As dawn crests over mountaintops, the sun illuminates a smooth and tacky single track trail that winds its way out of sight towards what you can only assume to be burly terrain. That’s okay though - you’re ready to attack the trails with confidence no matter what it leads to, thanks to La Sportiva’s Ultra Raptor shoe. It’s go time and you’re off exploring the terrain like a vicious bird of prey on the hunt. The Ultra Raptor is a top pick for endurance off-road runners looking for a diverse shoe that offers the absolute best combination of comfort and confidence. With its accommodating last, secure heel, and a leather lining for ease of fit, the Ultra Raptor is very comfortable and adaptable as your foot swells miles into your run. To add to that comfort, La Sportiva’s injected shock-absorbing EVA foam provides a great cushion for real rough trails. The super sticky Frixion XF White sole keeps you right side up, regardless of what you step on. Get out there and don’t come back until you’ve finished the hunt.
- All-terrain shoe that can handle everything you throw at it.
- La Sportiva’s super sticky Frixion XF 2.0 is purposely formulated to be long lasting and incredibly grippy, no matter the terrain.
- Full-length rock guard prevents injury from stepping on sharp objects.
- AirMesh uppers enable heat to escape while giving it your all.
*For proper fit, we suggest sizing up one half US size.
|Last||Medium / Wide|
|Notes||Can go from smooth singletrack to burlier terrain well|
|Bottom Line||A very solid combination shoe|
|Usage||Fastpacking, rocky terrain|
|Compare to other Mountain Running Shoes|
Questions & Reviews
I decided to try Ultra Raptors based on recommendations from a friend. I’ve found them to be moderately wide, enough to work well with my nerve damage. The sole is plenty grippy, and the midsole has enough cushioning for my needs. They claim a full length rock plate, but the reality there so far as I can tell, is a very compressed layer of EVA in the midsole, not actual plastic. I’d prefer that they were a bit more protective and sacrifice a little trail feel, but if I watch my mileage closely they are adequate.
The uppers are also pretty good, with a fully gusseted tongue to reduce stuff getting in around the tongue. The mesh on the forefoot is the weak point, and I have begun to put a bit of liquid urethane like shoe goo on there to prevent blowouts.
I’d agree with the other reviewer that they’re good enough for fastpacking, peak bagging etc as well, and when they are too used for running, I use them for all those other things until they are fully worn out.
They may not be the lightest or newest design, but a great sturdy trail shoe!
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