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La Sportiva
Helios III Trail Running Shoe - Women's

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews
Color:Tea/Cherry Tomato


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Helios III Trail Running Shoe

When we think about La Sportiva, we're thinking about the small mountain village in the heart of the Italian Dolomites where the brand's factory is located. Their tradition and heritage shine in their products, and we've seen this brand produce quality gear, whether it be climbing shoes, trail runners, or the like. With the Helios III Trail Running Shoe, it's clear La Sportiva designed it for running the jagged limestone peaks and glaciated valleys of its heritage. It's a third-generation re-design on the prevailing Helios model, and it's got everything you would need in an ultralight, cushioned trail shoe. This low profile, yet durable design is perfect for everything from trails to ridgelines, and runners will see the shoe is as versatile as the brand that designed it. Breathability, comfort, and cushion are all on point here, and we love to see the low profile design with that toe cap for additional protection.


  • Comfortable running shoe for athletes looking to hit the trails
  • Additional tongue and ankle padding for jaunts in the mountains
  • Rip-stop nylon and mono-burr inserts for optimal breathability
  • Low-profile design with thermo formed toe cap for protection
  • 2.0 rubber outsole for long-lasting versatility and durability
  • Item #LSPZ26H
Upper Material
HyDrain air mesh, TPU, mono-burr mesh, ripstop nylon
microfiber, wicking air mesh
LaSpeva (4mm), MorphoDynamic injection-molded MEMlex EVA, Cushion Platform
FriXion AT 2.0, VA Wave Pattern lugs
Women's Tempo 2
Support Type
motion control
Heel / Forefoot Height
15 / 11mm
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4 based on 5 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

December 20, 2023

Great for hiking

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 7"

Absolutely love these shoes. I have both this style and the previous style. They provide excellent traction and comfort. I have a narrow foot and I it is difficult to find proper fitting shoes and these "fit" the bill. I also have their hiking boots and they are great. With both the running shoe and hiking boot, I have had to go up in size. I normally wear 7.5-8 and I ordered 8.5 for both.

Karen K
4 out of 5 stars

October 21, 2022

Toe Box didn’t make the cut

Love the cushion. Nice shoes. Fits the perfect amount of narrow in the arch, but the toe box is like a mm too tight. Got a blood blister on a 15 mile run. Hope they update this model with a few tweaks!


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3 out of 5 stars

March 13, 2021

Bring back the Helio II design

Please, please, please bring back the features of the helio II. They are the only trail shoe I have been able to run in for 4 years... I was hopeful for the III but the changes are not good for me. The back of the shoe has way less padding on the Achilles area and I have gotten awful pain from them on all of my runs trying to work them into my rotation. Also the tongue of the shoe is much thinner at the top and almost sharp, even with tall socks it cuts into the front of the ankel. The quick lace system is also gone on this new model... something I loved about the IIs. The shoe is also much narrower than the previous ones and runs big as well compared to the last model. I do not mean to bash the new design, but I hope it saves some people from being so disappointed after loving the previous model so much. I have been scouring the internet and stores trying to find the previous model bow because I do not see me being able to race and distance in these new shoes. I love your products and just hope that enough feedback comes in to go back to the previous design!!!


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4 out of 5 stars

December 16, 2020

Prefer the earlier models

I’ve been running in the Helios for about ten years and was dismayed when they briefly disappeared from the sportiva lineup. This model has a more rigid/stiff heal. I preferred the previous style that generally felt softer. I also preferred the quick lace system on the older model. Other than that, still an excellent shoe- great for most trails and pavement.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 5, 2020

Great lightweight running shoes!

I've worn these twice this week on routes where I ran a mix of pavement and dirt trail. One of the things I first noticed was how incredibly lightweight these shoes are-the lightest pair of trail shoes I own. My foot is not wide, and these are super comfortable. I like the color (Clay/Hibiscus) and they have great traction. Because I'm prone to spraining my ankle, I wouldn't wear these on highly technical rocky trails (I wear the LaSpo Ultra Raptor), but I do love them for less technical runs. I think they'd make great race shoes as they are so lightweight.


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