Wrapped in sticky Vibram® XS Grip rubber and drastically down-turned, the Solution sports a molded 3D heel cup and the patented P3® power platform which retains the downturned shape of the shoe. This creates a shoe that hooks, grabs, edges and smears on any feature you can find. The Lock Harness System® surrounds your foot and weds it to the upper for a perfect fit. The highly adjustable Fast Lacing System® lets you tailor the quick closing hook and loop closure for a highly personalized fit. All said and done, this shoe will let you climb harder.
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|Weight|| 258 g|
Single : 258 g / 8.89 oz
European sizes 33-46, 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 75 This means the last has a pointed toe, it is downturned and has high asymmetry.
|Upper Material||Leather / Lorica®|
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm LaspoFlex|
|Sole Material||4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Footbed Lining|| |
HF (toe-box and arch area only)
Lock Harness System®
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
All the details of solution shoe, a very well discussed review.
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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.
This is one of the most expensive climbing shoes you can buy. It is worth it if it fits you well and you want to boulder at your absolute limit. While it performs great in the gym, we wouldn't use such an expensive shoe indoors. Instead we would go with the Mad Rock Flash which is half the cost. Also check out the first shoe to flash 5.15 the Tenaya Oasi that are very similar in both price and function.
Any intermediate or advanced climber looking for a high performance shoe that could serve as a “one shoe quiver” should consider the La Sportiva Solution. However, climbers who prefer softer shoes should know that compared to most other drastically downturned, aggressive shoes on the market, the Solution is substantially stiffer.
While the Solution is a bit stiff for me, it is still a durable, high performance shoe that excels on a variety of terrain: from the world’s hardest boulder problems, to sport routes that range from the steepest endurance pitches to more vertical affairs requiring precision edging.
In the world of climbing shoes, the La Sportiva Solutions are the sports cars: sleek, powerful, aggressive, and built for performance. To continue the analogy, you can't expect Lamborghini performance at Hyundai prices. The price tag reflects the work and engineering that has been put into theses shoes. At $170, the La Sportiva Solutions are one of the most expensive climbing shoes on the market.
I reviewed the Solutions a few years ago and thought they were great: I loved them for their comfortable fit and downturned, aggressive last and crazy precision. I originally noted that the shoe didn’t smear well, and it took a long time to break in. However, after a year of hard use, my opinion of this shoe has grown fonder, and I now regard the Solutions as one of the best high-end slippers on the market.
The Solution won a 2008 Best in Gear (BIG) award from Rock and Ice, which says about all you need to know about this great shoe. The shoe's P3 design (Performance Power Platform) retains the downturned shape of the toe, unlinke many similar shoes that lose their aggressiveness after months of wear. This shoe is for steep bouldering and power toe moves—it took me two weeks of breaking in before I could smear and edge. This is a specialized shoe, one I plan on bringing to Hueco this fall.