I’ve regularly run two different pairs of shoes for trails. Often one pair is a bit more suited to buffed out dirt or gravel trails while the other pair is better suited to big days of bushwhacking and lots of slippery mud.
When I purchased my Ultra Raptors, my goal was to replace an aging pair of Salomon SpeedCross 4 shoes which I reviewed. Yes they still had some tread on them, but not as much as I wanted to tackle a summer of hard trail work.
I picked the Ultra Raptors because they felt stiff and according to the La Sportiva site, they were going to be a good rubber compound for some scrambling and slick rocks. The grip looked great on them and the rock plate promised to keep my feet safe. Finally the rand above the sole looked like it would protect my fat feet from splitting the shoes prematurely.
Well with just over 200km on them, I’ve got a story to tell…and it’s not as favourable as one would think given how the shoes looked at first glance.
Purchase Ultra Raptor: https://itsqualitygear.com/recommends/la-sportiva-ultraraptors/
Purchase Salomon SpeedCross 4: https://itsqualitygear.com/recommends/salomon-speedcross-4/
Purchase Altra Lone Peak 3.5: https://itsqualitygear.com/recommends/altra-lone-peak-3-5/