LA SPORTIVA MUTANT

price: £90
weight: 288g

Made in the Dolomites for mountain running, a soft upper and padded Spyraltongue gives the Mutant a comfortable feel. The Fusiongate lacing system is designed to enhance the fit (although I found it fiddly). The aggressive outsole with FriXion XF rubber performed well in mud and mixed ground, but was less effective than other shoes on damp rock. The rigid, wide outsole adds stability, whilst the 10mm drop and EVA-cushioned midsole make it more suited to longer runs than fast, technical racing.

Verdict

A sturdy shoe suited to longer-distance running or racing.

Cushioning: 8/10
Precision: 6/10
Grip: 6/10