Dave MacLeod signs for La Sportiva Press Release

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Lyon Equipment has announced that top British climber Dave MacLeod is signing as an ambassador for La Sportiva footwear.

A true all-rounder, MacLeod has a string of outstanding ascents to his name and has been pushing the upper limits of bouldering, rock and winter climbing for many years. Hugely experienced and focused, he has been the subject of numerous films and is now a filmmaker in his own right. Having completed a Sport Science MSc, MacLeod has also researched and written books on climbing training and injury considered to be the ‘bibles’ in the genre.

Dave MacLeod  © Dave MacLeod
MacLeod has confirmed that he is making the move to La Sportiva footwear, citing the Italian brand’s ambition, technical ability and the breadth of its range across all climbing disciplines. He comments, “Footwear has always been my biggest obsession in climbing equipment, so I’m delighted to join the team at La Sportiva. In fact, I’m pretty humbled to join the list of amazing top climbers around the world who are climbing in La Sportiva. I’ve always been about finding my limits in all aspects of climbing and when it comes to footwear, particularly rock shoes, you really rely on the quality of the shoe to get the most out of your body’s abilities. The integration between you and your rock shoe literally becomes part of how you move on rock.

“I’ve obviously tried countless different designs over my twenty years in climbing so far, and never tire of thinking of ideas to perfect footwear for climbing, because it makes such a huge difference to what you can climb. So the best situation is to be working with a company who have a track record for excellence in design, construction and innovation in climbing footwear. Let’s see what I can climb in them!”

For Lyon Equipment, Paul Cornthwaite said; “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Dave into the Lyon athletes team. Dave is a high end, high profile, very influential climber who brings a deep understanding of product design and performance; he will be a real asset now and in the future.”


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People in the wider world of climbing tend to hear about my climbing through the well known films E11 or Echo Wall or my book 9 out of 10 climbers make the same...

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20 Jun, 2016
Nice one.. First dibbs on your old Scarpa footwear Dave? ;-) cheers Gaz
20 Jun, 2016
Going from scarpa to sportiva doesn't make much sense. The last is so different one of the two must have fit him terribly. I'm not sure anyone could pay me enough money to wear shoes that didn't fit.
20 Jun, 2016
The two shoes that fit me best are the Scarpa Vapour V and the La Sportiva Otaki. Oh, and for trad, the Scarpa Force X and the La Sportiva TC Pro. But a lot of Scarpa and La Sportiva don't fit at all.
20 Jun, 2016
Same for me too - Instinct orange and LS Cobras.
20 Jun, 2016
I have a pair of Vapours for indoor use, and Miura lace for outdoor trad. Both fit fine. And I seriously doubt Dave would wear shoes he wasn't 100% happy with.
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