LA SPORTIVA THEORY Rock Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Theory gloves the foot really well: it gives you midsole stiffness when standing on an edge, but softness when you're on a volume or area where you have to smear. When the arch is engaged, the Theory's "wing construction" – rubber that wraps around the sides of the shoe in a structural way – stiffens the midsole.
The La Sportiva Theory climbing shoe is the perfect competition/indoor climbing shoe.
Designed for top-end performance, the La Sportiva Theory is perfect on woodies or climbing homeboards.
The La Sportiva Theory climbing shoe fits like a glove. It fits a lot like the La Sportiva Skwama, except the Theory has a softer midsole and heel shape (the heel shape is also different from the Skwama). The Theory is a super lightweight climbing shoe.
The thing that sets the Sportiva Theory apart is its wrap-around adaptive fit technology. Because of this, the Theory gloves the foot really well: it gives you midsole stiffness when standing on an edge, but softness when you're on a volume or area where you have to smear. When the arch is engaged, the Theory's "wing construction" – rubber that wraps around the sides of the shoe in a structural way – stiffens the midsole.
This is a climbing shoe that is designed to be worn tight. You don't want them sloppy, so if you're ordering online, go for your La Sportiva performance size.
You could conceivably upsize if you want, and still get stiffness and sensation and feedback. The La Sportiva Theory isn't so soft that it collapses – there is enough beef in the midsole to give them durability.
This climbing shoe would be fantastic for bouldering in the Grampians, and on hard sport routes. The only genre they might let you down in is vertical climbing where you have to stand on your toes quite a lot, because they are like a slipper.
The Theory is also perfect for home climbing walls, because it can aggressively toe into small holds to hook in hard and engage your core.
- Adaptive fit
- "Wing construction" gives you midsole stiffness when standing on edges and softness on volumes and when smearing
- Vibram® XS-Grip2 sole with differentiated thickness at the toe
- Overall structure of the shoe facilitates volume compression on modern indoor routes and adherence on traverses thanks to the high adaptability
- Upper: Microfibre and suede uppers with a tubular construction
- Lining: None
- Midsole: P3 System™
- Patent: P3 System™
- Weight: 400g (pair)
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