The solution to all your problems.
The Women's Solution Climbing Shoe is La Sportiva's most popular answer to difficult boulder problems and steep sport routes. Drastically downturned, this shoe is one of the best for overhangs, scummy heel hooks, greasy smears, and microscopic edges. La Sportiva's revered P3 Power Platform was first developed specifically for this shoe, and it retains the shoe's aggressive downturn for the shoe's life. A shoe this technical deserves its own special rubber compound, and it's one of the few out there to feature Vibram's XS Grip2 rubber, which is extremely stiff around the toe box and soft, supple, and thin at the heel and arch. With more flexibility at the heel, the Solution bends to your will when you're toeing off-angled footholds and high-stepping the top-out.
Apart from the new, flashy colors, this Solution maintains the same women-specific last and 3D-shaped heel that gave last season's model such a solid fit. The Lock Harness System wraps the leather upper snugly around your foot for a customized feel that stretches only slightly, and the Lorica tongue adds subtle padded cushioning and ventilation. The Solution might sport the speediest closure out of any climbing shoe; its Fast Lacing System uses one hook-and-loop strap that cinches three separate sections for a snug fit that's ready to go on-and-off after each boulder attempt.
- La Sportiva's popular shoe for bouldering and sport climbing
- Sharp, asymmetric downturn engages an aggressive performance
- Vibram XS Grip2 is stiff at the toe and soft at the heel and arch
- P3 power platform retains the shoe's aggressive profile for life
- Lock Harness System unifies the upper for your foot for a comfy fit
- Fast Lacing System with a quick-and-easy hook-and-loop adjustment
- Women-specific last designed with a narrower platform and lower volume
- Item #LSP00GR
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been climbing in solutions for four years, and I’ve always loved them. I’ve had no quality issues, the strap never broke, and they fit me like a glove. My only complaint was that they were pink! So I was super stoked when they came out with nominally the same shoe in orange.
However, after three months of normal summer use, I’m highly disappointed. The toe cap is pulling up to such an extent that toe hooking is nestling impossible, and the problem gets worse with every use. The strap is also tearing: a problem I have heard others complain about, have never personally experienced, and which Sportiva said they had fixed.
I hope this is just a quality control issue, due to being early in a new design. The Solution has always been a fabulous shoe, and with some tweaks could easily be again!
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
The newer, pointier toe makes it harder to put toes in all the way, so consider when downsizing. The design itself is way better than the original pink, which is just nice as far as looks go (although all climbing shoes are ugly, so function over fashion is always the way to go). The strap seems sturdier than the previous model, as well, which is reassuring as far as wear and tear goes. Other than that, same ol’ Solution - which is a really good thing.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was pretty excited to finally get to climb in these. And it's been alright. They're tight, but have a bit of slippage in the heel all the same. The most frustrating part is paying full price for the shoe and already having the L strap wear out, I'm worried it'll snap soon. I've had them a couple of months and I feel like this shouldn't be the case. I don't think I've nearly out it through the wringer yet, kind of bummed about the quality.
New for 2018
Check out La Sportiva's in depth look at the new women's Solution. New for both this shoe and the men's version are the Lorica tongue, a thinner more tactile toe cap (for easier break in and better feel) and the redesigned fast lacing system. If you are used to the Men's solution look for a lower volume last and thinner mid-sole going into the women's solution. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 523-4052.
Copy is Incorrect
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The copy states that "Apart from the new, flashy colors, this Solution has a newly refined, 3D-shaped heel cup that keeps a solid fit no matter how scummy that heel hook feels. " This is incorrect. This 3D shaped heel cup was introduced on the last model of the Solution and remains unchanged for this model. They have only changed the strap and colors, along with the rand for the toe hook rubber. Seriously, do you guys even Google search this stuff? This took me less than 5 minutes to research. If you actually look at the pictures on your own website, the heel appears to be exactly the same.
The toe hook rubber has actually changed fairly significantly, and this does change the fit and feel of the shoe. I literally don't see a single sentence highlighting this change. What is going on here?
4 stars for a great pair of shoes, remodeled to be slightly better. They are still too loose in the heel cup for almost anyone with the corresponding foot width for this narrower model.