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La Sportiva
Kaptiva Trail Running Shoe - Men's

4.212121212121212 out of 5 stars
33 Reviews
Current price: $115.50 Original price: $165.00
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Why We Like The Kaptiva Trail Running Shoe

With the La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Running Shoe you can navigate technical terrain with ease, even when you're cruising down the trail at higher speeds. It was designed to give you a precise fit, stability for uneven terrain, and underfoot grip that'll keep your footing secure on any trail surface. It starts with a slip-on construction that features a knit wraparound tongue and a Trust-Fit shape that'll give you a snug and secure fit to prevent your shoe from sliding around when you're darting over roots and rocks. A supportive midsole offers stability and protection thanks to torsion-resistant inserts and an EVA rock plate, so you can run without worry on uneven or rocky trails. On the outsole there's a grippy rubber compound that won't slip out on steep surfaces, while an Impact Brake System and a complete set of lugs ensures that you'll be able to dig into the trail whether you're grinding your way up or cruising on down.


  • Trail running shoes designed to move fast over technical terrain
  • Snug fit and tongue ensure that your shoe won't move around
  • Outsole lug design grips into the trail both up and downhill
  • Rock plate and toe cap protect against roots and rocks
  • Midsole offers stability when you run on even surfaces
  • Upper delivers an ideal balance of breathability and durability
  • Flexible outsole construction allows for smooth push offs
  • Item #LSP00JY
Upper Material
nylon mesh
MEMlex, torsion-resistant inserts, EVA rock guard
FriXion XF 2.0, Impact Brake System, lugs
Heel / Forefoot Height
17 / 11mm
Claimed Weight
[single] 9oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4 based on 33 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 3 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 3 reviews
5 Stars - 22 reviews

Fits Small

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1 out of 5 stars

May 7, 2024

Fit problem

I wear a US 9 and the fit isn’t right.when I run over 5 km my toes start hurting. I contacted la sportive to mention my problem and I was told their guaranty doesn’t cover fit problem so I’m left with a pair of shoes I can’t wear

Vincent Blais

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4 out of 5 stars

April 13, 2024

Great friction. Runs small

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

There is a recommendation to always size up with La sportiva these were extra tight had to size up! Several times. This would be a good shoe to try on first before committing. I do enjoy running in them, and using as an approach shoe for moderate

Tyler C
5 out of 5 stars

March 22, 2024

Best straight up and down technical running shoe

This is the best straight up and down technical running shoe I've ever had. The support, grip, fit, protection, toebox room (better than the Bushido), dust and dirt rejection (add a simple gaiter and nothing will get in, you'll never have to take them off) are stellar. It is lighter than any other comparable LaSp model (including 2024 models). La Sportiva please do not take this shoe out of production, it's the best model you have! Sizing: 1/2size up as with all other LaSp models.


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4 out of 5 stars

March 6, 2024

great shoe with some drawbacks

i love this shoe, great fit, i size up and have never had blisters. the "slip on" style tongue is comfortable and snug; the grip is great adn the lugs are the right size for year round use in the pnw. how ever there toebox always ends up blowing out, seems like an obvious weak spot on the shoe. please make other colorways, they always seem limited and are quite bad in my opinion.

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2 out of 5 stars

July 23, 2023

Bad batch maybe?

Bought these a month ago and I hate to say I'm disappointed. I've been running in the Bushidos for a long time but wanted a rock plate for some of the fast rocky downhill races I do, figured I would try these! After reading the reviews this shoe seemed perfect for me! I either got a bad batch or the wrong shoe... The heel cup is pretty poor for my heel - a lot of friction and blisters. Blisters. Tried a different orthotic and it made it worse. When I'm running down uneven rocks I've felt my heel almost come out the side at times when my forefoot and balance feel in control.. felt weird. All the pictures in the reviews show a different shoe with a better looking heel cup, similar looking to my bushidos but look different from the Kaptivas I bought. The lace system is either too tight or too loose, which is super frustrating. Plus it already started to rip! Only after 4 weeks and maybe 50 miles on them. I also had issues with my feet cramping for the first 3 weeks when wearing these shoes. I didn't notice the cramping this week but my blisters were so painful I may not have felt it. Overall, these shoes are a huge disappointment for me. After one month they are already looking ripped and worn. I'm going to try and get a return or warranty for them because of the rips but am buying the Bushidos for my race in September because the Kaptivas are a no go for my foot. I'll upload photos if it let's me. Proper fit overall though. Unsure why these do not get along with my feet when they seem similar to the Bushidos.

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3 out of 5 stars

July 16, 2023




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5 out of 5 stars

August 23, 2022


I got this shoe and love it so far I have had no issues and feel like I am faster when I run in it!


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5 out of 5 stars

August 20, 2022

Solid shoes

I own two pairs of these shoes. But I didn’t love them at first because I thought they felt a little snug. But after I wore them on a few hikes and they broke in they are my constant go-tos. They run a 1/2 to whole size small. For example, I wear 11.5 in new balance and I’m 12 to 12.5 in these. Most people in my circles are all about the Altra lone peaks and hoka speedgoats and those are nice and I do own those as well, but I keep going back to the kaptivas! I should let viewers of this review know that The hikes and trail runs I do are usually 12 miles or less. I’m not sure the performance these shoes beyond that mileage.

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3 out of 5 stars

March 15, 2022

Quality shoe if it fits your foot

Out of the box I LOVED this shoe. It exudes quality. Put it on and it felt amazing. Love the rubber and lug pattern. Then I stood up. Had to return it as it has loads of heel slip. Walking on flat ground was like flip flops. I had this issue with the original Bushidos too but I wore those for a many outings and lacing styles to see if I could get used to them. I had constant blisters and didn't want to repeat that. If these had a better heel for my foot I would probably own 2 or 3 pair.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 31, 2022

Durable and awesome!

Ran 2.5 marathons and a 50 miler in this shoe! Perfect toe box, great support, and overall my favorite shoe ever! I weight 220lbs and this shoe held up. Thanks LaSportiva!!!!


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