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%.
– excellent traction
– Impact Brake System
– design – these shoes are very stylish – trail chic
– weight – even for a heavy-duty trail shoe, they’re pretty heavy