La Sportiva Quantum

Jan 31, 2012
Outside Magazine

Quantum    Photo: Courtesy of La Sportiva

THE SELL: There’s more than one way to grip the trail. THE TEST: Don’t let the Quantum’s extra-thick outsole scare you away: for runners who crave a plush ride, La Sportiva’s smooth, wavy Frixion outsole is pillow soft, and these shoes felt lighter than we expected. Testers were happiest wearing them on dry, rocky terrain, where that weird-looking bottom performed as intended, deforming around obstacles and providing grip and protection from sharp rocks at the same time. In mud or snow, though, the sole’s shallow, almost smooth lugs were a mild liability. Runners who don’t like soft shoes should look elsewhere. THE VERDICT: Stiff enough through the midfoot for overpronators, and plenty of cushion for long dry-weather runs. 11.5 oz; 11-mm heel-to-toe drop

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