Who should buy the La Sportiva Helios SR

Definitely get the La Sportiva Helios SR if:

  • You want a lightweight shoe for neutral pronation
  • You want a durable and versatile shoe for long-distance running

La Sportiva Helios SR side profile

Wave patterns in the outsole

The outsole of the La Sportiva Helios SR is identified by the wave pattern. This is designed to add maximum flexibility as befitting of a lightweight shoe with minimalist tendencies. 

La Sportiva Helios SR outsole

Increased traction by La Sportiva Helios SR

The lugs in the outsole are super aggressive and are covered by a new rubber compound in the Frixion XT that substantially increases its traction on a multitude of trail surfaces, even in wet conditions.

Shock absorbing midsoles

A full-length Morpho Dynamic EVA is used for cushioning and shock dispersal. An Endurance Platform EVA insert works in the midfoot to provide torsional rigidity and arch support. The shoe relies on a flexible, thick EVA in the forefoot to protect the foot from sharp objects on the trail.

La Sportiva’s Hydrain Nylon Mesh Upper

The upper is made of the Hydrain Nylon Mesh for impressive durability and breathability. It has decent stretch to really mold itself to the runner’s foot. La Sportiva strategically placed the synthetic overlays to provide excellent support and structure without adding weight to the shoe.

La Sportiva Helios SR upper top view

Clean and comfortable feel in the Helios SR

 An Ortholite Sockliner with anti-microbial and moisture-wicking features adds to the wraparound feel and step-in comfort. The tongue is well-padded, fully gusseted, and stays in place all through the run. A TPU material that covers the eyelets to the midfoot helps deliver a snug fit without being overbearing.

La Sportiva Helios SR heel top view upper

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 8.1oz / Women 6.9oz
Drop: 2mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 23mm
Heel height: 25mm

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