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La Sportiva Men's Helios Trail Running Shoe


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Blue / Mid Grey
  • Mesh
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Waterproof GORE-TEX membrane
  • Gusseted tongue
  • MorphoDynamic adaptive midsole foam
  • Weight: 16.2 oz (460g)

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Although it's a minimalist shoe at heart, the La Sportiva Men's Helios Trail Running Shoe doesn't skimp on the features you need to tackle rough trails. An integrated tongue gusset keeps debris out of the ankle collar, the highly flexible MorphoDynamic midsole adapts to rough trails like none other, and the mesh upper drains water away quickly in case you're forced to run through a stream. Slide your foot inside this low-drop trail runner and enjoy the natural feeling of being closer to the ground.

  • ASIN: B008R8323Y
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 5 inches; 11.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: Helios-M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,504 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    I do believe they give good arch support but I am also rather flat footed.
    Travis L.
    It is very flexible and light, with excellent traction, some protection, but lacking a rock plate.
    mjbeals
    Very light / minimalist, but still has the feel of a "normal" running shoe.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tetsu Noguchi on February 11, 2013
    Having recently purchased a pair of Vivobarefoot Breathos for the trail and New Balance Minimus Zeros for the road, I quickly realized that while these are where I want to be, and my older traditional sneakers are where I want to move away from, I can't run in zero drop minimalist sneakers every day, and not yet for distances over 8 miles. I needed something that had more cushion to help on recovery run days if I wanted to keep running every day.

    While I was thinking about Mizuno Elixirs/Ronins, Saucony Kinvaras/Viratas, Merrell Mix Masters and Lunaspider sneakers, I spotted the Sportiva Helios at my favorite running store, ZombieRunner while taking a look at the Kinvara and Virata sneakers they had there (As well as the Salomon S-Lab).

    One of the owners and one staff member said that the Sportiva Helios sneakers were among their favorites and each owned a pair, I thought I'd give it a test run. Lo and behold, these sneakers turned out to be the perfect in-betweener to help me in my adjustment towards minimalist running while still offering enough cushion to show some mercy during longer runs or for recovery runs.

    This is primarily a trail shoe and a fix over the previous generation as a plate has been added to protect against sharp objects poking through the outsole.

    The shoe, despite having much more sole than other minimalist sneakers, still remains shockingly light, and the upper mesh seems a near seamless fit with no stitching areas that rub any parts of my feet to blisters. What's more, the insole and rock plate are removable, and the base of the emptied sneaker remains nicely finished and easy to run in. They do run a half size small, but that's okay.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Van Hollywood on February 13, 2015
    Color Name: Grey/OrangeSize Name: 44 M EU
    Great traction and sock like comfort makes the Helios one of the best trail running shoes I've owned. It's a great shoe for quick runs and up to 50k.

    Compared to the SR - the Helios has a 4 mm drop and is a higher volume shoe. The toe box has plenty of room and is a sure footed climber.

    Whereas the Helios SR is a 2mm drop and low volume racing shoe. The toe box is tighter - not uncomfortably so, but it is noticeable.

    Also unlike the Helios, the SR has a rock plate and uses a mix of black tacky sole and a hard yellow heel that can take a hell of a beating.

    Running steep inclines and extremely rocky terrain, is where the SR shines. I am literally runing several seconds faster with less effort - La Sportiva says on their website the SR model is for "sky running" and the Helios is for "mountain running".

    The SR also uses different, more abrasive resistant material around the ankle and high impact areas leading up to each side of the toe cap. In addition the tongue offers a fair bit of padding using the same abrasive material.

    The biggest thing I love about the SR model, which I hope the Helios will take on are the laces and eyelets used.

    With the Helios I found it hard to get the right amount of tension across my midfoot without really cranking on the laces which aren't the best. Because of having to crank down on the laces, my ankle starts to bother me on longer runs.

    The SR laces are perfect - flat like that once tied don't come undone or loose any tension. It's easy to get the right amount of tension across the midfoot without having to crank on the laces.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mjbeals on November 19, 2013
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    I was a fan of the Vertical K, which is the La Sportiva shoe from which this one is derived. It is very flexible and light, with excellent traction, some protection, but lacking a rock plate. The Helios adds a rock plate as the missing ingredient. Flexibility is still very good, and the shoe is still light, but there is just enough structure to make it easier to last 100 miles in a race. I have worn these for several 100- and 50-mile races, and they never disappoint. Great in mud, hardpack, even in rocky mountain terrain. These are my go-to shoes for ultras.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis L. on March 21, 2015
    Color Name: Grey/OrangeSize Name: 41 M EU Verified Purchase
    I like them but somewhat narrow and short. But still a well constructed shoe over all. I do believe they give good arch support but I am also rather flat footed.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maulik on October 26, 2014
    The quality was good... And colours, materials n all was also good. But It was small than I expected. So I had to return it to the seller and It costed me 20$...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T on March 30, 2015
    Color Name: Blue / Mid GreySize Name: 41.5 M EU Verified Purchase
    GREAT SHOE! did not know that they fit a size smaller,got the next size bigger..
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    Color Name: Grey/OrangeSize Name: 47 M EU Verified Purchase
    great looking shoe, the quality is excellent and very apparent, unfortunately i was forced to return them given they were too small, i.e. they run about a 1/2 to full size under.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lafleur on October 13, 2013
    Color Name: Grey/OrangeSize Name: 41.5 M EU Verified Purchase
    La Sportiva makes a great product in general and this sneaker in particular is one of my favorite pairs of shoes. Great traction and grip. It can handle gnarly trail conditions. If you're in the market for a trail runner, it is hard to do better than this shoe.
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