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La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe - Men's

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Item # LSP0117

Light, cool, fast, sticky.

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.

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
air mesh
FriXion AT
Impact Brake System
Arch Support:
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 1 lb 10 oz
Recommended Use:
trail running
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Support Type:

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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Great Trail Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 46.5

I use this for hiking and trail running. It is a very good shoe and lasts pretty well. The only problem I have had is the mesh comes apart on the outsides of the shoe, but other than that it is a great shoe. This makes my fourth pair. I have used it from training runs to a 50K.

Fit For A King!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45

Great shoe at a great price! Just hiked the Half Dome cables in Yosemite and am very impressed with the durability and comfort of these things. Awesome buy!!!

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: US 13

14 months old, 1,000 trail comfortable as day-one! Showing their age now, the soles and lugging is almost gone. The uppers a little worn and frayed and yet I'm still wearing them! Sorry no pics. Time to replace, you bet I'm going back to the same shoe. The best trail shoe I've ever worn. Runs a bit small, compensate accordingly.

Best Trail Running / Hiking Shoes Ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 42

This is my second pair of the Wildcat. I retired my old ones after hiking Mount Whitney last year, and initially replaced them with the Ultra Raptor. They did not fit my feet as well, because the lace eyelets came down further on the shoe, and created some pressure points on the outside of my foot. I then went back to the Wildcat shoe (thanks to the great return policy of Backcountry!). I immediately took them on a 17 mile hike to Halfdome, with literally no break-in, other than walking around my house. No blisters! These are incredibly comfortable shoes for hiking, and the sole is rigid enough to handle sharp rocks with ease. I highly recommend these shoes. They do run a tad small, as I am an 8.5 in running shoes, which should translate to a 41.5, but the 42 fit much better.

Trail/all mountain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

This shoe works great for trail running or alpine hiking. Micro spikes hold on grate because of the plastic on the heel. Big fan of that. The shoe dries very fast as I have put it to use in Olympic National Park for a months now. The shoe is very comfortable and seems to hold up great under extensive use.

Fraying Issue

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 47

First off, based off my limited hiking (~15 mi) in these shoes, I really liked them. Very comfortable and basically felt like a running sneaker but much more comfortable on rocks.

Would give the shoe 5 stars, but the mesh on the side of the shoe near the laces immediately started coming undone on both shoes. I'm assuming it's a manufacturing defect as I hadn't hiked more than 5 miles in them when it started to happen (maybe it's normal?). The matter only got worse over the next 10 miles. Was planning to use these on the JMT this summer. Really glad I tried them out beforehand as they might have been completely undone by the end of the trail! Unfortunately, I'd exchange them but my size (47) is out.

For the size, I put runs small since I'm usually a 12-12.5, but with these I'm a 13 (47).

Fraying Issue

Best trail hiker through every terrain

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

Slick rock sandstone? Mud? Sand wash? Granite slabs? No problem! These shoes can handle it. Uphill, steep downhill, loose terrain, all a piece of cake for these shoes. The mesh construction is a pretty tight weave, so even in a rainy scenario it takes a long time for my feet to feel wet. I bought these on a whim at an REI garage sale. They are a little wide for my lady feet, but that's okay since I can wear some thicker socks to help. I haven't had a problem with the mesh wearing out into large holes, or any of the material falling apart really. Once these bad boys have been with me a full year I will update you all on the condition, however.

Very comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

These shoes are great. They are light, comfortable and super breathable. They are sturdy and the soles are stiff and rugged. They fit true to size and if you are not familiar with EU sizing, the sizing chart on this page is accurate.

LIGHT, COOL, FAST, STICKY......that's it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42.5

These are very comfortable, lightweight and have pretty sticky rubber. I use them mostly for approach shoes for climbing as well as light hiking. The fit exactly like the older version but they don't have the nice heel pull tabs any more. I'd give them 5 stars if they still had the pull tab otherwise they're a solid shoe. I typically wear a 9.5 and went with a 42.5 and they're perfect.

Great Shoe for Long Distance Hiking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12.5

I did a lot of research for a shoe that I will be taking my Pacific Crest Trail thru hike in 2015. This is the shoe for me. After trying out a few different brands that cater to my foot shape, this shoe has proven to be the most comfortable with ample room in the toes to spread as my feet begin to flatten out and become larger. I have yet to have any blisters, with about 150miles on the shoes so far. I will update this as I go along. So far the shoe has been very durable and has very little signs of wear. From my research this should last around 1000 miles.

POST PCT: First pair - 800 miles

Second - 300 (Sierra Snow/wet/fire)

Third - 1,300 miles

Forth - Still going strong 200+miles

Great Shoe for Long Distance Hiking

also researching these for my 2015 PCT hike. I'll see you out there!

Good and supportive trail runner

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

I needed a new pair of trail running shoes as I got a new dog and didn't want to wear her out in the 1st 15 months of her life by taking her MTBing. So I figured I reinvent my trail running skills. I tried a lot of different trail runners and settled on these. They are certainly in the traditional vein but they have a very solid platform and lots of support. I also found the traction on these is great. Cushion is average to cushy and I just like the way they perform all the way around

Please don't ever stop making them!!

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

I live in southern NV and these shoes are perfect. Good stability, traction, and cushioning on the hard and rocky trails. Also, the mesh construction helps keep the feet cool and is surprisingly protective and rugged. The soles are super grippy both up and down; whether rock slab, packed dirt, or scree. The toe protection is solid. I've gone through four pair and am on my fifth, I hope they keep making them forever!


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

I tried these shoes on my Applachian Trail thru hike. They are a popular shoe on the trail so I was disappointed that they didn't work for me. They felt very comfortable when I walked uphill or on flat ground - my heel felt very secure, cupped in the shoe. But downhills were awful in these shoes. My feet would slide down in them and my toes would get squished. I also felt like water soaked through really easily whenever I stepped in a puddle, and didn't dry out very quickly compared to other shoes. But like I said, I know a lot of people who love these shoes, so your milage may vary. I would wear these shoes for running on flat ground, but not for anything steep.

Avg. ride time: 1h 58m per week
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First trail shoe!

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

This was my first running specific shoe of any kind. Being new to the sport, I really like the light weight and the mesh. I have done some road runs and it definitely wears the soles out. A great option for day hikes as well!

Great shoe

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

I used thee pairs of these shoes to hike the AT this year and I couldnt have been more satisfied. Each pair lasted between 700 and 800 trail miles plus any of the extra curricular walking I had to do.

These shoes were light, breathable, and for the most part durable considering the outer is mesh. My first pair had zero rips in the outer mesh, and my second pair had one small rip. The third pair did not hold up quite as well because of the amount of rock I was hiking on. So if you plan on hiking on/over alot of rock you might want to reconsider this shoe.

In my opinion these shoes gripped as well as anyone elses I saw. You cant blame shoes for taking poor steps and slipping/falling. My favorite part about these shoes were how quickly they dried. On a warmer day my feet could get soaked and be pretty dry in a couple of hours. Because of this and some general foot care I only ended up with one small blister the entire hike.

I would definitely buy this shoe again and recommend it to anyone who wants to do some trail running and hiking.

New Favorite Hiking Shoe

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

I was looking for a breathable 3-season hiking shoe that would be able to get wet and still be comfortable without that squishy feeling you get with most of the waterproof/Gore Tex hiking boots. I was worried these shoes would not offer enough protection on those rocky areas and would not be sticky enough on slick surfaces but I have put them through the ringer on some brutal terrain and these shoes get the job done with comfy feet at the end of the day. I've used them for about 200 miles now to include many wet, rocky trails, bushwhacking for miles through moss covered rocks and thick spruce and heading down brooks with cold water and wet, slippery rocks everywhere. These shoes have taken everything I can dish out (including a Mt. Whitney summit in CA and a Mt Washington summit in NH) and they are the most comfortable, breathable pair of hiking shoes I have ever owned. Even a full day of hiking in wet conditions did not produce those "prune" feet at the end of the day, these shoes let the air in. I will definitely buy them again.

The only thing you have to watch out for is they seem to run a little small, I'm usually an 11. The 11 1/2 were too tight, but the 12 fits great.

Excellent Product!

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

When I was looking for a good general use summer-time shoe, I had three basic requirements. First, they had to look cool. I know this is subjective, but these work really well for me. In fact, I think they look better in person than in the stock photos. Second, they had to breathe extremely well. There is nothing more annoying and uncomfortable than hot feet, especially when hiking or running. These are absolutely wonderful in that department. If there is a strong enough wind, you can feel the air blowing on your feet. I've used these for trail running and hiking and my feet stay nice and cool. Third, they had to have a strong but grippy sole. A nice big piece of rubber on the toe guards against kicking into anything unexpected. The soles are strong, yet provide plenty of shock absorption while running. Nice and cushy.

Trail running shoes should be a perfect combination of a hiking boot and a running shoe and these fit the bill. I generally wear a size 9 (8.5 in Salomons if that helps) and the sizing is true to size. I have used these for trail running and hiking and they work amazingly well. Exactly what I was looking for. I find myself wearing these for casual use quite often. This is my first experience with a La Sportiva product. Based on these shoes I would certainly consider their other offerings.

Excellent Product!

Good Construction, Poor fit

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

I have only run a couple of times in these shoes so far. I only run in the mountains on pretty ruff trail and these shoes offer durable protection. Their sole is a bit on the stiff side which offers good protection but hinders a natural stride some. The soles will likely soften with age. My main complaint about these shoes is the toe box. It is too narrow across the metatarsal heads and puts the squeeze on your fore foot. Also the toe box has a shape which is not anatomically friendly. It results in your big toe hitting the front of the shoe on sustained downhills and causing a fair amount of toe jam. Also, I have 42.5 in these, I typically wear a 42, and they still seem tight. Maybe I should have tried a 43 but it seems to be a width issue not length. I bought the Patagonia Tsali 2.0 a couple of months ago and have done a number of 15+ milers in those and the fit is much better but they haven't held up very well, mainly the toe catches on rocks and begins to slowly peel the sole. To be fair, I do run mostly fourteeners and high alpine rocky terrain and never less than 10 miles. I wish one of the companies combined the strengths of these two shoes.

I just got the 2015 version of this shoe yesterday and I had to go up in size more than I ever thought possible- I'm normally a 10.5 to 11, and a little on the wide side. In this shoe I'm a 12.5!!! That being said, the shoe seems to fit great, but time on the trail will tell. I suspect that you might have suffered from 'toe-jam' as a result of too small a size.