We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • It features a one-piece mesh upper for added comfort and excellent adaptability, according to a few reviews.
  • Majority of the runners applauded the sturdy construction of the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX.
  • Most runners were impressed by the grip of this shoe when used in snowy and icy terrain.
  • The waterproof membrane really works impressively as noted in some reviews.
  • True to size.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Wildcat 2.0 GTX has a narrow construction and not ideal for runners with wider foot.
  • Some runners observed that underfoot cushioning needs improvement.
  • A slightly expensive shoe.
  • Few runners found this shoe a bit heavy.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX is a waterproof trail running shoe that is very reliable when used in snowy surface. The updated version provides enhanced stability, cushioning and comfort. It is a great partner for daily running activity.


  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 14.1oz
    Women: 11.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Must Love Jogs

    The Wildcat 2.0 GTX is extremely comfortable – it has a soft, seamless upper and a decent toebox.

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Updates to La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX

  • La Sportiva is utilizing a new harness system in the Wildcat 2.0 GTX for even better fit and foot security. This fully integrated system locks down the foot for the uneven and really difficult trail.
  • A sturdier and more structured heel provides yet again another dimension of support and stability on the trail. It helps to keep the foot from unnecessarily, particularly when going downhill.
  • The outsole gets a slight addition in its features in the “downhill brake assist,” which allows runners to go downhill with abandon as the shoe will more than adequately deliver a stable ride and with full control of their movements.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX size and fit

The fit and sizing are fairly regular. It has average heel and midfoot fit. Like the original version, the toe box feels a tad narrower than other La Sportiva shoes. The overall fit is great for runners with standard measurements. Medium and wide are the offered widths in the 2nd iteration of the La Sportiva Wildcat. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.


The La Sportiva-exclusive Frixion rubber is really sticky. This is the rubber compound that has unanimously garnered great reviews for this shoe. The Impact Brake System is the formation of lugs scattered all throughout the shoe that offers superior grip on difficult and challenging outdoor trails. Part of the improvement in the outsole is the downhill brake assist, which is a series of formidable lugs lining the heel to deliver an effective braking system when going downhill.


The midsole is basically made up of three components. First on the list is the MEMla midsole foam that is made of 80% standard EVA and 20% SBR. It is a resilient and adequately cushioned midsole. Taking the cushioning to a new and great level is La Sportiva’s own 2.4mm-thick LaSpEVA foam for exceptional shock absorbing and responsive features. The last element is the Flex Transfer Shank that is made of nylon. This gives the shoe stability and torsional rigidity.


An AirMesh upper makes the shoe breathe very well. Underneath this mesh upper is the waterproofing membrane called Gore-Tex that effectively keeps off snow and water. The new hardness forms a connection with the overlays, the laces, and the mesh to provide superb support and lockdown feel.