275g (UK 10.5) sportiva.com
A solid all-rounder is the perfect way to describe this lightweight, supportive shoe. Packed with plenty of extras – including a rock guard outsole with an impact brake system and breathable mesh upper – the Lycan provides a solid, secure feel in most running conditions.
Perhaps best at home on solid trails, the grip is good on all but the slippiest of surfaces and you’ll also notice the support provided. To some it might feel a little unforgiving, but to others it will feel like a robust, hard ride. The 6mm heel drop is quite competitively low for a La Sportiva shoe, but it doesn’t feel tough to get on with.
Good on technical trails, and great
on the road.
See the August-September issue of Trail Running out on July 12 for our more all-rounder trail shoe reviews.