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Mountain Kicks 2015: La Sportiva Mutant

La Sportiva Mutant trail running shoes review

Mountain Running

Euros call it skyrunning—rugged, high altitude courses with massive vertical gain and mandatory summits. (Google Colorado’s Pikes Peak Marathon or The Rut in Montana for the U.S. equivalent.) That’s the ideal habitat for Sportiva’s Mutant. We found it excelled at ascending through boulders, surfing scree on switchbacks, and rock-hopping downhill. On smooth track the stride is buttery smooth. Credit the injection-molded EVA midsole stiffened with a TPU shank. “Strong and stable in billy goat terrain,” said a tester. Another raved about the Mutant’s “genius upper design.” An overlapping tongue and intricate lace harness customize fit, while strong TPU overlays steady the foot. The close fit allows for agile footwork in technical terrain. Swami gripe: The narrow forefoot caused a few testers problems. Swami like: The same Frixion XF outsole used in Sportiva climbing shoes clings to rocks. 10.7 oz; $130; sportiva.com

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Back to the 2015 Trail Test. From the Early Summer 2015 issue. 

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