La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 85 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.2 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 126

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Comfortable.
  • Ample room in the toe box.
  • Comfortable ankle area.
  • Decent at shedding light precipitation.
  • No pressure points.
  • Good for varied terrain.
  • More supportive than non-GTX models.
  • Minimal break-in time.
  • Stylish look.
  • Bigger toe box allows for wider feet to be comfortable.

Expert Reviews

  • Grips dry trails well.
  • Widely-spaced lugs help to keep the mud out and clear the shoes.
  • The sole sticks well to granite.
  • Performs well for day-hiking in comparison to trail-running.
  • Great option for heel-strikers.
  • Cushioning protects from debris.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Slippery traction on wet surfaces.
  • Reports of the Gore-Tex not lasting.
  • The sole is stiff.
  • Not the lightest option or meant for racing.
  • Sizing runs small.
  • The heel-lining fails first.
  • The snug fit can take some getting used to.
  • Your feet will get wet in heavy rain or when submerged.

Expert Reviews

  • Grips very poorly on wet surfaces.
  • The flexible upper leaves it easy to twist an ankle and your foot moves around inside the shoe.
  • Insole is very flat and provides little to no arch support.
  • Shoe may feel too stiff.
  • Scores very low in terms of all-day comfort.
  • Feet became uncomfortable after prolonged use due to stiff materials.


La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe for men is a good option for those wanting an all-around shoe, that is neither a hiking boot or a trail runner, but can be used as both. The roomy fit, minimal break-in time, and dry-land stability are somewhat overshadowed by durability issues, lack of traction on wet surfaces, and stiff materials.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.