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- WELL CUSHIONED - The Mutant packs a whole lot of cushion in an aggressive yet ultralight package, making it durable mountain running shoe ideal for moderate to technical terrain
- FIGHTS FRICTION - Integrated Fusiongate Lacing Harness with High Frequency reinforcements and Spyraltongue technology pair up to deliver a snug, stay-put fit that reduces friction and maintains comfort for high mileage trail running
- LIGHTWEIGHT, BREATHABLE - AirMesh fabric keeps your feet cool on hot days, controls moisture and prevents blisters without adding unnecessary weight; 4-way stretch dynamic scree guard protects ultralight uppers from loose rock
- STABILITY & CONTROL - Super grippy FriXion XF sole with Impact Brake System and V-Groove provides excellent traction and stability on slick trails and uneven ground, allowing you to stop on a dime
- AWARD-WINNING - Designed for unbeatable performance on technical terrain, La Sportiva’s Mutant Trail Running Shoe has earned the Editors’ Choice award from Trail Runner and the Gear of the Year title from Outside Magazine
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The award-winning La Sportiva Mutant is packed with cushioning to keep your feet feeling good at the end of a full day on the trail. But don’t let its plush ride fool you; the Mutant’s ultralight design is all about high performance, making it a great option for ultra-marathons, trail running and thru hiking even the roughest trails and terrain. AirMesh uppers provide excellent breathability to help keep your feet cool and prevent blisters. Spyratongue design wraps around the top of your foot for comfort and stability while the adjustable Fusiongate lacing harness reduces friction and offers a more secure fit than traditional lace-up shoes. Deep lugs made of La Sportiva’s FriXion XF rubber give you incredible traction and a stable platform even on slick trails or wet rock.
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.28 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00UC4HWLO
- Item model number: 26W
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 31, 2015
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The shoe runs small, so 1/2 size larger is required and a perfect fit. I normally run in 0 to 2mm drop shoes, and was concerned about the 11mm drop, but it's a total non-issue, so don't let that keep you from trying a pair, as my running is improving using these. The picture shows no carry loop on the shoe, but there is one to help get the shoe on.
I bought the Mutants on a lark, having had a pair of La Sportiva Wildcats for a few years that I used solely for backpacking. My experience with La Sportiva shoes has been great so I gave the Mutants a shot.
The Mutants are pretty light for the size of the shoes. They do not look anything like minimalist shoes, but they don't weigh much more than minimalists. The lug pattern on the sole is very aggressive, and the shoes seem to be built for off trail use only, but they are surprisingly very comfortable and as responsive on dry, hardpacked trails as they are in the mud and goo. The unique tongue and lacing system are like nothing I've ever seen or tried before, but they work to really hug your foot into the shoe. Compared to the other La Sportiva shoes I own, these are a tad narrower, but not so narrow that they become uncomfortable over long distances.
I wore these shoes on multiple training runs in preparation for the 2015 Spartan Race Beast at Killington, Vermont. I had zero issues with chafing or blisters on any run, including when the shoes were brand new out of the box. I trained in varying conditions from dry to deep, heavy mud, and never slipped in these shoes. At Killington, these shoes proved that they belong on the list of great OCR shoes. I was able to navigate technical off-trail descents MUCH faster than I was ever able to in my Inov8s. I think that was due to both the upper style (tonges and lacing) and the aggressive tread. Depending on the soil, the treads would hold a little mud when traversing long mud fields, but a quick flick of the ankle would remove the mud. On wet foliage, the shoes felt glued in to the ground. In all of the steps I took on the mountain I had zero slips.
I would recommend these shoes to anyone looking for a great shoe for OCRs or for trail/off trail running.