La Sportiva - Mutant Trail-Running Shoes - Men's

Category: Men's Running Shoes

Had high hopes for these shoes. Liked the comfort/feel. Within 2 weeks of just wearing them around the house/yard to break them in, the toe cap started separating. Brought back to REI for exchange. New pair started separating again at the toe cap within a month. Next, the heel loop ripped, then the lace pocket. Completely disappointed in these shoes.

Normally I wear my La Sportiva Pamir's, a mid to heavyweight backpacking boot with a 40+ pound pack, but I opted for the Mutants on a 50 mile trip in the Maroon Bells Wilderness into the Ragged Mountains, situated in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. They performed incredibly well in 9,000+ foot elevation over patchy snow covered, muddy, rocky trails. They never broke down internally or even a stitch pop loose. The Mutants were extremely supportive & stable. In comparison to all over shoe manufacturers, i.e.: Hoka, Saucony, Nike, Altra, etc., they run a 1/4 size smaller, so go up a 1/2 size. The size is important, especially with a little weight on your back going downhill over rocky steep terrain to keep the toes from getting sore. For running, WOW! Terrific performance while trail running or road, extra grippy & tacky over dry & wet stone. I've owned the yellow and this reddish color. Hopefully, La Sportiva will continue with this model!

This is an aggressive shoe. I'd say it really shines in the mud. The weight isn't an issue. I love the upper and the laces pocket. I very much dislike the cramped toebox. It's very cramped. I also think the drop should be maybe 6mm

Your search has ended. These are most comfortable and capable shoe I've ever owned. However, DO NOT BUY THEM IN YOUR SIZE, rather buy a 1/2 size bigger. I wish I listened to other reviews and saved a bunch of time looking at other shoes and just bought these--and in the right size the first time.

I love these shoes. I tried many styles before settling on these, and after putting several miles on them I can safely say that these are my favorite trail running shoes by far. They're light, but supportive and look great. Also love the tacky tread on the bottom. They do run small though. I originally purchased a 45.5 (US 12 - which I normally wear) and they were very narrow and far too small. I exchanged for a 46 (US 12.5) and they're perfect. Couldn't be happier.

How shoes fit is specific to the individual, so if you don't have a "La Sportiva" foot you may not like these as well as I do. My big problem with fit is finding something that doesn't allow my heel to slip without tightening the laces to where they create a pressure point at the top of my foot. These have a nice, snug, secure heel cup that allows no slippage with reasonable tension on the laces. *One thing about these is that they seem to run small.* In the past when I've bought La Sportiva boots or approach shoes I've gone with the size 43.5; with these I really felt like I needed a 44.5. Your outcomes may vary.

I've only worn the twice so far, and just around the city, so my review may change once I become more familiar with them. Initial thoughts below:

Pros: Brilliant upper, well built, aggressive outsole, fills a somewhat obscure niche.

The shoes arrived today via UPS. They looked great and I was excited to try them out because the reviews were so good. So I put them on and Uh oh. They were to tight like a second skin and felt wide and uncomfortable. I did like the burrito tongue and lacing system. I thought maybe they were to small but there was a thumbnail of room in the toe box for swelling, there was room the toe box for toe splay, yet they just felt wrong. My wife checked out the sizing, said it was fine and I have two other


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