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: 10.7ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 26mmWomen: 26mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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84 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews
In any even, this is another really great and solid shoe from La Sportiva.
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.
While for most purposes I would prefer lower lugs, the Mutant has performed admirably on all terrain, even the road.
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.
Updates to La Sportiva Mutant
- The La Sportiva Mutant features the ultra sticky outsole for 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. An alternative running gear would be the Altra Lone Peak 4.0.
La Sportiva Mutant size and fit
The Mutant has a regular running shoe sizing. It is available in the medium widths. It gives a perfect fit to runners with narrow to medium foot measurements. The heel is a bit narrow and the midfoot and forefoot have standard measurements.
The outsole unit of the Mutant uses the brand’s FriXion XF technology. It is a sticky compound engineered to deliver 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.
The midsole uses the Injection Molded EVA that provides sufficient underfoot cushioning. This works well with the TPU Heel Stabilizer that delivers an enhanced fit by keeping the heel snug and secure.
The upper of the La Sportiva 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.