La Sportiva C-Lite Shoe

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva C-Lite Shoe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva C-Lite Shoe.


  • Injection-molded, dual-density EVA midsoles provide ample cushion on high mileage days and help maintain a light, stable platform


  • Mesh nylon linings in heels and on tongues wick moisture to help keep feet comfortable
  • Nylon air-mesh uppers reduce weight, enhance breathability and offer good water-resistance; thermoplastic urethane overlays provide support and structure
  • All-synthetic construction makes these vegan-friendly
  • Slip-lasted construction cradles your foot with support and encourages powerful heel-to-toe roll for efficient use of your energy


  • Performance Fit
  • Slip lasted upper hugs the foot with no dead spots and provides the best fit possible

Support and Cushioning:

  • Thermoplastic urethane shanks add stability and torsional support
  • Huge, well-spaced V-Groove lugs add exceptional cushioning and traction


  • AirMesh upper is extremely debris and water resistant while still providing maximum breathability

Traction and Grip:

  • Nonmarking FriXion® AT Racing rubber outsoles on the La Sportiva C-Lite 2.0 trail-running shoes deliver excellent traction on and off the trail


  • AirMesh upper shrugs off the elements and still allows your feet to breathe
  • Simple mesh upper with integral external screed guard


  • External scree/lace guards keep trail debris out so you can concentrate on running and not on a pebble in your shoe
  • Designed for fast running in wet muddy conditions

La Sportiva C-Lite 2.0 trail-running shoes offer featherlike weight, a low ride and a touch of stability, all with an aggressive outsole, ensuring high performance off the beaten path.

An aggressive outsole and a responsive, close-to-the-ground feel make the Sportiva Men's C-Lite 2.0 Trail Running Shoe your ticket to single-track nirvana.

La Sportiva's C-Lite Shoe is a lightweight low profile aggressive shoe for trail running in demanding conditions.

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A lightweight, low to the ground stable trail runner with an aggressive outsole. The evolution of the tried and true Crosslite.
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Average footwear weight (pair):1 lb. 4.7 oz.
Country Of Origin:Asia
Footwear Type:Trail Runners
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Ankle
Ideal Terrain:trail running and racing in every condition especially wet and muddy
Last:Racing Lite
Liner:Mesh (back half and tongue only)
Lining:Nylon mesh (heel and tongue only)
Midsole:MEMlex/ TPU stabilizer
Outsole:FriXion AT rubber
Running shoe type:Trail
Shoe Stability:Stability
Shoe Width:Medium
Sole:FriXion AT/ Impact Brake System V-Groove
Support:Thermoplastic urethane shank
Upper:Nylon mesh/thermoplastic urethane overlays
Weight:10.97 oz / 311 g
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La Sportiva C-Lite Shoe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Stable yet flexible trail runner

I have just worn out my first pair of Crosslite 2s and ready to get a second pair. Overall, it is a great shoe. It is both very supportive and flexible on very technical trails. I run on steep trails with a lot of scree, loss material, boulders and small sharp rock. I do a lot of rock hopping. The shoes gave me great support, protection, and stability, and yet, I had a great feel for the trail. I never got a single bruise on the bottom of my foot. I couldn't be happier with their performance. La Sportiva (LS) has achieved a great balance between lightweight and protection.

The outsole provided amazing traction and grip. Though the foundation of the outsole is quite thin, it is tough and protective. The lugs not only provide great grip, they also perform very effectively as part of the shock absorption of the shoe. Combined with the midsole, it is unique design for cushioning that really works.

The fit is narrow and short. I went a whole size up, and the fit was very good. I use inserts. After I got the sizing right, wow, what a fit. The shoe truly fits like a glove, and that is part of the brilliance in performance and stability. LS's background in rock climbing shoes is on display here. I had zero "hot spots" with the right socks.

My only complaint is that the mesh uppers, which are quite tough, in time split up the sides on all four sides in the region near the ball of the foot. I think this was due to granite abrasion and the shoe being a bit narrow. This occurred before the outsole and midsole wore out. Yet even with the splits, the shoe still gave solid support and stability.

LS uses thermoplastic urethane overlays on the sides up around the toes. I think they need to add a bit of this material a little further back to protect and support the mesh better. Most trail running shoes of this quality are going to protect the mesh a little where the uppers connect to the midsole. IMO, if LS adds this, this shoe has zero flaws.

It might be nice if they provided some varying widths also since it comes so narrow.

Finally, I loved how this shoe cleaned up. After a dusty trail run or a muddy trail run, all I had to do was take a damp rag to it, and it looked brand new again (before the splits developed). I have never had a shoe that cleaned up so nicely and easily before.

This is a great shoe for dry lose, wet lose, and technical irregular surfaces. It is a great backcountry trail runner. It is too much shoe for your standard, well-gromed, urban trail.
mongwolf at REI on 09/09/2013

I'm on my second week with the C-Lite 2.0, and I thought I'd give my impressions. As background, I typically wear an 11.5 (45), but I went with a 12 (45.5) in this shoe, as I think it runs a little small (especially width). I have a high arch, and wish there was a little more arch in this shoe.
First, I think the other commentators nailed it: the sole is superb. I run in New Mexico, where the trails are very rocky and/or sandy and these shoes just bite into the ground and grip the rocks. Nice soft lugs give some cushioning on the downhills, but you can still feel everything under your feet in a way you can't in more shoes with more padding (the only padding is the sole itself).
Second, they're a little hot, as the other guys have said, but not "don't use them in weather over 75 degrees" hot. Compared to my road-running shoes (Asics 2170), they don't breath very well, but it's well worth the extra heat when you consider all the protection from water, rocks, and mud the fairly substantial upper gives you. Also, the 2.0s have a rubber toe guard that's really helpful.
As for lacing, it's fantastic. The shoe opens up when unlaced, so they're easy to slip on and off (there's also a pull tab on the back that's way better than the rear loop on the original C-Lites). When you lace them up, the whole shoe wraps snugly around your foot, which I just love. Be careful you don't tighten them too much, or you'll lose feeling in your feet!
If I have a gripe, it's the fairly narrow toe-box (larger, for sure, than the originals, but still too narrow for my toes to really spread out and provide balance like in the minimalist shoes on the market now). I have a narrow foot in general, especially the heal, and the rest of the shoe fits great.
Maybe another gripe would be what happens when a lace breaks? I've had the original C-Lites for two years and one of the laces is starting to fray. I don't see any easy way to get a new pair of laces in there. I'm thinking it will be like arthroscopic surgery when I have to replace them . . . but that problem is for another day.
Anyway, this is a great running (and hiking) shoe, and I'd recommend it if you like to run on difficult terrain. (It also works great as a golf shoe, like the guy in the video review says). Enjoy!

AlbuquerqueDan at on 08/20/2012

Never slip traction for short runs

I bought these for trail runs on rough trails in the Rockies and for long day hikes (12+ miles). The best feature is the traction, the sticky rubber combined with the cupped cleats just don't slip. The sole is pretty genius, there isn't as much protection compared to other trail runners so you get more feel for the trail, but the cleats add a kind of dampening on sharp rocks. The result is no bruised feet and feeling nimble. I've ran on wet rocks without slipping too.

The uppers are pretty good too, the covered laces cinch down well and evenly. Pretty supportive, but less than a distance trail runner. Works well in full winter with the traction and tight weave on the uppers (around Bozeman, MT). I also used these for a Dirty Dash and they were awesome.

Now the bad, unfortunately it can only take one thing to make a shoe less than ideal. The fit is snug but okay, however the toe box is too narrow for my average width feet. This makes the shoe unusable for runs over about 5-6 miles on moderate trails and way less on steep trails. Anything where the feet are going to start swelling a little. Basically no hikes/runs for these shoes on real mountain trails, the pain is excruciating coming back down the trail.

If you don't mind a narrow toe box or want something for muddy races I totally recommend these shoes. Don't get them for all day runs or hikes though.
missionhkr at REI on 07/07/2013

Great shoe, but...

I bought this shoe for trail running and as a possible hiker. I like the idea of the sheath over the laces, however when it comes to re-lacing, you may have troubles. I have narrow feet so I usually buy LaSportiva as they are a superb shoe maker. I initially bought this shoe a size over my normal, as I usually do, to account for swelling, and for a little extra room in the toe box. I loved them while on flat and uphill terrain however, on the downhill my toes would slide into the peak of the toe box and before long I would have to do a painful limp back to the car. I went back to exchange for another pair in my size, per the salesperson's recommendation, and it was worse still: my toes got killed on the downhill - much more painful than the first time.

I would say that if you try on these shoes and you don't even come close to a potential toe box banging on a down slope, then you found your shoe! Otherwise save yourself from a long painful limping to your car and steer clear! I would recommend to a friend ONLY if they meet the above criteria.
iyamjon at REI on 06/06/2012

Multiuse shoe for the trails

This is the 2nd pair of C-Lites I've bought. The last pair did an amazing job overall. I used them alot as a training shoe for trail races since they were more durable and more supportive than my minimal shoe (Vertical K's). It did mean they were slightly heavier, but they do well when on the fence of buying a hiking shoe and trail shoe. I also used them in adventure races and they have seen deep snow, deep mud, sand, bush whacking, rock, and even whitewater rapids. The lace cover works great while in sand, gravel, and brush to keep it out of your soles. Ultimately the toe area canvas wore out before the soles did due to extensive water submersion and rock nicks. I easily have 200+ miles on them and still will wear them as a street shoe. It's really nice just to tuck the laces and wear them as slippers when your lazy now :). They seem to wash well after getting dirty and do drain water after submersion. For a great cross between a tough trail running shoe and a mountain shoe, these take the cake.
Jake30 at REI on 04/04/2013

Great Light Hiking Shoe

I used these shoes last year for 1-4 day lightweight backpacking trips. They were very light, comfortable, sure-footed, and just supportive enough for me to knock out 20 mile days back to back. The last big trip of the summer was Section J of the PCT in WA, from Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass, with a 28lb pack on day 1. These shoes made it easy to keep on truckin!

My only complaints are that the uppers started to fray and tear halfway through the season. I should have washed them more frequently... they are torn through both outer layers where they wrinkle on either side of the ball of my foot.

On one trip where my pack was over 30lbs, I could have used more arch support, but these are trail running shoes, not heavyweight backpacking boots. Keep the pack light, and these shoes will make walking a breeze!

That said, I'm here on the site to buy another pair for this year. Looking forward to many more happy miles!
dennyt at REI on 04/04/2013

Great Shoe

I used these shoes as an approach shoe for mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, trail races, and some road running. They have a great fit, are very durable, and are well made. I gave them 4 out of 5 because I believe trail shoes should have good traction on wet rock (being from westering Washington, this may be of more concern to me than most), and they are mediocre at best. I have had better luck with traction from many different montrails and any shoe with vibram soles.

Lastly, La Sportiva is the only brand I trust, whether I have tried the shoe on before or not, to be true to size out of the box every time. Maybe I have just gotten lucky, but whether it's running shoes, trail shoes, hiking boots, or mountaineering boots, I can order a 41.5 and they fit perfect every time.
bacrossman at REI on 04/04/2012

This shoe strikes such a perfect balance between functionality vs light weight. The toe protection up front is reassuring, and the stability is outstanding. Yet the shoes keeps you to close to the ground without being excessively built up like so many trail runners that probably appeal more to the fashion set than anything else. The integrated lace covering works perfectly – yet another example of the shoe’s well-thought-out yet no-gimmicks approach. The grip is especially impressively on loose terrain. I often hike on a trail that has some steep section with very loose old volcanic rock – with my toddler daughter strapped to my back (after we finally get her to stop trying to hike those sections on her own). The Crosslite 2.0 grips so well on those sections that I feel like I have crampons – those little plastic nobs are that effective!

Jonathan S. Shefftz at on 06/12/2012

Over the course of my training and the actual Camino de Santiago I've put over 600 miles on my C-Lite 2.0's. Aside from the once grippy rubber being worn smooth, the only damage that my shoes have to show is some tearing around the inside ankle. Luckily, this problem was easily fixed with some duct tape. My experience with these shoes was excellent. They were comfortable right out of the box and lasted longer then any boots or trail runners I've owned in the past. If you're looking for a lightweight pair of hikers to be worn with a light pack you couldn't ask for a better shoe then the C-Lite 2.0.

Daniel Whalen at on 08/29/2013

Great Trail Runner and Approach Shoe

This is a great all-rounder that I use for just about everything. The rubber is very sticky so it has excellent traction on rock so it's great for boulder hopping, traversing talus, and technical scrambling.

The platform is also very solid so handles well in less that ideal trail running conditions.

It does eventually start wearing out on the sides where my foot bends but by the time that has happened I have put them through some serious trips and the rubber is starting to run down so it's time to replace them anyway.

This is my third pair (the first I got from the REI basement!).
NorthWest Climber at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

not quite the shoe for me!

This shoe feels almost like a cleat, very durable stiff forefoot make this an ok choice for scree and rough trails. I have a narrow foot and these shoes are too narrow for me. This shoe runs small, I wear size 12 and in this shoe a 12.5-13 works. Kind of a strange foot bed in the shoe, kind of a bowing down concave weirdness.
mntnseeker at REI on 03/03/2012

I had the older leather version of these and they were my go-to for trail runs and steep hikes. I am a long time LaSportiva fan. This new version killed my feet, one of my toenails is badly bruised and falling off after a long day in these. They rolled over constantly and absolutely destroyed my ankles. Had to return.

cli4537265 at on 07/31/2013

Nerve pressure

Kind of liked the shoes but had to return them. The top of the shoe put pressure on the dorsal nerve of my foot. Unwilling to wear them beyond a few steps. Never had that happen with a shoe before. Adjusted them several times and the pressure was still there.
Zabokis at REI on 04/04/2012

Neutral Reviews:

This seems like a very well designed shoe but they run very narrow and the sizing is not comparable to other La Sportiva models that I've purchased in the past. This resulted in a few inconvenient and time-consuming returns/exchanges until I finally realize this is not the shoe for me. I took the second pair I received out on the trail and the narrowness of the shoe sacrifices lateral stability and makes for wobbly hiking on uneven terrain. I wish they would get this shoe right, because I like everything else about it including the slip-on upper and heavy-duty tread.

timarmitag1451567 at on 12/06/2012

These are really light trail shoes. The top cover acts like a gator and keep rubbish out when on the trail, it also acts as a water barrier. However, that same barrier makes the shoes toasty, so on a warm summer day, anything above about 75, they get too hot. Hot means sweat and sweat means blisters. Still, on a cool morning or during the cooler months, you can't beat them. Good for a narrow foot and fits true to size.

Noah Singer at on 06/01/2012