La Sportiva Akasha is a great example of what a trail running shoe should be. The fit of the Akasha is snug and secure around the heel and rear-foot. The mid-foot is structured and supportive and opens out around the fore-foot to provide a flexible and unrestricted toe off motion. The midsole is slightly oversized and a few millimeters thicker than some other trail running shoes. This provides an impressive level of cushioning and shock absorption without limiting trail feel and responsiveness.
La Sportiva Akasha has a Trail Rocker design that assists with smooth transitioning from heel to toe when heel striking. The same Trail Rocker design is incorporated into the fore-foot to protect your metatarsals and improve toe-off efficiency for mid-foot and fore-foot strikers. The heel to toe drop is 6mm makes the La Sportiva Akasha very universal for all running techniques.
Last but not least is the super versatile Akasha outsole design. The majority of the tread is chevron shaped directional lugs that assist with grip while ascending and provide confidence while descending. FriXion XT rubber used on Akasha is designed to be grippy and durable on dry terrain but turns sticky and tacky once in contact with moisture.