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Wildcat Trail Running Shoe

Ten miles into a trail run is the wrong time to find out you've got the wrong shoe, but with this daily driver you'll be cruising with ease, not wallowing in regret. It's got enough cushioning to get you through long, tough miles, and underfoot traction that'll drive you up steep and rocky trails.

  • Daily trail runner with a cushioned ride and reliable traction
  • Lugged rubber outsole maintains grip on dirty, rocky trails
  • Impact Brake System allows for controlled descents
  • Plush midsole offers comfort, stability, and support on longer runs
  • Foot-wrap lacing for a secure, stable fit on technical trails
  • Breathable mesh upper features a wear-resistant cage for durability
  • Protective toe cap guards your forefoot from roots and rocks
  • Item #LSP0117

Upper Material
air mesh, Trail Cage
Lining
mesh
Closure
lace
Midsole
MEMlex, nylon shank, LaSpEVA lasting board
Sole
FriXion AT, Impact Brake System, X-Axis
Support Type
neutral
Cushion
moderate
Heel / Forefoot Height
24/14mm
Drop
12mm
Claimed Weight
[single] 12.4oz
Recommended Use
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

wildcat trail shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46
Height
5` 11"
Weight
173 lbs

well made , gives a solid foundation for my stride. size to me is true. would buy again

>Rating: 3

Durability Issues

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

I've gone through 4 pairs of these shoes. I have narrow feet, and these just seem to "work" for me, and are very comfortable. Sometimes it's just easier to stay with what you know, then try to find a better alternative. My main two issues with the Wildcat are these: First, the very top/last eyelets, where one ties the shoes, fray very quickly. Ultimately, the underlying integrity of the eyelet is ok and has not caused issues, but if you care about aesthetics, those two eyelets on each shoe begin to look like muppets. Second, as another reviewer wrote, the bottoms of the shoes wear relatively quickly, which also decreases the traction. Further, I have not had great experiences w traction on any type of wet root or rock. I have started to using an Arc'teryx FL mid GTX to run on mountain trails. It will be interesting to see how these hold up over time, but so far, they have been amazing. Not to mention, the sole on the Arc'teryx is like glue on rocks and roots. They also run even a bit narrower than the La Sportivas, so if you have wider feet, they may not be great for you.

>Rating: 5

Great Buy, Even Better Customer Service!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
42
Height
5` 7"
Weight
190 lbs

I received my new pair of shoes yesterday and put them to use on a Run/hike in the Santa Monica Mtns this morning. They were comfortable from the moment I put them on until the moment I took them off after about 5 miles of trail hopping. The shoes are only part of the story, the first pair I ordered were too small so I put a call into to Customer Service (my favorite Gearheads!!!) and of course was greeted by The Grateful Dead music while on hold, I love that, best hold musice EVER!!!! My Gearhead friend totally took care of me, made me aware of the replacement pair, shipped it and sent the return slip all with the greatest of attitude, Such a Pleasure to deal with, That's why my first go to for gear is Always Backcountry!!

>Rating: 2

Not recommend

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
160 lbs

I've worn La Sportiva gear for years. Mountaineering, running, climbing, etc. But these shoes within a month were falling apart. The rubber on the bottom worn out with less than 30 miles on them. Maybe I had a fluke pair. I hope so because I do like this brand.

>Rating: 1

Tongue ripped out

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

Loved the shoes and the fit but after about a week of wearing them the tongue ripped out as I took the shoe off. Crappy sewing job. I expect better from them.

>Rating: 5

Like running with an old friend!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
42
Height
6` 0"
Weight
165 lbs

I have been running in Wildcats for years. 10 years ago a picked up a pair of La Sportivas cheap and thought I would give them a try... I have had a pair in my closet ever since. I run the Tetons... trails are either fast and smooth where I prefer a minimalist+ shoe like the Inov8 Roclite series or the trails are very rocky and technical which require more under foot protection... the Wildcats fit that bill. The Wiildcats also serve as my go to business trip shoe where I don't know how or what I will be running.... the WIldcat has good grip as other reviews have mentioned but I am not enamored with it's bite as compared to some other trail shoe treads.. what I like about the Wildcat tread is it is efficient so I have not problem using the shoes for 10K road runs when I can only carry one pair of shoes. Grab a pair, if you are like me and appreciate a neutral shoe that can be used wherever life takes you they will soon become an old friend.

>Rating: 3

Sized small

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
13 (47eu)
Height
6` 4"
Weight
190 lbs

. Grippy sole. Tongue stays put after lacing Build quality seems excellent after 3 months. But....runs small. I bought a 47 (13 US) and after several hours my toes start to hurt. Matched up to several of my other trail runners, these are clearly smaller. Again, ok first few hours but as feet swell/expand, you might have problems. Size up a half size at least. 3 stars because of bad sizing!

>Rating: 5

Great

Height
5` 6"
Weight
140 lbs

My Father in law loves these! They do fit on the small side so consider sizing up!

>Rating: 5

My new all-around shoe (mostly)

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
46.0
Height
6` 2"
Weight
170 lbs

The Ultra Raptor has been my shoe of choice over the years for hiking, trail running, backpacking, canyoneering, and scrambling. It provides great traction and support; however, the toe box area is low volume vertically (thickness, not width or length) resulting in a few toe problems on more than one occassion. Enter the Wildcat. With a more spacious toe area and great cushioning it is all around a more comfortable shoe offering similar traction . Am I abandoning my Ultra Raptors? Not really, as the Wildcat does not offer as much support. I use the Wildcats for light activities, while the Ultra Raptors are still my mainstay when I need a more supportive midsole. Sizing: I wear a size US12 in Brooks running shoes and most Merrell shoes (I don't recommend Merrell, but that's another story). After trying a wide variety of sizes over the years, EU46.0 in both the Wildcat and Ultra Raptor work best for me.

>Rating:

Wildcat or Wildcard?

Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the Wildcat. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at weads@backcountry.com or (801) 523-4052

>Rating: 4

Another pair keeps me going!

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

I haven exclusively run in La Sportiva's for a few years now (very casual trail runners) and I go back and forth between these and the Mutants. I love the wildcats as they are simple, solid, and comfy.

I agree with you 100%. I started with Mutants and wanted something a little more roomy and less aggressive. I have worn my first pair of wildcats to the point that I shouldnt be running in them anymore. By my estimation I was able to get 200+ running miles on them. They are super comfy all around , and unless im running on really rough trails, I prefer them over the mutants.

>Rating: 5

2nd Pair, Love These Shoes

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

These are great shoes for trail running, climbing approach, hiking/backpacking, and everyday use around the office or town. I wear these everywhere. As others have mentioned they are surprisingly great at keeping sand out while using them in the desert.

>Rating: 5

Trail and Approach Shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

This is my go to shoe for Class 4 and easy class 5 climbing. I purchased this shoe as a "trail running" shoe ( I don't trail run), but it quickly became my long approach / easy and short scrambling shoe. Typical approach shoes are much better for actual climbing, but if I am doing the South Ridge of Superior (Easy class 5), I will be wearing the Wildcat.

>Rating: 4

Great Customer Service

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
175 lbs

Read the reviews on these shoes and bought 1/2 size up, but it turned out that I needed a full size up. I normally wear a 9 1/2, but had to get a 43.5 to fit me. The exchange with Backcountry was smooth and easy. I've only used them for about 10 mi, but they feel very good so far. I'll update when I get some serious miles on them. This review was more about good customer service.

>Rating: 5

Solid Trail Shoe

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 9"
Weight
181 lbs

I bought these for my brother, and he loves them. He runs about 20mi a week on trail and has said that these are really comfortable, supportive and have exceptional grip even in wet conditions.

>Rating: 5

Happy Feet - Wildcat Review

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

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.

Thanks Anthony for taking the time to write such a great review!

>Rating: 5

Trail comfort!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 6"
Weight
175 lbs

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!

>Rating: 5

Awesome lightweight shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43.5
Height
6` 3"
Weight
160 lbs

These are great shoes! I used them for hiking a week down in Capitol Reef, and while they were very breathable, and 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!

>Rating: 5

Favorite shoes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
150 lbs

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.

>Rating: 5

Great Trail Shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

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.

>Rating:

LaSportiva Wildcat Trail 3.0?

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

what is the differance between la sportiva...

what is the differance between la sportiva raptor and wildcat

>Rating:

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!

I've always enjoyed these. They aren't super light, but the amount of support in the heel is well worth the weight. I ran in these for quite some time before going to the Raptor. I trained for several marathons and ran one in these.

@ Jeff C. Thank you for the feedback! I can live with the weight:support factor since I'll only be racing up to 22k. Raptor's are the other model on my list too :)

>Rating:

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. Gracias

I think the Wildcats are true to size with most of the other La Sportiva products. La Sportiva products in general seem to run about a 1/2 size small IMO.

>Rating:

are these good for neutral foot type.

are these good for neutral foot type.

Yes, I consider these neutral shoes.

>Rating:

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?

http://www.sportiva.com/pop.php?p=/images/soles/SoleCnster_Wildcat_536.jpg Judging by that link, which shows the layers of the sole, I'd say no to both of your questions.

Without a rock plate these wouldn't work well here in New England where most of the trails I run are rock mine-fields.

These do not have a rock plate but they do handle rocks well. Most of my trail running is on rocky paths and I think they perform well for such a lightweight shoe.

>Rating:

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

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?

>Rating:

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

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.

>Rating:

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.

Hey Mongo,I think the biggest thing for me is that La Sportiva's are a much more solid shoe. They breathe every bit as good as the Adidas trail shoes but they're much more stable. I can personally vouch for them!

>Rating:

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

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

These fit the same as other La Sportiva shoes. I went up 1/2 size for trail run shoes but you shouldn't have to make any special sizing for these of the rest of their line.

Totally agree with Steve, these fit the same as all my other La Sportiva's. I size up a 1/2 size in all their products.