It’s time to hit the trails and tear up the turf with the La Sportiva Mutant! This off-road running shoe has been receiving rave reviews for its versatility and stability. Able to take on the trail and mountain range, the protection and grip the Sportiva Mutant offers can be used even on regular running surfaces and provides great performance no matter the terrain a runner traverses. Built to withstand the rockiest of trails, dirt, snow, and ice, this trail running shoe is going to wow you with its comfort, support, and durability.
From its ultra-sticky outsole that lets the runner grip even the most slippery terrain to its unique SpyralTonge technology in its tongue that features added protection to prevent mud and rocks from entering the foot chamber during a run, top to bottom the La Sportiva Mutant is a relatively lightweight trail running shoe that seeks to maximize the runner’s performance while keeping them protected when out on the trail. This durable trainer has a breathable upper made of abrasion-resistant mesh and anti-debris materials to keep the runner’s shoe free of rocks and dirt. Its midsole unit offers efficient cushioning and great heel stability, while the removable AT Grip Spike placed in its outsole’s forefoot provides additional traction while traversing soft and slick surfaces. A beast on the trails and a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster when it comes to being an assemblage of elements that make it a stronger, more durable trail runner than many other comparable options, it may be a ‘Mutant’ but it’s amazing grip and traction will work its magic on the trail and win over the trail running community at the end of the day.
There is a slight, but not significant, arch in the midsole to accommodate the arch of the foot. The cushioning of the midsole has been singled out by reviewers for praise, as many were surprised the level of comfort and stability it provides, even after running for great distances on uneven, difficult terrain.
The tongue is made from the proprietary SpyralTongue technology, which is secured after lace-up to prevent slippage and keep debris from entering the foot chamber. In addition, the upper of the Mutant has a solid toe cap to help prevent injury to your toes while you run. The collar of the shoe is a bit higher than most other running shoes, but this is constructed to provide the runner with a snug and secure fit. Finally, the Mutant has a pull loop in the back of the shoe that is larger than the standard size one would find on most running shoes to assist the runner in putting on this shoe.
Most runners agree that the hassle of having to retighten laces can distract from a good running experience, which is why the La Sportiva Mutant is outfitted with a unique lacing system that allows for uninterrupted long distance running without needing to constantly adjust the laces. Its intricate lacing system also provides for a secure, snug fit after lace-up, with the Mutant’s tongue providing both cushioning and protection against debris and the elements.
The upper of the shoe that is built with AirMesh, a durable material that allows the runner’s feet to breathe more easily. This is wrapped and held tightly by an intricate and unique lacing system, which adds to its overall durability over time and use.
• Integrated Fusiongate™ Technology lacing harness
• FriXion® XF provides incredible traction
• Sticky-toothed outsole
• Thick outsole and well-crafted upper that can withstand rocks, rain, and snow
• Shock absorbent outsole and midsole
• High cuff ankle support