This lightweight multi-activity shoe from La Sportiva weighs 928g (pair, size 7 1/2). It comes with suede leather upper and Vibram sole, making it ideal for scrambling and approaching climbs. It offers a close toe fit for superb feel when climbing and rubber-reinforced toe; it also has good cushioning. However, there’s no heel breast and the lugs are better for rock scrambling rather than walking on grass and mud. The shoe is not as multi-activity-orientated as some and it’s not waterproof.
Verdict: Ideal if you want a dedicated scrambling or climbing shoe, but others are better for walking and multi-sport use.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008