La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's
La SportivaWildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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.

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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, 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.

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.

Unanswered Question

LaSportiva Wildcat Trail 3.0?

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

also researching these for my 2015 PCT hike. I'll see you out there!

3rd Pair

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

A great shoe for hiking, working out or every day.