La Sportiva Wildcat
Source: tried it in the store
Price Paid: $110
For my activities, the ideal hiking shoe. A sturdy heel cup stabilizer that keeps me firm in uneven terrain with a non-waterproof mesh upper that breaths for warmer hikes and drains for creek crossings.
- Great security and support around foot.
- NOT waterproof!!!
- Top quality control and solidly built to last.
- Perfect fit for my European thiner heels and wider front foot if you go up 1/2 to 1 Euro. size.
- The footbed is too soft for pack support. Need insole for bottom support.
- Prefer not to wear on concrete or asphalt. Its tread is for on/off trails.
I bought the Wildcat as a test platform to get the same company's Raptor, which is a burlier style (now Ultra Raptor) as they were the same fit style. I have come to prefer the Wildcat for the regions that I hike more commonly, although the Raptor might be better in more tougher conditions. I have just purchased my 2nd pair even though my first pair still has quite a bit of life left in it, despite frequent wear for 1 1/2 years.
Even though I should be a 46.5, the 47 fit me perfectly with thinner wool socks (DeFeet Wooleators to Smartwool light PHD). I have used them with a 20 lb. pack with a Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed for bottom support and with factory insoles without a pack. I prefer low cut shoes as I greatly prefer a low-ankle sprain to any high-ankle sprain (neither are good, but low-ankle sprains can be gotton over in a short while).
I can use either a simblissity or Dirty Girl trail gaiter with the shoe to keep junk out of the low cut. On side angles, they are secure in keeping my feet from "sliding around" in the footwear as almost all low cut shoes do with me.
As I live in Texas, I am also tired of "waterproof" footwear with their difficulty in breathing, and having to remove boots for stream crossings, which exist in some of my preferred trails. If you wish to try lighter weight hiking, or want a burly trail shoes, see if these fit the bill. I did and am glad.
Price Paid: $73.95
Go# Wow. They may depress more than slightly after a thorough two hundred miles of wear as mentioned, but what miles those are/ Incredible.
I had to get the Gore-tex version last month to check out the other side of the tracks. I weigh enough at present, and my feet have had a brute life. The sock type fit is secure enough and sucks up to the individual with its own idea still maintained. The cushioning is unmatched for long fast technical single track hiking. Long steep descents may prove sore tootsies because it's hard to lace tight the forefoot.
As for every other part of the hike, it's worth the trade off. You can't go wrong if you put in some red laces.
Price Paid: $85
I love the Wildcats but unfortunately they are not very durable. My first pair failed in about 250 miles of trail running.
The problem is with the heel cushion. Overtime it starts compressing and you lose stability. Mine compressed over a half inch. During a race they eventually caused my heel to start slipping resulting in a bad blister. Also I noticed the sole itself cracks.
I've never seen such a bad failure in quality trail shoes with relatively low miles. La Sportiva really needs to take a serious look at the durability problem.
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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.
Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Shoe DECENT FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Shoe Simple one-piece upper with a protective wear-resistant mesh trail cage 2.4 mm iaspeva lasting board for sublime outof-the-box cushioning Foot-wrap lacing harness provides a secure, stable fit for every type of foot The SPECS of the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat Shoe Weight: 12.38 oz / 351 g Lining: Honeycomb Mesh (tongue and heel only) Sole: Frixion AT/Impact Brake System X-Axis Drop: 12 mm Cushioning: Midsole: 32A Last: Tempo Fit: Medium/Wide The SPECS for Upper AirMesh Trail Cage TPU Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer UreTech reinforcements The SPECS for Midsole MEMIex Nylon molded Flex Transfer shank 2.4 mm LaSpEVA This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
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.
La Sportiva 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. Ideal Terrain: Trail running in moderate to technical terrain with lots of cushion. Weigth: 12.37 oz / 328 g. Last: Tempo. Fit: Medium-Wide. Upper: AirMesh / Trail Cage / TPU film / Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer / UreTech. Lining: Honeycomb Mesh (tongue and heel only). Midsole: MEMIex/ Nylon molded Flex Transfer shank/ 2.4mm LaSpEVA. Drop(mm): 12mm. Sole: FriXion AT/ Impact Brake System X-Axis. Sizes: 38 - 47.5 (half sizes). Available Color(s): Red/Grey
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