The Venom and Mega Ice from La Sportiva have each been named â€œBest in Gearâ€ in the 2007 Rock & Ice Gear and Safety Guide.
The Venom is a triumph of design and construction. The Venom's shape comes from the blockbuster Testarossa last, giving it an asymmetrical, down-turned, pocket-seeking toe. The 0.8mm Laspoflex midsole in the forefoot provides a stable platform while retaining maximum sensitivity. Sticky VibramÂ® on the outsole provides the highest performance rubber available and a pioneering flexible, breathable, sticky Vibram Web Rubber upper focuses power to the toe box and provides a sticky surface for toe hooking. $115 retail.
The Mega Ice is everything the competition ice climber needs and the choice of those boldly pushing mixed ice and rock sport routes to new levels. The supple breathable upper and low profile lacing system deliver a highly adjustable fit for precision and performance. The SchoellerÂ® Dynamicâ„¢ gaiter is a warm, abrasion-resistant blend of Nylon, CorduraÂ®, LycraÂ® and CoolmaxÂ® made highly water resistant with Schoeller's 3XDRYâ„¢ DWR treatment. $535 retail.
Other La Sportiva shoes featured in the Gear Guide include the Kumo and Solution rock shoes and the Trango Extreme Evo Light and Glacier Evo alpine boots.
ABOUT LA SPORTIVA
Celebrating their 79th anniversary in 2007, La Sportiva brings an incredibly strong alpine mountaineering and climbing heritage to their entire line of performance footwear. This core experience enables La Sportiva to offer the most versatile technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running and trail sport shoes on the market. What's more, La Sportiva believes in the dedication and feedback of their amazing roster of athletes who are some of the strongest climbers, mountaineers, and mountain runners in the world. For more information on La Sportiva visit www.sportiva.com.