My long association with La Sportiva started back in 1988, when they sent me a pair of Kendos after climbing my first 8a, Reve d’un Papillon at Buoux. Over the years I’ve been with them, they’ve been responsible for endless innovations, from the first modern leather ice climbing boots to the first down-turned rock shoes, No-Edge technology and so on.
My experiences with La Sportiva….
HQ in Val Di Fiemme
From the humble origins of their tiny factory in Tesero, the La Sportiva has now evolved in to a large, high-tech, fully sustainable organisation that has remained entirely true its core philosophy. The spirit of climbing is in their blood and they represent the absolute cutting edge of product design.'
La Sportiva is one of the few great outdoor brands that is still owned by its original founders. The Delladio family still run La Sportiva because making footwear and going into the mountains is their heritage. The current director is Lorenzo (who’s passion for cars is reflected in the names of many of the shoes). His daughter, Giulia is involved in sales and marketing and his son Francesco is in product development. Every time I visit we head out for a slap-up feast, followed by some traditional dancing and a bit of climbing the next day.
Athletes - International
It’s no surprise that the world’s best climbers, such as Adam Ondra, gravitate towards La Sportiva shoes. For me, one of the best parts of being on the international athlete team is spending time with legendary figures like Adam. I first climbed with Adam in 2014, where we joined forces for a brief slideshow and climbing tour. Within weeks of getting his first sponsorship deal with La Sportiva, Adam taught himself to speak Italian and his genuine passion for the brand really comes across.