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La Sportiva
Akasha II Running Shoe - Men's

5 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews
Current price: $131.25 Original price: $175.00
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Why We Like The Akasha II Running Shoe

Grittier than its predecessor, the Akasha II goes harder, following us into longer distances and more technical terrain. The updated upper still gives us optimal airflow and flex but now with a beefier exoskeleton that brushes off overgrown singletrack and shields our toes and heels from bruisers when bounding over scree.


  • Rugged trail runner for chasing that triple-digit mileage
  • Mesh upper provides flexibility and breathability
  • Gusseted tongue stops trail debris from sneaking in
  • 6mm drop encourages a natural gait cycle and midfoot strike
  • Soft footbed gives an energizing boost of cush
  • Responsive foam gives long-lasting shock absorption
  • Sticky sole provides superior traction on wet and dry ground
  • Runs small, so we recommend sizing up for ideal fit
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Upper Material
[face fabric] AirMesh, [toe bumper, heel counter, exoskeleton] TPU, [forefoot overlays] Dynamic ProTechTion
[heel] AirMesh
Cushion Platform (3mm EVA)
3mm LaSpEVA, dual-injected MEMlex EVA, TPU STB inserts
FriXion XT 2.0 rubber, Trail Rocker, Impact Brake System, 4.5mm lugs
Support Type
Heel / Forefoot Height
31mm / 25mm
Claimed Weight
[single, US9] 10.9oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
trail running

Overall Rating

5 based on 5 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

February 15, 2024

1/2 size UP

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 7"

I wore la sportiva TX4 R and TX4 in 45, Hoka Mafate Speed 4 (US 11.5), but 45 in Akasha II is too tight and narrow, tried 45.5 and it's fine.

joelee520 j
5 out of 5 stars

August 2, 2023

Best mountain running shoe on the market

I've put it through the wringer

Possibly the most versatile trail shoe for running or hiking. Great for long distance and technical terrain in any season

Andy R
5 out of 5 stars

March 12, 2023

Love the comfort

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:

It's really hard to find very good fitting shoes. So I was really surprised how perfect they fit . I did also try La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II and they were even a little better, butI still decided to go with this one. They don't dissapoint. I took them for 8 miles hike in rocky terrain when I often hike. So I could compare them to various shoes I did use before And they are very comfortable. I always buy hiking or running shoes in number 9 but this I really HAVE to go with 9.5 That's never happened with any shoes I did use before.

Pit P
5 out of 5 stars

November 7, 2022

Best Shoe Ever?

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

Simply put this is the best all-around long distance running and hiking shoe I have found. I have 30k's on aggressive terrain and backpacked off-trail in these. Great shoe.

rusp253702 r
5 out of 5 stars

August 29, 2022

Great Long Distance Mountain Shoe

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

This was my training and racing shoe for a season of long, steep, mountain races. While a bit on the heavier side it doesn't feel heavy on the feet. The ride is on the firmer side, but still has a little bounce. Not nearly as soft as the SG, but I more than the Sense Ride 4. It is extremely stable and has excellent protection. This shoe left me with no blisters and all my toenails after my midsummer race tallying 55+ miles and 17K feet of elevation gain. I've put ~400 miles into the them and they're still going strong. I anticipate easily getting 600 miles out of them, probably a little more. While you could certainly find a lighter shoe, this will do a great job if you're looking for a stable, durable, and protective shoe with excellent traction. For sizing - use European sizing for reference. I stuck with Euro 43 which was spot on. If I would've gone with US 9.5, I would've been disappointed.

Isaiah R