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Solve your hardest problems.
Troubled by a tricky toe hold? Biffed a route because of a hard-to-set heel hook? La Sportiva has the Solution (Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe) to your problems. The aggressive downturned toe stays in place due to the P3 Permanent Power Platform, and a high degree of asymmetry makes it easy to sneak into tight toe hooks. While not an extreme edging specialist, this permanently downturned shoe helps your climbing shine on super steep walls, troubling boulders, and difficult bicycle moves.
Lorica, a synthetic leather, will stretch a bit from the initial fit, so keep that in mind with sizing. The P3 Permanent Power Platform helps this shoe stay on point and retain its aggressively downturned appearance. A whiff of lining in the toe box won't dramatically dampen sensitivity and serves as advanced notice that your shoes are wearing out. The one-two punch of the 3-D heel cup and lock harness system turns heel-hooking into hedonistic pleasure. Perhaps a bit thicker in back than the Muira, any of loss of sensitivity will be forgotten the minute you realize how much control you have when hooking on incuts.
The Vibram XS Grip2 sole takes rigid and sticky to those pin-sized that-can't-possibly-work foothold and makes them workable. Because your toes tackle steep sport routes and burly boulders, La Sportiva added the barely-there 1.1mm LaspoFlex midsole up front as an added touch of torsional rigidity. The Fast Lacing System gives you the capability to customize the fit and the simplicity of a single hook-and-loop closure to keep it all together.
- Synthetic Lorica leather upper
- Hook-and-loop Fast Lacing System
- Downturned toe, P3 Permanent Power Platform
- Lock Harness, 3-D heel cup
- Slip-lasted, less tiff sole
- Vibram XS Grip2 sole, 4mm
- Lined in toe box and arch area only
- Low profile
- High asymmetry
- 1.1mm LaspoFlex midsole in toe only
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are a great shoe for the overhung climber. They're surprisingly comfortable for an aggressive shoe.
I wear a size 10us street shoe and wear these in a 40.5. I would order a few different pair and find the shoe you can't get your foot into and go the next .5 size up for a snug fit after break in.
I like this shoe for it's intended purpose but generally stick to the Miura VS as a great gym shoe and all around shoe.
I wear a size 41 Miura VS, 40.5 Solution
The best got a tiny bit better
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
This is my third pair of La Sportiva Solutions, which I got to replace my previous pair while they get resoled. I wear them on average 3 times per week bouldering at the gym. I prefer the Solutions over other aggressive shoes I've tried (Miura VS, Shaman, Blackwing) because they fit my wide-ish flat feet well, in addition to having an extremely precise toe and snug heel.
The 2014 version (marble pattern) appears to have made a few minor changes: the top of the heel rubber dropped slightly (a few mm), the straps got slightly thicker (probably to address breaking issues), and the rubber overall seems either slightly softer or thinner. The result was that when I tried them on, they immediately felt as good as my old, worn in pair.
Sizing: I wear a size 9.5-10 running shoe and wear a size 41 Solution. I could see maybe going down another 1/2 size with the 2014 model, as it seems less stiff than the 2013.
Despite the downturn the Vibram Rubber can still smear on anything
is there any difference between these new...
is there any difference between these new solutions and the old ones besides the swirl coloring? like maybe a stronger strap for the Velcro?
So I know in years passed the velcro tab was kinda flimsy and I have heard of those braking after awhile but I am pretty sure they fixed that issue by now. They didn't really make any changes to the shoe other then color. This is the shoe I have now and I love it!
I saw these in person the other day and it seems like the heel is lower profile in this model with the swirl coloring. Your mileage may vary, but the bulbous heel of the old model has long been a complaint on the Solution. If they did, indeed, slim down the heel, it'd be a welcome change.
Achilles' heel is...the heel
If this shoe has one weakness it is that it lacks heel hooking security. Things I heel hooked a hundred times effortlessly in the Shamans I can pop off of with the Solutions. The bubble-shape and lack of features to grip on minimize rubber contact.