La Sportiva Jackal Initial Run Review, Shoe Details, and Comparisons – Road Trail Run

Sam,

Would this be the successor to the Akasha, which was also an ultra focused shoe that was never updated? Do you know how they compare?

John
Thanks for the sneak peek, Sam. Now if I could just find a retailer with some inventory in stock.
John,
I did not run the Akasha but Jeff Valliere who will also be reviewing did. I see it had more stack than the Jackal, weighed more too. The PU inserts in the Jackal and more relaxed rock protection stability elements I think are the elements which could push it into Ultra territory Akasha review is here: https://www.roadtrailrun.com/2016/05/la-sportiva-akasha-cushion-protection.html
Sam, Editor
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Hello Sam, thank you very much for the review!

I have one question: the heel section (the one protecting the Achilles's tendon) is soft or rigid? I have issues at my Achilles's and I cannot run with a soft heel section. Now I use the ultra raptor which has a rigid heel part and works well for me, however I got intrigued by your review!

Thanks!

Best,

Martino
Hi Martino,
The Achilles collar of the Jackal is extremely rigid, lightly padded, and very vertical. So much so that with certain socks I have gotten some extremely rare for me irritation there. Also the landing while stable is quite narrow. I have had no issues but in our full review to come some of our testers found heel area somewhat unstable in technical terrain at speed. That rigid heel counter may contribute to that as well
Sam, Editor
Thank you very much Sam! You are giving me precious informations, and I look forward to the full review!
Hi Sam,
I have a narrow low volume foot and small heel.
I did have the Salomon xt-6 softground which worked well with its rigid rocker and padded sucked in heel. Even though I did have some bagginess in the sides of the middle, I was solid.
Going to the Salomon sense pro 4 was horrible on technical trail- heel/foot slippage from side to side in shoe and the flexy sole felt so harsh. My feet just hurt and felt battered after trail running a rocky and up down gorge.

Can you recommend any of the sportivas for a narrow foot with slim heel? With decent cushion? We don’t get all in store down under to try unfortunately. Wish we had a rei type store for it.
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