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- HIGH PERFORMANCE MINIMALIST DESIGN; Lightweight trail runner is great for barefoot and minimalist runners looking for light cushion during long trail runs, backcountry racing and high paced hikes
- HIGHLY BREATHABLE air mesh uppers on the top of the running sneaker provide high breathability keeping your feet dry and preventing blisters; Hydrain drains quickly
- DURABLE REINFORCED TOE protects your feet and allows the shoe to hold up run after repeated runs. Rubber sole sticks rocks, tree roots and rugged terrain; Fast Lace drawcord for on the fly adjustments
- HIGHLY STABLE low drop sole provides extreme traction in even in steep, rocky, rugged and highly technical terrain. FriXion AT rubber sticks to rocks during ridge line climbs and scrambles
- NEUTRAL SUPPORT; 4mm heel-toe-drop for smooth singletrack running while staying nimble and quick on tight trails; reinforced microfiber heel cup for comfort and blister protection
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The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 trail running shoe is an ultralight, high performance trail runner designed for trail runners, backcountry racing, and hikers who prefer top notch traction without the weight. Even lighter than the original Helios, the 4mm drop makes this super lightweight neutral shoe as smooth as it is light. Fast lace drawcord ditches the laces and makes it easy to dial in on the trail without missing a beat.
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 11 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.33 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01B6JF68E
- Item model number: 36A
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2016
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This shoe here is the 2nd generation Helios, not counting the waterproofed SR. I don't know if La Sportiva outsourced this design to some low dollar overseas outfit that doesn't do sport shoes, if the designer was drinking, or what, but this is not a shoe. While there are a number of compromises with this shoe, the biggest is that the heel cup is entirely soft material - there's no support whatsoever! No plastic reinforcement, no cardboard, no leather/kevlar type stuff, just soft shoe fabric. You might as well swaddle your foot in a towel as far as the heel is concerned. I walked around in these for a week, never taking them out on the trail, and you can see the heel collapsing already - just from the motion of heel strikes while walking (see the picture). The old Helios had a plastic overlay here that provided structure. The Wildcats had an insert. Hiking boots have rigid reinforced leather here. This is like shoe making 101, that even the uninformed should be able to understand. If you don't have any structure here, you can't have shoe material that's going to crumple and then start to swim around and rub blisters. A keen heel strap would be better than this. There are some other annoyances with this shoe - the fabric is thicker and more padding on top which makes it feel mushier and heavier, the pull to tighten keen-like laces are always annoying; the dark color is hot, etc. But those things don't matter, because this doesn't even count as a shoe in my opinion.
La Sportiva, you are the only company that makes shoe lasts that might feet really like. I sure do which you could figure out how to get your head on straight. #MadAtSportiva. Don't know I can ever buy another shoe from you.
Fit: Helios run half size smaller due to shorter and narrower toe box. I wear 46.5/12.5 in La Sportiva Bushido as well as in Nike Free Run. With Helios I had to go with size 47/13 since 46.5/12.5 seemed too small with my big toe firmly pressing against the front of the shoe.
Terrain and Traction: My first run took place in mountainous SoCal. terrain. I tested the pair on Iron Mountain in Poway that features 1050ft elevation climb over 2.6 mile stretch. It’s a hard packed sandy trail with many rocks (some of them are sharp) sticking out of the ground and large boulders. Bushido shoes worked very well on this mountain so I wanted to give Helios a shot.
As I began my run up the mountain I noticed complete lack of decent traction. It felt like the shoes slipped on sand and I had to push about 10% harder to compensate for their inability to stick to the ground. Going over rocks was also not as pleasant as with Bushidos — my feet could feel every edge of the rock I happened to step on. Helios’ soles are definitely not as rigid as ones on Bushido. Stability also appeared to be compromised as Helios have more stretchy upper. Running down the mountain I purposely had to slow down and pace myself jumping from one boulder to the next. When I run in Bushidos I feel very secure landing on top of a boulder since they practically stick to rock’s surface. Not so much with Helios — it felt like my foot could slide off a boulder at any time.
Verdict: Helios seems to be an excellent and light trail running shoes designed for non-challenging terrain. I imagine they would perform very well on a flat, hard packed trail somewhere on the East Coast in the forest with occasional roots. However, if you happen to run in desert-like, rocky and sandy conditions requiring more traction and foot protection I would look somewhere else. I will give these shoes one more try on a flat trail but keeping in mind that most trails in So Cal have a lot of sand I suspect to experience same problems with traction.
Perfect for summer, highly breathable, lightweight, flexible, and (not important, yet) I've never seen a better looking running shoe. I consider buying another pair for casual wear, they're really nice looking. They do NOT offer support\stability as those are intended for neutral runners, if you need stability add your own inserts. Also you can't expect huge amount of cushion, that's just not the type.
I'm not familiar with the quality of other La Sportiva goods, but if I'm ever going to buy from them I'm going to do it in-store where I can feel and test the product first.
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