Aequilibrium series: light and fast mountaineering by La Sportiva
Balance is the state of being able to control the position and movement of the body in space, a harmonious synthesis of opposing and contrasting forces.
In the world of technical mountain footwear, the search for balance between apparently contrasting needs such as comfort and technicality, but also lightness and durability, is the basis of the daily challenges of a research and development department such as that of La Sportiva, a leading company in the mountain footwear and technical clothing sector since 1928, when Narciso Delladio, a shoemaker in a small workshop, produced his first products: mountain shoes and boots. Since then, the Trentino company has come a long way, anticipating and developing mountain trends with ever more innovative and revolutionary products. Known and loved by mountaineers around the world for its High-Mountain lines, ultra-technical boots for Himalayan mountaineering and again seen this year during the historic winter ascent of K2, Nepal, a series composed of robust and technical leather products designed for mountaineering and work, and Trango, a technical reference for hikers looking for lightweight products with a modern look, La Sportiva is launching a brand new line of mountaineering boots for summer 2021: Aequilibrium.
The very name of the series is a statement of intent: to perfectly combine comfort, technicality, lightness and durability in the service of modern mountaineering, whose priority is lightness and speed. Aequilibrium was created for use on alpine terrain, for fast and light day trips, for technical passages on rocky ground and mixed terrain, to accompany the climber all the way from home to the summit, thanks to unprecedented comfort.
"Year after year, we have always sought to support and stimulate the rapid evolution of mountaineering," says Lorenzo Delladio CEO of La Sportiva, "which has gradually moved from the use of robust leather boots to even better products made of synthetic materials, light but equally robust products suitable for day trips from home to the summit, passing through highly technical terrain where the use of crampons is mandatory. What makes the difference today on these products is their practicality, a characteristic that combines technicality and comfort. »
The Aequilibrium series consists of 3 products with different degrees of technicality:
AEQUILIBRIUM TOP GTX
Lightweight, high-tech gaiter shoe for fast mountaineering on mixed terrain and medium altitude. Technically at the forefront, it is the perfect synthesis of lightness, comfort and durability.
AEQUILIBRIUM ST GTX:
Ultra-light and very versatile technical hiking shoe, ideal for vias ferratas, trekking, glacier crossings and mixed terrain.
AEQUILIBRIUM LT GTX:
Technical hiking shoe with leather upper, ideal for backpacking and multi-day hikes at altitude.
The heart of the line and the technology common to all three models is the Double Heel™ construction, which guarantees exceptional walking ability, the particular geometry with a very pronounced double rear cleat reinforcing the braking effect on descents and allowing a smoother walking rhythm that reduces muscle fatigue. Durability and lightness come together in this sole/insole combination with outer shell construction and super soft inner foam for perfect cushioning and a very lightweight product.
The innovative Vibram® SpringLug Tech outsole provides comfort, terrain adaptability and performance. This new Vibram technology is composed of a rubber shell that provides maximum protection and abrasion resistance as well as grip and traction. Inside, there is a low density polyurethane that maximizes comfort properties and allows the sole to have a great capacity of adaptability to rough terrain.
Each component is designed to reduce volumes as much as possible and make the products very light so that they can be worn for many hours of walking and in many situations.
Another fundamental element is the 3D Flex System Evo™ technology, a technological evolution that has made the La Sportiva Trango line famous and which, thanks to a contoured malleolus, allows for better control of support and perfect mobility of the ankle.
The three versions TOP, ST and LT have a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining.
The Aequilibrium Top adds even more technical features thanks to the BOA® Fit System lacing, integrated into the gaiter, for perfect volume adjustment with one hand.
Whether it's attempting a day climbing record, an FKT (fastest known time), or enjoying a trip with a versatile product capable of taking us from the car to the summit without giving up comfort and technicality, the Aequilibrium series has been designed to meet the needs of the modern climber. With extreme balance.