La Sportiva Women's Futura Review
Check out the video review I did of the La Sportiva Women's Futura. Text of the audio in the video is below. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the Futura that I didn't answer in the review.
Hi everyone, this is Aprilclimbs and today I’ll be doing a review of the La Sportiva Futura.
The Futura is a down-turned, high performance aggressive climbing shoe that utilizes No-Edge Technology and excels at climbing that requires technical footwork. The no-edge technology brings your foot closer to the rock because there’s less rubber (3mm of Vibram® XS Grip2™ rubber) , which means increased foot sensitivity, maximum surface area that’s in contact with the foot and more of a homogenous push on footholds. I regularly use the Futuras for bouldering sessions in the gym, especially on routes where confidence in my foot placement is crucial. I can really feel where my toes are on footchips while I’m wearing the shoes, it honestly feels like I’m climbing barefoot. After wearing these shoes, it is a bit of an adjustment going back to shoes with an edge, like the Solution, since you lose that sensitivity.
The Futura, like most no-edge shoes, is also soft, which makes it perfect for smearing and steep climbing. The P3 rand system of the Futura also maintains the shoe's downturn aggressive profile for the life of the shoe.
The all-synthetic upper does not stretch out and fits like a glove right out of the box, which is perfect for me because I’m not a huge fan of shoes with long break-in periods.
The shoes also have a Fast Lacing System that cinches down with a hook and loop closure. Some folks have reported issues with the lace wearing out, but I haven’t had any issue with it despite climbing in the shoe 3-4 times a week in the gym for the last five months. It’s super easy to adjust the shoes with this system - whether you want a tight fit or more of a relaxed fit.
All in all, the Futura is one of my favorite shoes in my climbing arsenal.