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La Sportiva Futura
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Price $185.00 at Backcountry
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$131.25 at Backcountry
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$180.00 at REI
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$195.00 at REI
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Pros Incredible sensitivity, great edging, durabilityComfortable in cracks, low volume toe fits in thin cracks, great edgingGreat precision, aggressive/down turned toe tip, sensitive, great toe and heel hooking, precise fit, comfortable, easy on/offGreat edging, convenient and secure Velcro closure systemVersatile, durable, comfortable
Cons Specalized use, expensive, might be hard to resoleHeel cup can feel uncomfortable across the achilles, left some testers with sore archesNot comfortable for all-day climbing, expensive, not the most versatile, hard to fit, single strap broke prematurelyNot as comfortable in cracks as lace-up modelsExpensive, can be hard to find
Bottom Line An incredibly sensitive and comfortable shoe that excels at edging.These are our go-to shoe for difficult granite crack climbs.A tried and true modern classic, this model excels while steep and technical climbing.This is one of our favorite models that employ a Velcro closure system.An awesome shoe for long climbs requiring a variety of crack climbing and edging techniques.
Rating Categories La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Kataki La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Otaki La Sportiva Katana Lace
Edging (20%)
9
9
9
9
9
Cracks (20%)
7
9
8
8
9
Comfort (20%)
8
8
7
8
9
Pockets (20%)
9
9
10
9
8
Sensitivity (20%)
10
9
9
9
8
Total Scores (%)
10
10
10
10
10
Specs La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Kataki La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Otaki La Sportiva Katana...
Style Velcro Lace Velcro Velcro Lace
Upper Leather/Synthetic Leather Suede leather / Microfiber Leather / Lorica Leather/ Microfiber Leather/Lorica
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Lining Unlined Pacific HF in toe box and arch area only Pacific Pacific (forefoot and back)
Rubber Type Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Edge Vibram XS Grip 2 Vibram XS Edge Vibram XS Edge
Rubber Thickness (millimeters) 3 mm 4 mm 4 mm 4 mm 4 mm
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