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La Sportiva - Wildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's

La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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$84.98 $110.00

Item #LSP0117

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  • 47.0

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
air mesh, Trail Cage
MEMlex, nylon shank, LaSpEVA lasting board
FriXion AT, Impact Brake System, X-Axis
Support Type:
Claimed Weight:
[single] 12.4oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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

Like running with an old friend!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42

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.

Sized small

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 13 (47eu)

. 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!


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

    My new all-around shoe (mostly)

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46.0

    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.

    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

      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.

      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.

      Trail and Approach Shoe

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

      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.

      Great Customer Service

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 43.5

      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.

      Solid Trail Shoe

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      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.

      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.

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

      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, 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!

      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 miles...as 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.

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      Adult Footwear
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