For the Month of March our Gear Sale Pick is the La Sportiva Solution shoe.
Get 20% off these shoes while they last in our retail shop at both West & East locations.
The La Sportiva Solution has one of the more aggressive and unique designs out there. It is designed for performance on sport climbs and boulder problems. It edges well while retaining great sensitivity. The Solution really is the solution to all your climbing problems.
The shoe itself has an aggressive fit with a downturned toe box and a somewhat bulky heel. Make sure to downsize appropriately so you can really get that heel snuggly in there. It is recommend at least 1 full size below your street shoe size. Since this is an aggressive shoe, your toes are naturally going to be a bit curled. The single velcro strap allows for quick on and off and fast adjustments.
The downturned toe allows excellent toeing ability which truly shines on overhung climbs. While it’s not the best for smearing, it does edge well on dime chips. The heel is simply one of the best. It allows you to heel hook everything without fear of popping out. One thing to note is that this isn’t the ideal shoe for beginners. It’s a rather intense pick for a first shoe and you should probably be climbing at a relatively high level to fully unlock the potential of the shoe. Good footwork is a must to take advantage of the downturned toe. Beginners should be aiming for something a bit more comfortable and less sensitive.
These shoes literally have a silver lining, meshed into the fabric is silver thread, which cuts down on the smell factor. Depending on how you store your shoes, this can be a huge. Throw em in your car and leave em there till next time? You’re gonna love the not so stinky factor. Hang them up in a cool air drying place in your home after you spray them with febreeze? You wont notice. You also wont have to, anymore.
The Solution is one of the few shoes that many people feel is almost like cheating – it makes you climb that much better. Other people prefer a less aggressive design. It all comes down to fit and preference. This is definitely a shoe that any bouldering addict should try out.
Overall this is a fantastic shoe that we would recommend over and over again to anyone looking to take their climbing to the next level or to send that pesky project. These will kill it in the gym but really come into their own outdoors on steep terrain.