Who should buy the La Sportiva Lycan

For runners who frequent long trail runs, the La Sportiva Lycan is worth a try, as it features a layout that is unlike other running shoes from the brand. This running shoe is good for you if:

  • You want a lightweight runner that aims to deliver speed and unparalleled performance on light to moderate terrain
  • You prefer a cushioned trail shoe that is compatible with neutral pronation or slight underpronation

La Sportiva Lycan upper

Updates to the La Sportiva Lycan

  • An upper that is designed to give an adaptive fit to any foot shape, made with breathable mesh for a minimal yet sturdy finish
  • A molded EVA midsole for a shock-absorbent cushioning
  • An outsole that features a combination of sticky rubber and rough tread pattern, as well as aggressive lugs for grip on both wet and dry surfaces

La Sportiva Lycan logo

The Lycan's environment-friendly outsole

The outsole of the Lycan is made of FriXion AT 2.0, the brand’s proprietary outsole material for trail running. The FriXion is made of an environment-friendly compound and is engineered to withstand wear and tear with high resistance.

La Sportiva Lycan frixion

Another feature of the outsole is the Rock-Ground design, which significantly improves the traction on surfaces that are rocky and dry.

The Impact Brake System is another proprietary technology of the brand that is in the form of the lug pattern, displaying them in opposite slanted directions. With such a layout, the braking capability of the shoe is increased by 20%, while impact forces are decreased accordingly.

La Sportiva Lycan multidirectional lugs

Shock absorption and cushioning in one

An injection-molded EVA foam acts as the midsole of the La Sportiva Lycan. This material is known for its shock-absorbing property, while also delivering ample cushioning and underfoot protection. In contrast, the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 utilizes a compression-molded EVA, which works at maintaining a smooth and stable transition cycle.

La Sportiva Lycan midsole

The flex point of the midsole is at the forefoot, enabling a quick and effortless toe-off. The litheness of the midsole allows natural mobility, even on technical trails.

An Ortholite Mountain sock liner is installed for an enhanced cushioning. It also aids the EVA foam in dispersing impact and providing a smooth ride.

Abrasion-resistant upper from La Sportiva

The airy mesh of the Lycan gives a fit that is flexible and sturdy at the same time. Unlike other running shoes, the upper of the Lycan is also abrasion-resistant, thanks to its microfiber reinforcements. These details encourage the runner to undertake even the most rugged trails.

La Sportiva Lycan airy mesh

A low-profile padded heel collar equips the foot with a secure hold, but not at the expense of comfort. A tongue that is also padded accompanies the collar for an overall pleasant wear.

There is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) toe cap that protects the toes from rocks and debris that could potentially cause injuries.

La Sportiva Lycan TPU toe cap

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 9.5oz / Women 7.9oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: La Sportiva Lycan 2.0
Forefoot height: 12mm
Heel height: 18mm

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