La Sportiva Akasha

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La Sportiva Akasha is a mountain and trail running shoe with outstanding shock absorption, traction and support. It performs amazingly during long runs, making it perfect for long distance trails, trail marathons and also during long training sessions. The shoes are designed to perform and make you perform the best during endurance competitions.

The Cushion Platform technology provides a footbed that absorbs socks and provides comfort with the wide internal volume, the Dynamic ProTechTion technology provides enough protection and structure by adapting to the shape of the foot without constrictions. The dual mix FriXion XT outsole technology provides grip and traction when you need it the most, and, incorporating into that, the TrailRocker technology, the shoes will enhance the natural movement of the foot while you run, regardless the terrain. The soft, breathable and snug fitting upper make sure to provide the perfect fit to your feet.

With the Sportive Akasha you definitely get the best protection, comfort and shock protection. Those characteristics put these shoe in the top shoes to wear for ultra-running competitions.

Pros
  • TrailRocker tech promotes a rolling heel-to-toe motion
  • Lightweight flexible protection
  • Excellent shock absorption
  • Very comfortable
  • Outstanding traction and grip
  • Rubber toe caps for protection
  • Responsive cushioning
Cons
  • A bit heavy
  • Sizing can be tricky
  • A bit pricy
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The La Sportiva Akasha features the FriXion XT compound soles, that combine different densities to provide the best combination of grip, durability and shock absorption. The Outsole also incorporated the TrailRocker system, one that favors a natural support of from external heel to the internal toe of the shoe during your run.

The lugs are large and aggressive, bringing you enough traction over any kind of lose surface terrain, but also great while running over flat surfaces. The reverse direction lugs will assist you with breaking on downhills. The outsoles incorporate extra durable areas in the high-impact areas, extending the life of the shoe and providing you protection from the terrain for longer and tougher conditions.

The tread from the outsole is made from the FriXion XF rubber compound, one that excels on angled rocks and rocks with a film of wet or dry sand on them bringing extra protection from the road.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

La Sportiva Akasha comes with an injected EVA midsole that increases the durability and elasticity of the shoe while bringing protection and great control. The EVA midsole assists push off during the propulsion phase making them idea for trail runs. The Cushion Platform maximizes shock absorption and excellent comfort, while the Ortholite insole keep the feet ventilated, dry and protected thanks to the anti-microbial agents. The Ortholite insole is also extra durable, La Sportiva claims that the insole will retain 95% of its thickness over time.
Upper
Upper

Upper

La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes are truly designed and made to provide the breathability, fit and control you need when running on those off-trail difficult roads. The Air Mesh upper provides good breathability and an amazing fit to your foot. The Akasha also feature PU leather strips overlaying the mesh on the fore foot that provide great fit and prevent the upper to collapse over the time.

The heel cup of the shoe keep the foot secure in the shoe, avoiding any hot areas due to friction. The tongue of the shoe is well padded as well. The combination of the upper, the midsole and the outsole make the Sportiva Akasha very comfortable, protective and supportive shoes. The soft Slip-on uppers fit great and the super breathability with slipper sock construction helps avoiding compression points and provide the maximum comfort.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The La Sportiva Akasha men shoes weight an average of 330 grams (11.3 oz), while the women shoes weight an average of 278 grams (9.8 oz). You need to have in mind that the weight is an average as it depends on the size of the shoe. Having in mind the high amount of cushioning and protection of the shoe, the shoes are very light when compared to others. However, there are reviews that say that the Akasha feel heavy on the feet.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Shoes with better breathability keep your feet cooler and allow your sweat to evaporate more quickly, which can decrease your risk of blisters. Having wet feet while running apart being uncomfortable, can generate blisters that can take you off running for some time. Your body also loses a lot of heat through your feet, so wearing more breathable footwear can keep you cooler overall.

It is important in hot conditions and cold conditions to have a lot of ventilation in your shoes. The breathability of the La Sportiva Akasha is outstanding. Starting with the Air Mesh upper, one that brings great breathability and comfort, and finishing with the Ortholite insoles, ones that help with the breathability at the same time that have a cell structure that creates a moisture management system with anti microbial agents and washable properties, protecting you from the inside out.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The combination of the outsole, midsole and upper from the La Sportiva Akasha makes the shoes extra comfortable. The FriXion XT technology bring the best shock absorption from rough terrains; the elasticity and durably of the injected EVA midsole bring protection and flexibility in each step; the Ortholite insole provides amazing cushion and breathability to the entire shoe while keeping the microbes away; and the Air Mesh upper with the Slip-on technology bring the perfect fit to your feet.

You will feel protected, clean, supported, light and fast while doing enduring training and runs. The great comfort that the La Sportiva Akasha shoes bring makes them one of the top choices to wear when considering going into ultra-marathons. You can also get a pair of these shoes for training and trail running, great performance while feeling extra comfortable.
Style
Style

Style

While the selection of colors is not the largest one, the style and combination of colors in the shoes, makes the La Sportiva Akasha shoes really appealing to the look. They have vibrant combination of colors for both men and women lines. However the women’s line is not very large.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The high quality materials used to build the La Sportiva Akasha make the shoe very resistant yet still light and flexible. They are durable enough to provide you the best performance for a long while. The outsole incorporates the FriXion XT technology that reinforce the high impact areas making them super durable. The injected EVA brings extra protection and high durability. The Ortholine insole is designed to be extra durable retaining 95% of their thickness throughout the time. And the upper, reinforced with PU leather, bring extra durability to the shape and performance of the shoes.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The design and the technology that the La Sportiva Akasha bring, is focused on providing the best protection for your feet. As the these are trail running shoes, you will need the best support and protection from the rough terrain that you will encounter while you run. You can run during long distances and times on off-trail surfaces, that is why these shoes are great for ultra-marathon.

The midsole provides the best impact protection, the cushioning absorbs the impact forces when the foot strikes the ground, protecting muscles, joints and tendons. The Ortholite provides ventilation, cushioning and comfort to keep blisters away from your feet. Your toes will also stay protected thanks to the wide toe box and the rubber protection front he outsole.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes are very responsive over any kind of terrain. The super durable and flexible injected EVA and the sock like feeling that the mesh non-slip upper provides, make the shoes very light, flexible and durable. The FriXion XT compound outsoles, one that combines different densities to provide the best combination of grip, durability and shock absorption makes this shoes very responsive in all kinds of terrain, and the TrailRocker technology will enhance the natural movement of the foot while you run.
Support
Support

Support

You have to check your running mechanics when it comes to running, there are some things you need to know about your body mechanics while running. If you have pronation, over-pronation or under-pronation when you run, is very important.

It can affect the kind of shoe you want to wear while running and your performance overall, even more if you are thinking on going to run ultra marathons. La Sportiva Akasha shoes are wide enough, designed for long use during endurance competitions, to bring the best support while running. The FriXion XT outsole technology, the injected EVA, the Ortholite insole, and all the rest of technologies makes them perfect shoes for endurance competitions due to the great comfort, durability and support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The La Sportiva Akasha shoes are meant to be worn on off-trail conditions, going up and downhill is very easy to do with these shoes. The great breathability and the Ortholite insole are remarkable to keep your feet dry and cool regardless the conditions. The rubber compound from the outsole performs remarkably over lose-rocks surfaces .
Price
Price

Price

La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes price in Amazon starts at $110 USD and goes up to $140 USD depending on the color and size. So, the average price would be $130 USD. The price for the shoes for men and women are very similar. The price is above the average for this kind of shoes, but we really think the shoes are definitely good value for your money.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The FriXion XT outsole from the La Sportiva Akasha with its aggressive lugs make these shoes have amazing traction for off-trail conditions. Some reviewers have said that the grip on wet surfaces is not great tough. The reverse direction lugs are perfect for downhill runs.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The amazing injected EVA midsole make the shoes very durable and protective while light and flexible as well. The La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes are as flexible as they can get and as you need, while running in off-trail surfaces. The shoes provide a much smoother transition puts them amongst the favorites for long distance off-road runners and even those trekkers who prefer a well cushioned, extremely comfortable and very flexible shoe.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The injected EVA midsole and the sock like feeling from the mesh upper make the La Sportiva Akasha shoes very stable thanks to the great fit they provide. The great traction keep your feet in the place you want them to be at all the time even when running over the roughest terrain. Great for training, these shoes remain very stable even on the weirdest angles.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes feature a 6 mm drop, which makes them specially good for great connection to the ground while keeping you protected.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•Breathable non-slip Air Mesh upper

•ProTechTion reinforcements

•Rubber toe cap

•FriXion XT outsole

•TrailRocker technology

•Injected EVA midsole

•Ortholite insoles
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

La Sportiva Akasha trail running shoes are perfect for long distance competitions in challenging terrain as well that for ultra marathons and training sessions. The FriXion XT outsole and the injected EVA midsole ensure the perfect level of shock absorption, and in combination with the Ortholite insole the shoes are amongst the more comfortable ones in their class.

The TrailRocker system supports your natural walking style and the non-slip soles cope well with mud and other off-trail conditions. The mesh material makes the shoe super breathable and allows water to escape freely keeping your feet cool and dry.
We highly recommend these shoes for long runs on off trail terrain. If you are considering in participating in ultra competitions, the La Sportiva Akasha are a great choice.