La Sportiva Fu­tura Women’s

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - $ 185, SPORTIVA.COM

BUILT FOR

Tech­ni­cal face climb­ing, hard trad, boul­der­ing, steeps

FIT

The Fu­tura has a no­to­ri­ously ag­gres­sive fit, and works best a half- size Eu­ro­pean down off your usual Sportiva fit.

CON­STRUC­TION

Slightly asym­met­ri­cal, down­turned last; leather/ syn­thetic up­pers; 1.1mm LaspoFlex ( toe only) mid­sole; Fast Lac­ing Sys­tem hook-and- loop clo­sure; 3mm XS Grip2 sole

CON­CLU­SION

The Fu­tura fuses Sportiva’s No-Edge Tech­nol­ogy and Fast Lac­ing Sys­tem to cre­ate a franken- send­ing hy­brid that ex­cels on mi­cro- holds, edg­ing, and steeps. “These shoes are su­per pre­cise,” said one tester. “I felt sta­ble on a foothold the size of a nickel” Smear­ing break- in will take pa­tience.

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