The Mutant is a very stable and versatile mountain running shoe ideal for mountain running, sky races, and off-road trails on different types of terrain.
The ultra sticky sole allows optimum use on slippery terrain and to keep grip on mud or scree thanks to the lugs.
The SpyralTongue™ combines the advantages of quick fitting shoes with a traditional tongue and the protective features of a shoe with an integrated gaiter that avoids contact with stones and mud while running.
The lacing system is integrated to the uppers through the FusionGate™ technology with high density reinforcements: this solution allows to regulate inner volumes and the level of adherence of the foot within the shoe for a more precise race and stability even on traverses.
A concentration of technological solutions that evolve the way off road running: this is Mutant!
Single breathable, abrasion resistant mesh + integrated gaiter
Non skid mesh
Injected MEMlex EVA with stabilizer
Ortholite Mountain Running Ergonomic 4mm
FriXion XF ultra grippy
600 g (pair, size 38)
I am recent convert to La Sportiva Akashas, which I have found to be a great all-rounder for trail running, let down slightly by poorer grip on very muddy slopes and frosted grass. As the winter conditions approached I decided to buy a pair of gripper trail shoes. I as I don't stick exclusively to mud and grass, I wanted something with a harder-wearing sole, suitable for tracks as well as the slippy stuff. The Mutants have been very good - lots of grip and confidence uphill and downhill, wet grass, frosted snow and (for me) significant gradients (East and West Lomond, Kinesswood etc.)
The slightly odd lacing pattern is not evident when running, and the grip and support of the foot within the shoes is superb. Sizing wise, these are a half-size up on my Akashas, 2 sizes up from my normal non-running shoe size.