The Wildcat Shoe by La Sportiva is a stable, neutral, extremely well cushioned trail running shoe: our most cushioned trail running shoe.
Built on the FriXion X-Axis rubber outsole the Wildcat digs into any surface for excellent traction and added cushion. The single density midsole provides excellent cushioning and is coupled with a plush LaSpEVA 2.4 mm lasting board. A great all around trail runner for people looking for great stability and cushion.
The Wildcat is a stable, neutral, extremely well-cushioned trail running shoe with a 12mm heel-to-toe drop. Built on a FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole, the Wildcat digs into any surface for excellent traction and added cushion. The single density midsole is coupled with a plush LaSpEVA 2.4 mm lasting board to provide sublime out-of-the box cushioning. If stability and cushioning are what you seek, the Wildcat is a great all-arounder.
ABOUT LA SPORTIVA
Innovation with passion. That’s the mantra of La Sportiva, the Italian sport shoe company from Ziano di Fiemme whose iconic yellow boots and shoes can be found on mountainsides worldwide. The majority of La Sportiva footwear is still produced in their small, 150-person factory in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, where the spirit and heritage of master alpinists like Walter Bonatti and Reinhold Messner lives on.
The Wildcat Trail Running Shoe by La Sportiva is a neutral shoe designed for runners who want great stability and extra cushioning in every stride. Trail running is all about avoiding the obstacles, while moving forward and a good trail shoe helps you do that without getting hurt. With the FriXion X-Axis rubber outsole, you can dig into the deepest mud and still get excellent traction throughout the push-off.
The midsole has a single density cushioning and with the added plush factor of the LaSpEVA 2.4mm lasting board you get a shoe that takes on the impact instead of your knees. Supportive, solid and cushioned.
Country of Origin: Imported
For neutral runners wanting superb cushioning on their trail runs, look no further than the Wildcat from La Sportiva.
|Average footwear weight (pair):||1 lb. 9 oz.|
|Avg. Weight (Pair):||1 lb. 6.2 oz.|
|Comfortable performance fit:||medium-wide|
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Forefoot Width Measurement:||3.882 in.|
|Heel Width Measurement:||2.853 in.|
|Lining:||Honeycomb Mesh (tongue and heel only)|
|MIDSOLE HEIGHT (mm):||(Heel|
|Material:||AirMesh/ Trail Cage/ TPU Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer/ UreTech reinforcements|
|Mid Sole:||MEMlex / Nylon molded Flex transfer shank / LaSpEVA|
|Outsole:||FriXion sticky rubber|
|Running shoe type:||Trail|
|SOLE:||FriXion® AT/ Impact Brake System™ X-Axis™|
|Sizes:||38 - 47.5 (half sizes)|
|Upper:||AirMesh/ Trail Cage/ TPU Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer/ UreTech reinforcements|
|Volume Measurement:||760 ml|
|Weight:||12.38 oz / 351 g|
|Weigth:||12.37 oz / 328 g|
|La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Shoe||$123.96 - $155.00|
When I was looking for a good general use summer-time shoe, I had three basic requirements. First, they had to look cool. I know this is subjective, but these work really well for me. In fact, I think they look better in person than in the stock photos. Second, they had to breathe extremely well. There is nothing more annoying and uncomfortable than hot feet, especially when hiking or running. These are absolutely wonderful in that department. If there is a strong enough wind, you can feel the air blowing on your feet. I've used these for trail running and hiking and my feet stay nice and cool. Third, they had to have a strong but grippy sole. A nice big piece of rubber on the toe guards against kicking into anything unexpected. The soles are strong, yet provide plenty of shock absorption while running. Nice and cushy.
Trail running shoes should be a perfect combination of a hiking boot and a running shoe and these fit the bill. I generally wear a size 9 (8.5 in Salomons if that helps) and the sizing is true to size. I have used these for trail running and hiking and they work amazingly well. Exactly what I was looking for. I find myself wearing these for casual use quite often. This is my first experience with a La Sportiva product. Based on these shoes I would certainly consider their other offerings.
I was looking for a breathable 3-season hiking shoe that would be able to get wet and still be comfortable without that squishy feeling you get with most of the waterproof/Gore Tex hiking boots. I was worried these shoes would not offer enough protection on those rocky areas and would not be sticky enough on slick surfaces but I have put them through the ringer on some brutal terrain and these shoes get the job done with comfy feet at the end of the day. I've used them for about 200 miles now to include many wet, rocky trails, bushwhacking for miles through moss covered rocks and thick spruce and heading down brooks with cold water and wet, slippery rocks everywhere. These shoes have taken everything I can dish out (including a Mt. Whitney summit in CA and a Mt Washington summit in NH) and they are the most comfortable, breathable pair of hiking shoes I have ever owned. Even a full day of hiking in wet conditions did not produce those "prune" feet at the end of the day, these shoes let the air in. I will definitely buy them again.
The only thing you have to watch out for is they seem to run a little small, I'm usually an 11. The 11 1/2 were too tight, but the 12 fits great.
When I wore out my crosslites and found my bouder x approach shoes gave me blisters after about 5 miles on the trail, I was on the hunt. I wanted something I could trail run in, but also walk 20+ miles with no issues and scramble over talus or up 3rd, maybe 4th class. The Wildcat is a great shoe. It has La Sportiva's characteristically narrow fit, a great heel box that really locks you in, relatively sticky rubber (compared to other trail runners) and a very breathable mesh upper. The toe bumper is a must on rocky trail and talus and while this one is small, it protected my feet from more than one stubbed toe. Going from the crosslite up to this you immediately notice the high heel to toe drop and beefy heel. This is no minimalist, crossover or barefoot running shoe. It's also heavy compared to the crosslite. My size 47 weighs 29oz for the pair. Compared to an approach shoe, the mesh upper clearly wont last as long as leather and you dont get a full rand around the shoe to protect it. Anyway, for now it's a good compromise. It's a shoe I can walk or run in for 20+ miles, classic sportiva fit, relatively stiff sole to protect from rocks on the trail.
I've used these for more than a year now and I'm thoroughly disappointed. These shoes are probably the least stable shoes I've ever used on uneven terrain. Every time I go out for a hike or run, it's a gamble on whether I'll role my ankle or not. My street shoes would be better equipped.
If you're running full-bore on somewhat even terrain, momentum will keep you somewhat stable, if you're just hiking or are on uneven trails, these shoes are outright dangerous.
They also have the worst grip of any shoes I've ever tried. I do a fair bit of scrambling to get to climbing starts, and these shoes are dangerous for those as well. I have to switch to my climbing shoes just to do scrambles everyone else does in their hiking shoes, because I'm afraid these will outright slip off some of the terrain I try, and leave me at the bottom with a broken neck.
Not recommended at all, unless you're only running flat fire trails.
I have only run a couple of times in these shoes so far. I only run in the mountains on pretty ruff trail and these shoes offer durable protection. Their sole is a bit on the stiff side which offers good protection but hinders a natural stride some. The soles will likely soften with age. My main complaint about these shoes is the toe box. It is too narrow across the metatarsal heads and puts the squeeze on your fore foot. Also the toe box has a shape which is not anatomically friendly. It results in your big toe hitting the front of the shoe on sustained downhills and causing a fair amount of toe jam. Also, I have 42.5 in these, I typically wear a 42, and they still seem tight. Maybe I should have tried a 43 but it seems to be a width issue not length. I bought the Patagonia Tsali 2.0 a couple of months ago and have done a number of 15+ milers in those and the fit is much better but they haven't held up very well, mainly the toe catches on rocks and begins to slowly peel the sole. To be fair, I do run mostly fourteeners and high alpine rocky terrain and never less than 10 miles. I wish one of the companies combined the strengths of these two shoes.