This is my 3rd pair of La Sportiva running shoes. I want to preface this review by saying that La Sportiva makes my favorite running shoes. I got these as a more substantial trail running shoe for longer distance runs and lightweight backpacking. The tread, like all Sportiva shoes, has great rubber and grips great. Also, the quality seems pretty good and the uppers don't look like my toes will blow out the side mesh which usually happens. That being said, I really don't like this shoe. The fit is fine (although maybe it could be said that it runs a little small) but the shoe generally has a very high profile without a wide base; put in other words, I feel that the shoe is very unstable and I am always afraid of spraining my ankle, especially on fast rocky descents. In fact, I think I did sprain my ankle wearing these shoes now that I think about it. Also, the platform doesn't allow my toes to splay out and really get that grip I'm used to with other Sportiva shoes. One of the reasons I got this show was the low heel to toe drop - but aside from that, this show does not have good ground feel. I hate to be negative on any Sportiva products - but I really can't endorse this shoe and am regretful that I paid retail for them. I've put a couple hundred trail running miles on them from dusty desert slickrock trails, to mud and snow shoulder season alpine trails, as well as a week long backpacking trip in the Sawtooths in October. I'm sure they work for some people. For me, who enjoys a stable, wide platform, and sensitive but protected ground feel, they're not what I was looking for.
(Posted on 3/22/2017)
I wore Ultra Raptors on a 200km alpine section of the GR5 in the French Alps. It was my first time using a running shoe rather than hiking boots for a longer hike. I also wore a 25lb pack through the hike. The shoes were great on trails and rocky section and actually performed pretty well on snowy sections due to the low rubberized rand. When they did get really wet they were much quicker to dry than my leather boots. I have a wide forefoot and the great thing about these shoes is how after about 50km of walking they have stretched to conform to your foot but still stay supportive. These shoes are great and I hope La Sportiva does not mess with a very good thing.
(Posted on 1/28/2017)
I'm on my second pair of these and can't say enough about them. I run trails in Virginia where it can get rather rocky and these soles stick to all terrains and are rugged enough to protect my feet whereas other "trail runners" I've worn allow the rocks to beat through a flimsy sole and pound the bottom of my feet. I have a slightly wide forefoot and the toebox of the Ultra Raptors provide enough room for my toes to spread unlike any Salomon I've ever tried. These shoes just get better as the miles pile up. I read that they are a bit heavy, but they feel just as light and 10x more rigid as my Mizunu trail shoes. I also just bought a pair of the Gore-Tex Wildcats and will specifically use them for winter trails and wet weather running. The sole is the same and the fit is very similar. A+ to the shoe gurus at La Sportiva!
(Posted on 1/14/2017)
I've had these for a while now - logged about 150 miles on them - and I've loved them. I was particularly impressed on how they performed in colder & snowy conditions. They also work great on very technical or rocky trails.
(Posted on 1/9/2017)
Purchased my first pair of Ultra Raptor in June 2016. Put approximately 125 miles of trial hiking and backing on them. I am not a runner. They were the answer to years of tired feet, crunched toes, and hot spots. They perform great with a backpack from 2lbs to 35lbs. After a 50 mile Sierra hike my wife was convinced and made the switch from a traditional hiking boot to the women's Ultra Raptor and swears she will never go back. I did have an eyelet rip, but was lucky enough to have purchased through a highly reputable company that exchanged them with a new pair. I feel the rip was partly my fault for not properly tightening the laces. About the laces, they are awesome. I was so tired of my old boots coming untied. Not with La Sportiva laces. They are the best. Overall the shoe offers comfort, protection, traction and durability on and off the trail.
(Posted on 11/14/2016)
I ran the 106Km VFT in Paranesti Greece and was totally pleased with the shoes. I had a second pair waiting in 60th Km. to change, but I decided to continue in my Raptors. They offered a perfect grip where needed and protected my toes. I had no blisters and no black toes. Very comfy too. However i felt i had a weak ankle support but that could be due to only wearing them very few times before the race.
(Posted on 9/24/2015)
Ran the Burning River 100miler....great traction and support to last me from 0 - 100 miles!
(Posted on 10/10/2014)
I reluctantly bought a pair of Ultra Raptors 4 days before my first 50k trail race because my other shoes tore apart. The Raptors have been incredible on and off the trail. I am currently looking for my second pair after about 450 miles on the first pair! Great shoe!
(Posted on 4/23/2014)
I am currently on my third pair of Ultra Raptors and quite frankly nothing compares to these shoes for trail running. I average 200 miles per season through some of New England's toughest and most technical terrain, and these shoes give me the traction and confidence required for super difficult trail running. During several very technical trail races over wet and slippery rocks, I found other runners slipping and falling as I ran past them with total confidence. I absolutely love these trail runners and will keep buying them as long as LaSportiva makes them!!
(Posted on 9/10/2012)
Finished a 10-mile road race (paved roads, no trails) in this shoe and plan on wearing it for future road races. This shoe gives me faster times than my New Balance, which are also great. However, the Ultra Raptor provides better overall support, cushioning, and traction - even for paved roads!
(Posted on 6/23/2012)