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Ultra Raptor

Ultra Raptor

$130.00
The Ultra Raptor is an all-terrain Mountain Running® shoe perfect for long distance runs on burly trails. A full-length rock guard and an ultra sticky rubber outsole offer maximum protection and stability, while AirMesh uppers keep your feet comfortable and cool.
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ADULT FOOTWEAR SIZING CHART

More sizes means a better fit! La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us five extra sizes per size run, which gives you a better fit!
MEN'SEUROPEANWOMEN'S
  33 2.5
  33.5 3
2.5+ 34 3.5
3 34.5 4
3.5 35 4.5
4 35.5 5
4.5 36 5.5
4.5+ 36.5 5.5+
5 37 6
5.5 37.5 6.5
6 38 7
6.5 38.5 7.5
6.5+ 39 7.5+
7 39.5 8
7.5 40 8.5
8 40.5 9
8.5 41 9.5
8.5+ 41.5 9.5+
9 42 10
9.5 42.5 10.5
10 43 11
10.5 43.5 11.5
10.5+ 44 11.5+
11 44.5 12
11.5 45 12.5
12 45.5 13
12.5 46 13.5
12.5+ 46.5 13.5+
13 47 14
13.5 47.5  
14 48  
15 49  
16 50  
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Features

• Highly compressed EVA Rock Guard protects feet from stone bruises

• Sticky FriXion® XF rubber outsole for impressive grip on rock and great traction on the trail

• Deluxe heel pocket cushioning and reinforcement for a comfortable fit

Product Information

ITEM NUMBER: 16U
SIZES: 38 - 47.5 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 12.00 oz (343g)
LAST: Tempo 2
FIT: Medium/Wide
UPPER: AirMesh / Synthetic leather / TPU lacing harness / TPU transkinetic heel stabilizer
LINING: EZ-in™ heel pocket / Wicking mesh
MIDSOLE: MeMlex / Endurance Platform EVA insert / Nylon molded flex transfer shank
SOLE: FriXion® XF with Impact Brake System™ and X-Axis™
DROP: 9mm
CUSHIONING: Midsole - 45A

 

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Reviews

Customer Reviews

1-10 of 21

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Great shoe but durability has not been improved after several years on the market. What gives?
I'm on my fourth pair and these shoes are perfect for rough trails and easy peak bagging. However, they have been available and unchanged for several years. Over that time, some obvious improvements should have been made. First, the nylon eyelets have failed on every pair. This is the most serious issue. Second, the sole compound is sticky and grips very well but wears quickly. Is there not an improvement that could be made in durability without sacrificing grip? Finally, the insole is far too soft and has to be replaced immediately. Why isn't it possible to provide a more robust insole? Surely it can't cost any more to make?

Finding footwear that works so well, it's frustrating to see that simple durability issues are not addressed. As much as I dread the process, I'm ready to search for a more durable replacement.
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Review by Robert N (Posted on 9/4/2018)
Go-to trail shoe
I've had three pairs of these shoes and they're my go-to for any long approaches into the mountains. I've worn them with both light and heavy packs on and they are both light enough and burly enough to handle it all. No complaints. They work well for descending 4th class slabs and talus, but the shoe is not ideal for 5th class rock.
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Review by Jesse (Posted on 7/12/2018)
Best Trail/ Mountain Runners Ever!!
These shoes are ridiculously awesome! I have had 2 pairs of them, one I still have and use as a river/water shoe. First pair (2014) I had I punished over a year straight in the rainforest and mountains of Hawaii. Honestly one of the roughest environments as far as tearing apart shoes and clothes I have ever been in. In and out of water and mud and miles stack on top of each other several time a week. Brought them out to Colorado and staked a quick 200 miles on them in a couple months which finished them off. Second pair I picked up early 2016 over a Spring/Summer/Fall I stacked well over a 100 summits on peaks over 13000 ft. These shoes made love to my feet every mile. The ability to stack back to back days of peak bagging and have your feet happy after weeks is unbelievable! Too many days out not in these shoes hating life at mile 15 in the day. Not these bad boys! I’m currently in another couple pairs of La Sportiva trail runners and love them also but the stiffness of this sole is perfect. I can land on a sharper point of granite mid foot were most shoes will buckle and fold over till your foot takes to much weight in one spot and the Raptors take it and spread that impact over a wider area causing your foot to work less and take a less of a beating. These are just a touch heavier due to the stiff sole but still a light runner/hiker. These Raptors are straight Beasts! I’ll be picking up a 3rd pair for this summer.
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Value
Review by Corbin (Posted on 5/1/2018)
Can you say, "Sneaker Mountaineering"?
If you're into "Sneaker Mountaineering", get these! If you need a tough trail runner or a light hiking shoe, get these! With sticky rubber and good protection you won't be disappointed. Get the GTX version if you think you'll be getting into snow & mud (or wet grass, etc). These shoes are truly awesome!
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Price
Value
Review by JGreedy (Posted on 2/22/2018)
This is Quality right here
La Sportiva is the only brand I know that builds true quality products that are built to last. I have boots that are fifteen years old! The trick is breaking in their boots and shoes correctly. It took me two weeks to break these in but once you do, they are like a custom fit. The thing I like the most, and the thing I hate on all other competitor products, is the strong lateral reinforcement. You won't roll your forefoot with these. On other shoes, the lateral reinforcement is gone in a few weeks and the shoes become flimsy. I literally cannot say enough about this brand. So consistent, super quality, and a brand that I trust. I am on their site right now to buy another pair of shoes.
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Price
Value
Review by tdudnyk (Posted on 1/14/2018)
Blisters plus
Wore these on a trail run and got incredibly bad blisters on the insole and heal. The fit feels good when put on, sizing is correct but I cannot wear these shoes and they are complete waste of money. I tried to wear them around the house and driving on a long trip but no relief. These shoes have put me of out action for two weeks until the blisters heal. My other La Sportiva approach shoes are very comfortable. Who would put PU leather in the heal anyway? Shoe have paid closer attention when purchasing them.
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Price
Value
Review by George (Posted on 12/23/2017)
Excellent Trail Running Shoe
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.



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Review by OldRunner (Posted on 10/13/2017)
tried and true
fourth pair
still great!!
hike... run... mt bike...play...enjoy!
does so much!
it's all about the fit!
if it fits , Great shoe!!
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Price
Value
Review by nickyG (Posted on 9/8/2017)
Sturdy really for hiking not running
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.
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Review by Kong (Posted on 9/6/2017)
Great buy
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.
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Price
Value
Review by Chase (Posted on 8/1/2017)
Features

• Highly compressed EVA Rock Guard protects feet from stone bruises

• Sticky FriXion® XF rubber outsole for impressive grip on rock and great traction on the trail

• Deluxe heel pocket cushioning and reinforcement for a comfortable fit

Product Information

ITEM NUMBER: 16U
SIZES: 38 - 47.5 (half sizes)
WEIGHT: 12.00 oz (343g)
LAST: Tempo 2
FIT: Medium/Wide
UPPER: AirMesh / Synthetic leather / TPU lacing harness / TPU transkinetic heel stabilizer
LINING: EZ-in™ heel pocket / Wicking mesh
MIDSOLE: MeMlex / Endurance Platform EVA insert / Nylon molded flex transfer shank
SOLE: FriXion® XF with Impact Brake System™ and X-Axis™
DROP: 9mm
CUSHIONING: Midsole - 45A

 

VIEW LA SPORTIVA MOUNTAIN RUNNING® SHOE QUICK COMPARISON GRAPH
VIEW LA SPORTIVA MOUNTAIN RUNNING® SHOE COMPARISON CHART

Reviews

Customer Reviews

1-10 of 21

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
per page
Great shoe but durability has not been improved after several years on the market. What gives?
I'm on my fourth pair and these shoes are perfect for rough trails and easy peak bagging. However, they have been available and unchanged for several years. Over that time, some obvious improvements should have been made. First, the nylon eyelets have failed on every pair. This is the most serious issue. Second, the sole compound is sticky and grips very well but wears quickly. Is there not an improvement that could be made in durability without sacrificing grip? Finally, the insole is far too soft and has to be replaced immediately. Why isn't it possible to provide a more robust insole? Surely it can't cost any more to make?

Finding footwear that works so well, it's frustrating to see that simple durability issues are not addressed. As much as I dread the process, I'm ready to search for a more durable replacement.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Robert N (Posted on 9/4/2018)
Go-to trail shoe
I've had three pairs of these shoes and they're my go-to for any long approaches into the mountains. I've worn them with both light and heavy packs on and they are both light enough and burly enough to handle it all. No complaints. They work well for descending 4th class slabs and talus, but the shoe is not ideal for 5th class rock.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Jesse (Posted on 7/12/2018)
Best Trail/ Mountain Runners Ever!!
These shoes are ridiculously awesome! I have had 2 pairs of them, one I still have and use as a river/water shoe. First pair (2014) I had I punished over a year straight in the rainforest and mountains of Hawaii. Honestly one of the roughest environments as far as tearing apart shoes and clothes I have ever been in. In and out of water and mud and miles stack on top of each other several time a week. Brought them out to Colorado and staked a quick 200 miles on them in a couple months which finished them off. Second pair I picked up early 2016 over a Spring/Summer/Fall I stacked well over a 100 summits on peaks over 13000 ft. These shoes made love to my feet every mile. The ability to stack back to back days of peak bagging and have your feet happy after weeks is unbelievable! Too many days out not in these shoes hating life at mile 15 in the day. Not these bad boys! I’m currently in another couple pairs of La Sportiva trail runners and love them also but the stiffness of this sole is perfect. I can land on a sharper point of granite mid foot were most shoes will buckle and fold over till your foot takes to much weight in one spot and the Raptors take it and spread that impact over a wider area causing your foot to work less and take a less of a beating. These are just a touch heavier due to the stiff sole but still a light runner/hiker. These Raptors are straight Beasts! I’ll be picking up a 3rd pair for this summer.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Corbin (Posted on 5/1/2018)
Can you say, "Sneaker Mountaineering"?
If you're into "Sneaker Mountaineering", get these! If you need a tough trail runner or a light hiking shoe, get these! With sticky rubber and good protection you won't be disappointed. Get the GTX version if you think you'll be getting into snow & mud (or wet grass, etc). These shoes are truly awesome!
Quality
Price
Value
Review by JGreedy (Posted on 2/22/2018)
This is Quality right here
La Sportiva is the only brand I know that builds true quality products that are built to last. I have boots that are fifteen years old! The trick is breaking in their boots and shoes correctly. It took me two weeks to break these in but once you do, they are like a custom fit. The thing I like the most, and the thing I hate on all other competitor products, is the strong lateral reinforcement. You won't roll your forefoot with these. On other shoes, the lateral reinforcement is gone in a few weeks and the shoes become flimsy. I literally cannot say enough about this brand. So consistent, super quality, and a brand that I trust. I am on their site right now to buy another pair of shoes.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by tdudnyk (Posted on 1/14/2018)
Blisters plus
Wore these on a trail run and got incredibly bad blisters on the insole and heal. The fit feels good when put on, sizing is correct but I cannot wear these shoes and they are complete waste of money. I tried to wear them around the house and driving on a long trip but no relief. These shoes have put me of out action for two weeks until the blisters heal. My other La Sportiva approach shoes are very comfortable. Who would put PU leather in the heal anyway? Shoe have paid closer attention when purchasing them.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by George (Posted on 12/23/2017)
Excellent Trail Running Shoe
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.



Quality
Price
Value
Review by OldRunner (Posted on 10/13/2017)
tried and true
fourth pair
still great!!
hike... run... mt bike...play...enjoy!
does so much!
it's all about the fit!
if it fits , Great shoe!!
Quality
Price
Value
Review by nickyG (Posted on 9/8/2017)
Sturdy really for hiking not running
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.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Kong (Posted on 9/6/2017)
Great buy
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.
Quality
Price
Value
Review by Chase (Posted on 8/1/2017)


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