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The minimalist trail shoe with a heart of smooth, soft cushioning.

Run far and fast into the wild when you're wearing the La Sportiva Women's Helios Trail Running Shoe. Designed with the performance trail runner in mind, this little beauty feels nimble underfoot and smooth over rough, rocky surfaces. A wave-like midsole structure helps the sole adapt to uneven terrain and absorb impact while the low heel-to-forefoot drop allows your foot to naturally roll from heel strike to toe off. Over medium-to-long distances the Helios saves your foot and joints a thrashing.

La Sportiva calls this a minimalist trail running shoe and, due to its feathery 8.1 ounce weight, it would be hard to disagree. Only two of Sportiva's other mountain running shoes compare, the Vertical K and the Anakonda. The Vertical K is a few ounces lighter at the cost of cushioning, while the Anakonda is lower to the ground with a more aggressive grip. While both of these shoes offer distinct advantages, the Helios brings the the best of both worlds, striking a balance that allows you to tackle a mixed-terrain 10k or a marathon through the woods.

  • Tempo 2 last offers a medium-volume fit with a performance feel that's closer to your foot than a traditional trail running shape
  • Race-style design means that this shoe combines shock-absorbing cushioning, superior traction, a low-profile outsole, and a performance fit so you're ready for race day or fast training sessions
  • HyDrain mesh upper allows water to drain away quickly in case you're forced to run through a stream or river
  • Combined AirMesh and TPU support harness keeps the upper light and breathable without sacrificing support or foothold inside the shoe
  • Synthetic heel lining dries quickly and encourages sweat to move away from your skin so your foot feels cool and dry
  • Low 4mm drop (heel-forefoot offset) means that there's just a 4mm difference between the measured height of your heel and the measured height of your forefoot; this low drop creates a natural foot position inside the shoe, encourages proper biomechanical flex, and allows you to more easily utilize a mid or forefoot striking style
  • MorphoDynamic midsole offers more cushioning than a standard minimalist shoe
  • Highly flexible midsole also quickly adapts to uneven surfaces and absorbs impact to reduce stress on your knees and ankles
  • Frixion sole features large lugs that dig into loose sand and gravel and grippy rubber that improves traction on hard surfaces like the road

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5 5

Lightweight and ultra comfortable!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm fairly new to trail running so this is the first pair that I've purchased but I love them! They are extremely comfortable, lightweight and supportive. You can run over rocky surfaces and not feel a thing.

I am very happy with the purchase and would recommend these shoes to anyone!

5 5

Flyweight and superstrong!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Despite the extremely light weight and even some flexibility, this shoe did beautifully on the varied terrain of the Cascades' Obsidian Trail. From sandy dust to lava rocks and sharp little obsidian rocks -- no problem for this shoe. I'm very very pleased.

4 5

Not as good as the Fireblades but close

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I wore the Fireblades for many years and thought they were the best shoe ever. I do not know why La Sportiva stopped making them. I cycled through several other styles of their shoes after, including the C-lite which I disliked immensely, and found that these are the next best shoe. I have very narrow feet so I cannot respond to the comment below about their width. I have not gotten any blisters. I trail run, hike, and backback with them. I have climbed in the white mountains, NH; on the long trail, VT and did several 13 & 14ers in Colorado in them so far and have not had any problems. There was one spot that looked like it was splitting but so far has stayed together.

5 5

Second pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love these because they are lightweight. The cushioning is excellent as well. The only thing that La Sportiva needs to work on, and I hope they fixed with the 2014 release, is the treadwear that happens from friction when running on the pavement. Other than that, they are awesome!

4 5

To narrow in my normal size

  • Fit: Runs small

I bought these shoes in anticipation of using them in an upcoming marathon. I have pretty sensitive feet so blisters are a common thing for the first few uses of a shoe. I wore these around to do some initial breaking in and then took them on a shorter run. The back of my heals were rubbed completely raw with blisters to the point I could not wear any type of shoe with a heal strap/cover for a few days. I ordered a half size larger then I usually wear, knowing La Sportiva generally ran a bit smaller and narrower than normal. That being said, I did end up ordering two sizes larger then I normally wear, not wanting to give up on this shoe quite yet. I have now used this shoe through multiple trail runs and am very happy with it.

4 5

Light weight!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These are super light weight shoes. Sole is thick enough to offer protection from the rocky terrain while trail running, or great for road running. Only issue I have had is the edges have rubbed at the top and are starting to wear from friction.