Editors' Choice 2020: La Sportiva Solution Comp Review

Our top climbing gear picks for 2020.
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The La Sportiva Solution Comp climbing shoe. 

The La Sportiva Solution Comp climbing shoe. 

The gym-focused Solution Comp features a softer midsole, bigger scumming patch, and narrower heel than the original—and was a runaway hit with testers. It broke in quicker than the OG model and performed better on volumes and smears, but the sensitive, form-fitting heel was the most winning tweak. “It’s more pared-down, which made it super-glommy around arêtes and on volumes,” said one tester. The updates paired perfectly with tried-and-true features like the pointy, precise toebox, downturned P3 platform for mega “bite” on steeps and micros, sticky 3.5mm Vibram XS Grip 2 sole, and Fast Lacing System. And the Comps performed just as well bouldering outdoors. MSRP: $185

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