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WILDCAT

item #: 536
price: $110

A stable, neutral, extremely well cushioned trail running shoe: our most cushioned trail running shoe

Wildcat

WILDCAT

Price: $110

A stable, neutral, extremely well cushioned trail running shoe: our most cushioned trail running shoe

Built on the FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole the Wildcat digs into any surface for excellent traction and added cushion. The single density midsole provides excellent cushioning and is coupled with a plush LaSpEVA 2.4 mm lasting board. A great all around trail runner for people looking for great stability and cushion.

IDEAL TERRAIN:  Trail running in moderate to technical terrain with lots of cushion.

WEIGHT: 12.37oz/328g

LAST: Tempo

FIT: Medium-Wide

UPPER: AirMesh/ Trail Cage/ TPU film/ Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer/ UreTech

LINING: Honeycomb Mesh (tongue and heel only)

MIDSOLE: MEMIex/ Nylon molded Flex Transfer shank/ 2.4mm LaSpEVA

DROP(mm):  12mm

SOLE: FriXion® AT/ Impact Brake System™ X-Axis™

SIZES: 38-47.5  (half sizes) 

COLORS: Turtle

ITEM NUMBER: 536


Product Reviews

Joey - Nederland, TX
08.01.13

I ended up in desperate need of some decent hiking footwear on a recent trip to the Sierras when my though-to-be-dependable-USMC-rugged-all-terrain-boots ended up causing some serious, debilitating problems with my pinky toes. Despite my year-long break-in period with those boots, they were insufficient for downhill comfort. At any rate, I found these Wildcats at an outfitter between hikes and never looked back. They are extremely comfortable, supportive, with massive amounts of grip. I put over 50 miles on these lovelies in total comfort and confidence even with my gimpy pinky toes. I'm very flat-footed too so I need extra room in the toe box due to the way my foot spreads out to the sides when I step down and this model fit like a glove wearing only Injinji socks. In a nutshell, they're heaven for my feet. Only complaint is that I roll my ankles sometimes, so I'll be looking for something like the Crossover for my next shoe, if it can provide some ankle support, which may not be the right model I need but it appears to be what I envisioned as a midcut trailrunner

Leif - Avon, CT
05.16.13

I prefer a smaller drop, however these shoes are just to luxurious in terms of comfort. When I went to get new trail shoes the other day, these were the first and only ones i needed to try. They are the Miura of trail shoes.

Kyle - Lubbock, TX
03.26.13

I have had these shoes for over a year and have put alot of miles on them. I got them simply because they were on clearance at REI and I needed new trail shoes. I got them for doing adventure races and mountain biking, but then ended up training and running a half marathon in them. They are super comfortable and are still going after a year of normal and light trail use plus the13 weeks of road training and running. The inside of the shoe looks like new when my wifes asics were destroyed after the same wear. Can't go wrong with these.

Bob - Mesa, AZ
10.22.12

Fantastic shoe. I run through a lot of rocky terrain out here in the desert and my feet are never in pain anymore. My knees don't even hurt like they used to with my old trail shoes. I got these specifically to train for the Tough Mudder due to the drainage capabilities. My training partner made comments that they would be too beefy to work well, but was he wrong! The drainage was excellent, they didn't come off in the sticky mud, they never felt heavy from mud or water, and I noted that these were the best investment I made for the event! I will be buying more for sure.

Doug - Washington, DC
05.31.12

The comfort sold me on my first pair of wildcats years ago. I've tried other vendors and always end up going back to the Wildcats. I've retired 5 or 6 pairs with between 7-800 miles on each pair. I prefer them especially running 100 milers with technical terrain/rocks/water crossing. Nothing comes close for the drainage and blister free performance. Most of my friends wearing Montrails or other trail shoes would change socks and shoes in an event longer than 12 hours, but the mesh drains after tromping through stream crossings so well, my feet stay relatively dry with Smartwool socks. My only complaint is the inner front seam going into the upper has ripped on me, however I am a high mileage shoe person and La Sportiva gave me another pair when that happened. The grip on rocky descents is unparalleled. I would highly recommend this shoe. The Raptor has similar performance, but not as flexible. I also go 1 size up on these.

Ron - Carlsabad, CA
03.07.12

First pair of quality trail/running shoes. Love them. I've worn anywhere from new balances to etnies (as I love skateboarding) and these are by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned in my life. Climbing up palomar mountain with these is a lot more enjoyable as I don't slip and eat crap every 2 minutes. Great buy.

Joe - Natick, MA
08.10.11

I used this shoe on my second ultra, a 52K race and was very happy with its performance. After my first ultra in sneakers and a lost toe nail I was looking for both a better grip on rocks, a shoe that wouldn't come off in the mud and something with a little more sole protection - this shoe fit the bill perfectly. I was dissappointed at how quickly the treads have worn down but in fairness I have put substantial mileage on the shoe in just a few short months, and many of those miles were on roads in the summer heat. I'm planning on picking up another pair this fall to continue my trail running adventures!

ANDRE - Roswell, GA
05.21.11

Simply Awesome...love at first sight!

Matt - Ottawa, ON
05.11.11

Trail running for 15+ yrs, best grip I have found yet, very light for its thickness, maybe a bit too thick/high but got used to it. I use them in wet conditions use the low profile Crosslite in dry conditions. Just had my first go in a pair of Raptors seem near identical to the Wildcat.

Jared - SLC, UT
04.06.11

For a bigger, beefier shoe I actually really like this shoe.  The best part is the rubber, which to a rock climber is so valuable.  It is better and stickier than the rubber on the exum pro in my opinion and FAR more comfortable.  With this shoe I have no need for the exum pro.

Mak T. - Castro Valley, CA
04.05.11

-- great cushioning, but not stiff or too heavy; can still race ultras in these.

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  • Features
    • Built on the FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole the Wildcat digs into any surface for excellent traction and added cushion. The single density midsole provides excellent cushioning and is coupled with a plush LaSpEVA 2.4 mm lasting board. A great all around trail runner for people looking for great stability and cushion.

      IDEAL TERRAIN:  Trail running in moderate to technical terrain with lots of cushion.
  • Tech Specs
    • WEIGHT: 12.37oz/328g

      LAST: Tempo

      FIT: Medium-Wide

      UPPER: AirMesh/ Trail Cage/ TPU film/ Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer/ UreTech

      LINING: Honeycomb Mesh (tongue and heel only)

      MIDSOLE: MEMIex/ Nylon molded Flex Transfer shank/ 2.4mm LaSpEVA

      DROP(mm):  12mm

      SOLE: FriXion® AT/ Impact Brake System™ X-Axis™

      SIZES: 38-47.5  (half sizes) 

      COLORS: Turtle

      ITEM NUMBER: 536

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  • Reviews
    • Joey - Nederland, TX
      08.01.13

      I ended up in desperate need of some decent hiking footwear on a recent trip to the Sierras when my though-to-be-dependable-USMC-rugged-all-terrain-boots ended up causing some serious, debilitating problems with my pinky toes. Despite my year-long break-in period with those boots, they were insufficient for downhill comfort. At any rate, I found these Wildcats at an outfitter between hikes and never looked back. They are extremely comfortable, supportive, with massive amounts of grip. I put over 50 miles on these lovelies in total comfort and confidence even with my gimpy pinky toes. I'm very flat-footed too so I need extra room in the toe box due to the way my foot spreads out to the sides when I step down and this model fit like a glove wearing only Injinji socks. In a nutshell, they're heaven for my feet. Only complaint is that I roll my ankles sometimes, so I'll be looking for something like the Crossover for my next shoe, if it can provide some ankle support, which may not be the right model I need but it appears to be what I envisioned as a midcut trailrunner

    • Leif - Avon, CT
      05.16.13

      I prefer a smaller drop, however these shoes are just to luxurious in terms of comfort. When I went to get new trail shoes the other day, these were the first and only ones i needed to try. They are the Miura of trail shoes.

    • Kyle - Lubbock, TX
      03.26.13

      I have had these shoes for over a year and have put alot of miles on them. I got them simply because they were on clearance at REI and I needed new trail shoes. I got them for doing adventure races and mountain biking, but then ended up training and running a half marathon in them. They are super comfortable and are still going after a year of normal and light trail use plus the13 weeks of road training and running. The inside of the shoe looks like new when my wifes asics were destroyed after the same wear. Can't go wrong with these.

    • Bob - Mesa, AZ
      10.22.12

      Fantastic shoe. I run through a lot of rocky terrain out here in the desert and my feet are never in pain anymore. My knees don't even hurt like they used to with my old trail shoes. I got these specifically to train for the Tough Mudder due to the drainage capabilities. My training partner made comments that they would be too beefy to work well, but was he wrong! The drainage was excellent, they didn't come off in the sticky mud, they never felt heavy from mud or water, and I noted that these were the best investment I made for the event! I will be buying more for sure.

    • Doug - Washington, DC
      05.31.12

      The comfort sold me on my first pair of wildcats years ago. I've tried other vendors and always end up going back to the Wildcats. I've retired 5 or 6 pairs with between 7-800 miles on each pair. I prefer them especially running 100 milers with technical terrain/rocks/water crossing. Nothing comes close for the drainage and blister free performance. Most of my friends wearing Montrails or other trail shoes would change socks and shoes in an event longer than 12 hours, but the mesh drains after tromping through stream crossings so well, my feet stay relatively dry with Smartwool socks. My only complaint is the inner front seam going into the upper has ripped on me, however I am a high mileage shoe person and La Sportiva gave me another pair when that happened. The grip on rocky descents is unparalleled. I would highly recommend this shoe. The Raptor has similar performance, but not as flexible. I also go 1 size up on these.

    • Ron - Carlsabad, CA
      03.07.12

      First pair of quality trail/running shoes. Love them. I've worn anywhere from new balances to etnies (as I love skateboarding) and these are by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned in my life. Climbing up palomar mountain with these is a lot more enjoyable as I don't slip and eat crap every 2 minutes. Great buy.

    • Joe - Natick, MA
      08.10.11

      I used this shoe on my second ultra, a 52K race and was very happy with its performance. After my first ultra in sneakers and a lost toe nail I was looking for both a better grip on rocks, a shoe that wouldn't come off in the mud and something with a little more sole protection - this shoe fit the bill perfectly. I was dissappointed at how quickly the treads have worn down but in fairness I have put substantial mileage on the shoe in just a few short months, and many of those miles were on roads in the summer heat. I'm planning on picking up another pair this fall to continue my trail running adventures!

    • ANDRE - Roswell, GA
      05.21.11

      Simply Awesome...love at first sight!

    • Matt - Ottawa, ON
      05.11.11

      Trail running for 15+ yrs, best grip I have found yet, very light for its thickness, maybe a bit too thick/high but got used to it. I use them in wet conditions use the low profile Crosslite in dry conditions. Just had my first go in a pair of Raptors seem near identical to the Wildcat.

    • Jared - SLC, UT
      04.06.11

      For a bigger, beefier shoe I actually really like this shoe.  The best part is the rubber, which to a rock climber is so valuable.  It is better and stickier than the rubber on the exum pro in my opinion and FAR more comfortable.  With this shoe I have no need for the exum pro.

    • Mak T. - Castro Valley, CA
      04.05.11

      -- great cushioning, but not stiff or too heavy; can still race ultras in these.

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