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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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    40 Reviews


    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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    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

      A solid shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small

      I bought these for trail running/backpacking. The first thing I'll say is these run really really small. I typically wear a 9.5-10 US but had to size up to 11.5.

      These are the first shoes I bought with the thought that I could use them for both backpacking/trail running and I'm not sure that's true. I've only worn them on one backpacking trip through Spring Canyon and they do have great traction. However, Spring Canyon takes you through a dried out river bed and I found the lack of ankle support to be problematic on a number of scrambles. I think I'll make these my trail running shoes but will opt for something with more support for backpacking.

      5th pair and still loving them!!!!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 220lbs

      Great support and incredible traction keeps bringing me back to this shoe. They fit like a glove.

      So far so good

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 44.5
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I'm satisfied with this purchase. I've mostly stuck to road running so this is my first foray into the Trail Running shoe domain so I don't have other trail runners to compare them too. I've had them out a handful of times for hilly trail runs of 5 to 7 miles. From my perspective they've been rugged, had good grip, and been comfortable to run in. I did size up a 1/2 size based upon other reviews and I'm happy I did. I can't imagine I would have been happy with the fit had I not. That said I still think the toe box feels a little tight but I don't really notice it on my runs, more like when I first put them on I think "hmm" feels a little small but they run fine and I don't notice it. Overall I'm happy, but I'll probably purchase another brand for my next trail runner, just so I can compare. Also, note these are not waterproof. They breath well but if you run through creeks look for something with gore-tex etc.

      So far so good

      repeat buyer

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

      my husband and i both use this shoe. It's a bomber shoe, i never have to worry about rock bruises. a little bit stiffer midsole but nice for rocky runs. it can run a bit small, maybe half size or thinner socks

      Great hiking shoe!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 12.5
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      I spend a lot of time hiking and backpacking. My number one rule is to take care of my feet above all else. Without them, where are you going to go? I by a couple of pairs of shoes every hiking season, looking for that combination of traits that will keep me moving. So, I've gained a considerable amount of knowledge on foot apparel. I really like my La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running shoe. This is what I've learned about them so far. They do require some breaking in. The heels have hard plastic strips on the outside that seem to cause a hot spot on my heal until they break in. It took about 20 miles to break in. The traction they provide is unmatched by any brand I've worn. I climb a lot of hard, wet, granite on the Appalachian Trail in New England. And, these are the only shoes I've worn that I feel totally confident in when running up and down the granite faces. There is plenty of room in the toe box for when your feet swell as the miles pile on. From arch to heal the shoe is narrow. So, breaking them in before a major hike is important. I wear a size 12, after reading the reviews I ordered 12.5 and they fit perfectly. I prefer the lacing system of the Salomon, but I've had no issues with these. They are the most breathable of the shoes I've used and they dry very quickly. I've found them to be soft for lateral support, so when I'm hiking across a granite face, my feet are not very supported pressing against the sides of the shoe. Causing my feet to roll out, but that's in part to the soft rubber. So, it's a trade off. I'd rather have the soft rubber and grip, than a hard rigid sole and slide off the granite face, or roll down the trail because I slid off that last boulder. I'll know more after I hit the 100 mile mark with them. That will be the durability test for the "frixtion" rubber.

      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?