La Sportiva Rajas
I got to try a demo version of this shoe at my local…
Materials: Frixion sticky rubber outsole with rock bite heel for descents
Break-in Period: 10-20 mi
Weight: 13 oz
Price Paid: $85
I got to try a demo version of this shoe at my local trail running shop. With demos in hand I headed straight for my favorite trails and was happy to find that they handled the nastiest stuff with amazing stability and traction. Not wanting to damage the demos I headed back to shop and purchased a pair the next morning.
Their niche has been established in my trail running repertoire. Any day that I go out on the rootiest, rockiest, muddiest, I put these things on my feet. Of all my trail shoes they offer the most control and protection on these types of trails.
I would have given it 5 stars if not for the lack of cushion in the heel. This is probably a trade-off for stability. I have corrected the problem by simply putting a softer after market insole in the shoe.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Designed with adventure/trail runners in mind, the La Sportiva Rajas shoes offer flexibility, sensitivity to terrain, and high lugs for traction on trails, dirt, mud and snow. You get great traction, no matter the surface, with the sticky FriXion At rubber soles.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The La Sportiva Rajas trail running shoe rules the kingdom off the beaten path. When trails turn rugged, smart runners turn to the Rajas. La Sportiva's Super Trail suspension keeps these shoes running stable and neutral. The Super Trail suspension consists of a composite Rock Guard to prevent injury from sharp scree, a TPR shank, and a triple density dual compound outsole. For superb grip, 3.5mm lugs and downhill specific traction keep you running smoothly at all angles. When the going gets rough, the tough get the Rajas.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Rajas Shoe (Fall 2008) The Men's Rajas Shoe by La Sportiva is a high performance, versatile trail running shoe for extreme terrain, trails and dirt roads.Rajas is one of three qualities of being in Hindu philosophy that is concerned with activity and passion - an apt name for this nimble trail runner built for the core enthusiast. The Rajas is a precise and versatile trail running shoe created for the kind of extreme terrain that is favored by our Mountain Running Team - rocky trails, steep climbs, off camber sidehills, hairpin corners and full-bore descents.Features:Upper: AirMesh/Synthetic Leather/Molded TPU lacing harness/UreTech toe capConstruction: Slip Lasted StrobelLast: Tempo Lining: Mesh (heel only)Sole: FriXion XT/Super TrailMidsole: Triple-density MEMlex/TrailShock with Nylon molded shank/High-tensile composite Rock GuardInsole: NoneWeight: 1 lbs. 12 oz.Secure snug fitting molded lacing harness for a precise fit and a medially posted midsole for stable pronation control A decoupled heel-strike zone absorbs impact shock and built in flex zones provide excellent forefoot flexibility and smooth transitions to toe-off Advanced midsole design - two densities of MEMlex plus a third density in the TrailShock equips our most balanced and cushioned ride High-tensile composite Rock Guard modulator layer for anti-push-through protection on rocky trails Dual rubber compound Frixion XT outsole for grip in rocky terrain and a Trail Bite heel for amazing downhill traction especially on loose trail or no trail terrain
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Rajas is one of three qualities of being concerned with activity and passion in the Hindu philosophy. The Rajas shoe is a precise and versatile trail running shoe created for the kind of extreme terrain favored by the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team 1 rocky trails, steep climbs, off-camber side hills, hairpin corners, and full-bore descents. Synthetic leather and mesh uppers are lightweight and breathable. Medially-posted midsole for stable pronation control. TrailShock suspension with Triple density MEMLex Midsole and TPR molded shank minimizes stress on your ankles, knees, and hips. High-tensile composite Rock Guard modulator plate for protection on rocky trails. Built-in flex zones provide excellent forefoot flexibility and smooth transitions to toe-off. A decoupled heel-strike zone absorbs impact shock. Dual rubber compound Frixion XT outsole with 3.5mm lugs for grip in rocky terrain; Trail Bite provides amazing downhill traction, especially on loose trail or no-trail terrain. Secure, snug-fitting molded lacing harness for a precise fit.
- EMS refers to the men's version