Facts

  • Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support

    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.

    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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 10.7oz
    Women: 9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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 height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 26mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.4 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.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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84 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | GEARIST

    In any even, this is another really great and solid shoe from La Sportiva.

  • 90 / 100 | 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. 

  • 88 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    While for most purposes I would prefer lower lugs, the Mutant has performed admirably on all terrain, even the road.

  • 80 / 100 | 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.

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Updates to La Sportiva 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.

La Sportiva 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.