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.
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.
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?).
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.