Who should buy the La Sportiva Futura
The La Sportiva Futura is a force to be reckoned with, thanks to its solid list of ascent-worthy characteristics. It is a solid option if you prefer a climbing shoe that:
- can be used indoors and outdoors
- offers excellent arch support
- is equipped with a variety of technologies that give users the ability to take on challenging routes
Who should NOT buy the shoe
With its hefty asking price, the La Sportiva Futura is definitely no good for a beginner. If you are new to climbing, check out the La Sportiva Finale or the La Sportiva Kubo.
Excellent surface grip
Experienced climbers were so impressed with the performance of La Sportiva Futura that they even described it as "an entirely new climbing experience."
Vibram XS Grip 2 is the name of Futura’s heavy-duty outsole. At 3 mm thick, it promises sufficient surface grip without sacrificing sensitivity. It is built primarily for overhanging and steep routes.
Climbers mentioned that the shoe inspired a lot of confidence even on the tricky sandstone and limestone.
Secure platform for edging, smearing, and pocketing
The Futura’s ability to provide climbers with a secure platform for edging, smearing, and pocketing is largely thanks to its LaspoFlex midsole with P3 technology. It amounts to 1.1 mm in thickness. It is situated around the footgear’s toe region only.
The No-Edge technology around the toes contributes to the shoe's incredible sensitivity. The reviewers felt like it added so much more precision and faith to their climbing sessions. They also agree that it allows the Futura to "toe into the shallowest of pockets with ease."
Offers extra protection and security on tricky ledges and pockets
The La Sportiva Futura confines the foot in its low-top upper made of synthetic leather. It comes without a liner. It has randing along the sides of its forefoot for extra protection and security on tricky ledges and pockets. The patch of rubber covering a good part of its instep—an extension of the shoe’s outsole—provides adequate adherence for climbs requiring toe hooking.
Easy to put on and off
La Sportiva gave the shoe two pull loops at the heel for quicker on and off. Its closure system is made up of a sturdy synthetic strap and a tab engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners. The strap passes through a set of reinforced eyelets.
According to a reviewer, this is one of the quickest pairs to get on and off.
La Sportiva Futura does not compromise comfort
Despite its seemingly aggressive silhouette, the Futura's upper is described as very adjustable and accommodating. It actually gets more comfortable the more you wear it.