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Hit the Backcountry in the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

Rugged terrain calls for an equally rugged shoe that is durable, offers lightweight protection, and can get you get over, around, and through any obstacle that you may run into in the backcountry. One such model is the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor.

With a sticky FriXion DF rubber outsole leading the way, the Ultra Raptor is a trail runner with the soul of a climbing shoe. The shoe is reinforced in all the right places, including the wrap-around toe bumper on the forefoot, and the compressed EVA Rock Guard for maximum protection against debris.

At 12 ounces, the Ultra Raptor feels a lot lighter than it looks. An AirMesh construction on the upper, paired with synthetic leather and TPU Lacing Harness give the shoe proper support, without restricting the breathability.

For all-weather use, the Raptor comes in a GORE-TEX (GTX) version.

$130

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