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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail-Running Shoes - Women's Video
Stability and comfort combine in the women's La Sportiva Ultra Raptor trail-running shoes.
- Nylon air mesh and synthetic leather uppers are highly breathable and lightweight; thermoplastic urethane reinforcements provide support to heels
- Thermoplastic urethane lacing harness supplies a secure, snug and supportive fit; polyester mesh linings on tongues and heels wick moisture to help keep feet dry
- Compression-molded EVA midsoles offer shock absorption and ample cushioning
- Molded nylon shanks modulate toe spring and offer additional stability
- Sticky rubber outsoles on the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor shoes feature the Impact Brake System™ to reduce impact forces and improve traction with a special lug pattern
|Best use||Trail running|
|Trail-running shoe type||Off trail|
|Running shoe cushioning||Moderate|
|Upper||Nylon air mesh/synthetic leather/thermoplastic urethane reinforcements|
|Outsole||FriXion AT rubber|
|Average footwear weight (pair)||1 lb. 5 oz.|
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Jan 3, 2016supportive + lightThey feel very sturdy, unlike some other trail-runners I tried on, AND they don't weigh down my foot, unlike my previous pair from another brand. They are not waterproof, but my feet haven'...
Read More They feel very sturdy, unlike some other trail-runners I tried on, AND they don't weigh down my foot, unlike my previous pair from another brand. They are not waterproof, but my feet haven't gotten too wet or cold in them yet (bought them in November in Denver). The tread seems very effective so far, on both ice (walking), mud, snow, and slush. The laces are super thin, which I really like, though others might not so it's something to note. They fit true to size for me, with an average width of foot and a narrow heel. The heel and tongue do come up higher than other running shoes, and I was worried it would be too high, but that hasn't bothered me, the fabric is not stiff, and it makes me feel more supported and secure.
Oct 1, 2015Hiking shoe heaven!I originally purchased another pair (different brand) of "official" hiking shoes but after 2 hikes, found them too stiff. I move pretty quickly and they weighed me down, so I decided trail r...
Read More I originally purchased another pair (different brand) of "official" hiking shoes but after 2 hikes, found them too stiff. I move pretty quickly and they weighed me down, so I decided trail runners would probably be a better fit. The guy in sales brought me a variety of brands to try on and I landed on these. They are so comfortable, even with my high arches. Lots of cushion in the footbed, snug on the foot and great grip! Took them out for a 10 mile, 3000 e.g. hike and my feet were still happy at the end of it! I thought I felt some hot spots in the beginning but they went away after the shoe loosened up and broke in a little (within a couple hours). Highly recommend!
Sep 18, 201519 days in the Sierra backcountry and I'm in love...in love with these shoes, as well as with the Sierras! My feet were comfortable on hot days and cold, and the shoes fit my feet like a glove where they needed to (heel support) but provid...
Read More ...in love with these shoes, as well as with the Sierras! My feet were comfortable on hot days and cold, and the shoes fit my feet like a glove where they needed to (heel support) but provided ample room where I wanted it (in the toe box). Whether climbing passes and dealing with trail-dust-covered granite slabs or fording a stream, these shoes did it all with ease. I did get a little heel rub (the only real problem I experienced), but I suspect this is partly because I did not tighten the laces enough, as the problem went away over time. (Also possible I just didn't train in them enough before the trip.) My husband brought camp shoes since he can't bear to stay in his hiking shoes for one moment after setting up camp: camp shoes are a pound of weight I don't miss after switching from hiking boots to these shoes. They were the only shoes I wore for nearly a month and that wasn't a problem at all. Even after all that rough granite, the soles still have some life left. Given that most running shoes only have an expected life span of a few hundred miles, that seems pretty good to me. I'll be back for another pair when I wear these out!
Feb 1, 2015Poor traction in the White MountainsPeople have reviewed these shoes to be excellent traction, and they probably are.... on dry rocky surfaces. This is the case with most hiking shoes/boots. In the wet/steep/slippery/technical...
Read More People have reviewed these shoes to be excellent traction, and they probably are.... on dry rocky surfaces. This is the case with most hiking shoes/boots. In the wet/steep/slippery/technical trails of the NH White Mountains, however, most shoes fail in the traction department and this shoe is no exception. The ONLY shoes that have no slip grip on trails in New England, and I truly mean you can ascend and descend worry free, is approach shoes. I also give this shoe 2 stars because it was way too wide, and after one wet muddy hike the toe grip was peeling off (what!?!).
Nov 19, 2014Cloud's Rest champsI just love this shoe. I went into REI to find another hiker and ended up being sold on this shoe. I was going in to replace my Merrils and came out with a great updated, lightweight and ver...
Read More I just love this shoe. I went into REI to find another hiker and ended up being sold on this shoe. I was going in to replace my Merrils and came out with a great updated, lightweight and very grippy shoe. I've put about 75 miles on them and they are wearing great. I love how stable the heel cup is...just very supportive. Wear a sock that covers your ankle. The soles eat up the ground and absorb all the bumps along the way. We did Green Lakes Trail, and Cloud's Rest to name a couple of day hikes and they held up nicely. My feet didn't hurt too much after the hikes and I didn't run to the car to get my shoes off like I did when done with hikes in my other shoes. No, I felt like I could keep going (which is crazy to me after 15 miles). Between these and the model just below I liked that these had lateral support. The foot was supported over a lot of different terranes. I will probably take these to Europe with me.
Jul 10, 2013so awesome, but falls apartok, so first let's start with the good stuff: I love these shoes for every little detail and how they fit my narrow, high arched foot, but unfortunately durability was too big an issue. The ...
Read More ok, so first let's start with the good stuff: I love these shoes for every little detail and how they fit my narrow, high arched foot, but unfortunately durability was too big an issue. The REI in my town didn't have these in stock so I tried the helios on and ordered the same size. They fit really well and I have no heel slip. The heel is also a kinda of leathery material so, with socks, even if they did slip a little, I don't think I'd get blisters...it's like the duct tape trick but on the shoe! I felt the grip was just out of this world, there are soft little nubbins that you impact before the rest of the sole, so it's sticky and cushy, but we'll get to the downside of these in just a sec. Other great things about these shoes are the laces staying put, the rubber toe protector (which I appreciated several times on my hike), and the tongue is covered by an outer "glove" of material, so not as much debris and little rocks get inside the shoe itself. Basically, after searching high and low for a trail running shoe I could "adventure" in off trails and maybe use on light backpacking trips, I settled for this one, and was really happy on my first hike. BUT...upon returning home from these shoes' first trip into the wild, I looked them over. I already have a hole in the mesh on the top. However, the worst part, which was the deal breaker for me, was the soles. Those little nubbins that provide such stickiness literally ripped off! I wasn't even climbing or running around off trail in them. This was an itty bitty 7 mi RT overnighter, and the shoes are already destroyed. Unfortunately, when the nubbins rip off, they leave a little hole in the rubber or I would've considered just using them anyways. So, as sad as I am to take these back, Im afraid that have to, as the sole of the shoe has fallen apart. I'm usually not picky, I have shoes with undone threads, bad laces, torn uppers, etc and I don't complain, but the sole is the essence of a shoe! I was planning on using these for some peakbagging the rest of the summer, but looks like I'm back to the drawing board to find a Durable and supportive trail runner that is really narrow.
Jun 9, 2013Excellent grip and stabilityI am a lightweight backpacker who likes long-distance days in the Central & Southern Sierras in California. Lots of hard rough granite along with smooth steep slabs. Lots of cross-country (n...
Read More I am a lightweight backpacker who likes long-distance days in the Central & Southern Sierras in California. Lots of hard rough granite along with smooth steep slabs. Lots of cross-country (no trail). My past favorites (Montrail AT Plus) is no longer being made, so I have been searching for my next new shoe. I have custom orthotics because of an extra sesamoid at the base of each big toe (congenital). Pinches the nerve if the toes don't have enough space. The Montrails were great from overall toe space, snug heel that held me in place and a very stiff underfoot feel for rugged terrain. Only two gripes: lack of stick and the toe cut in ever so slightly that end of big toes on outside edge developed callouses, especially noticeable when feet/shoes were wet. I found the La Sportiva Helios in a local REI earlier this year, and loved the fit of the shoe, bought it and now use it for day hiking. But the underfoot feel is too soft for me for backpacking. I read the last of the Ultra Raptor was the same as the Helios, so I ordered the Ultra Raptor from REI. The Ultra Raptor is the first pair I've found with good heel stability, and a wide enough forefoot so my toes don't get pinched, with a stiff underfoot so jagged rocks don't bruise/bend my foot, with amazing stick! On my first day hike, I noticed that the seam on the outside of the shoe, just below my pinky toe joint was pressing a bit. I was worried the pressure might cause problems on a long trip. About 6 miles in, we crossed a river and, as is my habit, I just walked through without removing my shoes. The shoes felt better wet and after walking another 2 miles in warm weather to camp, the pressure point was almost gone. By the end of the second hiking day, there was no pressure point. The usual callouses that develop when my feet were wet didn't happen. The material at the heel is fabulous! I never had any heel rub, which is often a problem for me. The shoe hugged my foot, but didn't bite it. Day 3 had almost 4000 feet of gain, Day 4 was 18.5 miles with several thousand feet of up and down, including several hundred feet of downhill on normally slippery Yosemite rip-rap, and the shoes were wet from mile 4 onwards and felt GREAT!!! The shoe was also not too hot in near 100-degree temps, breathed well, and kept the bulk of the dust out of the shoe. Oh, and the shoelaces never untied on my, unlike many other shoes! The Helios and the Ultra Raptor are the first La Sportivas I've tried that are wide enough for my forefoot, and hold my heel without cutting into it or my Achilles. The Helios are delicious for many uses, and are quite sticky (FriXion AT) and sick light. But the even-stickier FriXion XF of the Ultra Raptor - the stickiest they put on their trail runners (one of their climbing compounds) - is amazing. I've recently compared the following and here is how I'd rank the shoes in terms of stick, from least to most sticky: Salomon SpeedCross/MissionXR, Brooks Cascadia 8, New Balance Leadville 1210 (was my overall favorite until the Ultra Raptor), Helios, Ultra Raptor. If grip is important for what you do, and previous La Sportivas ran too tight/narrow for you, this is a shoe to try! What's not great: If that bulky seam is too pesky at first, walk in heat and wet. I don't feel it anymore....YMMV. I'm not sure how long the sticky soles will last, but that is a compromise I can make. I'm using the Helios and Leadvilles ] now for easy/local training hikes, and will save the Ultra Raptors for the real trips.