I bought these a year ago to do trail running in the foothills and mountains of Northern Colorado, year round. Having been a runner and a mountaineer for over 30 years, I can tell you that these are a perfect cross-over shoe for running on trail conditions commonly found in the mountains.
These shoes are also quite comfortable for regular road running as well as treadmill runs.
The traction of the soles is excellent and I have no difficulty feeling the trail, contrary to what some others have previously said. I wouldn't rely on them in mud or icy conditions, but then again, there aren't any shoes/boots that I have found that will work well, by themselves, in those conditions anyway.
(Posted on 10/13/2017)
hike... run... mt bike...play...enjoy!
does so much!
it's all about the fit!
if it fits , Great shoe!!
(Posted on 9/8/2017)
First impressions; good fit in the heel, but difficult to tighten across the midfoot (due to the very heavy duty uppers).
After 100k... Very heavy ( but tough) shoes, no signs of wear on the uppers or soles. Extremely cushioned, and good traction, but with this comes zero ground feel, and a precariously high position in the shoe. After two trail runs I had sprained my ankle once, and the very tall/ cupped heels had cut in to my heel.
I could only recommend these for slow trail jogging are walks.
(Posted on 9/6/2017)
I bought myself a pair of these shoes about 2 years ago and finally had to retire these shoes after I blew out the toes off of both shoes. These shoes lasted through numerous miles of hiking, running, and daily life. Well worth it if you are looking for a quality pair of shoes.
(Posted on 8/1/2017)
I purchased a pair of La Sportiva Bushido shoes a couple of months ago, I use them for biking, hiking and today for golf - shot 3 under par (Great Golf Shoe!). Yesterday I went to BackCountry warehouse in Salt Lake City to find a pair of hiking/approach shoes for summer hiking in the Wasatch Mountains and Utah State Parks. I spent 1&1/2 hours trying on about 12 various shoes from a variety of manufacturers trying to find the best shoe possible. The ULTRA RAPTOR came out on top! This morning before my golf game I took a 2 hour hike in rocky mountain terrain and the ULTRA RAPTOR shoes performed, no exceeded my expectations. Great support and grip! I had a concern because of one review regarding the shoe platform - I have very weak ankles from many basketball injuries - not problem with these shoes. Thank you La Sportiva for making great products that help me enjoy life!!!
(Posted on 5/25/2017)
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)