Who should buy the La Sportiva Genius

The La Sportiva Genius is yet another stellar La Sportiva piece, in which both performance and comfort take center stage. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that allows climbers to send projects with enhanced performance
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that grants extra arch support, while the latter gives climbers improved edging capabilities
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can be used both indoors and outdoors

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Excellent traction

Wearers get their ample supply of traction from the Genius’ XS Grip 2 outsole. Its designers opted to give it a thickness of 3 mm. It has the ability to provide adequate grip on different types of features, especially on overhangs.

La Sportiva Genius outsole

Excellent underfoot support

The La Sportiva Genius uses the LaspoFlex midsole with P3 technology to give climbers as much underfoot support as possible in their ascent to the top. 1.1 mm is its overall thickness.

La Sportiva Genius midsole

Offers abrasion protection and extra security

The low-top upper of the La Sportiva Genius is made with a combination of suede leather and microfiber. It has no liner, allowing the foot to make full contact with the shoe for increased sensitivity. The rand that covers a portion of its forefoot offers abrasion protection and extra security when dealing with tricky pockets. 

La Sportiva Genius upper

Capable of toe-hooking maneuvers

The inner side of the toe box comes engineered with the outsole’s extension, rendering the shoe capable of toe-hooking maneuvers. Its lacing system has mainly lace tunnels for eyelets. Set through them is a cord-like synthetic lace. Over at the shoe’s heel are two pull tabs for easy on and off.

La Sportiva Genius upper 1.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 220g
Construction: Slip lasted, Lace-to-toe, No-edge
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Vibram
Lining: Unlined

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.