Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Waterproof
Price
$160
Weight
M: 410g | W: 328g
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, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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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 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Air mesh and abrasion resistant microfibers make up the main components of the upper unit.

  • Many reviewers appreciated the inclusion of the GORE-TEX membrane to ensure breathable and waterproof support for the feet.

  • The MEMIex compression molded mid-sole component responsibly carries the foot and protects it from impact.

  • The outsole unit of the Ultra Raptor GTX features the FriXion®, a sticky rubber material with gripping lugs, which assumes control over the various surfaces when running.

  • The Impact Brake System was well-received because more traction is given to the runner though gripping lugs that face multiple directions.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noticed parts of the sole unit getting peeled off after a few months of use.

  • Some reviewers felt that the Ultra Raptor GTX was a bit too tight.

  • It has high price tag.

  • It has a very heavy weight.

Bottom line

The Ultra Raptor GTX from La Sportiva is a well-known trail shoe that offers reliable protection for many runners. It’s a neutral shoe that can be used on a daily basis for adventures or running activities.



World wide, Ultra Raptor GTX is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, La Sportiva, is the 19th most popular.

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Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 46 ratings

5 star
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3 star
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2 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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85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85
    Tri FatherhoodLevel 1 expert
    by Tri Fatherhood
    For me, the thing I want most from a trail shoe is ankle stability. The Raptor GTX delivers. I didn’t worry at all about twisting my ankle on uneven terrain in this shoe.
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    In the front, you have a very flexible lacing harness to give you a secure fit, [sic] and also help keep that debris out of your shoe.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    We have a neutral, stable shoe that's ready to take on any terrain. Not only that, but it offers all-day-long distance protection.

Updates to Ultra Raptor GTX

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor features waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane that delivers and excellent protection against moisture, keeping the feet dry while running on wet condition.

It also comes with an enhanced outsole where the sticky rubber compound is strategically located, delivering an impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.

This shoe also features the new La Sportiva Gore FLEX technology that provides added flexibility for a more responsive ride. This is more efficient than the traditional GTX shoes.

Ultra Raptor GTX size and fit

The Ultra Raptor GTX is true to its size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements, giving a snug and comfortable fit. The men’s and women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.

Outsole

The Ultra Raptor GTX features the brand’s FriXion XF outsole that delivers durable traction specifically for rocky and technical terrain. This functions with the aggressive impact lugs engineered to lessen landing impact for a more stable and responsive ride.

Midsole

This shoe uses the injected molded EVA that gives enough amount of cushioning needed for a comfortable, long-lasting ride. The Flex Transfer Shank is designed for torsional rigidity.

Upper

The La Sportiva Raptor GTX features the Gore-Tex lining that is waterproof in nature. It keeps foot dry and without affecting its breathability feature. The upper is also made from flexible air mesh material that delivers a breathable and comfortable coverage.

The upper also gives an amazing fit due to the flexible upper material and lacing harness that secures the midfoot for a snug fit.

The microfiber mud guard offers an excellent protection from mud and trail debris, allowing runners to experience a well-protected and comfortable running experience.


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