La Sportiva Raptor - trail-running shoes: Reviews

Mountain Maniac

Can a shoe give you superpowers? With the amount of confidence the Raptor inspired in our testers, it came pretty close. The most protective and stable—but still fairly lightweight—shoe in our test, the Raptor let us ignore the terrain and just run. The extremely grippy proprietary rubber and aggressive lugs give it bite in the mountains, and the secure heel helped us dance through tricky footing and wild downhills. The overall protection is off the charts: A beefy toe bumper, synthetic-leather and plastic overlays, and an integrated tongue team up to stomp trail hazards. The Raptor is more flexible than others in its mountain-charger class, and we were pleasantly surprised that a shoe with such heavyweight chops checked in as a middle­weight. 13 oz; sportiva.com
Traction: 5
Stability: 5
Speed: 3.2

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