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La Sportiva Akasha II Shoe


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The Akasha is back! Loved by many runners for its legendary comfort and do-it-all attitude, La Sportiva took it off the menu for a few seasons but brought it back better than ever with increased durability, protection, and breathability. The La Sportiva Akasha II is even more eager to chew up miles reliably and comfortably. The midsole’s lightweight dual-injection Memlex EVA minimizes shock when landing on choppy, rough, and rocky trails while the Cushion Platform provides a lively, spring-like feel with each step throughout the run. The Akasha’s outsole means business on all sorts of terrain with its 4.5mm lugs utilizing dual compound FriXion XT 2.0 for a perfect blend of traction and durability. Trail Rocker technology makes for a smoother heel-to-toe action. And like many La Sportiva mountain running shoes, the Akasha uses the Impact Brake System for better control on downhills. As for the top half, a highly breathable 3D airmesh upper conforms to any volume foot, allowing for a very accommodating fit. Dynamic ProTechTion Reinforcements give added durability to the breathable uppers. The La Sportiva Akasha II is the perfect shoe no matter the distance, terrain, or speed. There’s nothing it can’t handle!

SkyRun Fit Tip - Pick your typical European size. If you don't know your Euro size, we suggest sizing up one-half US size.

  • A Goldilocks 6mm drop from 31mm heel to 25mm toe is just right.
  • Highly breathable 3D airmesh upper combined with the nylon lacing harness adapts to every foot volume for a great fit.
  • Outsole features Impact Brake System, 4.5mm lugs, and dual compound FriXion XT 2.0 for reliable, traction on various trail types.
  • Rocker technology for a smooth heel-to-toe motion when running.
  • STB Stabilization technology on both sides of the midsole keeps things stable for precise control on any terrain.
  • Dual-injection Memlex EVA midsole provides ample cushion and liveliness.
  • Ideal shoe for the indecisive runner who likes everything from technical terrain to long days on smooth singletrack.

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351g [44.0]
Weight (pair) 702g [44.0]
Lug Depth   4.5mm
Drop 6mm
Stack Height 31mm
Specs Verified Yes
Outsole FriXion® XT 2.0/ Trail Rocker™
Fit Medium Volume
Last Medium
Cushion High
Protection High
Lacing System Traditional
SkyRun Says
Usage Distance runs in technical terrain
Notes STB Stabilization Technology in the midsole creates great stability in uneven terrain
Bottom Line Burly shoe that runs well with plenty of rocker
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Questions & Reviews

Comment from Brian h
I was excited to get these. Sportiva typically fits my low volume foot. The sole pattern looks favorable to the typically muddy Alaska trails. However, these run quite small. I have a pair of 44.5 and 45 Bushidos from a few years back and got these in a 45. My toes are right at the end. I'll try a 45.5 and see if I have more luck.
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Question from Mike H
Any chance you'll be getting these in a size 43?
Answer from Jeremy L
We sure will, Michael. Email us at and let us know the shoe and size and we'll send you a notification just as soon as it's delivered. Hope that helps.
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Model: AKASHA II MPN: 56A-999100

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