robhartwrote a review of La Sportiva Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Men's on May 20, 2012
I have organized, and run in, 25 back-country Ultra's in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, anywhere from 26-65 miles. For years and years I have bitched and moaned about every "trail" shoe out there, spouting about how I would make a shoe if I had a company, about how they need this and that, all the while duct taping my current shoes back together in a field of talus. Well, last year I discovered the Raptor, and my dreams have come true. They grip like a climbing shoe, brake in loose dirt, lace up tight and pull your lateral foot into the center of the shoe so it doesn't roll off the edge when you are side-hilling through boulders for two miles. They are durable, have protection in all the right places, the uppers are soft and the position seems neutral to me. The flat laces lock together well, the tongues stay put, and the contoured heels have not broken down. In fact, I have purchased three additional pairs and placed them into storage, just in case Sportiva wants to screw with the formula. I can not say enough good things about this shoe. Next month I am trading out my current pair for another from the stash, just in time for the 25th year of the Ultra this July. Only downside I have - is that I'm not sponsored.