La Sportiva Raptor

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Materials AirMesh and synthetic leather
Sizes Euro 36-47.5 (half sizes)
Weight 12.3 ounces per shoe



I gave these 1/2 star only because I absolutely LOVE…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $110

I gave these 1/2 star only because I absolutely LOVE the other La Sportiva trail running shoes. To me these appeared to be a gnarlier version of Wildcat, a shoe I have put many miles on.

But (at least the pair I have) the tongues in these shoes keeps slipping WAY down to the outside, to the point that they're not even in front of my foot. And even if I PULL the tongue way to the other side, then cinch them down tight, in 5 minutes they slip back to the other side. Even when I am not in them, they appear to do this.

Hard to believe a company with such a history of design and quality products could make something so defective. I can only hope I got among the first Raptors made and they have since fixed this problem.

Manufacturer's Description

The Raptor features a super-sticky FriXion XF rubber outsole, which provides excellent traction on variable terrain.

A TPU overlay is integrated in the midsole for a great fit and an integrated External Scree Guard keeps trail debris out of the shoe.

TPU Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer supports the foot upon heel strike.

Visit La Sportiva's Raptor page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Clamp down the laces and get ready to fly! The Raptor is the latest beast in our quiver of aggressive technical trail shoes.Sticky FriXion rubber outsoles grip the rock like a climbing shoe and the flexible TPU lacing harness is secure and stable on variable terrain.The wrap around toe bumper lets you rest at ease as you cruise through leaf-laden trails littered with hidden obstacles.An excellent lightweight technical trail shoe perfect for every type of terrain. Specifications Weight: 12.28 oz/ 348 gLast: Tempo 2Fit: Medium/WideUpper: AirMesh/ Synthetic Leather/ TPU Lacing Harness/ TPU Transkinetic Heel StabilizerLining: Mesh (back half and tongue only)Midsole: MeMlex/ Nylon Molded Flex Transfer shankMidsole Height (MM): Heel: 28 mm Toe: 16mm, 12mmSole: FriXion XF/ Impact Brake System X-Axis

- River Sports Outfitters

Description of La Sportiva Raptor ShoesSwift and terrifying the La Sportiva Raptor mens running shoe takes mountain running to new levels with off road terrain durability, breathable fabric and FriXion XF sole with Impact brake system and toe protection. FeaturesWEIGHT 12.28 oz 348 g LAST Tempo 2 FIT MediumWide UPPER AirMesh Synthetic Leather TPU Lacing Harness TPU Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer LINING Mesh back half and tongue only MIDSOLE MeMlex Nylon Molded Flex Transfer shank MIDSOLE HEIGHT MM Heel 28 mm Toe 16mm , 12mm SOLE FriXionXF Impact Brake System X-Axis ble

- US Outdoor Store

The La Sportiva Raptor is a stable neutral trail running shoe with a super sticky rubber outsole designed for performance on technical terrain.


The La Sportiva Raptor is an aggressive trail shoe for runners and hikers looking for comfort and grip on the trail. Sticky FriXion rubber soles give tenacious grip on uneven surfaces from sand to slick mud and even bare rock. The flexible TPU lacing harness system wraps around your foot for the perfect fit that won't shift or rub as you move over rough terrain. A toe bumper stops you from stubbing your toes on unseen obstacles along the way. Lightweight yet supportive for runners and hikers alike. AirMesh uppers breath well to keep your feet dry, while synthetic leather reinforces high-wear areas. A TPU Transkinetic heel stabilizer keeps you aligned in the shoe. A MeMlex nylon molded flex transfer shank protects your feet while still allowing a natural stride. Sizing Note: If you are between sizes, we recommend going up 1/2 size. The perfect footwear for a long day on the trail whether you're hiking or running, from La Sportiva. Upper: Synthetic Leather, AirMesh. Lining: Mesh. Midsole: MeMlex, Nylon Molded Flex Transfer Shank. Midsole height: 28 mm heel, 16 mm toe. Sole: FriXion XF, Impact Brake System, X-Axis. Weight: 12.28 oz (348 g). Fit: Medium/wide

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

La Sportiva Men's Raptor


The La Sportiva Men's Raptor is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 3, 2014 at EMS.

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