Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$130
Weight
M: 303g | W: 256g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 26mm | W: 26mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper of this shoe is made up of breathable, abrasion-resistant mesh with an integrated gaiter.

  • The Mutant features the SpyralTongue technology, which provides quick fitting and protection against mud and stones while running.

  • The hazards of the trials are kept at bay by reliable anti-debris mechanisms in the upper and sole unit.

  • The mid-sole delivers efficient cushioning and heel stability.

  • The AT Grip Spike feature that offers impressive grip while running on soft and muddy surfaces gained positive feedback from runners.

  • Some runners took note of the reliable and durable construction of the Mutant especially on technical trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the Mutant a little stiffer.

  • Its price is slightly expensive.

  • There were testers who noted that the toe section of the shoe was a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Mutant is an aggressive trail running shoe that’s versatile and stable. It’s ideal for off-road trails, racing and mountain running. With the stability, protection and impressive grip of this shoe, this shoe will not disappoint even if used in different types of terrain.



World wide, Mutant is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, La Sportiva, is the 19th most popular.

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Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 31 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 80
    BrandonLevel 3 expert
    by GEARIST
    In any even, this is another really great and solid shoe from La Sportiva.
  • 88
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    While for most purposes I would prefer lower lugs, the Mutant has performed admirably on all terrain, even the road.
  • 80
    Brandon WoodLevel 5 expert
    by Gearist
    I think the La Sportiva Mutant, while certainly at home on technical terrain, is a really well-rounded trail running shoe that you should really think about for whatever trails you’re interested in.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Mutant is an enigma. The sole is thick, stiff, and so firm it borders on hard; the upper is small and narrow.
  • 90
    Jeff ValliereLevel 4 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    If the focus is steep, off trail, scrambling, mixed mountainous terrain, where a very precise and locked upper, flexible toe, maximum sticky rubber traction and overall protection are the priority, the Mutant is the clear choice. 
  • 84
    Steve GraepelLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Junkie
    Bottom line: the Mutant is a high-performing, versatile trail runner that excels navigating gnarly, middle-distance trails for those with narrow feet.
  • 83
    SGB TodayLevel 3 expert
    by SGB Today
    It hugs every contour, almost like the minimalist “barefoot” shoes of a few years back.
  • 89
    Neil BryantLevel 2 expert
    by Neil Bryant
    So, to summarise, the Mutant is a true beast of burden that will keep working no matter what the elements and the terrain can throw at it.
  • 85
    Neil BryantLevel 2 expert
    by Neil Bryant
    Considering they are bomb-proof, I am starting to think that the initial concerns over the 330g weight are laughable.
  • 80
    Trail to PeakLevel 2 expert
    by Trail to Peak
    Although the upper fabric is light and comfortable, it is also substantial. I love this for the sake of durability.
  • 83
    ChadLevel 1 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    If you are a minimalist runner, these are not for you, however if you like a solid, tight shoe that gives plenty of sole and ankle support the La Sportiva Mutants are a dream for your feet.
  • 82
    Ben BardsleyLevel 1 expert
    by Ben Bardsley's Blog
    Out running I found this shoe had just the right combination of the two; not too much to risk ankle instability, but enough to keep impact to a minimum and take some stress off the achilles.
  • 82
    Fabricio BastianLevel 1 expert
    by Fabricio Bastian
    I particularly like it, since it provides good protection and the shoes get very responsive.
  • 68
    ChadLevel 1 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    The top portion of the shoe is made of the airmesh material however I found my feet to be rather hot in the warmer temperatures, which doesn’t bother me until I get home and take them off.
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    We have an aggressive, durable neutral trail shoe that is made of air mesh, TPU and a four-way stretch upper.
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    You have an Injection Molded EVA to give you all-day comfort and support, while still keeping the shoe nice and lightweight.

Updates to Mutant

The La Sportica Mutant features the ultra sticky outsole for a maximum traction on slippery and muddy terrain. It also gives added durability to the shoe’s outsole unit.

It also uses the brand’s unique tongue. It still features the traditional shoe tongue but with added protection, keeping stones and mud from entering the shoe while running.

Mutant size and fit

The Mutant has a regular running shoe sizing. It is available in the medium widths. It gives perfect fit to runners with narrow to medium foot measurements. The heel is a bit narrow and the midfoot and forefoot have standard measurements.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the Mutant uses the brand’s FriXion XF technology. It is a sticky compound engineered to deliver an impressive traction on rocky or technical surfaces.

It also uses the brand’s V-Groove technology with Impact Brake System that enhances the shoe’s braking power and decreases impact forces. The combining power of these two elements gives additional cushioning and traction.

Midsole

The midsole uses the Injection Molded EVA that provides sufficient underfoot cushioning. This works well with the TPU Heel Stabilizer that delivers and enhanced fit by keeping the heel snug and secure.

Upper

The upper of the La Sportive Mutant uses the Air Mesh cover that keeps the foot well-ventilated. The foot will be kept cool and dry without affecting the shoe’s breathability features.

The shoe’s Spyraltongue delivers an easy entry and personalized fit while giving additional protection. It prevents debris from entering the shoe and works well with the shoe’s 4 Way Stretch Gaiter. The gaiter covers the upper and keeps shoes free from small stones and debris.

It also features the Fusiongate Lacing Harness system that serves as a support system, securing the foot especially the midfoot.

Lastly, it utilizes the TPU Toe Cap that keeps the foot well-protected sharp rocks and other trail hazards.


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