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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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Item # LSP0243

Sticks like glue when you're faced with steep, technical trails.

Ultra sticky rubber gives the sole of the La Sportiva Men's Ultra Raptor Trail Running Shoe grip where other trail runners slip. Race along roads, pick through rock gardens, and pound down steep descents without worry. Dynamic midsole cushioning reduces the impact of every foot strike, a rigid toecap guards your toes against rocks, and the unique Impact Brake System uses angled sole-lugs to reduce stress on your joints when you're running up or down a steep slope. Go the distance with this neutral, stable trail shoe.

  • Temp 2 last provides a snug, performance fit that accommodates a medium-width foot
  • Mesh upper encourages airflow that keeps your foot cool, and the TPU overlays help the upper hold your foot in place when you're ascending or descending quickly
  • Heel pocket features reinforcements for durability and added cushioning for comfort
  • Moderate 8mm heel-to-toe drop helps the foot roll from the toe to the heel so every footstrike feels smooth on the trail
  • MEMlex midsole provides cushioning and shock absorption
  • Endurance Platform EVA insert balances load and shock forces by providing a support structure between the midsole and the outsole
  • Nylon shank adds rigidity to this shoe so your foot and ankle feel supported on unpredictable terrain
  • EVA rock guard protects your toes from rocks and debris
  • FriXion outsole provides rock-solid grip on hard surfaces like rock, and large sole lugs dig into looser surfaces like gravel and sand
  • Impact Brake System uses slanted and opposing sole lugs to decrease impact on your ankles and knees when you're traveling down a hard surface with a steep decline

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
AirMesh, synthetic leather
Lining:
moisture-wicking mesh
Closure:
laces
Sole:
FriXion XF, Impact Brake System X-Axis
Midsole:
dual-density MEMlex, Endurance Platform EVA, nylon shank
Heel / Forefoot Height:
[drop] 8 mm
Claimed Weight:
[single] 12 oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Support Type:
neutral

Size chart

La Sportiva

Footwear
US MENEUUS WOMENMONDO
4 35.5 5  
4.5 36 5.5  
4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
5 37 6  
5.5 37.5 6.5  
6 38 7  
6.5 38.5 7.5 24
6.5+ 39 7.5+  
7 39.5 8 24.5
7.5 40 8.5 25
8 40.5 9 25.5
8.5 41 9.5 26
8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
9 42 10 26.5
9.5 42.5 10.5 27
10 43 11 27.5
10.5 43.5 11.5 28
10.5+ 44 11.5+  
11 44.5 12 28.5
11.5 45   29
12 45.5   29.5
12.5 46   30
12.5+ 46.5   
13 47   30.5
13.5 47.5   31
Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!

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Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

This one was a gift and the owner is satisfied he really like to do hiking and trail running and these ones are really comfortable and have great traction

Only one, but crucial, flaw

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

Great shoe. They were the only shoes I brought to Huaraz, Peru for a month of climbing in the Cordillera Blanca. When I wasn't on a glacier wearing mountaineering boots, these were on my feet. I carried packs up to 60 lbs on approach hikes as long as 12 km without any foot pain or trouble. They are also the only footwear (other than flip-flops) that I brought on a year-long trip through Latin America. In both cases, I put them through the wringer: dirt, grass, rock, scree, mud, pavement.

The only flaw is that on smooth surfaces that are wet, these shoes have no traction. The first time it rained in Huaraz I was sliding around like I was ice skating. I assumed that they just needed to be broken in more and with wear would have sufficient friction to grab. Unfortunately, that never happened. Even now, I still have to be careful on wet rocks and even walking around wet streets with these.

They are perfect in all other attributes.

Great hikers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Size Bought: 10.5 US

Got these for my JMT through hike as well as hiking all summer around Utah. I was worried with the softer rubber that they would wear through the tread on the JMT but they held up great! Put about 300 miles on them so far, still have some tread. They fit me really well in store and I ended up not getting any blisters. They handled hiking with a 35lb pack really well and I'all be picking up another pair, don't think I'll be hiking in anything else. Also, I'm 5'11 and 170lbs.

Great hikers

Awesome shoe but some issues

  • Size Bought: 10

I have had these shoes for not long and I must say they do what they are meant to do! I wanted a cross between approach shoe and trail runner and they are just that! Awesome grip on rock but light weight and low profile making this shoe ideal for approaches! However I am not sure if I am the only one but I have worn these shoes hard a number of times ( one 23 Mile run/hike excursion) and have gotten mad heal blisters every time. They are great but the blisters definitely disturb the appeal of the shoe. Wondering if they need a lot of break in or other solutions? Thanks

Great backpacking shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

I have used these shoes on my thru-hike of the PCT this year and got 970 miles out of one pair. This pair saw over 500 miles of snow travel and countless river and swollen stream crossings. My shoes were constantly wet and held up extremely well. Bought 3 pairs for this hike.

Not for a wide foot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 46

This shoe is basically the wildcat with a more constricting upper that is less durable. I do have a wide foot, but I have always worn Sportivas without an issue. I had to cut the rubber piece next to the lace hole by the balls of my feet to allow for expansion. Which was fine for a while, but after about 3 months the graphics panel with the la sportiva logo began to delaminate along the side of the shoe. It had a nasty habit of catching on everything. Rocks, sticks, bushes, everything became a tripping hazard. Save a few dollars and buy the wildcats if you are considering this shoe.

Great support

    These shoes are super comfy and are great for hiking around the Wasatch. My friend also has this same pair and he trail runs with them. I usually just use them for hiking but they seem to be holding up very nicely. I usually wear a 13 or 14 and I got a 13 in these shoes. They fit me perfect. Definitely would recommend these to anyone.

    Tough Shoe for Tough Training

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5

    I work in Tactical K-9 in hills, repelling and climbing. This shoe is INCREDIBLE -- it is, so far, the best shoe I have ever purchased. A little snug -- so because of the European sizing they run small.

    Tough Shoe for Tough Training

    A solid shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small

    I bought these for trail running/backpacking. The first thing I'll say is these run really really small. I typically wear a 9.5-10 US but had to size up to 11.5.

    These are the first shoes I bought with the thought that I could use them for both backpacking/trail running and I'm not sure that's true. I've only worn them on one backpacking trip through Spring Canyon and they do have great traction. However, Spring Canyon takes you through a dried out river bed and I found the lack of ankle support to be problematic on a number of scrambles. I think I'll make these my trail running shoes but will opt for something with more support for backpacking.

    5th pair and still loving them!!!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    Great support and incredible traction keeps bringing me back to this shoe. They fit like a glove.

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    I'm satisfied with this purchase. I've mostly stuck to road running so this is my first foray into the Trail Running shoe domain so I don't have other trail runners to compare them too. I've had them out a handful of times for hilly trail runs of 5 to 7 miles. From my perspective they've been rugged, had good grip, and been comfortable to run in. I did size up a 1/2 size based upon other reviews and I'm happy I did. I can't imagine I would have been happy with the fit had I not. That said I still think the toe box feels a little tight but I don't really notice it on my runs, more like when I first put them on I think "hmm" feels a little small but they run fine and I don't notice it. Overall I'm happy, but I'll probably purchase another brand for my next trail runner, just so I can compare. Also, note these are not waterproof. They breath well but if you run through creeks look for something with gore-tex etc.

    So far so good

    repeat buyer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    my husband and i both use this shoe. It's a bomber shoe, i never have to worry about rock bruises. a little bit stiffer midsole but nice for rocky runs. it can run a bit small, maybe half size or thinner socks

    Great hiking shoe!!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 12.5

    I spend a lot of time hiking and backpacking. My number one rule is to take care of my feet above all else. Without them, where are you going to go? I by a couple of pairs of shoes every hiking season, looking for that combination of traits that will keep me moving. So, I've gained a considerable amount of knowledge on foot apparel. I really like my La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Running shoe. This is what I've learned about them so far. They do require some breaking in. The heels have hard plastic strips on the outside that seem to cause a hot spot on my heal until they break in. It took about 20 miles to break in. The traction they provide is unmatched by any brand I've worn. I climb a lot of hard, wet, granite on the Appalachian Trail in New England. And, these are the only shoes I've worn that I feel totally confident in when running up and down the granite faces. There is plenty of room in the toe box for when your feet swell as the miles pile on. From arch to heal the shoe is narrow. So, breaking them in before a major hike is important. I wear a size 12, after reading the reviews I ordered 12.5 and they fit perfectly. I prefer the lacing system of the Salomon, but I've had no issues with these. They are the most breathable of the shoes I've used and they dry very quickly. I've found them to be soft for lateral support, so when I'm hiking across a granite face, my feet are not very supported pressing against the sides of the shoe. Causing my feet to roll out, but that's in part to the soft rubber. So, it's a trade off. I'd rather have the soft rubber and grip, than a hard rigid sole and slide off the granite face, or roll down the trail because I slid off that last boulder. I'll know more after I hit the 100 mile mark with them. That will be the durability test for the "frixtion" rubber.

    great shoe but runs small!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    i recently got a pair of these and had to size up one full size. i typically wear a 44.5 (11 mens) and had to go to a 45.5. Once your sizing is dialed in these shoes rock! super comfy and great support.

    Unanswered Question

    Is the sizing the same as the wildcat? I have those in a 45 and they fit great so I'm wondering if I should get the Ultra Raptor in the same size. Thanks in advance.

    Great shoe

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

    Well made. Like the shoe for backpacking/fast-packing. Unfortunately the rubber and tread in this shoe is too soft and wears prematurely. This is my second pair.

    Traction!

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

    These things are awesome. So awesome that I'm now on my second pair. They will literally stick to anything except pure ice.

    The cushioning is good, the toe cap is great and the breathability of the shoe is top notch. The only downside to this shoe is that your feet will get wet if you do not have the Gor-Tex version.

    The sizing is on par with many other pairs of shoes I own. It may run a smidgen small, but not enough for me to size down a half-size. It takes a couple of uses to break them in but once you do, these things rock.

    Very comfy but slipped on every wet and muddy rock on my arse 4 times in 18 kms not that sticky

    A lot of you reviewers said this shoe fits small...



    My feet are 8. 5 US 4E (extra wide). I went ahead and ordered the Ultra Raptor GTX versions in size 42 Euro, which is directly equivalent to size 9 US, width D.



    Did I make a mistake? I would've went with a bigger size but I wasn't comfortable with potentially ordering too big. And anyway, the online site I ordered from didn't have the 42.5 Euro (9.5 US) in stock.



    Any comments?

    I can't say for the Raptors, exactly, but while I wear an 8-8.5 in Mizuno, Brooks, Saucony, Salomon, etc, my La Sportiva Bushidos are a US size 10 (43 EU I think).