La Sportiva’s Akasha trail running shoe is a great hybrid of comfort and speed, packaged into one of the most attractive running shoe designs on the market. Precision fit and a firm toe-off give the shoe a responsive racing feel, while the dual-injection shock absorbing MEMlex EVA gives enough protection and comfort underfoot that you can add this to your long distance collection. Displaying high levels of performance in with such versatility in purpose, it’s no surprise that this shoe won Editor’s Choice in Trail Runner’s magazine.

A Quick Overview
Pros Cons
Easily one of the most attractive running shoes currently on the market.Trail Rocker outsole with an impact brake system allows for a smooth heel to toe transition no matter how fast you get going.

Aggressive outsole that provides great traction on a wide variety of terrain, and fit that begs for technical trails.

Highly durable materials keep the shoe looking and performing at top notch.

Sizing runs small, order accordingly!

Cushioning may feel stiff to those accustomed to highly plush rides.

Loses traction in deeper mud.

Comfort: 8/10

This section was a little bit hard for me to judge fairly, as the shoes were a little bit small on me. Most of the reviews I read before getting the shoes said order ½ to 1 full size up. I would recommend ordering a full size up if ordering online, as I only went with the half size up and they ran tight. I was also expecting a much cushier feel, as it’s listed as a high cushion shoe, but the dual-injection EVA midsole was much firmer than anticipated.

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