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Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 3, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
I am looking to purchase some trail-running/hiking shoes for long hikes/runs. From 10-45 miles of mixed jogging and hiking.

Looking for a shoe that would be light, but that would provide good cushion (is this combination possible?).

Any recommendations?

I can buy La Sportiva Quantum or Wildcat for about 70$ should I get either of those? Are they must fit if I know my size in other LS shoes?
LS C-Lite 2.0 also looks great.


climber a single wide......
Dec 3, 2012 - 03:58pm PT
I have the La Sportiva Wildcat.

I like it a lot more than any Salomons I have ever had.

I am only really using it for hiking and light backpacking these days, tho have done a couple trail runs with it. Not sure this shoe has what you'd consider a lot of support, but it is very comfortable for my foot.
Sam Shephard

Trad climber
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
I have a pair of saucony peregrine 2's right now... they have proven to hold up over some long days. Go to ... they provide a lot of great reviews on basically any trail runner on the market.

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Dec 3, 2012 - 06:09pm PT
I dunno about the hike part, but when I could run, I loveloveloved my Hoka shoes. Super light.

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Dec 3, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Montrail Sabino Trail. I use them for trail shoes and trail runs. I have another pair of Montrails that I usually run in, and a pair of Under Armour Spine that I use for road or treadmill runs. But the Sabino trail have made it through lots of rugged day hikes, 8-10 mile trail runs and two Tough Mudder events!
adam d

Dec 3, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
I've had 6 or 7 pairs of La Sportiva Wildcats. Now I have a pair of the Wildcat 2.0s. Very similar to the original, maybe a slightly roomier toe box? If they fit you they're great. Though these seem a little narrow, I've got a medium/wide foot and they work for me. Very breathable and the right balance of light weight and supportive for rocky trails.

Dec 3, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
I was going to say the same thing as Sewellymon up there^^ (incl. the Salomon comment). The Wildcats are very comfy and work great for hiking, running, and approaches.

I've also bought some Wildcat 2s, but haven't taken them out yet. The Raptors fit me the same, but the materials are a lot less breathable (and the rubber is a lot MORE sticky!) and they are not as cush.

Dec 3, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
Oh but the mesh on Wildcats gets torn up really quickly--my only complaint.

Actually the heel collapsing and being a PITA when I'm putting them on is a bigger complaint :)

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 3, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
Bucking the trend but I really like my Salomon XR missions. They are women specific. Perhaps the men's Salomons have not been so well received.


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 3, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
I wear them to work everyday and approach/climb on weekends.
Going on 3rd pair, each pair has lasted a year.
Cush, breathable, durable.
The little green nubs come off quickly though, no worries.
My favorite shoe.

Trad climber
Berkeley CA
Dec 3, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
What size do you wear? what kind of foot do you have and how much arch support do you want? It all depends.

I have some sportiva electrons for sale, lightly used, $40:
(they have great cushion but more arch support than I like)

I wear 11 in most shoes, these are my Sportiva sizes:

Raptor/Wildcat 45
c-Lite 2.0 45
Electron 45.5
Ganda 45.5


Mountain climber
portland, Maine
Dec 3, 2012 - 10:47pm PT

Montrail running shoes are light. I have a pair I got from Real Cheap Sports for $54 reg price is $100.
Men's Mountain MasochistÖ II

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
5 fingers. I run a Lot of trail. Exclusively in them; 2 have marathons 1 day apart last week. I do you use wildcats as my work, cold enough weather to wear socks, shoes.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:43am PT
I really like the Salamon XT wings. I have narrow feet and am light.

I don't really run on trails full tilt, but I move fast and cover a lot of terrain, mixing in occasional sprints. They have served me well in all sorts of conditions with and without loads. I'm on my third pair, they seem to last me about a year.

If you need to replace the lacing system a kit is available cheap but the directions are useless. Google up a you tube video of the trick and it's a snap.

Truckee, CA
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:44am PT
I just tried the quantum. Didnt like for trails. Cushy enough but i felt like the squish sole was too gimmicky and it still didnt have much midsole so points came through. Still going on my saucony guide tr3's which i couldnt recommend more. These and the sportiva raptors are 70 at sierra trading post. Wildcats are good and I think they have them cheap at along with the raptors too.
▀ ╬ ě T ă H

Boulder climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 01:34am PT
I used to run a race in El Portal (trail/ pavement) and the local indians always showed up in force, doing it barefooted.

Trad climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
I dig both my Merrell trail running shoes & their version of "barefoot" trail

Social climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:29pm PT
I'm on like my 4th or 5th pair Wildcats. I like the fit and the heel support in the back quite a bit. The uppers do tear and while the Raptor is the same shoe with gortex and is stouter; I didn't think it was worth the extra weight and the fit just felt worse. When I got back into running 2 or 3 years ago the Wildcats were my go to shoe. Nowadays I use them mostly on gravel roads, a bit of single track with maybe a bit of road work.

For trails I like the Montrail Rogue Racer with is a more minimal shoe. I don't know if I'll ever get to Jaybro's 5 fingers; but I do appreciate the lower heel to toe drop and given that I have tendency to turn/break my ankles I've come to believe that having a mimimal shoe is actually a safer option for me on the trails.

I have a pair of LS Crosslite 2.0. I would have gone up a EU size from the Wildcats in retrospect. They are a stout shoe with not so much flex. When I go do some serious trail running like up by timberline I like this shoe quite a bit; especially if I have to cross snow or come down some unconsolidated glacial till. I just wish I would have sized it properly when I bought it.

I don't know anything about the Quantum; though I have seen that some of the regulars of the trail circuit which I frequent have switched from the C-lite to the Quantum. It certainly isn't as stiff as C-lite.
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