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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Men's


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    Sticks like glue when you're faced with steep, technical trails.

    Ultra sticky rubber gives the sole of the La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe grip where other trail runners slip. Race along roads, pick through rock gardens, and pound down steep descents without worry. Dynamic midsole cushioning reduces the impact of every foot strike, a rigid toecap guards your toes against rocks, and the unique Impact Brake System uses angled sole-lugs to reduce stress on your joints when you're running up or down a steep slope. Go the distance with this neutral, stable trail shoe.

    • Temp 2 last provides a snug, performance fit that accommodates a medium-width foot
    • Mesh upper encourages airflow that keeps your foot cool, and the TPU overlays help the upper hold your foot in place when you're ascending or descending quickly
    • Heel pocket features reinforcements for durability and added cushioning for comfort
    • Moderate 8mm heel-to-toe drop helps the foot roll from the toe to the heel so every footstrike feels smooth on the trail
    • MEMlex midsole provides cushioning and shock absorption
    • Endurance Platform EVA insert balances load and shock forces by providing a support structure between the midsole and the outsole
    • Nylon shank adds rigidity to this shoe so your foot and ankle feel supported on unpredictable terrain
    • EVA rock guard protects your toes from rocks and debris
    • FriXion outsole provides rock-solid grip on hard surfaces like rock, and large sole lugs dig into looser surfaces like gravel and sand
    • Impact Brake System uses slanted and opposing sole lugs to decrease impact on your ankles and knees when you're traveling down a hard surface with a steep decline
    • Item #LSP0243

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    AirMesh, synthetic leather
    moisture-wicking mesh
    FriXion XF, Impact Brake System X-Axis
    dual-density MEMlex, Endurance Platform EVA, nylon shank
    Heel / Forefoot Height
    [drop] 8 mm
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 12 oz
    Recommended Use
    trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Support Type

    Tech Specs

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    Mountain Running

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46.5
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I'm on my second pair. I use these for trail running, peak bagging, and backpacking. They are stable for long days in the mountains. Though the outsole is less durable than competing shoes in the category, the grip is the best I've ever found on granite (wet or dry). They've been around a while, aren't the lightest, and the styling is an acquired taste - but from a functionality standpoint I couldn't be happier with these shoes. Will continue to buy until they stop making them.

    Best Trail/ Peak Destroyers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    These shoes are ridiculously awesome! I have had 2 pairs of them, one I still have and use as a river/water shoe. First pair (2014) I had I punished over a year straight in the rainforest and mountains of Hawaii. Honestly one of the roughest environments as far as tearing apart shoes and clothes I have ever been in. In and out of water and mud and miles stack on top of each other several time a week. Brought them out to Colorado and staked a quick 200 miles on them in a couple months which finished them off. Second pair I picked up early 2016 over a Spring/Summer/Fall I stacked well over a 100 summits on peaks over 13000 ft. These shoes made love to my feet every mile. The ability to stack back to back days of peak bagging and have your feet happy after weeks is unbelievable! To many days out not in these shoes hating life at mile 15 in the day. Not these bad boys! I’m currently in another couple pairs of La Sportiva trail runners and love them also but the stiffness of this sole is perfect. I can land on a sharper point of granite mid foot were most shoes will buckle and fold over till your foot takes to much weight in one spot and the Raptors take it and spread that impact over a wider area causing your foot to work less and take a less of a beating. These are just a touch heavier due to the stiff sole but still a light runner/hiker. These Raptors are straight Beasts! I’ll be picking up a 3rd pair for this summer.

    Great Hybrid Trail Runner/ Hiker

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I originally bought these for trail running, and they work well for that. They are definitely on the heftier side of trail running shoes, so if you prefer a shoe that makes you forget you're wearing it, you could probably find better. But if you want a low top hiking shoe, or a confidence inspiring trail running shoe, this is a really good one. It excels in the downhill due to the unique tread on the bottom, and that includes descending down snow covered trails and mud. They are not waterproof through the top at all, so they are definitely more suitable for drier climates or Summer hiking.

    Still a great light hiker

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    Just got a new pair after one of the webbing lace hooks failed on my old ones. The outsole on the new ones feels like it rocks to the outside less than did my old ones. Otherwise, fit is very familiar. I've been walking quite a bit on cold and sometimes frozen or snow-covered sidewalks for exercise. The outsole had impressive grip in the snow. The lugs aren't deep, but very well defined; they dig in and grip. Also, the outsole material feels like it has pretty good grip on ice. I've felt comfortable on those glare ice patches, even going downhill. The sole feels rather unforgiving, less cush than I'd expect from a running shoe. Perhaps dedicated trail runners won't mind. For walking on dirt, gravel, even rock they seem fine. The midsole feels supportive enough for me to consider these for backpacking, which I will try out this spring. Still very pleased with these shoes.

    Burly trail runner/hiker

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    I bought these hiking and casual wear. In the past 2 years they've gotten heavy use hiking in Colorado and Utah, and trail walking in Scotland. They've become favorites for that application.

    The uppers are light and very breathable, yet surprisingly tough. A band of plastic (?) reinforcement runs around the shoe above the sole, which helps to protect against abrasion. The sole wraps forward into a toe cap that protects the front of the shoe. Not a huge amount of cushion in the sole, but I'm usually running orthotics so it doesn't matter. There's some sort of midsole, which gives more side-to-side stiffness than you'd expect, and also means you don't notice the rocks nearly as much through the sole as with other trail runners I've used. The outsole has good traction on dirt, sand, rock (impressively so). Some have complained about poor grip on wet rock, but that hasn't been an issue for me. Rock type maybe? Anyway, middling traction in snow, but these are non-GTX, so if you're wearing them in the snow you have bigger problems. The soles have held up well for me, and overall the shoes feel agreeably sturdy, if a bit heavier than some I've used. They also dry quite quickly if they get wet, which is nice for rainy days, soggy ground (I'm looking at you Scotland!), and stream crossings.

    Fit is narrow, though not so much as my last pair of La Sportiva trail runners. I have narrow, low volume feet, so I like the fit. This shoe has a bit more width in the forefoot, which is good, and a narrow heel. The sole doesn't flare out from the upper, so these are nimble compared to shoes that do flare out. The soles feel like they rock my feet to the outside, as others have noted. This is annoying because I don't need it. I'd prefer a neutral last.

    The one failure I've experienced is that one of the webbing "eyelets" broke. To that point I thought the webbing loops an acceptable substitute for actual eyelets or those plastic loops used by other trail runners. However, the loss of this eyelet drastically changed the feel of the shoe. I reshuffled the lacing pattern, but the result is not nearly has secure. My foot moves around more, and I've noticed a couple blisters, the first ones these shoes have caused. Having one of those webbing loops fail on a backpacking trip would be a serious problem.

    Given that, I would still bring these shoes on a backpacking trip. The support is good, the shoes themselves are pretty tough, they have great traction, and they're so LIGHT compared to boot alternatives. The outsoles have a shallow ridge between heel and forefoot, so you can wear actual gators, not those runner ones that velcro to the back of your shoes. For me the Ultra Raptors are the best trail runners I've used.

    A note about fit. Numerous people complain that these run small. I can't speak to that. I learned long ago that a 46 La Sportiva boot or shoe would fit me, and these are no exception. For me they're true to size. However, these are typical La Sportiva fit, which is to say a bit narrow and low-volume compared to more traditional brands. As I said, I have narrow, low volume feet, so this is fine with me. If you don't, check the fit carefully. I will note that I have a pair of Scarpa trail runners; in that shoe a 45.5 was the good fit...

    Decent but Narrow

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    The Ultra Raptor is a good shoe in many ways but not for me. It has good cushioning and heal support. The laces work well to encase the shoe like a glove without feeling a pinch point. It is comfortable.

    But the front is narrow. It also it more of an anti-pronation shoe than neutral. You will feel that when you try it on. It does keep the foot from rolling inward with significant stability. I am neutral and feel it move me toward the outside. That could be a problem for a neutral foot or if you are concerned about ankle roll. With a narrow front it feels as if there is little in the front to keep me from rolling over. If you compare the shoe to a Merrell Moab or other shoe with a wider, more stabile front, the Merrell will seem to resist rolling over to avoid injuring the ankle. I did not want to worry about ankle roll while on the trail, so I returned them.

    I consider it odd how that so many shoes have reviews identifying one issue, such as being narrow, but they fail to make an adjustment.

    Thanks for mentioning the lateral stability. I'll stay away. I currently have the Wildcats and they call it a neutral shoe, but it wants to roll my ankle outwards, which is bad for my easy to roll ankle. Agree with your last statement too..

    Good Running Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 161lbs

    Good Running Shoe. Comfortable. Fit true to size. I have 28.8 cm and purchased 45 size.
    The only negative is the strong smell of China. It disappeared in a week.
    But the next time when I buy shoes I'll buy scarpa

    best trail-runner in years

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    I have a narrow heel-cup and a wide forefoot. When appropriately sized up, these shoes fit great. They are easily the best trail runners I have had since the hallmark Montrails 10+ years ago. Lots of support and cushion, great traction on a wet, dry, or rocky trail with lots of protection. They are simply...very solid and should be able to take a beating.

    Bad Ass!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    I really dig these shoes! I just purchased my second pair. They are super comfy and have great protection on the toe box for rock and trail debris. The soles are super solid in both steep accents and descents. They do run small and I get a half size bigger than other brands I run in.

    Excellent shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 168lbs

    I bought these for my wife and she is impressed with them so far... I have owned multiple pairs of them and done the Grand Tetons via owen spalding and exum ridge and they are a very capable trail shoe on exposed terrain.

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    This one was a gift and the owner is satisfied he really like to do hiking and trail running and these ones are really comfortable and have great traction

    Only one, but crucial, flaw

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Great shoe. They were the only shoes I brought to Huaraz, Peru for a month of climbing in the Cordillera Blanca. When I wasn't on a glacier wearing mountaineering boots, these were on my feet. I carried packs up to 60 lbs on approach hikes as long as 12 km without any foot pain or trouble. They are also the only footwear (other than flip-flops) that I brought on a year-long trip through Latin America. In both cases, I put them through the wringer: dirt, grass, rock, scree, mud, pavement.

    The only flaw is that on smooth surfaces that are wet, these shoes have no traction. The first time it rained in Huaraz I was sliding around like I was ice skating. I assumed that they just needed to be broken in more and with wear would have sufficient friction to grab. Unfortunately, that never happened. Even now, I still have to be careful on wet rocks and even walking around wet streets with these.

    They are perfect in all other attributes.

    Great hikers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 10.5 US
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Got these for my JMT through hike as well as hiking all summer around Utah. I was worried with the softer rubber that they would wear through the tread on the JMT but they held up great! Put about 300 miles on them so far, still have some tread. They fit me really well in store and I ended up not getting any blisters. They handled hiking with a 35lb pack really well and I'all be picking up another pair, don't think I'll be hiking in anything else. Also, I'm 5'11 and 170lbs.

    Great hikers

    Awesome shoe but some issues

    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I have had these shoes for not long and I must say they do what they are meant to do! I wanted a cross between approach shoe and trail runner and they are just that! Awesome grip on rock but light weight and low profile making this shoe ideal for approaches! However I am not sure if I am the only one but I have worn these shoes hard a number of times ( one 23 Mile run/hike excursion) and have gotten mad heal blisters every time. They are great but the blisters definitely disturb the appeal of the shoe. Wondering if they need a lot of break in or other solutions? Thanks

    Great backpacking shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I have used these shoes on my thru-hike of the PCT this year and got 970 miles out of one pair. This pair saw over 500 miles of snow travel and countless river and swollen stream crossings. My shoes were constantly wet and held up extremely well. Bought 3 pairs for this hike.

    Not for a wide foot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46

    This shoe is basically the wildcat with a more constricting upper that is less durable. I do have a wide foot, but I have always worn Sportivas without an issue. I had to cut the rubber piece next to the lace hole by the balls of my feet to allow for expansion. Which was fine for a while, but after about 3 months the graphics panel with the la sportiva logo began to delaminate along the side of the shoe. It had a nasty habit of catching on everything. Rocks, sticks, bushes, everything became a tripping hazard. Save a few dollars and buy the wildcats if you are considering this shoe.

    Great support

      These shoes are super comfy and are great for hiking around the Wasatch. My friend also has this same pair and he trail runs with them. I usually just use them for hiking but they seem to be holding up very nicely. I usually wear a 13 or 14 and I got a 13 in these shoes. They fit me perfect. Definitely would recommend these to anyone.

      Tough Shoe for Tough Training

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 45.5
      • Height: 6'
      • Weight: 190lbs

      I work in Tactical K-9 in hills, repelling and climbing. This shoe is INCREDIBLE -- it is, so far, the best shoe I have ever purchased. A little snug -- so because of the European sizing they run small.

      Tough Shoe for Tough Training
      Unanswered Question

      Is the sizing the same as the wildcat? I have those in a 45 and they fit great so I'm wondering if I should get the Ultra Raptor in the same size. Thanks in advance.

      A lot of you reviewers said this shoe fits small...

      My feet are 8. 5 US 4E (extra wide). I went ahead and ordered the Ultra Raptor GTX versions in size 42 Euro, which is directly equivalent to size 9 US, width D.

      Did I make a mistake? I would've went with a bigger size but I wasn't comfortable with potentially ordering too big. And anyway, the online site I ordered from didn't have the 42.5 Euro (9.5 US) in stock.

      Any comments?