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La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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    Light, cool, fast, sticky.

    La Sportiva outfitted the Men’s Wildcat Trail Running Shoe with its ultra-sticky FriXion sole to ensure traction in any conditions. Whether you’re in steep, loose dirt or traversing a rock slab, these La Sportiva shoes keep you upright and going strong. An AirMesh upper ensures plenty of ventilation in hot summer heat as well, so you don’t have to stress over nasty, sweaty, blister-prone feet.
    • Item #LSP0117

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    air mesh
    FriXion AT
    Impact Brake System
    Arch Support
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 1 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Support Type

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    Happy Feet - Wildcat Review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    Well, I don't write many reviews but I felt this product deserved a postive rating so I'll share my opinion. I was not having success finding a shoe that stayed comfortable for the long distances that I wanted to run. I tried several other brands but I'm not here to downgrade those products. I think everyone needs to find what is comfortable for them. The problem is that you don't know if a long distance shoe is comfortable until you run a long distance. It might feel good in the store or when you run a 5K but the true test is wearing the shoe for several hours and still finding comfort. I stuggled with blisters and mystery foot pain after about 20 miles with several other top trail running shoe brands. The Wildcat was comfortable from the day I put them on. I have already run a 50K, 41 miler, and training for my first 50 miler. I'm averaging about 50 miles of trail per week in these shoes. I even ran the 41 miler in the pouring rain. I did not change my socks once and finished the race with happy feet. It is easy to see that I'm hooked and a believer in these shoes. My advance - keep trying shoes until you find the one that FITS! Good luck and happy running.
    My foot is a true 10 1/2. All my running shoes have been 10 1/2 and fit just fine. I found that I need to increase a 1/2 size in my trail running shoe due to all the elevation change. The Wildcat in size 44.5 fit me perfect.

    BTW - I liked the Wildcat so much I bought a second pair (which where on major sale at the time) that are still in my closet waiting for the first pair to wear out.

    Trail comfort!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43

    Having worn some of their climbing shoes and boots, I was under the impression La Sportiva only made shoes for a narrow foot. I was looking for a new trail runner, and almost completely ignored all of the LaSpo line, assuming they wouldn't be a good fit for me. Then I decided to give these a shot, and ohhhhh man am I glad I did!!!
    I don't know if I've ever worn ANY shoes that is this comfortable. They have a spacious toebox and forefoot area, yet they still feel very precise and nimble on the trail. The heel is comfortable without feeling loose or sloppy. Great traction on all types of terrain, including mud, soft snow and wet rock/granite. I often wear these instead of my approach shoes when I'm out climbing, and I always feel very secure scrambling on anything up to easy fifth class terrain.
    They seem to run a bit small; I normally wear a size 42 in most shoes, but these were most comfortable in a 43 for me. I got them in the Ocean/Flame coloring, and they look great!
    If you need a comfy trail shoe, these shoes definitely deserve your consideration!

    Awesome lightweight shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    These are great shoes! I used them for hiking a week down in Capitol Reef, and while they were very breathable, sand didn't get in them, which was amazing. They also have great traction, I didn't slip on the slickrock once! They are technically trail runners, but I will be using these as my everyday hiking shoes all summer! I usually wear a size 10 in street shoes, but I ordered a 43.5 (10.5) and they fit perfect! I can't wait to get out in these more!

    Favorite shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    I have used these for short day hikes and walking around at work, but I would also definitely use them for backpacking as well. It only took one day of walking around in them at work to break them in. For running, these shoes are amazing. I have owned many other trail runners and these are definitely the best by far. They are comfortable and designed very well so that running in them feels great. They are also keep my feet nice and cool with how they ventilate. There are no downsides to these shoes! Would definitely recommend these to hikers and trail runners, but also for casual walking around in them.

    Great Trail Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46.5

    I use this for hiking and trail running. It is a very good shoe and lasts pretty well. The only problem I have had is the mesh comes apart on the outsides of the shoe, but other than that it is a great shoe. This makes my fourth pair. I have used it from training runs to a 50K.

    Fit For A King!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45

    Great shoe at a great price! Just hiked the Half Dome cables in Yosemite and am very impressed with the durability and comfort of these things. Awesome buy!!!

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: US 13

    14 months old, 1,000 trail comfortable as day-one! Showing their age now, the soles and lugging is almost gone. The uppers a little worn and frayed and yet I'm still wearing them! Sorry no pics. Time to replace, you bet I'm going back to the same shoe. The best trail shoe I've ever worn. Runs a bit small, compensate accordingly.

    Best Trail Running / Hiking Shoes Ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42

    This is my second pair of the Wildcat. I retired my old ones after hiking Mount Whitney last year, and initially replaced them with the Ultra Raptor. They did not fit my feet as well, because the lace eyelets came down further on the shoe, and created some pressure points on the outside of my foot. I then went back to the Wildcat shoe (thanks to the great return policy of Backcountry!). I immediately took them on a 17 mile hike to Halfdome, with literally no break-in, other than walking around my house. No blisters! These are incredibly comfortable shoes for hiking, and the sole is rigid enough to handle sharp rocks with ease. I highly recommend these shoes. They do run a tad small, as I am an 8.5 in running shoes, which should translate to a 41.5, but the 42 fit much better.

    Trail/all mountain

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    This shoe works great for trail running or alpine hiking. Micro spikes hold on grate because of the plastic on the heel. Big fan of that. The shoe dries very fast as I have put it to use in Olympic National Park for a months now. The shoe is very comfortable and seems to hold up great under extensive use.

    Fraying Issue

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 47

    First off, based off my limited hiking (~15 mi) in these shoes, I really liked them. Very comfortable and basically felt like a running sneaker but much more comfortable on rocks.

    Would give the shoe 5 stars, but the mesh on the side of the shoe near the laces immediately started coming undone on both shoes. I'm assuming it's a manufacturing defect as I hadn't hiked more than 5 miles in them when it started to happen (maybe it's normal?). The matter only got worse over the next 10 miles. Was planning to use these on the JMT this summer. Really glad I tried them out beforehand as they might have been completely undone by the end of the trail! Unfortunately, I'd exchange them but my size (47) is out.

    For the size, I put runs small since I'm usually a 12-12.5, but with these I'm a 13 (47).

    Fraying Issue

    Best trail hiker through every terrain

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Slick rock sandstone? Mud? Sand wash? Granite slabs? No problem! These shoes can handle it. Uphill, steep downhill, loose terrain, all a piece of cake for these shoes. The mesh construction is a pretty tight weave, so even in a rainy scenario it takes a long time for my feet to feel wet. I bought these on a whim at an REI garage sale. They are a little wide for my lady feet, but that's okay since I can wear some thicker socks to help. I haven't had a problem with the mesh wearing out into large holes, or any of the material falling apart really. Once these bad boys have been with me a full year I will update you all on the condition, however.

    Very comfortable

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

    These shoes are great. They are light, comfortable and super breathable. They are sturdy and the soles are stiff and rugged. They fit true to size and if you are not familiar with EU sizing, the sizing chart on this page is accurate.

    LIGHT, COOL, FAST, STICKY......that's it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    These are very comfortable, lightweight and have pretty sticky rubber. I use them mostly for approach shoes for climbing as well as light hiking. The fit exactly like the older version but they don't have the nice heel pull tabs any more. I'd give them 5 stars if they still had the pull tab otherwise they're a solid shoe. I typically wear a 9.5 and went with a 42.5 and they're perfect.

    Great Shoe for Long Distance Hiking

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12.5

    I did a lot of research for a shoe that I will be taking my Pacific Crest Trail thru hike in 2015. This is the shoe for me. After trying out a few different brands that cater to my foot shape, this shoe has proven to be the most comfortable with ample room in the toes to spread as my feet begin to flatten out and become larger. I have yet to have any blisters, with about 150miles on the shoes so far. I will update this as I go along. So far the shoe has been very durable and has very little signs of wear. From my research this should last around 1000 miles.

    POST PCT: First pair - 800 miles

    Second - 300 (Sierra Snow/wet/fire)

    Third - 1,300 miles

    Forth - Still going strong 200+miles

    Great Shoe for Long Distance Hiking

    Good and supportive trail runner

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

    I needed a new pair of trail running shoes as I got a new dog and didn't want to wear her out in the 1st 15 months of her life by taking her MTBing. So I figured I reinvent my trail running skills. I tried a lot of different trail runners and settled on these. They are certainly in the traditional vein but they have a very solid platform and lots of support. I also found the traction on these is great. Cushion is average to cushy and I just like the way they perform all the way around

    Please don't ever stop making them!!

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

    I live in southern NV and these shoes are perfect. Good stability, traction, and cushioning on the hard and rocky trails. Also, the mesh construction helps keep the feet cool and is surprisingly protective and rugged. The soles are super grippy both up and down; whether rock slab, packed dirt, or scree. The toe protection is solid. I've gone through four pair and am on my fifth, I hope they keep making them forever!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I tried these shoes on my Applachian Trail thru hike. They are a popular shoe on the trail so I was disappointed that they didn't work for me. They felt very comfortable when I walked uphill or on flat ground - my heel felt very secure, cupped in the shoe. But downhills were awful in these shoes. My feet would slide down in them and my toes would get squished. I also felt like water soaked through really easily whenever I stepped in a puddle, and didn't dry out very quickly compared to other shoes. But like I said, I know a lot of people who love these shoes, so your milage may vary. I would wear these shoes for running on flat ground, but not for anything steep.

    First trail shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This was my first running specific shoe of any kind. Being new to the sport, I really like the light weight and the mesh. I have done some road runs and it definitely wears the soles out. A great option for day hikes as well!

    Unanswered Question

    For a male, I have a small heel. The...

    For a male, I have a small heel. The Montrail Mochist fit me perfectly, so I'm curious if this shoe also would be a good fit. Also, I typically wear a US10.5 (Brooks & Asolo), but I wear the Montral US11), so should I go with the 43.5 or 44? Thanks again for any feedback.

    Do any XTERRA / Trail racers have feedback...

    Do any XTERRA / Trail racers have feedback on using Wildcat's as training & racing shoe?

    I'm currently running Trails in Brooks PureGrit trail shoes, but my ankles are wrecked after 5 miles of running. Any feedback is appreciated in advance!

    Is the Wildcat fit akin to the LaSportiva...

    Is the Wildcat fit akin to the LaSportiva Raptor? I had to buy a 1/2 size up for the Raptor.

    Do these shoes have any type of rock guard...

    Do these shoes have any type of rock guard under the forefoot?
    Air in the forefoot?

    I'm thinking about getting the La Sportiva...

    I'm thinking about getting the La Sportiva Wildcat shoe. I'm currrently running in Asics Trail attack WR 5. They feel great and I have no problem with it. But I'm now looking for a more solid shoe with the same amount of couscioning and more durability. Will the wildcat do the deal? Size wise are they the same as Asics? Pros and cons compared to the Asics I'm using now? I'm 6-3 180, run 45 miles a week and planning to increase the mileage. Thanks

    Best Answer

    Hi Eddy, I have not used the Asics, but can compare the Wildcat with quite a few trail running models from Nike and TNF. All in all the Wildcat performs well from the word go and did not need any breaking in at all. It also excels in warmer temperatures
    ( I work in the middle east where temps easily reaches 130 + degrees) and found that even with the snug fit of the wildcat they "breathed" well and did not have any "hot spots" at all. I am 5,8, weigh in at 200lbs and do about 24 miles a week and can't complain. The only improvement I could see to the wildcat is perhaps the addition of a pull tab on the heel of the shoe, but it certainly isn't a show-stopper. Hope this helps?

    i have wide feet and need moderate stability...

    i have wide feet and need moderate stability shoes and am an overpronator. i have been using brooke's cascadias but not sure they provide enough support. how are these for long distance multi-terrain (mainly fireroads, single tracks etc..) running for someone with the above profile? thanks for all suggestions

    Best Answer

    While I don't have wide feet per-se, I do have a "sixth toe", and I need a pretty wide toebox to accommodate it. I used to be someone for whom 'motion control' shoes were continually recommended, so I'm an overpronator as well. The Wildcats have been very good to my feet on trails and fire roads, from pretty burly stuff to moderate gravel roads. I'd highly recommend them, and if you need a little bit more support than they offer you could slip some superfeet into them, though I find the stock 'fit-thotic' footbed to be pretty comfortable.

    I was looking at the Adidas Kanadi Trail...

    I was looking at the Adidas Kanadi Trail shoe. I run mountains in North Georgia. What is good about the La Sportiva Wildcat Trail shoe. Any recomendations are appreciated.

    do recommend sizing up a half size on the...

    do recommend sizing up a half size on the la sportiva wildcat?