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We give La Sportiva's exemplary trail-running shoe a careful test in the Pacific Northwest. A most loved among trail sprinters and through climbers for almost 10 years, the La Sportiva Wildcat offsets a brawny form with a congenial $110 sticker price. Nonetheless, subsequent to testing the shoe consecutive in the Pacific Northwest against other contending models, I left away neutral. To put it plainly, the Wildcat's dated and substantial structure, sensational heel-to-toe drop, and poor footing on dangerous trails missed the mark concerning progressively current trail sprinters crosswise over practically all regions of testing—in spite of the fact that it performed sensibly well as a lightweight explorer. Underneath we separate the Wildcat's footing, strength, comfort, weight, fit and measuring, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. To perceive how it piles up, see our articles on the best trail-running shoes and lightweight climbing shoes.

La Sportiva Wildcat
Cost: $110
Weight: 24.7 oz. (men's)
Padding: Moderate/greatest
Drop: 12mm
What we like: Crossover advance for both trail running and climbing.
What we don't: For running, generally speaking execution misses the mark regarding progressively present day plans.
Rating: (3.8/5)

Obscuring the line between trail sprinter and lightweight climbing shoe, the La Sportiva Wildcat held most dry trail surfaces easily. Regardless of whether I was running or climbing, the genuinely forceful outsole dove unhesitatingly into delicate ground, and the generally separated drags made a not too bad showing of keeping out mud. In any event, when the trail turned specialized, the clingy FriXion elastic exceeded expectations at sticking to rock. Everything considered, the La Sportiva Wildcat demonstrated to be an able buddy in ordinary conditions.

In any case, the Wildcat started to endure when things turned wet (which is as often as possible does here in the Pacific Northwest). Navigating moist and greenery secured logs had me rapidly wanting my grippier Salomon Sense Ride 2, which has further carries and a progressively flexible Contagrip outsole. Running on wet streets was similarly harrowing—I ended up tiptoeing over sewer vent spreads and crosswalk paint to abstain from slipping. At last, I lean toward an all the more balanced shoe (like the Sense Ride 2) for the shifted territory that I visit on my runs.


Put essentially, the Wildcat left a great deal to be wanted as far as security for running. The adaptable all-work upper, tall impact point (29mm), and emotional impact point to-toe drop (12mm) made them move lower legs left and right, and the absence of balancing out overlays enabled my feet to slide around in the shoe on off-camber areas of trail. Undoubtedly, the Wildcat didn't feel excessively bulky or messy like the Altra Lone Peak 4 (its wide toe box left a great deal of space for my feet to move), yet it missed the mark concerning an agile shoe like Salomon Sense Ride 2. Further, I saw the Wildcat's insole as level—it gave practically zero curve support, which just diminished the shoe's general security (those with level feet may feel in an unexpected way). In any case, when I eased back my pace, the shoe felt discernibly increasingly steady, and the thick heel matched pleasantly with the heaviness of a light pack. At the end of the day, while the Wildcat failed to meet expectations as a trail sprinter, it pulled day-climbing obligation very well.


One of the primary things I saw when I slipped on the Wildcat just because was its thick heel and significant (12mm) drop. While the majority of the business has advanced toward lower-and even zero-drop plans—which target midfoot and forefoot strikers—the Wildcat is pointed solidly at impact point strikers. By and by, I didn't care for this shape, however it genuinely boils down to individual inclination and solace. Fortunately the liberal padding worked admirably of disengaging my feet from sharp shakes and gave plentiful insurance on mid-length runs. Be that as it may, the remainder of the shoe felt very firm for a trail sprinter. Truth be told, the Wildcat is less lenient than every single other model I'm as of now testing, including the Brooks Cascadia 14, Salomon Sense Ride 2, Altra Lone Peak 4, Hoka One Speedgoat 3, and Arc'teryx Norvan VT. At last, I felt the Wildcat was simply a lot of shoe for generally runs.


Contrasted with other trail-running shoes I've been wearing as of late, the Wildcat positions among the most reduced in solace. The shoe felt exceptionally firm underneath, the better than expected drop made me feel as if I was as a rule always pitched forward, and the materials utilized all through the structure were hardened and unforgiving. Also, the insole gave no curve support (a selling point for those with level feet), and I felt particularly exhausted after long runs and climbs. In any event, when worn calmly, my feet became awkward following two or three hours of standing—something I haven't encountered with other footwear I claim. All that stated, I didn't encounter any rankles, hotspots, or deadness in the Wildcat, which is high commendation when breaking in another shoe. Be that as it may, if solace is at the highest point of your need list, I prescribe rather looking at the Brooks Cascadia or Salomon Sense Ride.


At a recorded 24.7 ounces for a men's pair, the La Sportiva Wildcat is among the heaviest trail-running shoes as of now available. Contenders including the Brooks Cascadia 14 (21.4 oz.), Altra Lone Peak 4 (20.4 oz.), and La Sportiva's very own Bushido II (21 oz.) all come in eminently lighter while as yet offering noteworthy by and large execution. Truth be told, the Wildcat is nearer in weight to some lightweight waterproof climbing shoes and boots, including the Vasque Breeze LT Mid GTX (27 oz.), Arc'teryx Aerios FL Mid GTX (26.1 oz.), and Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX (26.8 oz.). The Wildcat managed to feel sensibly light underneath, yet despite everything I incline toward the choices above for trail running or climbing.


La Sportiva items once in a while disillusion in the toughness office, and I'm glad to report that the Wildcat proceeds with the pattern. Truth be told, I saw the shoe as well-worked for climbing and seemingly over-worked for trail running. The moderately firm heel and padded sole haven't stuffed out, and the FriXion elastic outsole has outlived the soles of numerous Altra models I've possessed previously—most quite the Superior 3.5. And keeping in mind that the all-work upper may be an underlying purpose of concern, the material has demonstrated to be incredibly vigorous and hasn't torn in spite of high-mileage use. As I addressed over, the Wildcat is substantial for a trail sprinter, however this weight pleasantly means a knock in strength.

Fit and Sizing

I requested my typical size 9 in the La Sportiva Wildcat and saw it as a piece on the short side—it fit increasingly like a 8.5 length-wise, so I prescribe evaluating. The remainder of the shoe had a normal shape, despite the fact that it's marginally wide generally speaking (particularly contrasted with the Brooks Cascadia 14 that I had been trying with it). All things considered, the Wildcat made a pleasant showing of holding my impact point set up during high points and low points on the trail, and the toe box gave a decent in general fit to my normal feet. In the event that your feet are on the wide side and you don't care for the zero-drop state of the Altra Lone Peak, the Wildcat may be a decent match.

Different Versions of the La Sportiva Wildcat

I tried the non-waterproof Wildcat for this audit, and La Sportiva additionally makes shoe in a Gore-Tex model. The Wildcat 2.0 GTX ($155) highlights a similar essential development and outsole as the standard Wildcat however includes a waterproof layer for improved wet-climate assurance at a slight weight punishment (28.3 ounces). On the off chance that you intend to utilize the Wildcat for climbing, especially in blustery atmospheres, it may merit the knock in weight and cost to move up to the GTX model. La Sportiva likewise sells both the work and GTX Wildcat in ladies' renditions, which check in a couple of ounces lighter and are offered in various colorways. Something else, the ladies' Wildcats are indistinguishable in both plan and cost to the men's.

What We Like

With a hardened form and great toughness, the La Sportiva Wildcat is a strong climbing shoe and a not too bad trail sprinter.

The all-work configuration vents well and kept my feet cool on warm days.

In spite of its overwhelming 25-ounce weight, the Wildcat feels sensibly light on the trail.

What We Don't

The powerful form, thick heel, or more normal drop (12mm) feel ungainly and awkward for trail running.

Footing misses the mark on wet surfaces.

Level insole likely will be awkward for those with high curves.

Measuring runs somewhat short and wide.

The Competition

The La Sportiva Wildcat has cemented its prevalence among the trail-running and lightweight climbing networks over the previous decade, however we imagine that other increasingly current plans have more noteworthy hybrid intrigue. For instance, the Brooks Cascadia 14 highlights a likewise hearty form, increasingly forceful hauls that mean better footing in wet conditions, and a progressively exact fit. Further, the Cascadia demonstrated to be undeniably progressively agreeable gratitude to its milder materials and unrivaled curve backing, and its lower weight (21.4 ounces) and excusing padded sole performed better for climbing. Those with level feet may lean toward the Wildcat, however as far as we can tell, the Cascadia 14 effectively beat the La Sportiva for both trail running and climbing.

Another famous choice in the trail-running and lightweight climbing universes is Altra's Lone Peak 4. Both function admirably for those with wide feet, yet generally share almost no else in like manner. To begin, the Lone Peak 4 highlights a zero-drop shape which favors midfoot strikers (contrasted with the Wildcat's thick impact point and 12-millimeter drop that sets well with impact point strikers). Further, the Lone Peak's profound carries are a greatly improved counterpart for sloppy and free trails. What's more, on account of its increasingly present day materials and plan, the Lone Peak (20.4 ounces) comes in altogether lighter than the Wildcat (24.7 ounces). At long last, the Altra uses an a lot gentler padded sole than the Wildcat, which means an all the more lenient and agreeable ride. The Wildcat has the high ground in sturdiness—we've had untimely delamination issues with Altra shoes previously—yet the Lone Peak still is the better all-rounder.

A last shoe to consider is La Sportiva's own Bushido II, which is reason worked for astoundingly specialized territory. To put it plainly, the Bushido looks and feels a great deal not the same as the Wildcat. Most prominently, the shorter stack stature (19mm impact point/13mm forefoot) and less emotional impact point to-toe drop (6mm versus 12mm) include a perceptible lift in dependability. We likewise found that the Bushido's FriXion XT 2.0 elastic outsole grasped obviously better on wet territory—a significant trap of the Wildcat—and its brawny TPU toe top and manufactured overlays beat the Wildcat both in insurance and backing. At long last, the Bushido undermines the La Sportiva by a significant 5.7 ounces and feels nimbler on the trail. This considered, we think the Bushido is the better in general shoe, and particularly for tough and rough trails.


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