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    Protection for the rugged and rocky.

    There are miles of rocky, challenging terrain between you and the summit, and you couldn't be happier, because you have the La Sportiva Men's Akasha Running Shoe. The Akasha boasts plenty of protection, from the breathable airmesh upper reinforced with flexible, PU leather ProTechTion, to the Impact Brake System for downhill performance.

    La Sportiva equipped the Akasha with a Memiex midsole made of double-injected EVA for stability and support, and there's an additional layer called the Cushion Platform for long-lasting comfort. The grippy Frixion XT rubber sole has a Trail Rocker profile that offers excellent transition from heel to toe.

    • Airmesh upper with ProTechTion reinforcements
    • Memiex EVA midsole
    • Cushion Platform
    • Frixion XT rubber sole
    • Trail Rocker
    • Impact Brake System
    • Item #LSP009Z

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    airmesh, polyurethane leather
    [heel] airmesh
    dual-injection MEMlex EVA, Cushion Platform
    FriXion XT, Trail Rocker, Impact Brake System
    Support Type
    Heel / Forefoot Height
    26 / 20 mm
    6 mm
    Claimed Weight
    11.35 oz
    Recommended Use
    trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Be careful on technical terrain!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    Got this as a gift, here is the feedback he has to share:

    "I have been running on the La Sportiva Mutant for years and decided to change it up and get the Akasha pair. The is great for flat running but in my experience, this shoe caused me to roll my ankle a half dozen times in the 4 times I ran with them on the trail. I have never had a rolled ankle on the trail or anything that caused me to take a break from running, but on a mellow run on familiar trails I rolled my ankle so bad I heard a loud pop and had to take it easy for a few weeks. Def love the traction but saving these for flat runs"

    Great shoe

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

    This shoe is great for anything from trail running to daily wear. Super comfortable. I took them through a slot canyon and the rubber did ok.
    This is a very light shoe, if your very active you'll probably burn right through these

    Cool shoe but...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    Reading all the reviews about this shoe running small, somewhat of an understatement. Heed the warning, and size up yet another half size - so get full size up. I'm use to getting the free shipping benefits both ways from Zappos. Not worth the money or hassle to return so, I took the insoles out and they fit much better. Come on get with it UK, if your selling shoes in the US. We got big feet!


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Wow, I was super impressed with the Akasha compared to the Raptors and Bushido. I find that the trail rocker in the Akasha makes them super comfortable on groomed single track. I feel like I can really crush in these things. On steeper loose terrain I find that the significant tread keeps me well grounded and I have significantly less slipping than other trail shoes. On rocky terrain the Akasha gives me confidence to scamper and scramble knowing that the tread grips the rock well. I normally wear a size 9 but am wearing a 10 in the Akasha.

    Good Shoes

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

    These shoes are pretty great. I normally wear a 10.5 in Asics for running shoes and went with the 11s for these after trying on 43.5, 44, and 44.5 euro - interestingly the 10.5 in Asics is 44.5 Euro and the 11 La Sportiva was also 44.5, so their sizing is actually different as opposed to just "running small".

    As far as performance, I am a big fan of the traction they provide. I did an off trail scramble (class 2/3) in the Sierras and felt very comfortable with their grip on sloped talus. Even with the fair amount of padding, I haven't experienced any additional ankle rolling tendencies. I also liked the rigidity underfoot for stepping on rocks and edges - obviously not as good as a full on hiking boot, but much better than a standard running shoe.

    Comparison to Bushido

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 155lbs

    Unlike a couple of reviews I have seen, I find the traction on rocks better with this shoe than the Bushido. In the past year, I've done over 50 flatiron scrambles in Boulder, CO and these are significantly better for that kind of scrambling than the Bushidos. They've been comfortable on longer runs though it took a couple runs for my feet to get used to them. The forefoot is a bit wider than the bushido. I didn't notice how narrow the Bushidos are until walking around on a sidewalk and they are quite narrow. The Bushidos are light and fast with pretty stiff cushioning. The Akasha isn't as light, and the cushioning is fairly stiff, but the feeling is softer. They are great shoes for trails with a lot of jagged rocks. Because they are fairly tall with relatively firm cushioning I can see ankle rolling being more likely, but it hasn't happened to me any more than my other primary running shoe: Terra Kiger 3. The Akasha is my go to shoe, because I can run longer distances (my feet would often go numb in the bushido) they are grippy for scrambling and they feel well cushioned. I'd prefer them be 2mm or 4mm drop, but the 6mm drop has been manageable. For size, I wear 11.5 in both the Nike Terra Kiger 3 and La Sportiva shoes.

    Hard to go wrong with sportiva

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 120lbs

    I gave these as a gift and have feedback to share:

    Great lightweight running shoe with lots of support. It does run narrow and a little small.

    lives up to the La Sportiva name

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 168lbs

    Excellent La Sportiva shoe with extra cushion. Other reviews say that they are unstable but I was presently surprised how stable they are! I will definitely be more cautious wearing these in technical terrain but so far they seem to be really solid.

    Best trail shoe I've owned

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

    I've ran in trail shoes from Salomon, Asics, Brooks, and Altra and the La Sportiva Akasha is by far the best shoe I've come across.

    The build is extremely solid. The grip and trail is fantastic - not quite as perfect as the Bushido, but close. The fit is more forgiving than the Bushido and the ride is significantly more cushioned which makes the Akasha perfect for longer, less forgiving runs in the mountains. I personally now alternate between my Akashas and Bushidos primarily based on length of run. They are both great but if I had to pick one it would be these.

    La Sportiva Akasha

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I have stuck to Salomon footwear primarily over the last few years. Rarely breaking from them for hiking, trail running and skiing footwear. I decided to break out and try the Akasha's. I knew relatively little about them but I wanted to try something new, I wasn't overwhelmed by their design but I'm not in my footwear for looks.

    My first note is that I like the shoelaces. They match the overall slim and lightweight feel of the entire shoe. My first two days I wore them around town to see how they felt on a hard surface. They were comfortable, I noticed they were a little slim for my foot but I felt they would break in quickly.

    My first time on trail it was saturated wet and fairly muddy. The shoe performed excellently. Grip performance was really high and overall I had no footing issues at any moment. The terrain wasn't incredibly vertical but overall performance and first impression was really positive. My biggest take away was comfort and strong support in the ankles, I feared the slim design wouldn't hold up in the ankle support but it felt great.

    My second time out was extremely vertical and a very dry and compact surface. The shoe performed really well on the ascent. I carried a light pack and was impressed at the stability with moderate added weight. On the descent I experienced some front foot discomfort. Some soreness in the front of my toes and under side of the foot. I would credit this mostly to the length of time on trail and some feet swelling.

    My second fear when first inspecting this shoe was that it wouldn't hold up in rugged and rocky terrain. The final ascent on my second trail run was jagged rocks and fairly technical. I was thoroughly impressed with how well the shoe held up in not only this condition but any condition I have put it into thus far.

    La Sportiva Akasha

    Cruiser with loads of protection/grip

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Oddly being La Sportiva these things fit my too wide to wear Hoka feet. Lots of room in toe box and a reasonable width throughout . The outsole works very well on a broad array of trail conditions.
    The entire shoe is holding up very well after 85 miles or so. The few negatives might be, breathability, and weight. I love them!

    Dangerous for Technical Trail Running

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    It's glaringly apparent the Akasha has a really disastrous quirk. It's whole sole is unstable medial-to-lateral/lateral-to-medial, i.e.: It rolls left to right and vice versa. How bad are they? I haven't rolled an ankle since '94 and I do 25km of Intervals over a NPWS Grade 4 Hard Track weekly. 1st run in the Akashas rolled the left ankle bad enough to take 2 weeks off running. 2nd run rolled the right ankle but not badly. Third run same as the 2nd run (And that was actually a slow hike guiding someone new to the sport). Anyone who does technical trails at speed knows your ankles roll around and you build the strength/reflexes to shift weight before sprains/strains occur. The Akashas just flip so violently sideways, especially when dropping/jumping down onto uneven ground, that even a seasoned runner cannot react in time to stop the muscle pulls. Other than that quirk they are really good trail shoe. If you're doing flat fire roads you might be ok but for technical downhills you're taking a big risk of falling even with poles by using the Akashas.

    That's really interesting. In my first run in these shoes this morning, I PR'ed a super technical downhill I've run probably 100x. I'm by no means a Sportiva fanboy but I was really happily surprised with their performance.

    agree with Craig - I'm a relatively fast runner and use these on steep rocky trail, haven't had any issues with ankle rolling (knock on wood). they are higher off the ground so of course there's risk of rolling... but that's the case with any high stability shoe.

    Initial Impression... Versatile!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    took 'em straight from box and onto rocky trail outside of Crested Butte this evening for a rolling 13 miler. Sportiva nailed it with the Akasha - supportive enough for long runs yet nimble enough for technical trails. a good middle ground. especially loved them on the downhill, toes never slammed into toe box like they do with Hoka's. sole feels durable and tough, have a feeling the Akasha will handle just about anything you throw its way. will still wear the Hoka Challenger for long mellower runs, and Pearl Izumi's N2 for short fast runs. but the Akasha seems versatile enough for both and I can see this being my go-to for races (we'll see if that holds true once Hoka's Speed Instinct arrives). *sizing note - if you're unfamiliar with Sportiva's, definitely size up. normally wear an 11 but went with 12 in these. might be a tad in between sizes as the 11.5's were too snug up front but with 12 the heel is ever so slightly loose -- nothing significant and easily fixed with butterfly lacing. and as others have said, LS's run narrow but a non-issue for me.

    snug fit, great grip

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I usually wear altra lone peaks for trail runs. However the lone peaks are rather slippery when wet/cold, so I decided to bite the bullet and try the akashas (being touted as having a wider footbed than the normal la sportiva line of shoes).

    I'm a size 9.5 (euro 42-42.5) across inov8s, salomons, and altras, so ordered a euro 43 for the akashas. Initially the shoe felt a bit tight and the footbed narrow, but after a half-hour run the foam lining settled and feels better now. I would probably size up to euro 44 for longer runs where foot swelling is a concern (I wore size 10 lone peaks for MdS, and didn't get any blisters).

    Grip as expect was good (definitely better than the lone peaks), I run in humid weather so shady trails are often wet and slippery.

    As for the drop, initially I can feel the difference between the zero drop of the altras and the 6mm of the akashas, but after a few kms this fades into the background. Not such a big deal on trails which are up and down all the time, but if predominantly running on flat ground it would be more noticeable.

    Mellow trail

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

    So I really want to like these shoes. I consider the bushidos the gold standard for really aggressive trail where rocks shred most soles, and I wanted something rugged enough not to fall apart but a bit cushier to handle longer approaches on pavement and long gradual downhills. These fit that bill exactly - the sole is spectacular and very grippy, and they are cushioned enough with enough drop to go fast on more gentle terrain where I can really open up my stride.

    Two downsides have caught my attention worth noting. First off: my feet tend to get a bit hot in these - not a problem I've noticed with other shoes, but also not a deal-breaker. Secondly: the thick, cushy sole is also their weakness: it is narrow, which means that they don't provide much lateral stability and my ankles tend to roll. This means that even though the sole can handle very rugged terrain, they don't seem to be stable enough to handle it. But other than that it's a great shoe!

    Going the distance

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    As of today I have 371 miles on my pair of Akasha's. They are an incredible shoe. Very versatile. I have run road, trail, snow, mud, slick rock and sand in them. There isn't a surface that they have disappointed me. I have run up to 12 hours and 45 miles in them. Plenty of room in the forefoot for the piggies, but secure fit to keep the toenails from slamming into the front of the shoe on aggressive descents. They are showing some signs of breakdown, but no major blowouts and plenty of tread left on the shoe.

    Taylor- I have a little more than 500 miles in my first pair, and I think the upper feels very similar to the Helios models. The first impression when I put them on was overbuilt, but they don't feel that way at all when you run in them. They certainly offer more protection than the Helios, but I don't think there is a loss of trail feel.