Upon first look, I was prepared to think that the La Sportiva Quantum would not be a shoe that I would necessarily go to all that often. I have always liked the basic, low to the ground profile and exceptional traction of the Crosslites, so I thought that this was going to be a huge deviation for me. The sole design of the MorphoDynamic system seemed like it was going to be a bulkier and less responsive ride. Boy was I wrong.
While there is a little more shoe in the Quantum (at 12.9 oz, it’s not as light as the Crosslite series or the Xcountry), the thing that really surprised me was that it didn’t feel heavy or bulky.
Right out of the box, the exceptional cushioning was the first thing that I noticed. This felt a little foreign compared to what I was used to in the Crosslite. The thing that really surprised me though was that the Quantum felt like it was supporting my foot with a little more shoe, but allowed my foot to roll naturally, almost the way, dare I say, that a minimalist shoe does…except with much more protection.
The glove-like fit of the upper further enhanced my feeling of running in the shoe, and not on top of it. Furthermore, the unique rippled sole not only provided exceptional shock absorption, but also offered surprisingly good traction on all but the muddiest of trails, where the Crosslite can’t be beat.
I am shocked that I’ve been going to my Quantums much more often lately. The added cushioning has been very welcome on days that my body is tired and needs an extra little pampering. Though, on days when I’ve felt like picking up the pace and running hard, the Quantums haven’t felt like they’ve been out of their element at all, and allowed a responsive, surprisingly smooth ride while keeping my foot at one with the ground.
For more information on the La Sportiva Quantum, as well as other La Sportiva shoes, please visit www.Sportiva.com