The La Sportiva Men's Katana Lace is an all around climbing shoe for wherever your route takes you. The Katana takes you to the gym, out to your favorite rock, and bouldering when your harness didn't quick make the trip. The technical fit closes tight with laces for additional tailoring. A medium asymmetry is comfortable for longer days and still allows for more technical climbing. The upper combines leather and synthetic leather (Lorica) to create a more durable, water-repellent, and breathable shoe. The Pacific lining at the forefoot and back allow for just enough stretch to get 'em comfy for the long run. The 4mm Vibram XS Edge rubber grips and sticks for monkeying up each toe hold.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Katana Lace
Lorica lacing harness for an exact, no stretch fit
Lorica toe box for optimum edging power
Highly breathable tongue works in conjunction with the lining for excellent moisture management
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Men's Katana Lace
Weight: 8.71 oz / 247 g
Upper: Lorica/ Leather
Lining: Pacific (forefoot and back)
Midsole: 1.1mm full-length LaspoFlex with P3
Sole: 4mm Vibram XS Edge
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 55
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I have to admit that I am writing this review a little premature but. They are true to size! I wear a size 12 in street shoes and ordered 45.5s (11.5s). They are tight and have some discomfort to them but I wouldn't go with a size larger or smaller. If you want the tight and extremely snug fit go a half size down. Any more then that would just be painful. I love the looks of the shoes and would always go with the laces. Snugs up the fit perfectly! Looks, fit and now to see how they climb................................
These shoes have made all the difference in my climbing. Having only owned a couple of beginner pairs in the past I noticed a great improvement when edging on tiny ledges. I sized them down a full size from my street shoe. After about a month of climbing they have stretched maybe 1/4 of a size and I don't expect them grow anymore.
I have tried on almost every aggressive shoe model made my five ten la Sportiva and these were the ONLY shoes that were comfortable on my feet. I have somewhat wide feet with longer toes (slight mortons), and I had almost given up hope of ever finding a pair of comfortable shoes for those hard, steep progressive sport routes and bouldering problems. The Katana's got it just right. They fit super snug but with almost no pain in the toes. The heel cup sucks up my heel just right. So far they have more than done the job on the roof problems that I have been working on where aggressiveness is the name of the game. Edging is a dream.
This has been my go-to shoe for about a year. It does well in most types of climbing, whether moderate crack, overhung sport, or slab. Its aggressive enough use your toes on overhangs but lined leather means comfort and easy on/off. The tongue is elastic, meaning you dont need to lace them completely to wear them. The durability is impressive, just blowing through the toe cap after about a year of 2-4x/week. A somewhat updated version of the Miura, but with a different feel.
I got these shoes sized 2 sizes smaller than my normal street shoe because I wanted a performance fit. That might have been a little tight, because the first three months were agony (I never tied the laces unless I had to heel hook), but now they're great. I've climbed a lot in them (up to three times a week outdoors on boulders), and they're starting to wear a bit, but the Evolvs and Mad Rocks I've owned would have been shredded by now. In retrospect, 1.5 sizes smaller than street shoe probably would have given me almost as good a performance fit and made them a lot more comfortable on long sport, but I'm still content.
"Great for sport or anything overhanging"
I wear a size nine street shoe and got my katanas at size 39.5. Fit very well with not too bad of a break-in period. The only complaint about sizing is that the heal cup is just slightly bigger than most other sportiva shoes but it didn't affect performance too much. Used these as my primary sport route/boulder shoe and couldn't have been happier with the way they they edged and stuck to the tiniest foot chips. They also smeared far better than what I was expecting. Can't really go wrong with la sportiva and this is a shoe that can take you to the next level.
"Great shoes, fit pretty close to size. Great for all sorts of climbing, from the gym to the crag."
I've used this pair of shoes for the past two seasons at the gym. I've taken them out bouldering a few times, but they're better suited for routes. In short, I love these shoes! great buy, I would recommend these shoes to my friends!
A solid fit, thankfully. I needed a pair of shoes that would stick with my feet through each move in the sequence, and this shoe offers just that. Laces allow for them to always feel snug as well. Near perfect shoe
"Bottom line theses shoes rock stop reading this and order a pair now!"
The fit is like what to be expected from La Sportiva snug as a well defined foot glove. Personally I wear a size ten street shoe and sized down to a 41 in these the fit is perfect. The p3 system rocks, really allows you to put the power down to the small little chips.The toe box is very nice plenty of room slightly asymmetrically allowing you to put plenty of power to the toes. The heel cups are really nice work very well. Smearing is really good in these shoes due to the vibram xs edge soles. bottom line this shoe is a great all around shoes for almost all types of climbing, do yourself and your feet a favor and order a pair you wont regret it.
I prefer to climb on cracks and this shoe is perfect for this climbing!!!! I love the way it fits to my foot ... i have been climbing with them for about 5 months and at the beginning it was quite difficult to fit them but now it fits perfect and i really love this shoes!!!! :D