La Sportiva Akyra GTX

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The La Sportiva Akyra GTX is an amazing trail running shoe that customers love for running on all different terrains and conditions. If you are looking for a durable and comfortable pair of rugged trail running shoes then you have come to the right place. Whether you are running on a forest trail, a rocky road, or a snow covered path these shoes are going to allow you to keep your grip and keep you safe from slipping. The aggressive lugs on the bottom combined with the FriXion rubber and Trail Bite heels will allow you to keep your grip almost anywhere. The price tag may seem a little steep at first with these shoes, but do not let that scare you off, as you will not have to worry about replacing them for a good long time as everything about the La Sportiva Akyra GTX was made with durability in mind. Customers who have ran in these shoes love them and they have commented that they would recommend these to other runners, friends, and family.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Offers amazing protection
  • Super comfortable
  • Great for a plethora of terrains
  • Great support, even when running on softer surfaces such as mud and snow
  • Stellar ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry
  • Fantastic stability
  • Aggressive lugs for amazing traction on almost any terrain
Cons
  • Not the most responsive cushioning, especially when running downhill
  • These shoes have a high price tag
  • They have a narrow fit
  • Not the most flexible
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the La Sportiva Akyra GTX is made out of FriXion XT rubber that is designed for exceptional comfort and made to last. This sticky rubber compound that makes up the outsole is made to give you the perfect combination of a stellar grip, fantastic shock absorption, and superior durability. These shoes give you an amazing grip, especially when worn on rocky trails, steep inclines, or snow-covered paths. The Akyra also feature an aggressive Trail Rocker outsole which gives you better support and a smoother ride no matter what terrain you are running on.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes is made out of MEMlex injected EVA foam which will give you a high degree of cushioning and it has a good amount of elasticity for a little bit of responsiveness. The shoes have enough cushioning to keep your feet comfortable throughout the day, but they are rather stiff and firm to make sure your feet stay supported and protected while you are on the trails. The midsole of these shoes is perfect for running off-road, as the elasticity of the foam gives you a nice little push off with each step you take, giving you a little spring in your step. The EVA injected foam is also designed to keep its shaping over time so you do not have to worry about the midsole becoming squished and the padding wearing down and therefore losing their comfort and responsiveness.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes have an upper that is made out of three layers. The first layer, the lining of the shoe, is made to give these shoes effective protection against various weather conditions. This layer is both waterproof and breathable, as water will stay on the outside while the sweat from your feet can easily evaporate and escape from the inside of the shoe. It is the perfect combination to make sure your feet stay dry and cool. The top two layers of the upper are made out of a TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay that sits over top of the middle layer and is made out of a stretchy AirMesh material. Despite having three layers, reviewers have commented that these shoes are still breathable and flexible which is important for any kind of shoes. The upper is made to handle even the toughest of terrains and give you optimal protection on even the longest of runs.
Weight
Weight

Weight

It is important when looking for a good pair of trail shoes to find something that is lightweight and efficient. If you are heading out on a long hike or trail run you will have to carry additional weight, and you do not want to add even more than you have to because your shoes are too heavy. You will not have to worry about that with the La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes. The shoe's weigh a little more than your traditional lightweight running shoe, but that is to be expected with any kind of trail shoe. The average weight of these shoes comes in at 13.7 ounces (988 grams) for the men's style and 11 ounces (310 grams) for the women's.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX have a thick upper and they may not look like it but they are surprisingly breathable. The uppers are made out of three layers which make them rather thick, but that does not stop the shoe from offering stellar airflow to make sure your feet stay dry and cool. You do not want to be in the middle of a long run or deep in the woods and have to deal with your feet overheating and feel like they are suffocating. The lining in both breathable and waterproof, keeping your feet dry, cool, and happy.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes, even though they have a stiff and firm midsole, are still rather comfortable, even on the longest of runs. Customers love that they do not have to worry about comfort under their feet while they are on the go. One downfall, however, that reviewers have mentioned is that the shoes have rubbed the backs of their feet and can make it a bit uncomfortable and difficult for them when they are running uphill, so if you are planning to do a lot of uphill running this is something that you are going to want to keep in mind when making this purchase.
Style
Style

Style

Customers love the look and style of these shoes. They come in a plethora of colors to choose from so you can make sure to find something that is going to fit your style and personality the best. The men's La Sportiva Akyra GTX comes in black; carbon and apple green; carbon and tangerine; lava and ocean; or ocean and sulfur. If you are looking to purchase these shoes in the women's version you have slightly fewer options. You can choose between black and pumpkin; iris blue and purple; or slate and sulfur. Besides the color options, customers also like the origami theme that these shoes present. The upper of these gives you the look of having delicate bends and folds that catch your eye and add a unique touch.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the better features about the Akyra GTX that customers seem to love the most is just how durable they are. These shoes were meant to withstand even the toughest of conditions and most extreme trails. The three layers that make up the upper of these shoes will not take damage from spikey rocks, thorned bushes, or unpleasant brush. The midsole cushioning was also made to stand the test of time, it will be able to handle your repeated beating into any terrain and will not suffer from premature squishing; the foam will keep bouncing back to make sure you will not lose any of your comfort or bounce. The outsole is extremely durable as well, as it was built to run on a plethora of terrains and they were made to last. The FirXion Red technology that is used on the outsole of these trail running shoes was made to give you not only an amazing grip but also increase the lifespan of the sole exponentially.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX offers you amazing protection, which is extremely important in any shoe, but especially if you are going to be running on more dangerous terrains. The EVA injected foam gives you a thick padded sole, especially in the heel which is going to give you a good amount of shock absorption and help protect your knees and other joints from injury. The shoes make sure to keep your feet locked into place so you do not have to worry about your feet sliding around while inside the shoe, and the amazing traction will make sure that your feet will not slip out from underneath you when you are running, keeping you safe and protected.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The cushioned midsole of the La Sportiva Akyra GTX is firm and offers some spring to your step, but reviews have stated that they would appreciate a little bit more of a responsive shoe. It is not exceptionally important, however, for a trail running shoe to be as springy as other running shoes, but it is always nice to have a little bit of a responsive feel and a higher energy return. Reviewers have stated that the shoes give you enough of a bounce to keep you moving forward and that is better than no spring at all. The shoes do, however, according to some customers, feel like they lose some of their responsiveness when they are running downhill, especially on more technical terrains. This is something that you may want to keep in mind if you are going to be doing a decent amount of running up and down hills.
Support
Support

Support

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes offer you exceptional support which is much needed and appreciated by customers. The design of the upper, with the TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay, keeps your foot locked firmly in place while you are running to make sure you are supported and not sliding around inside of your shoe. The fit can be adjusted as needed to make sure that you get the most secure fit you can to optimize the support they offer. It is important to find a pair of shoes that are going to offer you the right amount of support to help reduce your risk of injury, that is why customers like the adjustable framework on these shoes so they can get the support that they need.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes are made to be worn in a plethora of terrains. The shoes can be worn when road running but they may not be the most comfortable for that kind of running and it is not recommended. That being said, these shoes are perfect for most off-road terrains. Whether you are running on wooded footpaths, snow-covered roads, or muddy trails, these shoes will offer you the traction you need to keep yourself safe and comfortable. The lugs on the sole of the shoe combined with the Trail Bite heel will give you an amazing grip on almost any surface and it will give you better uphill and downhill traction as well.
Price
Price

Price

The price tag on the La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes are a bit high on the spectrum but many customers have said that they are well worth the money. The MSRP, manufacturer's suggested retail price, of these shoes comes in at $160, but as with most things nowadays you can usually find them on sale somewhere for cheaper. With the long lifespan of these shoes, customers do not mind investing a decent amount of money up front for a fantastic pair of trail shoes that they will not have to replace for hundreds of miles.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes can boast that they have phenomenal traction on a wide variety of surfaces. The outsole of these shoes is made out of FriXion Red rubber which is a sticky rubber that is perfect for rocky terrains and will keep you from sliding around. In addition to the rubber outsole, La Sportiva also utilizes an impact brake system, aggressive lugs, and a Trail Bite heel to make sure that you are going to get the best grip you can no matter where you are running, whether uphill or down; in the snow, rain or sun; or in the mud, dirt or rocks.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes are rather stiff in the outsole and the padded midsole and therefore they are not the most flexible shoes on the market. These shoes will, however, bend when and where you need them to. Keep in mind that trail running shoes are usually a bit stiffer and less flexible than other running shoes because they are made to be worn on uneven surfaces and you do not want to lose your footing while you are running, possibly causing injury.
Stability
Stability

Stability

These shoes offer an amazing amount of stability for trail running. The thick padding in the midsole curves to your feet to offer you a stable and comfortable ride. Customers love the amount of stability they get from the La Sportiva Akyra GTX trail shoes.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Some customers believe that these shoes have a relatively high drop for a trail running shoe, coming in at 9 mm. The drop of a shoe is the difference in measurement of the heel and the toes from the ground, basically the incline of your shoes. Many runners prefer their trail shoe to have a lower drop so these do have a slightly higher drop than they would prefer.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-TPU and AirMesh Microlite upper is made to handle even the toughest of terrains
-Breathable and waterproof liner to keep your feet dry and cool
-Aggressive lugs on the outsole to give you the best traction possible
-MEMIex EVA midsole for great shock absorption
-Trail Rocker outsole for added support
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Customers seem to absolutely love these trail running shoes. The La Sportiva Akyra GTX is made to be used on such a wide variety of terrains that there is almost no place you cannot wear them. The price tag may be a little high, but they are made to last so customers do not mind paying the price for it. If you are looking for a decent pair of trail running shoes that are going to last and look good then you have come to the right place.