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La Sportiva
Karacal Trail Running Shoe - Women's

5 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
Current price: $85.25 - $93.00 Original price: $155.00
Up to 45% off
Color:Black/Red Plum


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Why We Like The Karacal Trail Running Shoe

For pre-race training and post-race recovery, the Karacal is our shoe. With its high-volume build making room for that long mileage swell and its supple upper welcoming cool ridgeline winds, this trail eater delivers optimal comfort and breathability from 30K to 70K.


  • Versatile shoe for medium to long distances on trail
  • Seamless mesh upper increases breathability and reduces friction
  • 7mm drop balances fighting fatigue and allowing natural gait
  • Cushy footbed wicks away moisture, staves off odors, and breathes
  • Light, hardwearing foam absorbs shock and returns energy
  • Integrated Rock Shield protects against bruising on rough trail
  • Sticky lugged sole uses La Sportiva's most long-lasting rubber
  • Impact Brake System reduces shock and boosts traction on descents
  • Item #LSPZ29Z
Upper Material
sandwich mesh
anti-odor Ortholite Mountain Running (5mm)
Memlex EVA (compression-molded, dual-density), Rock Shield (high-density co-molded EVA, 1.5mm)
FriXion Blue, 3.5mm lugs, Impact Brake System
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
26mm / 19mm
Claimed Weight
[single, 38] 8.82oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
trail running

Overall Rating

5 based on 3 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

April 28, 2024

Great sneakers!

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
38.5 (7.5 US)

These sneakers fit perfectly, the trick is finding the right size. 7.5 US/38 in Dansko but 38.5 in La Sportiva. They are so comfortable I don’t want to take them off after returning home. Just right arch support. Thanks, Backcountry, for competitive pricing!

LP from Greenwich, CT
5 out of 5 stars

April 20, 2024

Wide Toe Box but Holds Narrow Feet

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

I have narrow feet, not super narrow, but narrow enough that shoes and sandals w/out laces or a means of tightening slide off. I wear Amalfi Ragone N and Munro N or M. In the past, I wore Bushidos, but this time around the toebox just felt like it was squashing my toes. (I have bunions and have been working to spread by toes out more). The Karacals are perfect. My feet can splay out in the toebox, but the shoe holds my foot from sliding around. I actually had to call La Sportiva in CO to figure out which model would be the best for me. And they were very helpful and right on. I use the shoes for general recreational walking, on paths or over uneven terrain - not hiking or running (because I can't), but I can see how they would hold me from slipping if I were to do those activities. I also like how the heel has more cushion than in the front, so my toes can kind of grip the ground better. The breathability of the canvas is also nice, especially in the toe area. I've used them in mid 30s-mid 50s weather so far. The only thing to watch out for is to order a size or half a size up. Depending on whether you use the European or the American system, the amount up will vary. In Pikolinos I wear 39, in Amalfi Rangone 8N, in Munro 8-8.5 N-M, Onitsuka Tiger 39.5 or 6.5US (men), and in these, Karacal, 40 or 8.5US.

5 out of 5 stars

August 7, 2023

Awesome shoe

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

I’m more of a hiker than a trail runner, but I wanted grippy shoes for a hike that required a lot of boulder scrambling, and I prefer a sneaker over a boot. I was concerned when I read on a shoe review website that the neck was a little high and it was rated 7 in terms of comfort, but I think this is an awesome shoe. They didn’t need any breaking in. I took them on a short urban 3 mile hike before doing a 12.2 mile hike two days later with a 3,900 ft elevation gain. They were so comfortable and had awesome grip. I have medium wide feet and normally wear a US 6.5 Adidas, 7.0 Nike, and I got these in 7.0.

Jennifer J