Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Shoes

July 2, 2014  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   4 Comments

Hiking/Trail Running Shoes
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
$115, 1 lb. 8 oz. (men’s Euro 42/US 9)
Sizes: Euro men’s 38-47.5, women’s 36-43

There are trail-running shoes I can run in, and then there are shoes I can run and hike far in because they simply have greater support and cushion for handling the cumulative abuse that feet suffer on longer outings. On many trail runs of up to 12 miles in the Boise Foothills—plus one 20-mile, 3,600-foot run—the Wildcat 3.0 never caused me the hot toes, sore soles, or foot achiness that I get from some lightweight shoes on runs of more than eight or 10 miles.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Shoes

  1. Leo Loz   |  July 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Which one do yu prefer? The Wildcat 3.0 or the Ultra Raptor?

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

      The Wildcat 3.0 for strictly trail running on trails with a good treadway, like packed dirt. If you want a shoe for both long trail runs and hiking on more rugged, rockier trails, I prefer the Ultra Raptor; it has more support and torsional rigidity.

  2. Backpacking Engineer   |  July 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I use La Sportiva Helios, C-Lites and the original Wildcats. Each shoe has its own purpose. A runner/backpacker can never have too many shoes!

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