Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 11.6oz
    Women: 9.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 26mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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83 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Hannah Copeland

    Imprinting the trails in La Sportiva Akasha

    Akasha- a direct translation of the Sanscrit for ‘space’ or ‘upper sky,’ I thank these sturdy La Sportiva Akasha trail shoes for three consecutive trail race wins!

    Weighing in at 430 grams, they’re not as light as I would usually go for but have proved worthy and after several trail races and training runs in all sorts of meteorological conditions and geographical test surprises and few wash-scrubbing mud-offs, they are still looking good.

     

     

    The 6mm drop gives you a chance to feel in good contact with the ground while working well with the Trail Rocker.

    Main features

    • Their Trail Rocker™ Outsole Technology allows an efficient rolling through heel-to-toe landing for smooth performance on the trail whilst also gripping well on dirt, mud and rock thanks to its outsole technology
    • The STB™ Technology provides excellent support and flexy underfoot
    • ProTechTion™ HF reinforcements provide lightweight, flexible protection

    Size and fit

    At last, a trail shoe I’m not swimming in! The Akasha is true to its size. As a narrow footed runner, they fit well given their low-volume midfoot, narrow heel and forefoot.

    The shoe is offered in standard D width for men and B width for women. They also stayed firmly and comfortably on while running through sticky mud and kept my feet secure while hurtling down steep earthy banks.

    The toe box is comfortable and protective, and I have not yet ( touch a few trees) bashed my toes on any rocks or sneaky tree roots.

    Outsole

    I have to admit that when my local running shop recommended trying the Akasha on I was hesitant as they looked rather cumbersome and heavier than what I am used to. But after a couple of laps around the car park, I felt sorry for having been rude about their look.

    The Akasha features the Trail Rocker™ outsole technology that encourages the rolling heel-to-toe movement that running scholars love and which are great for trail running.

     

     

    The grippy FriXion XT compound on the outsole provides a fantastic grip on muddy, rocky and dusty technical surfaces I’ve run on. The Impact Brake lugged system gives good traction intended both for scrambling uphill or galloping down steep or gentler descents.

    I managed not to fall over today in the pouring rain - thanks to Akasha. As you can see in the picture, the black grippy material covers most of the sole, the purple lugs frame the more wear and tear impact areas at the top (inside) and bottom (outside).

    Midsole

    Having suffered a couple of stress fractures in the past, impact cushioning on hard surfaces matters to me. I like the Akasha’s underfoot protection and ample shock absorption of the shoe, which uses the dual-injection MEMlex EVA midsole.

    Upper

    At first glance, I wasn’t sure about the purple air mesh material upper of the La Sportiva Akasha. But it does deliver a lightweight and breathable foot coverage.

    In hot weather, it keeps the foot cool and well ventilated, but in the wet and cold day, I got cold feet. However, the water drained well out of them compared to other shoes, and they’re nearly dry after only a few hours stuffed with newspaper.

     

     

    The STB technology which stretches from the upper to midsole fits snuggly yet not constructively. The ProTechTion HF reinforcements in the Akasha make the shoe flexible and sturdy.

    Although not so beautiful (but who cares about aesthetics when you just need to run up and down mountains?),  the rubber toe caps also protect the toes while running on the stony, unpredictable ground.

    What’s not to like?

    I found the heel/Achilles cup a little stiff at first, and they still feel heavier than I’d like, but have served me well, so the pros outweigh the cons.

    To conclude

    The Akasha is a great shoe for tough terrain, and long trail runs. They are well built, strong and though quite expensive, worth the investment for the secure ride and feeling of freedom with the safety you get galloping up and down stony paths!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 83 / 100 | Running Competitor

    With the Akasha, La Sportiva stepped away from its short-distance racing roots to develop its first long-haul shoe suitable for ultra-distance running.

  • 81 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    I found the Akasha a touch stiffer to flex upfront due to the additional stack

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger

    The Akasha is an interesting entry from La Sportiva.  Mainly being that it is a much more cushioned option than they typically offer, and yet it tries to retain the technical profile of most of Sportiva’s offerings.

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Updates to La Sportiva Akasha

  • The La Sportiva Akasha features the brand’s Trail Rocker Technology. It promotes an efficient heel-to-toe movement. This outsole technology delivers smoother transition on the trail.
  • The STB technology is also utilized in this shoe. It gives flexibility and amazing support when needed. The excellent underfoot flex helps in achieving a high performance running experience. The Brooks Cascadia 13 is a comparable shoe to the La Sportiva Akasha in terms of functionality.

La Sportiva Akasha size and fit

The Akasha is true to its size. The low-volume midfoot, narrow heel and forefoot comfortably accommodate those narrow-footed runners. La Sportiva is offering this shoe in standard D width for men and B width for women.


Outsole

The Akasha features the Trail Rocker outsole technology that promotes a rolling heel-to-toe movement that delivers a smoother heel-to-toe transition while running on the trail.

The FriXion XT sticky compound that is extended in the entire outsole delivers impressive grip on technical and rocky surfaces. The Impact Brake lugged system is engineered to provide reliable traction on uphill climbs and downhill plunges.


Midsole

The midsole of the shoe uses the dual-injection MEMlex EVA midsole that delivers enough amount of cushioning for shock absorption. The cushioning system of the shoe delivers effective impact absorption during landing with plenty of underfoot protection.


Midsole

The upper of the La Sportiva Akasha uses the air mesh material that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It keeps the foot cool and well ventilated. The STB technology that is extended from the upper to midsole provides an improved stability and more secure fit.

The shoe also features the ProTechTion HF reinforcements that deliver flexibility and added protection. The rubber toe cap also gives toe protection while running on rocky and rough surfaces.


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