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La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0

rated 4.50 of 5 stars
photo: La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 trail running shoe


Price Historic Range: $49.00-$115.00
Reviewers Paid: $120.00
Price Current Retail: $110.00
Historic Range: $21.98-$115.00


1 review
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Really a thoughtfully designed shoe that is perfect for long-distance days or backpacking trips. The sole of the shoe can handle conditions ranging from desert sand to patchy alpine snow. I would strongly recommend this shoe for anyone hiking or backpacking with less than 35 lbs of gear.


  • Outstanding durability
  • Calculated and thoughtful design


  • Toe box not as wide as other brands

This shoe is ideal for someone who has a traditional foot shape and wants lightweight footwear, but still wants a shoe with structure and rigidity. Individuals with wide feet should consider other options due to the slightly narrow toe box.

I've owned five pairs and averaged 750 miles before significant blow outs occur on the outer edge of the shoe. The shoe fits snuggly between heel and toe and provides decent arch support, though I would recommend removing the stock insole and opting for SuperFeet or something similar.

The break-in period is minimal and I have yet to sprout a blister during the lifespan of any Wildcat pair I've owned. The shoe does not provide any more or less ankle support than other low-top trail runners and would not be ideal for individuals with loads of 36 pounds or more.

While the venting system is perfect for scorching days, heat escapes equally as well in cold conditions. The jagged and raised tread pattern works great in all conditions when new, however as the shoe ages and the raised pattern becomes uniform, the shoes can lose significant grip.

I've used these shoes to bike from Florida to California, hike the entirety of the PCT, and daily day hikes with my dogs. These shoes are very serviceable and seem to withstand punishment better than other trail runners. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120


Welcome to Trailspace, Bruce! Thanks for the review of your Wildcats.

4 years ago

Used the same shoe on the PCT & on day hikes. They work well with micro-spikes too. Gr8 shoe.

4 years ago

@Christine, I'd love to see your review of the Wildcats too!

4 years ago
Dave Schoenberg

Great review! I have a pair of fhese and have been really happy so far with only maybe 80 -100 miles on them. Seem very solid and love the rigidity of the soul!
2 years ago

Bruce Etter

Glad to hear it Dave! You've definitely got a couple hundred more miles to look forward too. I just saw these for sale on SteepAndCheap for around $80 if anyone wants to try them for less than the normal price tag.

2 years ago

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