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La Sportiva Electron
$120, 12.0 oz, www.sportiva.com
The Dirt. La Sportiva’s new Morphodynamic technology used in the Electron (and their other new shoe, the Quantum) is designed to adapt to the ground on impact. The soft wave-like cushioned outsole with polyurethane (PU) foam filled pockets and an EVA midsole feels like a fat tire underfoot and offers exceptional shock absorption and durability. A soft stretchy, microfiber nylon upper is void of overlays and testers reported it’s built-in mini-gator under the laces kept out debris.
Fit. An ergonomic last and slipper-like upper provide an incredible next-to-foot feel, and fit low- to medium-volume feet. Slight arch-support offers moderate pronation control.
Best For. The Electron is a performance-oriented, low-to-the-ground shoe and feels springy enough to conquer a rugged 5K and last 100 miles. “Lugs” perform best on dry, packed or rocky terrain.