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La Sportiva Jackal Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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Why We Like The Jackal Trail Running Shoe

Designed to meet the demands of ultra-runners, this shoe has both the cushioning we need to go the distance and the traction and stability required for rugged terrain. In addition to a beefier midsole that attenuates shock and delivers comfort for all-day races, this shoe's got several stabilizing features for the trail, including an inner rock plate and PU inserts in the midsole. Meanwhile, high-traction rubber on the outsole keeps your footing secure on steep mountain trails.

  • Well-cushioned trail shoes designed for ultramarathon runners
  • Dual-compound midsole provides soft cushioning and stability
  • Lugged rubber outsole ensures steady traction on changing terrain
  • Upper was designed to adapt to the changing movement of your foot
  • Breathable mesh allows for cooling airflow on hot midday runs
  • Integrated rock plate guards against sharp rocks and sticks
  • Near-seamless upper was designed to reduce hotspots and discomfort
  • Item #LSPZ26I

Upper Material
mesh, synthetic, TPU toe cap
Lining
abrasion-resistant microfiber
Closure
lace
Footbed
Ortholite insole (4mm)
Midsole
compression-molded EVA, Infinitoo PU inserts, dual-density EVA Rock-Guard underfoot
Sole
FriXion XT 2.0 with Impact Brake System, FLEX inserts, 3mm lugs
Support Type
neutral
Cushion
maximum
Heel / Forefoot Height
25 / 18mm
Drop
7mm
Claimed Weight
10.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Activity
trail running

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 2

Jackal is a miss, bring back the Akasha!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

This shoe was close to being good. Good sole, traction, feels like a serious trail running shoe for rough terrain, however a couple issues: 1. The achilles cup design - it comes to a point and somewhat points into into your heel instead of being a kind of u shape that cups your achilles, very odd. I spent time working this part of the shoes before wearing so that it would flex more and this helped however it wasn't very comfortable especially when the fore foot is extended forwards. 2. Uppers - The deal breaker for me was that they were extremely unsecure when going downhill. No matter how tight i tied the laces my feet would still slide forward even though the fit of the shoe was right. The laces are thin like most La Sportivas however combine with an unusually thin tounge you will feel the laces cut into the top of your foot if you tie them tight enough to secure your feet. I just couldn't get them secure enough that i had to run painfully slow/cautiously downhill as my feel would frequently slide forward. Like many others i've also resorted to buying overpriced Akasha's from Europe on ebay since that's the only place you can get them. La Sportiva just needs to start selling Akasha's in the US again, it's a perfect trail shoe!

>Rating: 5

The Jackal Runs!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44 and 44.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
175 lbs

Great lightweight rugged trail running shoe. Fits like a glove, although it runs small; order at least a half size up, maybe a full. I love them so much I bought a second pair. So I'm usually a solid 10.5 and I bought them in size 44 and then another pair in 44.5 so I can wear a thicker sock. Awesome shoe plus they look fast!

>Rating: 1

Achilles tendon misery

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

I've run in Bushido and Bushido II, both great. I've run in the Akasha, best running shoe ever. Got the Jackal's thinking all the reviews citing the "Achilles bump" were probably wrong. They weren't. Walking around the house the heel areas felt...weird. Twenty minutes into my run, rubbing got bad. Thirty minutes in I had to take a short cut back to the car. Blister through the skin in forty-five minutes. Other than the heel design, the shoe is fine. These are so uncomfortable that I can't even turn them into work shoes. I just threw them in the garbage. Now I'm on ebay trying to find a pair of Akashas for sale. So bummed. (I train about 15 hrs/week. 60% running/40% riding. My long trail runs are around 5hrs)

I had the same issue. I tried to break them in several times, but eventually surrendered and bought some Mutants. I also didn't care for the sole design. They felt lifted and narrow like a platform shoe. I kept rolling my ankles to the point where I was spending all of my focus on my steps.

Completely agree with the odd achilles design, it comes to a point and goes into your heel instead of being a kind of u shape that cups your achilles, very odd. I spent time working this part of the shoes before wearing so that it would flex more and this helped however it wasn't very comfortable especially when the fore foot is extended forwards. The deal breaker for me was that they were extremely unsecure when going downhill. No matter how tight i tied the laces my feet would still slide forward even though the fit of the shoe was right, i blame the thin laces combined with the very thin tounge. Like many others i've also resorted to buying overpriced Akasha's from Europe on ebay since that's the only place you can get them. La Sportiva just needs to start selling Akasha's in the US again, it's a perfect trail shoe!

>Rating: 5

Awesome long distance trail shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43.5
Height
6` 0"
Weight
169 lbs

I bought my Jackal for longer distance runs on technical trails and when I want something wider and cushioned for banging out training miles. I upsized a 1/2 size from my standard EU size (43.5 from a 43.0) and that worked well for me. The Jackal is noticeably wider and higher volume in the forefoot and midfoot than my Bushido but still snug in the heel with noticeably more cushioning and protection under foot. Longer runs on rocky trails in Colorado are great for this shoe. I recommend the Jackal to anyone who wants La Sportiva traction and performance in a wider fit for long days on the dirt. Perfect for ultra distance races (next year).

>Rating: 5

Jackal in action!

La Sportiva athletes Clare Gallagher and Anton Kurpicka take the new Jackal on a run.

>Rating: 5

La Sportiva Jackal - product features

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

Check out this video that shows the Jackal selling features and in-depth discussion on design and materials. Jackal is the La Sportiva mountain running shoe dedicated to off-road running over ultra distances and for training long-distance workouts on medium distances thanks to the exceptional cushioning guaranteed by the innovative Infinitoo™ high energy return technology. Every detail, from the uppers to the sole, is designed to enhance the comfort of the foot over long distances.