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Why We Like The Solution Comp Climbing Shoe
La Sportiva's Solution has been solving climbing's most complicated problems for us for over a decade, and the Solution Comp Climbing Shoe showcases the first significant redesign since its inception. More rubber around the toe is the most obvious update, but despite all the extra rubber, the Solution Comp feels significantly softer and more sensitive than the original Solution for a better performance out of the box. It still retains the same aggressive profile, Vibram's XS Grip 2 rubber, and La Sportiva's original P3 Power Platform, but the enhanced softness and sensitivity ensure a greater performance for modern, competition climbing.
- The solution for modern, competitive climbing
- Same aggressive profile as La Sportiva's best-selling Solution
- Increased rubber over leather upper for better toe-hooking
- Vibram XS Grip2 feels stiff at the toe and soft at the heel and arch
- P3 Power Platform retains the shoe's aggressive profile for life
- Fast Lacing System with a quick-and-easy hook-and-loop adjustment
- Item #LSPZ26Q
- Upper Material
- leather, microfiber
- [toe, heel] Pacific [tongue] Lycra [middle] unlined
- Fast Lacing System
- [toe] 3D Hytrel
- Vibram XS Grip2 (3.5mm)
- PD 75
- Asymmetrical Curvature
- Claimed Weight
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
September 7, 2021
A vastly improved Solution
- I returned this product before using it
- Runs large
- Size Bought
- 5` 3"
- 164 lbs
This shoes basically marry the old Solution front with the Skwama heel (actually it is a bit thinner and shallower heel than the Skwama, but it comes up the ankle a little more) and styling. I really don't see a reason to get the old Solutions unless your heels are soft like 6-minutes eggs or they are bulbous enough that they already fit very well into the old Solution heels. The Solution Comp may also be a bit softer in the midsole than the old Solution. Even they are supposed to be built on the same last, the Solution Comp fronts are noticeably narrower than the Skwama's. Plus its uppers are partially lined and the toe patches are huge, I don't expect the uppers on these shoes stretch much (unlike the Skwama's, which will fit 1/2 size fuller by the first resole). There is also a bit of a "talon" at the big toe, which is not present on the Skwama and the overall toe box shape is quite a bit pointier. I feel like I have to go 1/2 Euro size down from the Skwama to fill the big toe area the same way, but then the whole shoe will be way too tight. When new, the Solution Comp feels tighter than the Skwama. For reference, I tried on Euro 38.5 ones in both shoes back to back. I think this is also why I see a lot of people would size their Solution 1/2 down from other higher volume La Sportiva shoes like the Katana Lace, the Miura VS, and the (new/2019) Testarossa. If this is your first La Sportiva, I would start with ordering the same size and the 1/2 size down from other La Sportiva shoes. Which one you prefer will come down to personal preference and whether you want redpoint sending or everyday performance shoes in these. I can't really comment on the performance of these shoes on the wall as I only needed to weight them a bit on a ledge to know that they don't fit my wide feet with high instep very well. However, from my experience with the Skwama and feeling the big toe on the Solution Comp, I expect they will excel at overhung problem where you have to use your toes to either hook and jam a lot. The soft midsoles would allow a sensitive feel when pulling with and pivoting with the toes, even on face climbs. The toe on the Solution Comp is a bit more precise than the Skwama. I bet I would love these shoes if they fit wide feet well.
September 8, 2021
Skwamas are notorious for running large versus other LaSportiva models, and FWIW: The shape of the toe of the Skwamas bears no resemblance to that of the Solution. More like the Otaki and even the Katana Lace. The Skwama heel resembles the Otaki heel, not the heel of the Solution Comp. I own Solutions, Solution Comps, Skwamas and Ktana Laces. Skwamas are cool bouldering shoes, IMO.
May 7, 2021
Improvement On 2nd Iteration
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 11"
- 225 lbs
I have and really like the 2nd version of the Solution; but this model is substantially more comfortable, at seemingly no decline in performance. I am an average Gym/Outside climber, so take my opinion with a grain of salt; but after receiving these and trying them out immediately versus my current pair, I greatly prefer these. The new heel, which resembles the Miuras', Skwama's and Katana's is just nicer all around than the old, bulbous, rigid heel. Front end seems identical, and I can climb the same routes with the same precision and performance. So, If you liked Solution I and Solution II, I think you would really love this 3rd iteration! To William R. below: My street shoes size is 11.5-12 and no = I have not experienced any stretch. My forefoot is kinda wide, and my 3rd toe on both sides protrudes more than it should; so I DID use a shoe stretcher to slightly widen the forefoot because of my peculiarity, but nothing major. FWIW: My Solution IIs are size 46 and my Solution Comps are 45.5. I do not like super tight shoes. The 45.5 size is probably what YOU would prefer for performance, maybe even 45. The Comp's seem a tiny bit larger than the Solution IIs, maybe because of the softer, more forgiving heel.
June 7, 2021
what is your street shoe size? Did you notice a lot of stretch?
September 17, 2020
A Solution with a perfect heel
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 6"
- 142 lbs
I love the Solution for so many things except for technical heel hooking. Now I have another tool in my kit. I love the Comp version and the heel fits my foot like a glove! I wear the same size as my regular Solution (38.5) as I do in the Comps. Also its nice to have a softer Solution for bouldering and steep sport climbing, so I can pull more with my feet. Also the break in period is very minimal (two-three sessions). This is a great shoe to have in your bag of tricks!