Having been a long-time member of the La Sportiva Crosslite Fan Club, I was a little surprised to see the release of the Crosslite 2.0 this spring. Afterall, I have run through 15 pairs of the original Crosslite, loved them, never blistered during a 100 miler with them and just couldn’t think of a way to improve upon them.
It was comforting to hear that both were still going to be in the La Sportiva line, but that still left me a little confused about why both were needed. That is, until I spent a number of trail hours in the 2.0’s.
The first thing that stuck out when I first slipped them on was that the 2.0 had a slightly different fit. They were a little wider in the forefoot, had more height in the midfoot, and a slightly deeper heel. This extra room would certainly appeal to those with a wider foot or higher instep who might not have been able to wear the originals. The added depth in the heel counter is the part of the fit that I appreciated the most as I found it gave me a more secure fit in the heel on long uphill climbs.
Once I got running in the Crosslite 2.0’s, the biggest differences in the performance of the shoe really shone through. The midsole of the 2.0 seemed to be considerably softer than the original; both in the rearfoot and forefoot. Even with the added cushioning in the midsole, I was surprised at how well the 2.0’s flexed right out of the box. This was something that I found took a few runs before the originals flexed the way that I liked them to.
Even with the added cushioning, I didn’t find that I felt like I was up too high or unstable at all while running in the 2.0. This was probably partially due to having a lower heel drop of only 8 mm; compared to 10 mm in the original Crosslite. The rearfoot stability was also enhanced in the 2.0 with the addition of an external heel stabilizer. For heel strikers, this rearfoot support would be another welcome addition, however even though I am more of a midfoot/forefoot striker, I found the added stability to be very helpful on traverses.
There is nothing different in the outersole in the Crosslite 2.0, as it offers the same exceptional traction as the original in all surfaces with the use of FriXion. So, the big question is, why would someone want to go with the Crosslite 2.0 over the original Crosslite? The short answer would be: Don’t. Instead, use them both. They have their own individual strengths that they make a great 1-2 (2.0) combination.
While, I still do not think that the Crosslite 2.0 will entirely replace my beloved original Crosslites on all of my runs, they have certainly given me a little more protection for my feet and body on days that I may need just a little bit more than the originals. All at a slightly lighter weight at only 10.7 oz.
For more information on the Crosslite 2.0 or other La Sportiva trail running shoes, please visit www.sportiva.com.