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La Sportiva Solution – Climbing Shoes

La Sportiva Solution – Road Test

Well the Christmas glut has passed and the backlog of mail has been unblocked, this leads to a pair of the new La Sportiva Solution rock shoes arriving on the door step.

La Sportiva Solution

I’ve checked them out and reviewed them before but this time I’m really going to give them a work out. It’s the winter so I’ll be putting them through their paces in the GCC and TCA Glasgow climbing centres. When it’s stopped raining I’ll also give them a road test on real rock so keep an eye out for the update on this.
Don’t think that the shoes are getting an easy time of it though. Both these climbing centres / test arenas are both fresh from refurbs giving an excellent variety of problems. Additionally it’s well cold in the morning these days.

La Sportiva Solution

The GCC is an old converted church with heating that takes a while to build up a good heat. The holds will be a little slick, the previous nights sweat and chalk build up tends to add to the cold dew on the holds. The TCA will just be hard with epic routes. The test will include bouldering and lead climbing to determine a rounded outcome.
Just in case you don’t know what the La Sportiva – Solution are (What have you been doing, reading other blogs?).

La Sportiva Solution

Here’s a quick rundown of the Solution spec:

  • Upper – Suede leather combined with Lorica®
  • Lining – Pacific + tongue in Lycra®
  • Sole – Vibram® XS Grip 3,5 mm
  • Patent – P3 (Permanent Power Platform), Fast Lacing System, Lock Harness
  • Weight – Gr. 440 per pair

With a real aggressive look La Sportiva describe the Solution as “Fit like a glove”, these have been designed with technical bouldering in mind so the lead will likely be a challenge.
Stay tuned for updates.

La Sportiva Miura – Climbing Shoes

La Sportiva make some of the best rock shoes available and the Miura are in no way ready to break that mould.

These tasty numbers are available in two guises Miura and Miura VS. VS being the Velcro version as opposed to the classic lace up style. This choice does not affect the performance of the shoe, it’s just a personal choice. For me Velcro is what I’m looking for in a shoe, the lazier the better!

Touted as an all round rock shoe the Miura has an aggressive pointed toe, (derived from La sportivas Mirage range) coupled with nice sharp edges. The shoe allows good flexibility and a hooked profile that won’t cripple you.

The Miura are sheathed in the finest Vibram rubber using XS Edge technology. The XS Edge rubber equates to a high standard of durability and ensures edges keep their shape, but it still provides adequate grip and sensitivity.

I would suggest the Miura if you do a lot of edging and crack work. Although there is not much in the way of toe box protection the shoe is solid and comfortable without reducing sensitivity much.

So there you have it the La Sportiva Miura an excellent shoe for those into lead or trad climbing, maybe not so much for boulder work and overhangs. For sizes and availability follow this link to the La Sportiva website.