La Sportiva Earns Two Editors’ Choice Awards from Climbing


La Sportiva has been honored with two 2015 Climbing magazine Editors’ Choice awards. The first award is for the Genius, a top-end sport climbing and bouldering shoe, and the second is for the Helios SR, a mountain running shoe with sticky rubber outsole that does double duty as lightweight approach shoe. Presented annually to the best products in their class, the awards are the premier editorial awards for climbing products.


“The Genius is our pinnacle rock shoe for steep sport climbing and technical bouldering, while the Helios SR is versatile shoe for mountain running and approaches,” says Jonathan Lantz, president of La Sportiva North America. “Both shoes have super sticky rubber for traction in any type of terrain. The editors at Climbing always put our products through the ringer when testing them and we’re delighted that both the Genius and the Helios SR earned their Editors’ Choice award.”


The Genius is a high-end lace up with La Sportiva’s No-Edge technology. The P3® Power platform delivers down-turned performance and asymmetrical lacing guarantees a precise fit. A stretchy and breathable tongue adapts to all foot types while the No-Edge sole technology provides unparalleled grip on steep features. The Genius weighs 7.7 ounces and retails for $190. The Helios SR is a 8.5 ounce, 2 mm drop shoe that utilizes FriXion XF sticky rubber on the forefoot and FriXion AT rubber on the heel for an excellent combination of performance and durability. It retails for $125.

The Genius and Helios SR part of a full line of Spring 2015 La Sportiva products, including footwear and apparel for Climbing, Hiking, Mountaineering and Mountain Running. Climbingeditors Shannon Davis and Julie Ellison formally presented the awards to the La Sportiva team during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City in January. The complete list of Climbing 2015 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be officially announced in the magazine’s April Gear Guide issue, on newsstands March 24th.