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La Sportiva Genius
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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award    
Price $156.00 at Backcountry
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$195.00 at REI
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Pros Best edging shoe on the marketVersatile, durable, comfortableGreat precision, aggressive/down turned toe tip, sensitive, great toe and heel hooking, precise fit, comfortable, easy on/offIncredible sensitivity, great edging, durabilityExtremely precise toe, extra heel sensitivity, comfortable for an aggressive shoe
Cons ExpensiveExpensiveNot comfortable for all-day climbing, expensive, not the most versatile, hard to fit, single strap broke prematurelySpecalized use, expensive, might be hard to resolePricey, tall toe box, too narrow for some feet
Bottom Line This high performance model is the ultimate balance of support and sensitivityAn awesome shoe for long climbs requiring a variety of crack climbing and edging techniquesA tried and true modern classic, this model excels while steep and technical climbingAn incredibly sensitive and comfortable shoe that excels at edgingA comp-oriented shoe with a plethora of nice features
Rating Categories La Sportiva Genius La Sportiva Katana Lace La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Solution Comp
Edging (20%)
10
9
9
9
9
Cracks (20%)
6
9
8
7
7
Comfort (20%)
7
9
7
7
7
Pockets (20%)
9
8
9
9
9
Sensitivity (20%)
10
8
9
10
9
Specs La Sportiva Genius La Sportiva Katana... La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva...
Style Lace Lace Velcro Velcro Velcro
Upper Suede leather / Microfiber Leather/Lorica Leather / Lorica Leather/Synthetic Leather Leather, microfiber
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Lining Unlined Pacific (forefoot and back) HF in toe box and arch area only Unlined Pacific, lycra
Rubber Type Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Edge Vibram XS Grip 2 Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2
Rubber Thickness (millimeters) 3 mm 4 mm 4 mm 3 mm 4 mm
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