(2 customer reviews)

La Sportiva Akasha (M)


The La Sportiva Akasha is a staff favorite for long distance trail running, up to and including 100 milers. Cushioned enough for the rockiest terrain, this shoe also has the traction and grip to handle technical and muddy runs.

SKU: AkashaM_BT Categories: , , ,


Cushioned comfort and protection

Cushion for longer runs, grip for all terrain


Thick, plush cushion gives you protection without bogging you down.


Secure upper holds your foot in place without being constricting.



Wider toe box allows for splay on longer runs.


Aggressive lugs give traction in loose and technical terrain, and sticky rubber outsole gives you grip in all the right places.

Cushion and protection for whatever distance you need

The Long Distance Shoe


+ Weight – 11.35 oz (Men’s 9)
+ Rubber Outsole – Frixion XF 2.0
+ Midsole – 30A Shore Hardness
+ Footbed – Ortholite open cell
+ Total Stack Height – 26mm/20mm (4mm drop)

Additional information

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2 reviews for La Sportiva Akasha (M)

  1. Michael V

    Too stiff for me. After many miles, my Hoka Cliftons needed replacement, and when I tried these at the store, they felt really good. They seem very well made and durable, but the plate is very unforgiving. After one run, I realized they were much too stiff for me. I live out of town, and I was unable to make it back to the store before the exchange period expired. So i’ll end up selling these on EBay. Already swtiched back to new Hoka Challenger ATR 5.

    • Pamela Harght

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry to hear you’re not as much of a fan as we are of the Akasha! There is actually no rock plate in the shoe, just a pretty aggressive outsole and a fair amount of cushioning in the forefoot; similar to your Challenger’s. La Sportiva is not a soft as most Hoka’s, so it would be worth putting a few more miles on the shoes to break them in. I’m not sure which type of trails you run on regularly, but they are made for more rocky, technical trails. They would be a great compliment to the Challenger’s where you can run groomed, soft trails or even road in the Hoka’s and save the Akasha’s for the mountains/Bandera/Franklin Mountains type races. -Pam

  2. owenfowler

    We purchased these for my son. They were primarily for a backpacking trip in Colorado, but since he runs cross country they’ll do double duty as trail runners on the rougher trails in Austin. After his initial runs with them, he came back with very favorable reviews. They were excellent on our backpacking trip. They provided excellent traction and cushioning along with adequate support with a moderate pack weight. They aren’t as supportive as hiking boots, but we didn’t expect them to be. He is looking forward to getting out with them more. The top notch service and fitting at the shop was the difference between adequate shoes and a great pair of trail runners. Thanks Austin Trail Running.

    • Pamela Harght

      Thanks Owen for the great feedback!

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