Who should buy the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX

You will love the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX if:

  • You want a sturdy and reliable neutral trail running shoe
  • You want a waterproof shoe for long-distance, ultrarunning, or marathons

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX side

Updates to the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX

  • New harness system for even better fit and foot security
  • A sturdier and more structured heel provides yet again another dimension of support and stability on the trail
  • New “downhill brake assist,” for a more stable ride and with full control of movements

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX full view

Superior grips in the Wildcat 2.0 GTX

The La Sportiva-exclusive Frixion rubber is really sticky. It’s a 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 challenging outdoor trails.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX impact break system outsole

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.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX heel assist

Exceptional shock absorption in the midsole

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.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX midsole

Taking the cushioning to a new and great level is La Sportiva’s own 2.4mm-thick LaSpEVA foam for exceptional shock absorption and responsive features. The last element is the Flex Transfer Shank that is made of nylon. This gives the shoe stability and torsional rigidity.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX heel midsole

One of the most distinctive features of the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX is its high heel-to-toe drop, which is at 12 mm. In contrast, the Altra Olympus 3.0 is has a zero-drop platform. Both shoes are meant for the trails.

Cool and dry running with the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX

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.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX upper

The new hardness forms a connection with the overlays, the laces, and the mesh to provide superb support and a lockdown feel.

La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX lacing

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 14.1oz / Women 11.6oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 10mm
Heel height: 22mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.