La Sportiva Raptor Update

24 05 2010

A less shinny looking than a month ago...

I posted my La Sportiva Raptor pre-review a month ago.  I wanted to post an update now that I’ve been wearing these shoes for a month as my main footwear.

Stuff I like:

  • comfortable fit
  • lightweight
  • grippy soles
  • my custom insoles fit well
  • not uber ugly [to me!]

Stuff I don’t like:

  • climbing rubber soles leave marks on light coloured floors
  • hard plastic under arch doesn’t grip metal pedals on my fixie well
  • light material gets wet from dew easily

Note the knot halfway up the laces...

I like these shoes with the front half loose and the uppers fairly tight.  To make this happen I’ve tied a knot about halfway up the laces.  This means that the tension below the knot never changes no matter how tight I tie the top of the shoe.

Overall I like these shoes and will keep ‘em until they wear out, but I don’t love them enough to buy some spare pairs.  When they are toast I’ll look around for a shoe I really love.  The quality and construction of these shoes is high.  Given that fit is a very personal thing I’d recommend these shoes as worth your consideration if you are on the hunt for a trail runner – you may well love them.


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24 05 2010
Zyzzyx

I dunno Vik, those are rather hideous. (to me) But then, I wear VFFs all the time. (which, upon reading this post, I realized that I never did get you my comments on them, I’ll see about fixing that)

24 05 2010
thelazyrando

Looks are in the eye of the beholder…I found the Montrail runners I posted about before these LaSportiva runners much uglier, but I’m sure some people would like the Montrails better.

7 08 2010
paul sharwell

I absolutely LOVE the other LaSportiva trail running shoes. To me these appeared to be a gnarlier version of Wildcat, a shoe I have put many miles on. But (at least the pair I have) the tongues in these shoes keeps slipping WAY down to the outside, to the point that they’re not even in front of my foot. And even if i PULL the tongue way to the other side, then cinch them down tight, in 5 minutes they slip back to the other side. Even when I am not in them, they appear to do this. Hard to believe a company with such a history of design and quality products could make something so defective. I can only hope I got among the first Raptors made and they have since fixed this problem.

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