Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$115
Weight
M: 372g | W: 302g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
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 4.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some runners noticed the enhanced comfort given by the 3rd version of the Wildcat.

  • The Air Mesh provides breathable coverage that’s comfortable and lightweight.

  • The toe cap protects the foot from debris.

  • Many reviewers like the Asymmetrical lacing harness of the Wildcat 3.0, which efficiently adjusts the fit in a responsive manner.

  • This shoe features the Impact Brake System for shock absorption and maximum grip.

  • This version comes with a wider toe box which was ideal for those with wide feet.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noticed that the shoe lining does not totally keep the foot cool and dry.

  • The weight of the Wildcat 3.0 is heavy.

  • It has a slightly expensive price.

Bottom line

Expect a comfortable fit and plush cushioning from the La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0. Many were impressed by the updated look and construction of the Wildcat. This shoe is best for off-road racing, long distance running and daily training sessions.



World wide, Wildcat 3.0 is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, La Sportiva, is the 19th most popular.

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 151 ratings

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3 star
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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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73 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 73
    John EllingsLevel 3 expert
    by John Ellings
    With so much mesh in the shoe’s upper and not a whole lot of protection along the sides (other than towards the heel and a small toe cap), it is more prone to tears.
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  • Joe Shop Zappos
    It has this TPU Transkinetic heel stabilizer here in the back to really lock your foot in to place.

Updates to Wildcat 3.0

The Wildcat 3.0 is a resounding answer to hordes of trail enthusiasts who found some glaring issues with the fit of the past version. While La Sportiva shoes are often narrow in the forefoot, the past edition was even more so. This time around, the company made sure that the forefoot is truly average for enhanced comfort, which should make a good number of runners happy.

One modification that delivered more room in this area is the removal of the granite-like toe protection. The 3rd version of the Wildcat sports a forgiving toe protection that gives more breathing room in the forefoot.

The latest model also features a few new overlays for added structure and support. This will be very handy when tackling the difficult and uneven terrain.

Finally, La Sportiva tried to make the cushioning a tad softer than the prior version. A softer ride that still provides responsive cushioning is in store for those who wear this shoe on the trails.

Wildcat 3.0 size and fit

Thankfully, the fit of the Wildcat 3.0 is average, which is substantially better than the narrow fit of most La Sportiva trail shoes. Runners who are looking for a rugged outdoor shoe with enough breathing room in the forefoot, snug heel and midfoot, will really enjoy this shoe. Available widths are D and B while sizing remains standard. Sizing options are 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

La Sportiva’s sticky FriXion X Axis rubber does an excellent job in providing superior traction on moderately difficult and technical terrain. An Impact Brake System or the configuration of rightly spaced lugs delivers consistent bite in almost all outdoor surfaces, including wet rocks.

Midsole

A dual-density EVA called MEMlex by La Sportiva and the brand exclusive SpEVA combine for a very nice mixture of shock-absorbing features and responsiveness. To control overpronation, a TPU midsole insert holds the excessive inward rolling of the foot to a minimum.

Upper

The upper features mesh of substantial holes for a really breathable ride. There are a couple of leather-like overlays sandwiched by netting to enhance midfoot lock down. A stiff yet comfortable heel cup prevents heel slippage while the interior sports a moisture wicking fabric. La Sportiva’s new toe counter is flexible, but resilient. It adds sufficient protection for the toes and adds more room in the toe box.


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