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La Sportiva Solution Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe


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    25 Reviews


    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
    • Item #LSP000N

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, Lorica
    Fast Lacing System
    1.1mm LaspoFlex
    4mm Vibram XS Grip2
    PD 75
    aggressive downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.89 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great shoe!

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

    Very powerful shoe, love it! Majority of the use on this shoe as been at the gym with minimal usage outside. I wear a mens 8 and sized down to a 39. This shoe was very painful at first, but, after some usage the material stretched. The shoe is now perfect!

    They're Solutions... just buy them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    11/11.5 normal shoe size/ 42.5 Solutions size. Fit is snug but not too painful. Probably could have gone down another half size if i really wanted to be in pain.
    If you have long and narrow feet like me these shoes feel like they were custom-fit. The heel cup on the solutions fit like a suction cup on my feet. Heel hooking in these shoes feels more solid than any other aggressive climbing shoe i've used. The toe box fits just snug enough, and the rubber on top of the toe is actually in a logical place for toe hooks.
    There's a reason these are the shoes you always see on the feet of professional sport climbers and boulderers. If you're looking to buy a pair of aggressive shoes and deciding between these and something else, just get the solutions.


    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm just getting back into climbing and decided a new pair of shoes were in order as my 5 year old pair of Tarantula's were just too cozy. At first I thought I didn't need/deserve such an aggressive shoe but after my first route in the gym with these on my hooves I changed my mind. Great shoe. I have WAY more confidence with these on my feet.

    I wear an 11/11.5 street shoe and the 42.5 fit great - not "wear while belaying great" but great on the climb. For comparison I wear 42.0's in my Tarantula's and couldn't even get the 42.0 Solutions on my feet.

    No go for wide toes and skinny feet.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    I had to send this item back. I have wide toes and a skinny foot. Toe box was super tight as was the heel, but the sides gave my foot room to roll which prohibited me from edging. I had to return this item. If you have an odd foot like me, go laces.

    Bomb Diggity

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 38.5

    My third pair of shoes (following some older, entry-level Evolv's and the 5.10 Rogue).

    Got into climbing again, mostly bouldering and these things ROCK! Some adjustment time is necessary for the feel of your toes/heel but they'll stretch a bit.

    The feeling you get either to the bouldering wall or the rock outdoors is superb. The aggressive curve and pointed toe make traction to the 'traction-less' possible. The velcro strap is super easy and adjustable. Good leather and mesh feeling to the feet.

    Highly recommended shoes that look great!

    Thanks La Sportiva

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    These shoes are awesome, great for steep boulders and routes. They edge great and are pretty comfortable for how aggressive they are, get a pair of these to add to your collection of climbing shoes and you wont regret it.

    the best

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

    Best shoes for sport climbing and bouldering. A lot of people complain about the heel but I don't mind it. 40's in solutions 8.5-9 street.

    Route Smasher

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 36-39

    Before purchasing these, I must have read years worth of reviews. In short, most of them had nothing but good things to say. I can agree now the general consensus on these shoes. They are LEGIT. I did have some problems sizing them since I think they have a unique fit given the extreme downturn. I wear a 39 street shoe, a 39 in the Testarossa, and had to downsize to a 36 for the Solution. The 36.5 fit perfect out of the box which told me that it was going to be too big (consensus says stretch is about 0.5). I settled on the 36. It was excruciating to say the least for the first few weeks. I first wore them just watching TV and couldn't even put weight on my feet. Then I graduated to wearing the shoes only during warm up climbs for about 10 minutes. After about a month of this, they are finally comfortable enough to keep on for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. Granted, you should be kicking them off between climbs. The performance is exceptional except for smearing secondary to the downturn but it is a small compromise to make in such a great all around shoe.

    Powerful shoe for the quiver

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    I bought these shoes after I acquired a pair of Katana Laces, and discovered that La Sportiva's last must be a copy of my foot.

    I typically climb in very soft, sensitive shoes, but I wanted to add an aggressive edging shoe to my quiver. The Solution seems to really strike a great balance between being a powerful, precise edging shoe both for the vertical and the steeps, but not being so stiff as to completely lose feeling with the rock (see: the old Scarpa Feroces with the plastic insert!). I never owned the previous design but I find the heel cup on the current design to be quite excellent, with that coveted suction-cup fit.

    I found that the correct size for me (no dead space in toe or heel) was almost painfully tight across the toes, but stretched out probably 1/4 size over two weeks of climbing with them, plus a shower with them that turned all my toenails yellow.

    For sizing info:
    Street size ~39.5 with wide forefoot, narrow heel
    La Sportiva Solution 38.5
    La Sportiva Futura 38
    La Sportiva Katana Lace 39.5 (aggressive fit) or 40 (comfort fit)
    Tenaya Oasi 38.5

    Also...not sure why folks are saying this shoe runs small! If you have to DOWNsize the shoe size from your street size...then your nominal "street size" was too large!

    Always a good choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I usually cycle between these and the muira lace any given day at a crag. My muiras are my go to trad and lower angle sport shoe but the solution covers all of the steeper ground. I used to cycle between these and the muiras when I was bouldering based on the demands of the problem, but now I find myself more often than not just bringing my solutions because they work so well. Once you get these guys broken in they just feel amazing on any kind of foot and fit like a glove. I really enjoyed these on a trip to the red because the downturned toe just drops right into those huecos so well. I also used them for some routes at Mill Creek and they felt really good on the sharp sandstone. For bouldering up in RMNP I know these are always the shoes I have on for the steep faces. For what they are made for they are excellent and I would highly recommend them. If I had to wear them for anything longer than a pitch though I think my toes would fall off. I sized these down a full size and a half. The first two weeks I really thought I had made a mistake they hurt so bad, but once they broke in I was sold.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 39

    These have quickly become my favorite shoe for all things sport and boulder related. I'm on my third pair and still loving them!

    These shoes are stiff, aggressive, and covered in rubber so they excel on steep terrain, but also handle on small edges and slab. That being said the heel is negatively sensitive, so if you're looking for a more sensitive but aggressive shoe I would check out the Testarossa (La Sportiva) or the Dragons ( Five Ten)

    These shoes fit my foot like a dream - I have a fairly narrow foot with long toes and I downsized 1 shoe size from my street shoes. The toe box is not as wide as some other shoes so during the break in period (which is pretty minimal) I had some legitimate hotspots on my big toes. The heel cup is incredible and keeps your foot locked in tight - zero shoe farts or movement at all.

    I've heard complaints about the single strap system not being super durable, but I love the ease of it and have not had any issues with the straps breaking. They've frayed a bit over time, but are still going strong.

    In the end this is an AWESOME shoe for the boulder / sport climber looking for an all around stellar aggressive shoe.


    Great Soft Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small

    I dont really use a super aggressive shoe which is what this is. For how down turned the toes are I was impressed with its overall comfort and fit. Fits like a glove, love the single strap system, easy on easy off. Of course a shoe like this tends to cause some pain but, makes climbing overhung routes really easy, especially in conglomerate rock where a lot of the holds are rounded. Probably not my everyday trad shoe but, thats not what it is made for, more of a bouldering/ route projecting shoe.

    Use - For how down turned it was, again impressed with its ability to smear. On the route we got to try them on, there is a particularly tricky high step on an overhung edge, shoe worked like a dream, that's where this thing shines.

    Fit - Usually a 43 in all of La Sportiva's mountaineering footwear, downsized to a 42 in this. Shoe was a demo pair I tried out so pre stretched if you will. 42 fit perfect, would imagine that if it was brand new would have to take some time to break in.

    Great Soft Shoe

    This shoe is actually stiff compared to the Testarossa's or Miura's which have the same P3 platform... Once they break in, yes they get softer, but they are definitely stiffer than many shoes Sportiva offers... Also way stiffer than 5.10 dragons, projects, etc which are similarly styled.

    Reposting my previous Review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38.0

    I don't exactly remember what I said but I'll try my best to recall the main points:</br>

    1. This shoe fits PERFECTLY for my foot shape. I tend to downsize only by a half size (i.e. half a cm, 38.0). This size is perfect but if temps are warm, this size is unbearably painful due to foot swelling (which is natural in warm temps). However during winter months (prime climbing season), that's not a problem and this shoe performs like no other. You're pretty much cheating by wearing this shoe.</br>

    2. The only problem with this shoe is the closure system; it's literally made to expedite the shoe's obsolescence. However just wrap a piece of athletic tape around the points that come through the loop holes..this will extend the lifetime of the shoe dramatically!


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

    Absolutely amazing shoe. I wound up downsizing quite a bit (43 Solution, 45.5 Street) and yet they are still comfortable enough for projecting (when broken in). They're incredibly sensitive, and hands down the best heel I've had on a climbing shoe. Sketchy heel hook? These eat them for breakfast. These are my go to secret weapon for hard routes, and hard bouldering. Super sticky rubber, and the amazing fit makes this shoe one of my favorite in my arsenal of climbing shoes.

    great bouldering shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I've had this shoe now for one month, climb indoors about 4 times a week, so it's gone through almost 20 hours of use. This is my second climbing shoe. It hurts way more than my Mythos as expected. I wear a street shoe size of 42 and these are 40.5. I have to take them off from pain in my toes after about 30-45 minutes. My toes are definitely curled. After 30 minutes of warmup, taking off and putting them on again makes a world of difference in comfort. They do have a wider toebox than say the madrocks and the evolvs I've tried, but wish they were a bit wider still because I have skinny heel and wide feet. They are definitely great for steep overhangs where you need to do lots of toe hooks and pocketing. I don't think I've really taken full advantage of this shoe yet since I'm a V4 boulderer that started climbing about 4 months ago. If you are careful with the velcro enclosure tab, you should not have any concern with breakage. My shoe still looks practically new after 1 month of usage

    2 years strong.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I originally purchased these as my only climbing shoe because I mostly boulder and PA diabase isn't known for it's great foot holds. Plus, money was tight and I wanted one shoe that would cover all the bases. As I learned, that wasn't really the case since these aren't so great for smearing. However, this shoe did work for almost every other occasion and I'm beyond happy with them, especially since they've held up for the past two years. These have kept my feet on some super sketchy heel hooks, terrible toe hooks, and teeny-tiny nubs. Sizing for me was hard (mostly because these are hard to track down in a store), but rest assured if they don't fit, Backcountry has a really great return policy and super helpful staff. I ended up going with a 39 when my standard shoe size is a US 8 or equivalent to a 40.5. I had a pair of Miuras which I think were a 40 *just for reference. The only reason I give these 4 stars is because I've seen too many with broken straps. Mine are still attached with only a little fraying, so maybe I've just taken better care of them or gotten really lucky. I'm not sure, but I still wouldn't hesitate to buy these shoes again and again. I do dread the break in period though!

    2 years strong.

    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?