A High-end lace up climbing shoe with No-Edge™ technology. The highest performance climbing shoe on the market.
No-Edge™ technology delivers unparalleled edging performance on the rock.
P3® patented technology delivers mind bending power.
Lace-up comfort makes this shoe fit every type of foot.
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|Weight|| 220 g|
Single : 220 g / 7.76 oz
European sizes 32-46, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Last Details|| Shape: Downturned (performance)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : PD 85 This means the last shape has a pointed toe, it is downturned and has high asymmetry.
|Upper Material||Suede Leather / Micro fiber|
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm LaspoFlex with P3®|
|Sole Material||3.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Footbed Lining|| |
No Edge Concept™
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
All the details of Genius shoe, a very well discussed review of Genius shoe.
Watch Joe Kinder testing La Sportiva Genius shoe.
This humorous video explains La Sportiva's No-edge technology. If you want just the details and no fluff, skip to 1:32 in the video.
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In short, La Sportiva’s “No Edge Technology” is amazing! It has sped up my footwork and given me more confidence on tiny footholds. The Futuras are the best fit for me, and have become my favourite shoes for crimpy climbs. The Geniuses offer all the benefits of the “No Edge Technology” but with more comfort (and they look like friggin’ Ferraris!). I still use the Solutions on overhanging climbs when I need that little bit of extra power on my toes, or when I need to hook my toe on a hold in the roof, but for everything else I prefer the “No Edge” shoes. If you have good footwork, but are still struggling to trust your feet, or if you just need a new pair of shoes and can’t decide whether to edge or not to edge, then I suggest you give these shoes a try.
The Genius are a unique pair of shoes to climb in and despite my original cynicism regarding the no-edge design it worked well in practice, particularly on steeper ground. Obviously they are a shoe for a more technical/advanced user and as a result are best suited towards higher level bouldering/sport climbing. As a final word, these are without doubt a shoe I will re-buy after my existing pair wears out and are likely to become part of the collection of rock boots I regularly use.
Whether or not you're a believer (or have yet to permit yourself to be converted, go on test your conviction) in No Edge shoes, the worthiness of the Genius is hard to deny. A fusion of many inspired designs, the Genius blends the best aspects of some tried and true favorites to create a unique and very complete package.
The only downside is that they retail for $190, which makes them the most expensive shoe on the market. However, climbing shoes are the only piece of gear that can really affect your climbing, and if you are looking for a precision tool for your latest project, these are worth checking out.
You’ve probably heard people say, “buy nice or buy twice.” The Genius is expensive—prohibitively so for many people. But if you think about it, is the $20-40 extra you spend on something you’ll wear every time you climb really all that much money? If you love steep rock climbing, you’ll love this shoe. You’ll probably forget how much you spent on it not long after you start using them. Meanwhile, you’ll also probably use them and love them for months to come. One possible problem is that it appears that resoling the shoe will be difficult to impossible. I can’t imagine how it would be done, and it’s sure to be more expensive in the end. That said, the No-Edge concept is designed to last a lot longer than regular shoes, so you may not need to resole nearly as often. When all the cards fall, we’d say that if you’re reaching for your wallet, just pull the trigger. You won’t regret it.
The La Sportiva Genius is not your hang out at the crag all day or multi-pitch shoe. It is a shoe you should give a serious look at if you’re working steep sport or boulder routes and trying to get that red-point. The fit is spot on for medium-narrow feet. The sticky sole with the no edge design do a great job at deforming just enough to give a 3-D grip on all available surfaces. Check them out. They are a tad pricey, so just like you expect to pay a premium for a sports car that holds the ground, so you should with climbing shoes as well. MSRP $190 (though we see them for $155 at many online retailers – snatch them up if you can get them at that price).
Overall I was impressed, as I expected to be. For me personally, the No-Edge is not my favorite, yet. I still prefer a fresh pair of Testarossa's on edging terrain (mostly what I climb on) but for steep bouldering or smearing these seem to be the ticket. I love the colors, I love the rubber on the toe and the heal system. If you are a fan of the Futura but you want a more supportive shoe, this is perfection for you. Buy them.
Building off the success of the Futura’s No-Edge technology, La Sportiva decided to put that rounded toe on a lace-up shoe with a heel similar to the time-tested Testarossa to create the aptly named Genius. “A perfect example of the final product being more than the sum of its parts, the Genius is just that: snug but comfortable, an aggressive downturn, and incredible performance on anything from vert to super-steep,” said one tester who took them for single-pitch trad at Tennessee Wall and sculpted sandstone boulders at Little Rock City, both near Chattanooga, Tennessee. The idea behind No-Edge is that climbing shoes that are at their broken-in sweet spot are actually blunt at the toe, instead of having a sharp, precise edge. This design skips the breaking-in period so you get a brand-new shoe that is ready to crush. The Genius has the same cushy mesh sock as the Solution, which lets you really crank on the laces to get a “freaking perfect fit,” and testers lauded the offset laces and extra rubber wrapped up over the front of the shoe to make the Genius really ideal for toe hooking and even foot jamming. The outside rubber also extends pretty far back, making back-stepping and drop-knees even easier. Ding: The high price, but this is definitely one of the best high-performance rock shoes on the market.