The comfort of a slipper coupled with the snug fit of a hook and loop closure, the Skwama promises precision and performance. Stand-out features like the P3® rand design to minimize stretch, S-Heel™ construction for secure heel hooks and extra rubber over the top forefoot for toe hooks and scumming make this elite-level shoe built to deliver exacting control on the most technical routes and boulder problems.
- Patented S-Heel™ construction provides optimal heel hooking maneuverability and the perfect heel cup fit
- P3® patented technology coupled with the new innovative split-sole construction allows the sole to spread when weighted, reducing edge deformation
- Sticky rubber toe patch for toe hooks and scums
- Weight: 7.50 oz (210g)
- Last: PD 75
- Construction: Slip lasted
- Upper: Leather / Microfiber / Rubber toe cap
- Lining: Unlined
- Midsole: 0.8mm LaspoFlex with P3®
- Sole: 4mm Vibram® XS Grip2™
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Skwama vs Solution
I wear la Sportiva Solution climbing shoes in my street shoe size. I bought the Skwama shoes to address some things that I would like to improve versus the Solution. I bought the Skwama is a half size below the street. I use both of them for indoor bouldering. I haven't used the Skwama much because "30 days to do a review" and I'm nursing some minor injuries (of course)
The Skwama is not as stiff as the Solution which makes it more amenable for overhang climbing. I also find the heel fits better. The Solution has some small space that leads to a bit of movement in the heal - also affects jumping off of volumes to get a starting hold requiring a leap. There is some stretching in the Solution after a few months of use, across the top, and I've reduced the length of the lace part of the velcro fastener by somehow typing a know in it. The Skwama has a solid velcro attachment and this eliminates issues with the Solution lace with a velcro tab wearing through. I think that the solid velcro will give me a tighter fit if the shoe stretches across the top.
The Skwama seems to be made of thinner material than the Solution and there is not as thick a rubber on top of the toes - but it is "sticky" and grips well. But, this may affect how those toes feel after a long day of toe hooks. On the plus side, the toe box is a bit wider in the Skwama which adds to the comfort.
I think that the Solution is better for those tiny edges in vertical climbing - given the stiffness, but the Skwama does have that small gap in the sole around the middle of the ball of the foot that enhances flexibility for prehensile grip.
Everyone's feet are different. SO, your mileage may vary. The price point of the Skwama is much lower than the Solution which also adds to its attractiveness. If your foot likes the La Sportiva fit, and you like to do overhang bouldering more than slab then I would suggest trying the Skwama over the Solution.
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