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La Sportiva Helios 3 Performance Review

What You Need To Know

  • Weighs 7.4 oz. (210 g) for a US M9 / 6.5 oz. (184 g) for a US W8
  • Injection Molded EVA gives a plush ride over all terrain
  • Buttery smooth upper is airy for the summertime
  • The most underrated trail shoe in the game?

COURTNEY: The La Sportiva Helios 3 is perhaps one of the most underrated trail shoes I’ve come across. The Helios 3 is an exceptionally unique and enjoyable shoe that improves off its predecessors. I can’t compare it to any other trail runner, it’s that special.


The Good

COURTNEY: The Helios 3 is a neutral, low-profile shoe with a 4 mm drop. An injection-molded EVA midsole creates a sensationally soft and comfortable experience for how thin and lightweight (6.2 oz) this shoe is. The Frixion AT 2.0 rubber outsole has attractive ripple-patterned lugs that are durable and provide excellent traction on all terrain. Pavement, soft trail, hard trail, frozen trails, dusty trails, you name it. If you have to incorporate roads during your run to get to trails or to connect trails it’s a seamless and smooth transition. 

La Sportiva added additional tongue and ankle padding and 3D foam padded inserts for all-day comfort. A HyDrain air mesh with rip-stop nylon upper ensures maximum breathability, quick draining and durability for the most rugged adventures. 

The Helios 3 has a relatively narrow shape and heel cup but doesn’t compromise space in the toe box. While some may not be too excited about a narrow platform, I love the fit of this shoe.

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The Bad

COURTNEY: Nothing to report. 

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La Sportiva Helios 3 Conclusion

COURTNEY: The La Sportiva Helios 3 is a fun, fast, and comfortable trail shoe that looks damn good. La Sportiva has created a niche in the trail running world with the Helios model that seems generally undiscovered. If you’re looking for something new for this summer, pick up the Helios 3.

You can pick up the La Sportiva Helios 3 at Running Warehouse (featuring free 2-day shipping and 90-day returns) by using the shop link below.

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Courtney Schwartz( Contributor )

Courtney is a mountain ultra trail runner living in The Rockies trying to keep up with her Vizsla! She is the founder and leader of Wydaho Wolfpack in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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