Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 9.5ozWomen: 7.9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
Release dateFeb 2018
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Trail runners who run long distances on technical trails will appreciate the mix of shock-absorbing cushion, long-haul comfort, technical trail acuity and reliable protection in the Lycan.
Comfortable shoe with wider volumes and quick lacing system. Lycan is the ideal choice for those who prefer to run off-road, especially on rocky terrain, thanks to the long lasting Frixion Blue outsole.
In a nutshell these are perfect for most folks that are looking for a high mileage shoe that will keep them firmly fixed to the ground on most terrain. Funnily enough, I think they make a good road shoe too!
- 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. It is a lightweight runner that aims to deliver speed and unparalleled performance on light to moderate terrain.
- The upper is designed to give an adaptive fit that caters to runners of any foot shape. It is made with a breathable mesh that has a minimal yet sturdy finish.
- A molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) makes up the shock-absorbent midsole of the Lycan, while a 4-mm thick Ortholite Mountain footbed supports it by offering additional cushioning. Correspondingly, the outsole is aggressively-lugged, as what La Sportiva shoes are known for. A combination of sticky rubber and rough tread pattern result in a grippy outsole that works on both wet and dry surfaces.
The La Sportiva Lycan comes in a variety of sizes. Although it has a standard running shoe length, the width is more accommodating, as it is available in medium and wide for both the men’s and women’s versions. The toe box has a broad structure that promotes a natural toe splay, even for runners with a high foot volume. However, the snug midfoot and heel areas might prompt wearers to go a half-size up if they prefer a fit that is not as tight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.