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Womens La Sportiva Helios 2.0 Review

Womens La Sportiva Helios 2.0
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The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 is a lightweight, low offset trail shoe with serious grip. Designed for mountain track running.

Womens La Sportiva Helios 2.0 Review

The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 is a lightweight, low offset trail shoe with serious grip. Designed for mountain track running.
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Our verdict

The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 is a lightweight, low offset trail shoe with sticky rubber outsole offering excellent grip. It's best for covering hard, natural surfaces at high speeds and it offers exceptional value for money.

  • Positive
  • Value
  • Grip
  • Lightweight
  • Negative
  • Nothing at this price.

First impressions

Forefoot, neutral strikers allow us to welcome you to your new everyday runaround. La Sportiva call it a “door to trail” style shoe designed for training and running on hard off-road terrain. Fresh out of the box, the shoes really give you a confident feeling, they have a really solid feel to them.

The shoe is a lightweight offering that also packs a punch in the cushioning department. La Sportiva tell us it is a minimalist shoe designed for sky races but to be honest such is the cushioning you will not be alarmed with its performance at lower altitudes and rather more mundane surfaces that us mere mortals have to put up with.

The Helios 2.0 is soft and extremely comfortable, ideal for everyday wear and for running on trail paths on rocky terrain thanks to the Cushion Platform™ insert that provides greater shock absorption. The upper is extremely lightweight and the shoe feels very comfortable on-foot. On the run, they feel suprisingly cushioned with exceptional grip. Something we were not expecting at this price.

Midsole

Injection Molded MEMlex EVA, this shoe offers protection on the trails while also keeping the shoe light and nimble.

Upper

HyDrain mesh offers maximum breathability and drainage.

Sole

The MD EXTRA Light sole with FriXion blend and AT lugs guarantees an extremely good grip on slippery terrain.

Conclusion

The The La Sportiva Helios 2.0 is a bit of a suprise. It's designed by the mountain running company, obviously pitched at the lower end of the sky running fraternity, but this shoe will perform very well on stony and muddy trails for those of us who live in a a few hundred miles away from the nearest mountain range! They're lightweight, and offer excellent grip. Good shoe, great value.

Technical info

MIDSOLE

Morpho Dynamic Injection Molded MEMlex EVA dissipates impact forces, creating a smooth stable and cushioned ride.

Cushion platform provides excellent shock absorption with plenty of comfort.

OUTSOLE

FriXion AT is a versatile sticky compound designed to provide unrelenting traction on a variety of terrains.

VA Wave is an outsole pattern with outstanding flexibility and responsiveness, offering a smooth ride over a variety of surfaces.

UPPER

HyDrain Nylon Mesh allows for quick drainage while keeping out debris.

Wicking EVA Air Mesh throughout the upper keeps feet cool and ventilated while fending off moisture.

Lacing Harness is a thermoplastic unit extending from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug, secure fit.

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Shoe details

Gender Womens
Year 2017
Season Spring/Summer
Current model
Release date 2017
MSRP $125.00
Heal Drop 4mm
Weight 6.7oz. /189.9g

Suitabilty

Off Road Use
Short Trail
Long Trail
Adventure
Shoe Type
Neutral
Trail
Surfaces
Light Trail
Trail
Severe Trail
Weight
Light
Regular
Heavy