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A stable, cushioned trail runner that scoffs at foul trail conditions.

For the wet, uneven trail conditions of late fall, mid-winter, and early spring, the La Sportiva Men’s Wildcat GTX Trail Running Shoe gives you full waterproof breathable protection on a stable cushioned platform. The supportive yet flexible Airmesh upper features a TPU film to resist moisture and a Gore-Tex membrane to ensure it stays out. A molded nylon shank stabilizes your foot over rough terrain, and the single-density midsole adds cushioning for long days. La Sportiva finished off the Wildcat with a Frixion sticky rubber outsole and its Impact Brake System, which uses opposing lugs to slow your speed on steep descents.

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5 5

Update: Still an excellent shoe

Bought another pair. Still prefer these shoes for trekking or hiking compared to boots if going ultralite because they provide good support and reduced weight. These shoes may be a little on the heavy side for some trail runners, but there are still no problems with the quality of the shoes themselves. Nice to see them on sale! They are worth more than the ninety-seven bucks! If I hadn't just purchased a new high end UL tent, pack, sleeping bag, etc. I'd order two more pair at this price just to have on hand for winter treks here in Oregon. These are just great shoes, plain and simple!

Heel wear on Wildcat Shoes

Heel wear on Wildcat Shoes

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This is EXACTLY what I've experienced with mine after five months and less than 300 miles.

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Wow! Maybe the extra size affected wear? I have had a little problem with the stitching around the tongue but no wear at the heel as show you show here! Too bad! If you find better please post a response!

3 5

Wildcat GTX

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really want to like these shoes. They have been awesome for a season of trail running on everything from mud, sand, granite, and snow. They fit excellently with a good toe protector and ample toe room to prevent mashing. I got them slightly larger than most shoes and they still fit well. They are pretty solid and good for hitting rocks. Stiff enough to use with a lightweight/flexible crampon (Grivel Air-tech Light). The GTX keeps my feet dry running through snow and mud. My only complaint is that the stitching behind the heel on the inside of the shoe has come apart and they are developing a hole in the padding. They are still wearable but it is a bit disappointing.

5 5

Sixth Excellent Pair in 3 Years!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have purchased six pair of these shoes and find them to be unbeatable for training, day hikes and UL hiking, a tad warm in summer months but the Gore lining is terrific at keeping your feet dry. I'm now a UL fan so I won't try to address concern on gear loads over 25 lbs., but for my purposes these shoes are excellent. We live in the Pacific Northwest and and these shoes hold up on the trail like no others. No problems with stitching as mentioned by reviewers some time ago. Cheers!

4 5

All arounder

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.
Disclosure: While I purchased these shoes, I participate in the Gore MountainTechs community where I sometimes receive products for participation in the program.

5 5

Great Show

  • Gender: Male

I bought them for running and found I was using them as my everyday shoe. They have great traction and comfort. The waterproofing is also awesome, they are slightly narrow but I think it's done to give you more support when trail running.

4 5

Great hiking - Average running

So I have had these shoes since December and came to the conclusion that they are great for hiking and camping, but just a little too bulky and heavy for running.

5 5

Multi-Purpose

These are a really great multi-purpose shoe for year round use. A firmer and more stable ride than street neutral pronators. They are water proof and look cool too. La Sportiva's website says to locate US size, use chart to find Euro size and go up 1/2 size. I tried 1/2 size and 1 full size larger and the 1/2 size larger fit perfectly.

4 5

Great shoe - size may be off

These are the best shoes; however, the sizing may be a bit off. I had 2010's model (the yellow), and the 44.5's fit great! These fit a little tighter initially than the non-Gore-text version, but if you wear them for a week or two, the Gore-Tex stretches out, and they fit great.

I purchased this year's model but they were a tad small. No matter how long I wore them the Gore-text did not stretch out. So, you might consider going a half size up if you have wider feet.

Otherwise, these fit the best of any shoes I have tried.

2 5

eh...

I really liked these shoes at first. Then just after about one month of use the stitching behind the heels on both shoes began unravelling. For how expensive these are I find the durability very disappointing and will not be buying la sportiva in the future

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Matt, if you bought them from Backcountry you can simply call them for a return authorization and send them back.

3 5

ok trail shoes

I was really excited to get out and test these. I have owned sportiva climbing shoes so I decided to try their trail shoes out. the waterproofing seems good, but after just three weeks of use the stitching behind the heel began to unravel and now there is a significant hole. I will probably not buy these shoes again especially how expensive they are.

It looks like these are more for trail...

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It looks like these are more for trail running than for light hiking. Would these be suitable and sturdy enough for a 10-mile dayhike, or should I look elsewhere?

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It depends on how strong your feet are, and how heavy your backpack is. I've gone on backpacking trips in Vibram Five Fingers or just random running shoes, and been fine, but that's me. I'd say you'll probably be fine, but that's totally up to your own fitness level.

3 5

great but not so great

The fit and function of these Wildcat GTX shoes is great. the waterproofing is awesome. I ended up returning them because the interior lining tore out after 6 months. I was not happy about returning them but i expect more from La Sportiva.

5 5

Excellent hiking shoes

Just back home after one week hiking in Norwegian mountains. After walking full days, that is 10 hours, in marsh for a week, I can testify that these shoes were drier than leather boots and GTX boots in our group. My feet are very prone to blisters and I had bought the Wildcats just 5 days prior to the hike, so I was very exited wether they would give me any problems. After 6 long days with 12 kg backpack I didn't have one single blister. I am still sceptical to how long they will last since my experience with a mesh outer lining is not the best, but so far no rips. Highly recommended!

5 5

I'm digging 'em

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super comfortable, very supportive, and completely waterproof! You can't go wrong with these. Super breathable too, so your feet don't get all gnarly from foot sweat. I've had 3 pairs over 4 years, and they've all been great. They wear well, and last for a good amount of mileage. I tend to not use them for running, but I use these in the spring, summer and autumn for hiking. I've even used them backpacking, and paired with green superfeet, they are awesome, and comfortable, with no blisters.

5 5

HECK YES

Great waterproof mountain running shoe!
with la sportiva's sizing you can really dial in your true size. very rugged toe bumper. soft and gripping sole.
these do tend to wear down faster if you're running on pavement. these are sold as a "mountain" running shoe, not a trail, not sidewalk, and definitely not the gym.
if you wanna show off your fancy shoes, get something else. If you want an amazing, tough, practical running shoe, get these bad boys. I've actually picked up several pairs from SAC.

5 5

La Sportiva

I bought the non gore-tex version of these shoes and really liked them. They are great for dry days but have zero protection to keep your feet dry. Got a deal on these and gave them a try. They grip fantastic and offer decent rock protection, not great but on par with other trail running shoes in this class. Flexible, lightweight and are kind to the feet.

I have low arches and narrow feet and they fit me well. As with all La Sportiva's I think they run about a 1/2 size small.

5 5

Great Shoe

After finding and loving the fit and comfort of the regular style (non GTX), I had to try a pair of the Wildcat GTX shoes. I needed something to to keep my feet dry and warm in the winter snow here in MI. These have done the job better than I could have hoped for.They are built well, have a nice aggresive tread, and the stitching of the Gore-tex lining in the shoe has not left any sore rub spots. As a few reviews have said, they are a little slippery in wet conditions, but in my opinion, the grip and traction are better than most in dry conditions.These fit great if your foot has a narrow heel and a wider toe box. If they fit your feet well, enjoy....

Has anybody hiked the Appalachian trail...

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Has anybody hiked the Appalachian trail in these shoes...?

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Willy,

Last but not least, the Wildcat GTX has enough support in the heel cup and midsole for light-packing the AT. La Sportiva trail runners are aggressive, low volume shoes. If you like a wider toe box over long distances, you may want to go a 1/2 size up with these.

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