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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.
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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: 13.1ozWomen: 10.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
Forefoot heightMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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La Sportiva Wildcat: Great traction for the not-so-beaten trail
The La Sportiva Wildcat was designed as a neutral shoe for trail running that requires more traction/support than your typical road running shoe can provide.
This shoe competes with others such as Brooks Puregrit 6 & La Sportiva described as “Sticky FriXion at rubber outsoles” & their “Impact Brake System [to] reduce impact forces while improving traction”.
The design provides a smooth ride (not knobby) while giving you the grip to turn quickly, stop suddenly, and zig-zag as needed. There is a nice bounce that the shoes provide though they keep it from feeling as if your feet are “springy”.
My feet feel supported without the shoe feeling too stiff and I don’t hurt at all from roots or rocks.
These aren’t made with the knobs that you’d want for off-trail or mud, but they are perfect for the single-track bike (type of) trails or only slightly kept paths that you might find.
My wildcats have saved my ankles from rolling on a random root or rock many times even though I don’t quite understand how they’ve made that work so well.
This is what I mean when I say they do trails and mountains and they do it well. I mostly appreciate the support, the traction, and whatever system is used that has saved my ankles.
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With so much mesh in the shoe’s upper and not a whole lot of protection along the sides (other than towards the heel and a small toe cap), it is more prone to tears.
Updates to La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0
- The Wildcat 3.0 is a resounding answer to hordes of trail enthusiasts who found some glaring issues with the fit of the past version. While La Sportiva shoes are often narrow in the forefoot, the past edition was even more so. This time around, the company made sure that the forefoot is truly average for enhanced comfort, which should make a good number of runners happy.
- One modification that delivered more room in this area is the removal of the granite-like toe protection. The 3rd version of the Wildcat sports a forgiving toe protection that gives more breathing room in the forefoot.
- The latest model also features a few new overlays for added structure and support. This will be very handy when tackling the difficult and uneven terrain.
- Finally, La Sportiva tried to make the cushioning a tad softer than the prior version. A softer ride that still provides responsive cushioning is in store for those who wear this shoe on the trails.
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 size and fit
Thankfully, the fit of the Wildcat 3.0 is average, which is substantially better than the narrow fit of most La Sportiva trail shoes. Runners who are looking for a rugged outdoor shoe with enough breathing room in the forefoot, snug heel and midfoot, will really enjoy this shoe. Available widths are D and B while sizing remains standard. Sizing options are 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.
La Sportiva’s sticky FriXion X Axis rubber does an excellent job in providing superior traction on moderately difficult and technical terrain. An Impact Brake System or the configuration of rightly spaced lugs delivers consistent bite in almost all outdoor surfaces, including wet rocks.
A dual-density EVA called MEMlex by La Sportiva and the brand exclusive SpEVA combine for a very nice mixture of shock-absorbing features and responsiveness. To control overpronation, a TPU midsole insert holds the excessive inward rolling of the foot to a minimum.
The upper features mesh of substantial holes for a really breathable ride. There are a couple of leather-like overlays sandwiched by netting to enhance midfoot lock down. A stiff yet comfortable heel cup prevents heel slippage while the interior sports a moisture wicking fabric. La Sportiva’s new toe counter is flexible, but resilient. It adds sufficient protection for the toes and adds more room in the toe box.