, and scrambling (up to low 5th class) miles on them and I haven't found a fault yet. Super sticky for hiking and easy climbing, but still fairly rugged - I have a serious amount of confidence in the grip when going up or coming down. Great shoe for arid environments (good venting, no w/b membrane). I'm ordering another pair shortly.

They run small only insofar as Sportiva's run a bit narrow in general and this shoe is meant to be form fitting, not sloppy.

5 5

Excellent all around shoe

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

I have used this for far more than just a trail running shoe. I have ran on pavement, played volleyball, ran a Tough Mudder, and hiked with it plenty. It is a great all around shoe. The shoe makes a good solid back portion for stability and the sole is quite grippy while having a long life.

4 5

Almost Identical to the original Raptor

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you liked the original Raptor, you'll like these. These are a quite rugged shoe, great for rocky, steep technical running as well as backpacking. Comparing to the original raptor, the sole, tread, and plastic heal support are identical. The vinyl and plastic side support on the upper is slightly different, but not noticeable in feel or function. The mesh upper material appears to be different. Hopefully this will be an improvement over the original Raptor where a very common and frustrating point of failure was the mesh ripping away from the toe guard. The shoe is comfortable and feels a lot more nimble than it looks. There is plenty of room in the toe box for my wide forefoot. The shoe has great foot protection and it handles sharp rocky terrain as well as any shoe I have tried. For most trail running I do I prefer a lighter shoe (e.g., Helios) But the Raptor is the shoe I use when I am going to be on the trail all day. The sole also lasts much longer than the Helios or Vertical K.

Almost Identical to the original Raptor
4 5

steepness
steepnes

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

I am at a camp in Afghanistan, and we have a great train within out fence boundaries with a very steep incline. Sometimes there is even snow on the trail. I have to say, that I love these shoes, and when I get back to the states, will continue to run the woods with these. Great on the downslope, and just as good going up. They also do pretty good in a pinch as soccer shoes, and we beat our Afghan counterparts! Only downside, is that there was just a tad bit wiggle room in the toes that I didn't expect, and a small piece of the molding was misshaped when they arrived, but it didn't affect the performance.

4 5

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..

4 5

super soft

  • 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.

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I just got a pair of these and I'm liking them a lot! This is the 4th pair of La Sportivas I've worn and these Ultra Raptors are going to work out just fine. My last pair was the Helios and they were very comfortable but required a good cushy insole to protect from hitting the rocks too hard. I would have to plan my steps to avoid sharp rocks which would give me heel bruising, but these Raptors allow me to just motor straight through the path and not worry about those pesky rocks so much. I didn't feel the rocks very much and they still felt fairly firm.

Straight out of the box I put these babies through their paces on an 18 mile run on my favorite trail up and over the mountain near town and they treated me well. It's a mix of back roads and trails, gravelly single track with rocks and a little pavement. By near the end they felt like they were only just getting warmed up and wanted more. Time will tell how they last, but all the signs so far and the other reviews here point to a long life. I'm not sure if I'll race in them, but I do feel more confident on the trails and that's a good start. They also did a pretty good job keeping out the little rocks that normally might find their way into my shoes.

Like other La Sportivas they do run small so I ordered a 43 (EU) while I normally wear an 8.5 (US) street shoe. Width felt good and toes weren't squished or hit the end of the toe box either. Can't complain there.

4 5

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.

5 5

Backpacking Excellence

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.