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|| 450 g|
Single : 225 g / 7.93 oz
European sizes 33-42, 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||0.9 mm LaspoFlex (toe only) w/ P3®|
|Sole Material||4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Footbed Lining|| |
HF (toe-box and arch area only)
Lock Harness System®
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
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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.
From the first moment we put the Solutions on our feet, we were in love. This shoe manages to be amazingly comfortable and dramatically aggressive. It positions your foot for powerful edging, pulling, and smearing, and can help bring your climbing to the next level. The only real downside to this shoe is that is specialized for specific terrain, and it is not an all-around shoe to cross over to a variety of styles of climbing. If you need a more versatile shoe we definitely recommend the Miura. However, if you love the steep stuff, then you will want to try the Solution. It wins our Top Pick award for the best shoe for sport climbing and bouldering.
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.
Part of the Solution design includes the P3 platform across the arch of the shoe preventing it from losing its shape and remaining a down-turned shoe, not flattening out as some shoes do. Despite a snug fit, the mesh elastic liner and velcro make these easy to get on and off. Although I rolled my eyes when I saw that that the women’s shoes were pink (really?!), the marbled bouncy ball look is growing on me.
I gave Women’s Solution shoe five stars because the quality construction and well-designed fit are worth the expense. This is a rare high-performance shoe that has been successfully morphed to fit a woman’s foot. I think this shoe will meet the needs of many women who so far haven’t found just the shoe for them.
Although many lady climbers have rocked the men’s Solution from La Sportiva since it came out in 2006, this year the Italian company made a few tweaks to make it just right for the feminine persuasion. Designers changed the shape of the last to better mimic a woman’s more slender foot, and they tapered the Achilles. The result? The shoes won’t shift around when your feet are in intensely delicate positions. Other than those small changes, this new iteration keeps all the great features of the classic Solution: sticky Vibram XS Grip rubber, aggressive downturn, stiff sole, a wrap-around sock for comfort, and the fast hook-and-loop closure system. “I didn’t think there could be a better shoe for me than the men’s Solution, until I tried the ladies’ version,” one 5.12 climber chick said. “It noticeably fits my narrow, low-volume foot better, and it feels more secure on heel and toe hooks.” Lady boulderers at Guanella Pass, Mt. Evans, and Rocky Mountain National Park, all in Colorado, universally agreed that the women’s version of this ultra-classic was an upgrade in all departments. Not to mention the fresh new magenta color differentiates it from the boy’s without being too girly.