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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.
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WeightMen: 8.4ozWomen: 6.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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 heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
Forefoot heightMen: 11mmWomen: 11mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
They’ve added medial and lateral cutouts over the ball of the foot to make the shoe more flexible, removed the heel counter for better feel, and added a new air mesh for better breathability.
This shoe is for people who prefer minimalist shoes, but run longer distances.
Running in the Helios 2.0 feels fast and you have a sense of heightened foot control, purely because the shoe moves so naturally with your foot.
One concern I have is that I can feel the rocks and stones when I wear them. I wouldn’t change that though, as the benefit of wearing them on trails and soft ground outweighs any negatives.
Updates to La Sportiva Helios 2.0
- The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 comes with an enhanced upper built. First, it comes with a fast lacing system. The harness lacing provides an easy on and off for running efficiency. The Altra Timp 1.5 is a good counterpart to the Helios 2.0, as it is designed for daily running.
- It also comes with a HyDrain mesh upper that gives a fast water draining capacity, keeping the foot moisture-free. This fast draining material does not affect the breathability and overall weight of the shoe.
- The Helios 2.0 features an integrated gusseted tongue. It keeps debris out while running on the trail. It also comes with a new heel cup that is strategically designed to deliver a soft feel.
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 size and fit
The Helios 2.0 is available in standard running shoe length just like the previous version. It delivers a medium fit in the heel and midfoot area. The forefoot has a medium measurement with enough room for toe splay. La Sportiva is offering this shoe in standard medium and wide widths.
The outer sole of the Helios 2.0 is made up of FriXion AT, a sticky rubber compound that delivers reliable traction on different surfaces. This outsole compound is also durable that withstands the damaging elements of the trail.
It also comes with a VA Wave lugged pattern that delivers flexibility and responsiveness. It delivers a smoother heel-to-toe transition for a responsive ride while running on varied surfaces.
The midsole utilizes the Morpho Dynamic Injection Molded MEMlex EVA foam that delivers enough cushioning that absorbs impact forces on lading. It creates a more stable and well-cushioned ride. This also gives durable amount of underfoot comfort.
The upper of the La Sportiva Helios 2.0 uses the HyDrain nylon mesh that delivers a moisture-free upper coverage while preventing debris from entering the shoe while running on the trail. The Wicking EVA air mesh keeps the foot well ventilated. It also comes with a lacing harness that also provides a snug midsole and more secure fit.