The Speedster has been discontinued and the La Sportiva Futura has replaced it. The Futura uses the rounded edge of the Speedster and the Fast Lacing System from the Solution. Check out our full Climbing Shoe Review to see all of the shoes we've tested or read on to find out what we thought about the Speedster.
In the last five years it seems as though you see climbing slippers less and less. Perhaps it's because there are so many amazing Velcro shoes that go on and off fast while giving performance similar to a lace-up. Or maybe it's just because there have not been enough new innovative slipper designs? Now comes the La Sportiva Speedster, the first slipper in a while to turn heads. It has a very innovative design both in the shape and the way the rubber wraps around the toe. It is very specialized. If you love steep bouldering inside and out, or just love slippers, these are worth a look. That said, at $131 they are really expensive for such a specialized shoe. We feel as though the $99 Five Ten Anasazi Moccasym gives you much more versatility. We like the Moccasym for long routes as well as in the gym. The Speedster is really just for short climbs and bouldering. If we were watching our wallets we would lean more toward a budget shoe for thrashing in the gym and then pay just a bit more and get an ultra high performance shoe like the La Sportiva Miura VS or La Sportiva Solution.