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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$125
Weight
Men: 8.4oz
Women: 6.5oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners appreciate the lacing system of the Helios 2.0.
  • This version delivers more cushioning as compared to the original version.
  • Some applauded the overall design of the shoe.
  • The HyDrain upper mesh is effective in delivering a moisture-free coverage as mentioned in some reviews.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the upper is not breathable enough to keep the foot cool especially on warm conditions.
  • The outsole wears out quickly than expected.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 is a reliable trail shoe that is equipped with the necessary technologies to survive the toughest terrain. It has plenty of cushioning and reliable traction for varied surfaces. This shoe is also best for uptempo training.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 45 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
16%
3 star
16%
2 star
7%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    It retains the lightweight, well-cushioned midsole chassis 
that allows the shoe to be agile and responsive enough for fast racing but padded enough for multi-hour runs.

  • 82 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 85 / 100 by Foot Pro • Foot Pro • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Trail And Ultrarunning • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    This shoe is for people who prefer minimalist shoes, but run longer distances. 

  • 82 / 100 by Debbi Martin-Consani • Debs M-C • Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 70 / 100 by Gear Institute • Romo • Level 1 expert

    Really wish this shoe would have fit. I am impressed with the quality of materials used and I think the shoe would really excel on fast singletrack.

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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 easy off for running efficiency.
  • 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.


Outsole

The outer sole of the Helios 2.0 is made up of FriXion AT, 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.


Outsole

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.


Upper

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.