A re-edition of the classic La Sportiva Cobra, the Cobra Eco is the ideal slipper for use on all types of rock and has the perfect blend of sensitivity and edging performance.
• 85% of components are derived from recycled materials (sole, upper and webbing) and guarantee low environmental impact through metal-free tanning and water-based adhesives)
• La Sportiva FriXion® ECO rubber is obtained from recycling the rubber used in standard production (sole and heel) and guarantees the same high level of grip and durability
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|Weight|| 430 g|
Single : 215 g / 7.5 oz
European sizes 33-45, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
|Tongue Details||not provided by the brand|
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
Construction: not provided by the brand
Last : RL 45 This means the last has a round toe, is large, flat, and has moderate asymmetry.
|Upper Material||not provided by the brand ECO Idro-Perwanger biodegradable leather using a metal-free eco-tanning process|
|Midsole Material||0.8 mm LaspoFlex (toe only)|
|Sole Material|| 3.0 mm
Rand: not provided by the brand
|Footbed Lining|| |
The Cobra is all about cool, functional design and as Sportiva’s primary slipper, it excelles in indoor and all-day use. Frequently seen on hard grit and occasionally on competition style boulder problems, it can hold its own on the technical stuff, but is best suited to slabby, comfortable terrain where its soft moulding allows the user to wear it for long periods of time (as long as the fit is right).
The La Sportiva Cobra Eco is an extremely versatile shoe that blends a fairly aggressive shape with a flexible design. I’ve been very impressed with its performance and comfort on a variety of routes, and the fact that most of its materials are made in a more environmentally friendly manner is an added bonus. Apart from the slight increase in price, the Cobra Eco does an impressive job of maintaining what made the original Cobra great, but in a more sustainable package.
I have a big soft spot for the Cobra, so it was nice to see these serpentine senders get a reissue as the Cobra Eco, made from 85 percent recycled material, including on the uppers and webbing—and also via the FriXion ECO sole fashioned from repurposed rubber. I’ve found the new Cobra to, like its predecessor, be an amazing all-arounder, one I’ve used confidently on thin granite multi-pitch, overhanging limestone sport, gym bouldering, and mixed trad. The shoes have a high-volume feel, great for the swollen-feet climbing of summer, and just enough bite via the toebox-only 0.8mm LaspoFlex midsole to keep you steady down to dime-sized edges. The sole is thin—only 3mm—so you get solid smearing out of the box, with great sensitivity.