Open main menu


La Sportiva Solution

photo: La Sportiva Solution climbing shoe

Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $180.00
Current Retail: $98.99-$180.00
Historic Range: $4.00-$180.00
Reviewers Paid: $100.75-$120.00
Sizes 34 - 46 (half sizes)
Weight 8.89 oz / 258 g
Last PD 80
Fit Performance with high asymmetry
Upper Leather / Lorica
Lining HF (toe-box and arch area only)
Midsole 1.1mm LaspoFlex (toe only)
Sole 4mm Vibram XS Grip2
Women's
Price MSRP: $180.00
Current Retail: $170.00-$180.00
Historic Range: $29.00-$199.95
Sizes 33 - 43 (half sizes)
Weight 7.93 oz / 225 g
Last Women's PD 75
Fit Performance with high asymmetry
Upper Leather / Lorica
Lining HF (toe-box and arch area only)
Midsole 0.9 mm LaspoFlex (toe only) with P3
Sole 4mm Vibram XS Grip2

Reviews

4 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

The name is not meant in jest, these are by far the best performance shoe I've come across. I tried Katanas and found there was far too much space in the heel — not so with Solutions. I went down three shoes sizes, still snug and not too painful! The strap is great and the smell is not too funky.

Pros

  • Snug fit and high performance
  • Great strap and two loops for cramming your foot in
  • Look cool

Cons

  • Expensive

I tried Katanas a while ago and found there was far too much space in the heel —not so with Solutions. I went down three shoes sizes, still snug and not too painful!

The strap is great and with the two finger loops—these are very easy to get on and off.

After a whole day at the crag, you may cramp a bit. Just try to remember to slide them off for a break every now and then.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100 Euros

The rubber is very sticky and as long as you care for the shoes it remains so. If you have good footwork then they will not wear out quickly. The fit is like a glove because of the elastic material that on the inside of the shoe.

I get shoes cheap because of my pro deal so I have tried many of the brands out there. For my foot the Solutions come in close second to the Jet7. When you size these shoes it should be a fight to get them on and they should be uncomfortable, they are one of the most aggressive shoes on the market.

For long rope climbs I suggest the Cobra or Miura over these.

Price Paid: $100.75

This is an overall amazing shoe. For everyone who complains about them wearing out, that's your fault for wearing them in training. Use a cheaper shoe for training (I use the Red Chili Corona); it saves your best shoes for comps.

Gone through two pairs of this shoe in seven months climbing 3-4 times a week at local gym. Took three sizes down from shoe size and still moderately comfortable. Feels incredibly powerful on roof problems and edging, some difficulty with smearing compared with a less technical shoe. Supportive on the arches of my feet like no other shoe I have tried.

Only concern is the rate at which the material deteriorates. The metal strap holes rust very quickly and cut away at the straps, all my straps snapped after around 3 1/2 months use and the material in the heel wears away and leaves your heel exposed to blisters from the less comfortable material. In about the same time as it takes for the rubber to wear at the toe. So there is no point getting the rubber recapped.

If you can afford to replace every three months then this is the shoe for you. Otherwise get something more hard wearing that can take a resoling and still survive for another three months.

Price Paid: $120

You May Like

Recently on Trailspace

Bushka’s Kitchen Lentil Lunch Review

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Review

Tilley T3 Cotton Duck Hat Review

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Review

Trangia Fuel Bottle Review