The solution to all your problems.
The Men'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 until after you blow through the rubber. 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.
This Solution has a modernly refined, 3D-shaped heel cup that keeps a solid fit no matter how scummy that heel hook feels. 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
- Q & A
Almost Like The Old Solution
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Got the same size as the old solutions. This shoe is very comfortable and the heal is just slightly narrower and softer than the old solution which was a plus. The only thing that did not work for me was that it did not feel like it had that small dime edge power at the toe like the old ones did. Felt quite a bit softer/ flabby. Could have just been that they fit a tad different and did not work for my front foot shape like the old ones did.
Truly the solution
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Got a pair of these after I got tired of foot torture in my prior undersized Miura VS's (sz 45). Sized these up slightly to 45.5 (I wear a US 12 street shoe). This was just about perfect, if a tad loose, which I prefer.
Suprisingly I find these much more comfortable than Miura VS or Genius. The toe box is the typical slightly narrow La Sportiva width, which is great for hard edging. The sole is fairly stiff but not as much as Miura's, but I found the rubber much stickier. For how stiff they are, they still retain surprising sensitivity.
One gripe would be that the cinch strap is a little too long and is hard to get 100% tight - but that is pretty much it.
Overall my go to shoe for trying to send the hardest projects.
New for 2018
Check out La Sportiva's in depth look at the new Solution. New for both this shoe and the women'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 have any questions feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (801) 523-4052.