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  • LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes

    La Sportiva's Solution is a high-performance climbing shoe for modern bouldering problems. A radically down-turned velcro shoe locks your foot into the perfect position for grabbing holds, toe scumming and powerful edging. The figure 8 tension rand provides optimal power. Winner of Rock & Ice Magazine's 2008 Best in Gear Award.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Upper made of leather and Lorica materials
    • Slip-lasted construction; PD80 last
    • 4 mm Vibram XS Grip; HF in toe box and arch area only
    • 1.1 mm Laspoflex midsole (toe only)
    • Patent-pending P3 Performance Power Platform(tm) retains the downturned shape of the shoe
    • Figure 8 tension rand provides power for all your bouldering needs
    • Molded 3-D heel cup
    • Fast Closure System (FCS)
    • Patent-pending Lock Harness(tm) for secure heel hooking

  • LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes

    Last Shape Aggressively Downturned
    Gender Men's
    Upper Leather, synthetic
    Avg. Weight (pair) 1 lb. 1 oz.
    Closure Velcro

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Rugged (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Great traction (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering (18)
    • Outdoors (9)
    • Indoor (8)
    • Climbing (3)
    • Sport climbing (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        86% 

        (18 reviews)

        Feels too large

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        85% 

        (22 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid climber (15), Outdoor enthusiast (4), Climber (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid bouldering shoe

    By Greg

    from Harrisburg, PA

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great grip

    Cons

    • Loose in upper

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering

    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

    I have only used the product for 3 sessions now and it is already broken in perfectly. The first two times were pretty brutal, but it's normal to have discomfort in the beginning. I went with a 42.5 (US 9.5). I wear a 10-10.5 street shoe and climb in a pair of La Sportiva Mythos for routes that are a 42 (US 9). The size is now perfect in the toe (though not comfortable) and the heel. The only sizing issue is in the upper because the strap does not draw tight enough. This has not affected performance, but if the shoe continues to stretch it could in the future. The "beak" (for lack of a better term) on the toe makes sticking feet easier, especially when pitched back, but comes at the price of general discomfort. The rubber wrapped around the toe and heel provides awesome grip and hooking and will ultimately make the shoe more durable in the long run. Overall, I gave it a 4/5 due to the price (I didn't see anything more expensive). I purchased the shoe for bouldering, what it is intended for, but for almost $160 it would be nice to not have to own/carry a second pair for routes. Additionally, EMS needs to reconsider policy/practice on selling high end shoes in stores. None of the EMS stores around here (Philadelphia/Central PA area) carry the product and trying it on first is crucial. I was able to find a local gym that had a pair (used) in order to get an idea of size. In the end I lucked out size wise, but if you want to sell high end shoes you have to start making them available in stores. Any item where fit is of upmost importance should not be a web exclusive.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Solution to a Problem!

    By Geep

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Edging
    • Great Heel
    • Great Toe
    • Harness Strap
    • Rugged
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • HOT
    • Little Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor

    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

    I'm mainly a boulder. I've been pretty loyal to the La Sportiva Katana's. The Solution's are true to fit of the Katana. I wear a 10.5 and found the 41.5 is a great fit for me. The Solution's are great so far. I'm curious of how long the toe will hold up. My Katana's seemed to only hold about three months at climbing about three times weekly. The only con, they're a hot shoe. The re-enforced upper rubber and lining gets a little toasty in the sun. Throw on the flops between climbs and the con becomes a pro! Other than that they seem to stand up to the hype, great edger, great heel and the harness strap keeps them snug. Try'em out!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Over-hang Shoe

    By Sloth

    from Florida, Kentucky

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bouldering

        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

        Magnificient shoe for anything super steep. It works great of flat vertical as well. I'm not sure how it edges on tiny ledges yet as I haven't done that yet with these. I do ahve a little concern for that because the toe is really soft and feels like it just "gives." My friends that have the Solutions say its the best shoe period. I would agree if all you climb is steep rock. But for those of us who like to climb everything these are more of a specialty shoe.

        • Width:
        • Feels true to width

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Shoes Yet. Amazing.

        By John of Ark

        from Arkansas

        About Me Avid climber

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Downturned Shoe
        • Durable
        • Great Traction
        • Sticky rubber

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bouldering
          • Sport Climbing

          Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

          Ok I have bought Sportiva shoes for nearly 20 years. While I still love my Testarossas, these seem to outperform even those. Sensitivity is less in these is the only slight negative - rubber seems thicker which is nice because it gives more rigidity to the shoe for tiny footholds, but you can't feel the holds really well.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Stick to the walls

          By Wufu

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Avid climber

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bouldering
            • Climbing

            Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

            I boulder every other day at my local rock gym in these shoes, and couldn't be happier with my first climbing shoe purchase.

            I bought these half a size too small (I'm a size 40 in comparable shoes like the Vibram Fivefingers, got these in a 39.5) and although they were uncomfortable for the first couple times I climbed, they stretched and fit perfectly after some good sessions.

            I can wear these for a good hour and a half before I have to take them off for a little break. Surprisingly, they don't make my feet sweat! I have yet to see any real wear on the shoes, and the rubber is just as sticky as when I took them out of the box.

            The only thing that may deter me from recommending these to a friend is if you know that you don't like the downturn the shoe has. This is not necessarily a con, just a reminder for people that have yet to wear a shoe like this. It is uncomfortable for me to walk on surfaces that don't have any give (concrete, wood) as my feet stay arched. If at all possible, try these shoes on before buying them.

            With that said, the downturn in the shoe really helps you pull yourself towards the wall and helps you make those big reaches out of caves/roofs.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Engineered Climbing Shoe

            By mcaporizzo

            from Fayetteville, Wv

            About Me Competitive Climber

            Pros

            • Forms to foot
            • Rugged
            • Sexy
            • Versatile
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

            • Heel Texture
            • HOT
            • Jamming

            Best Uses

            • HeelToe Hooks
            • Sport climbing
            • Technical Face Climbing

            Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

            There are a number of different selling points for this shoe. The downturned toe is created by a cup in the sole of the shoe. This eliminates the space created by curling toes in flat-bottomed shoes making the soution a comfortable, air-tight fit. In turn you get more pull (as opposed to just push) from your toes and your feet will cut less, expecially on overhanging routes.
            The soft yellow rubber heel cup, at Tiva calls it the 'power platform', molds to your foot so the shoe never comes off. This does cause the shoe to stretch a considerable amount when being broken in. Ideally, you want to buy this shoe small enough that you can barely get your foot into it new. The soft arch will stretch and form to your foot. Unlike most shoes, these shoes will continue to stretch throughout their entire lifetime. Makes for a comfy warmup shoe once you go through the rand.
            The rubber on these shoes is sticky, rather thick, and will typically last a long time. You do loose some sensitivity here. The rubber on the hell cup is not well suited for technical heel hooks on small holds. (more a consequence of shape than rubber selection)

            • Sizing:
            • Feels full size too big
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Shoe!

            By climbalot

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bouldering
              • Outdoor

              Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

              I used my Solutions this weekend for the first time, they were amazing. The toe is great, it is perfect to fit into little nooks and crannies. Also, they have awesome grip on the rock. Great Shoe, highly recommend it.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
               
              4.0

              Sick shoe!

              By Itsme

              from Western mass

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

                    After the two week break in period, they are pretty comfortable

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                     
                    5.0

                    Just perfect

                    By Cannonball

                    from New york

                    About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Great edging
                    • Sensitive
                    • Sticky

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

                        Perfect bouldering shoes, I had at least 10 pairs!

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        A lot of toe!

                        By Just another climber

                        from Chicago

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about LA SPORTIVA Solution Climbing Shoes:

                              Snug fit without crushing toes. A lot of toe material - feels a bit disconnected from the rock and losses of sensitivity until that area wears down a bit.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width

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