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Lovely for long runs.

Wildcatting is in your blood. You convinced your high school football coach to run the formation as you took the state championship with ease. It's only fitting that you wear the La Sportiva Men's Wildcat 3.0 Running shoe when you take to the dirt and gravel paths for some nitty, gritty mileage. The all-terrain sole takes you from your front door in the city to the far reaches of the rails-to-trails system without a slippery misstep. Plush cushioning gives you high-mileage comfort that will leave you purring in pleasure. While tackling a 3,000-foot technical trail might not be the wisest move, your footsteps will be soft so long as you're still vertical.
The air mesh upper keeps your foot languishing in fresh air from beginning to end. The TrailCage 2 frame pounces on your paw for a secure fit for confidence with every step. Asymmetrical lacing creates a snug, but not suffocating, fit while sharing the tightening tension equally all over your foot. Injection-molded EVA midsole takes the pressure off your steps by cushioning every footstrike. The plush 12mm drop gives heel strikers relief and won't make midfoot strikers change their gait.
Staying on course over variable terrain no longer leaves you grasping for your hiking poles. The TPU transkinetic heel stabilizer and flex-transfer shank help steady your foot and give you a bit of forward spring into your next step. The FriXion AT sole is an all-terrain beast that munches concrete and trails with equal joy. The Impact Brake System X-Axis transforms lugs into stabilizing forces as you traverse rolling hills.

  • Air mesh upper, TrailCage 2 frame
  • Mesh lining
  • Asymmetrical lacing
  • Injection-molded EVA MEMIex midsole
  • TPU flex transfer shank
  • 12mm drop
  • Impact Brake System X-Axis
  • FriXion AT sole

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
AirMesh, Trail Cage 2
injection-molded MEMlex, TPU Flex Transfer shank
FriXion AT, Impact Brake System X-Axis
Heel / Forefoot Height:
22 / 10 mm
12 mm
Claimed Weight:
13.12 oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

La Sportiva

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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Just right.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 46

This is my second pair of La Sportivas and I spent a good deal of time trying to figure out which pair was correct for my needs; general trail hiking with some rock scrambling mixed in. These are perfect. I just rolled them out for a weekend in Zion and they were very comfortable. Good traction on loose trails but sturdy enough for paved portions. This weekend the important part were the soles, which were grippy enough to handle the last mile of Angel's Landing with confidence.

The only thing I would like to see is a larger/beefier toe gaurd. Otherwise these are great for improved trails. This is a quality product. My first pair held up well, I expect nothing less from the Wildcats. The do run a touch small, so bear that in mind.

Just right.

Not quite perfect yet, but pretty close

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46

200 mile review

Okay I am a big Wildcat fan. I used the original grey and green wildcats on my entire PCT through hike and I got 1350 miles out of one pair (most other trail runners got 300-400miles) Points of failure were along the side of the shoe where the mesh top meets the sole. This area and the area around the toe cup begin to come apart at about 700-800 miles. Compared to all other trail runners, this is crazy good. The interior heel is another point that begins to deteriorate after 600-700 miles.

That being said the 3.0s have seemingly fixed those issues with a new toe design and interior material with a new tongue design too (which I like.) Everything else looks just about the same.

New problems though; the toe protector has already started to de-laminate and it is smaller so stubbing toes is worse, but I wont give up on them yet, a little shoe glue fixed that. If only La Sportiva could put the original toe protector on the 3.0s. Also the yellow tread that covers the lugs peels off pretty fast (40miles) on rocky/granite terrain. The original wildcats never had this problem and it was a good indicator as to when the tread was just about done. The colored lug material seems to have way better traction than just the sole material so losing this is not ideal.

So overall I am not sure if La Sportiva accomplished much with the 3.0s, by fixing a few problems, they now have created some new ones. .... Might want to stick to the originals.

Thanks Anthony. Your review really helps our backcountry community, so cheers to you!

Cushion and traction all in one shoe

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

As a long time trail runner, its been my experience that my trail shoes either have great traction but feel like I've got a brick attached to my foot (Solomon) or are very cushiony but very slippery on trails with any loose dirt, gravel etc. (Hoka One One)
I bought these after having such a great experience with the La Sportiva Mythos and Finale climbing shoes. Took these out for a quick spin on the short loop on Mt Diablo (6.5 miles, lots of singletrack) and was very happy. MUCHO traction going up or down the steeps and the cushioning was very nice! Since then, these have been my go to shoe for all my trails runs. They only downside is the weight. These can feel a little heavy if you're used to Atras or Hokas.