The La Sportiva Solution rock climbing shoe is called the solution for a reason. Unlike other rock climbing shoes that are specific to a certain style of climbing, the Solution transcends boundaries and is ideal for difficult sport routes, bouldering, overhangs and technical smearing.
La Sportiva Solution’s won Climbing Magazine’s Editors Choice as well as Rock and Ice’s Best in Gear. The Solution features Vibram XS Grip rubber. Coupled with its aggressive downturned toe, this rubber is extra sticky, which will allow for easier technical face climbing. The show also features a 3D heel cup. This feature is not only extremely comfortable for the heel as it wraps completely around it, but will allow for difficult, technical heel hooking. Most climbing shoes wear down with time and use. But the Solutions features a P3 power platform that keeps the aggressive shape of the shoe. It takes much longer for this shoe to lose its shape and become flat. The Solution’s fast lacing system makes it a convenient shoe for boulderers and sport climbers alike.
The Solution is the favored shoe for many professional rockclimbers including Daniel Woods, Jonathan Siegrist, Matty Hong, Jason Kehl and Beth Rodden. Here is a video of Beth Rodden discussing the amazing features of the Solution.
In my experience this shoe has been one of the best climbing shoes I have ever owned. It is very comfortable, lasts a very long time and is dependable for all kinds and variations of climbing. There are however, a few drawbacks to the design. Before the rubber has a chance to wear out the lacing system gives in. The strap is thin, and although sturdy, breaks often. Many other climbers have had this experience as well. The heel, while is very hard rubber and allows for powerful heel hooks, does not work very well on smaller edges. The rubber is so hard that it prevents feeling the holds. Oftentimes, i find myself switching shoes on certain heel hooks so that i can better feel the rock.
All in all, the La Sportiva Solution lives up to its name. It is the solution to difficult bouldering, sport climbing, technical face climbing and overhangs. Being such a diverse shoe, it is also ideal for gym climbing. The Solution is well worth the price. It is one of the most dependable, comfortable rock climbing shoes on the market that will undoubtedly allow you to climb stronger and harder for longer.