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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

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Orange Aid

Orange Aid

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Despite the downturn the Vibram Rubber can still smear on anything

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Awesome picture Jarrod !!!

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is there any difference between these new...

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is there any difference between these new solutions and the old ones besides the swirl coloring? like maybe a stronger strap for the Velcro?

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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!

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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

Achilles' heel is...the heel

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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.