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A low-profile trail shoe with a scree guard and water-resistant upper, the La Sportiva X Country has minimal cushioning and a firm ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


When the trails require you to be light and fast on your feet, lace up the La Sportiva X Country. This low-profile, lightweight trail shoe keeps neutral runners close to the ground for a stable, responsive ride. The X Country provides plenty of protection to the runner’s feet by offering a scree guard and water resistant upper, along with aggressive lugs that provide excellent traction. Mud, grass or rocks are no match for this daily trail trainer or racer.

Model Number:

Weight:  8.8 oz (size 42.0)

Stack Height: Heel (20mm), Forefoot (15mm); includes 5mm average lug height

Available Widths: D=Medium

*See the La Sportiva Shoe Size Conversion Chart

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length (based on European scale)
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Straight


La Sportiva introduces the fast, lightweight, stable low profile trail shoe with the X Country.


  • MEMlex EVA is a full length midsole engineered for moderate cushioning.
  • MEMlex EVA is a full length midsole engineered for moderate cushioning.


  • Air Mesh encompasses the majority of the upper and is breathable to help keep the foot cool.
  • Scree Guard covers most of the upper and is an external guard to keep debris out of the shoe.
  • Traditional Sockliner
  • Strobel Last is full length and is designed for comfort.
  • FriXion AT is a full length lightweight and resilient outsole that is engineered for wear resistance.
  • V-Groove Lugs are spaced throughout the outsole and is designed for enhanced cushioning and traction.
  • Impact Brake System is a lugged system designed to lessen impact by 20% and increase uphill/downhill traction.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I think these shoes are pretty great but are definitely not an all around shoes. I would not recommend them for very rocky terrain - they are way too flexible. Also after only 4 runs the outer started to break down. So I had to return them. I wouldnt get them as your main trail shoes - maybe for racing on muddy, grassy terrain then i think they'd work really great...
From: Stan, san francisco, ca

Comments: Love these things.  Did a 50 mile ultramarathon on fairly technical terrain in these.  The race started with a rain storm and included some streams, and these were fantastic the whole way.  No hot spots, no blisters.  Scree guard did its job, and there's enough toe protection for late-race-coordination loss.
From: Ryan, Bellefontaine, OH, USA

Comments: Gnarly low drop trail runners.  Great flat sole, which feels very similar to my Inov8 Road-X 233.  With very little in the way of arch support, these are the most natural trail runners I've worn with lugs sufficient for technical terrain.  The scree guard does a fantastic job keeping out debris on trails with a lot of sand, sticks and leaves, and gives you a place to tuck the laces away.  Developed no hot spots or blisters on an 80 minute run.  These are lightweight but have plenty of protection underneath and in the toe for rocks.  Highly recommended if you are accustomed to a low heel drop and want something tough for the trail. Shaved the back lugs down some to scallop the heel a bit which makes a walking heel strike much more acceptable.  I usually wear size 11 and 45cm fit my feet well.
From: Sam, Durham, North Carolina