La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Review

   

These shoes are awesome. The last few winters, I have trained in the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX. Next winter, I will be using the Wildcat 2.0 GTX – that’s how much I liked this shoe.

The Wildcat 2.0 GTX is extremely comfortable – it has a soft, seamless upper and a decent toebox. I would have preferred it a little bit wider in the toebox, but it was certainly adequate.

  

The shoe has a 12mm drop and the size 10.5/43.5 weighed 15.6 ounces on my scale.

  

I prefer GTX in the winter because it’s a mess here, but the shoe has a hard rubber toecap that is trail-ready any time of year. In addition, there are some decent lugs on the bottom. They are the perfect height for most types of trail (see picture). In addition, the outsole is sticky and has excellent grip.

  

These shoes have the La Sportiva Impact Brake System. This means the lugs on the soles are oriented in opposing slanted directions. According to La Sportiva, this opposition increases braking power by an average of 20% and decreases impact forces by and average of 20%.

 

Pros:

– comfortable
– GTX
– excellent traction
– seamless
Impact Brake System
– design – these shoes are very stylish – trail chic

Cons:

– weight – even for a heavy-duty trail shoe, they’re pretty heavy
– cost

This shoe is available on the La Sportiva site for $155. It is available at Backcountry for $154.95. It is available at REI for $155.

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3 Responses to La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Review

  1. Someone sure is developing a LaSportiva love. My only issue with them is they do tend to develop and discontinue models quickly like the Anakonda which to me is similar to the old XC shoe except with a lower profile. However, my Vertical K love knows no bounds.

    • Jason says:

      They are pretty great. I’ve been known to stock up on several pairs of a good shoe when I hear they’re being discontinued. My only gripe is they’re a little pricey.

      • This is probably where I should say, you should see my basement where I have so many shoes in boxes due to stockpiling. If Brooks stops making the T7 racers, I will likely go bankrupt buying up all the supply.

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