La Sportiva Theory Climbing Shoe
The Theory is a first from La Sportiva, it is designed for mainly for indoor climbing and competition climbing. It excels at climbing on big volumes because it's amazing at getting maximum rubber contact on holds, this is down to unusually not having a midsole. That's right no plastic in the shoe just rubber, this allows the shoe to go flat and spread its rubber on big volumes giving you the most amount of friction possible from a climbing shoe.
The Theory has the best of the no edge and edge climbing shoes, the toe is an edge that is great at standing on small micro footholds as well as hooking on steep boulder problems, and on the side of the shoe there is no edge, so when your clamping big volumes with the sides of your feet you will have as much rubber contact as possible. This is a first of its kind feature that has never been put on any other shoe before.
Even though the Theory is very soft it is still very powerful on small footholds, this is thanks to it's D Technology which is where the sole is wrapped around the shoe which provides power to the toe and gives you the advantages of no edge at the same time.
The Rubber used on the Theory is Vibram XS Grip 2 which is the stickiest rubber that Vibram makes, but La Sportiva have done something unique with the thickness of the rubber. The toe has 4 mm thick rubber and the back of the sole has 1.8mm of rubber. This is to keep the softness of the shoe but still provide plenty of rubber and power to the toe.
The Theory is amazing at toe hooking, it has more rubber on the toe than any other La Sportiva shoe. This is perfect for toe hooking... well anything really, with that much rubber what can't you toe hook?
La Sportiva have used their most aggressive last ever on the Theory, the PD 85. This makes them very aggressive and amazing on steep ground at hooking holds. It has loaded tension from the heel that goes to the toe and then back to the heel giving you a slingshot like feel, again allowing you to get lots of power through the toe, making them great for edging.
Now onto the heel, the heel is very thin compared to other La Sportiva models. This makes it very sensitive, giving you loads of feedback on heel hooks, this is especially useful when your heel hooking small screw-ons and micro holds and gives you the confidence to try really hard.
The Theory has La Sportiva's famous P3 system which keeps the shoe the same shape throughout its life.
One other amazing feature is the Theory is fully resolable!
So to sum up the Theory is the perfect balance between a sensitive climbing shoe and a supportive climbing shoe. It will perform amazingly on indoor boulders and is certainly one of a kind!
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Suede / Microsuede
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|Sole material|| |
Vibram XS Grip 2
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> Upper: Microfi ber and suede upper with a tubular construction
> Lining: None
> Midsole: P3 System™
P3® Permanent Power Platform
After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.