The La Sportiva Men's Katana Shoe is a crack climbing shoe that will also perform in the gym and on your favorite sport routes. The Katana uses a Velcro closure system for quick on/off and comfort. The upper is leather; with the inside lined with Pacific, Dentex, and Lorica, synthetic materials that provide moisture management, comfort, and reduce stretch. The medium to high asymmetry is comfortable without sacrificing performance on the rock face. The XS Edge rubber is resistant to deformation on sharp edges and ready for any type of problem.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Men's Katana Shoe
Highly adjustable opposing hook and loop closure for a precise fit
Lorica toe box for optimum edging power
Slingshot rand connected to the power hinge under the arch to control stretch
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Men's Katana Shoe
Weight: 7.87 oz / 223 g
Upper: Lorica/ Leather
Lining: Pacific (forefoot)/ Dentex (back)
Midsole: 1.1mm full-length LaspoFlex
Sole: 4mm Vibram XS Edge
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 55
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Ive been climbing 15 years. Katanas became my go-to shoe 5 years ago, fit me like a glove and upped my game into low 12's on sport. I've purchased 4 pairs and have two in rotation.Something is fishy, my current replacements don't fit. The heel is splashy, and the length is ~3-4mm longer than my other pairs I have on hand. Unfortuantely I cant go down a 1/2 size to compensate because the tow box still fits fine but the back end proportions have changed. Since this is performance shoe the changes are subtle but significant.I spoke with a very friendly Sportiva rep who said there have been no design changes. But Ive actually bought two pairs recently and they both are 'off', and confirmed by other eyes than mine. It is what it is. Henceforth I'll be purchasing in-store, and possibly will have to find a new performance shoe. So sad :(
"Solid. Sticky. Cozy. If I were a climbing shoe, I'd be the Katana."
Solid footing, great grab, comfortable upper, good fit all-around. Velcro version offers versatility and secure fit and color option for blue/green (my girlfriend thinks they're pretty ;) ). It's my go-to shoe on the tougher climbs. One day I'll be Chris Sharma (with all the sex appeal, too), but today, I'm going to be me and wear the Katana. It's sunny and Monday and that's all I can say about that. If you need to reach me for follow-up commentary, I'll be on the wall.
"Sturdy. Sticky. Cozy. if I were a climbing shoe, I'd be the Katana."
Solid footing, great grab, comfortable upper, good fit all-around. Velcro version offers versatility and secure fit and color option for blue/green (my girlfriend thinks they're pretty ;) ). It's my go-to shoe on the tougher climbs. One day I'll be Chris Sharma (with all the sex appeal, too), but today, I'm going to be me and wear the Katana. It's sunny and Monday and that's all I can say about that. Now I'm going to the wall.
"Breaks in nicely, edges like a boss (6 months in)"
These are my second pair of shoes had the LaSportiva tarantulas first. The first thing I noticed about these is that they were pretty sensitive than my first shoe but after I got use to them at broke them in I realized how well they stick. They make toeing in on the tiniest jibs feel effortless. Would definitely recommend this shoe for someone coming out of there first pair and looking for something a little more technical and not too aggressive. Oh yeah I also use these for sport, boulder and gym.
I think these shoes have been discontinued but they are my best friend's absolute favorite pair of climbing shoes for bouldering and sport climbing. We were stoked to find these on Moosejaw and probably should have bought a second pair. La Sportivas are the best. Great toe box and edging.
I liked this shoe so much that I had a seamstress add extra fabric to the straps. It wasn't pretty but it fit my big stupid feet. These shoes were amazing. I wore them until the toe split on both shoes and I couldn't edge anymore. They are sticky amazing and they break in nicely. I could wear these for an hour or two at the climbing gym. I can't say enough about this shoe.
"Not Bad But There Are Better Shoes Available"
They edge ok but not great, they have not worn very well, they are only slightly uncomfortable, they are reasonably sticky. Overall they are just ok. I have since upgraded to the Miuras and I wish I would have purchased them from the start.
I bought these shoes after wearing through my Muiras. I got them in the same size (I wear women's 8 street shoe, and got 38.5 in Muiras), but the fit was totally different. It was WAY more comfortable, little to no break in time, but the leather ended up stretching a lot more than I expected, and the heel was really deep. The extra space in the heel makes hooking more difficult. So these shoes are not very aggressive, but they are fairly sensitive and comfortable addition to my arsenal.
These shoes are comfortable, but make sure you try them on first. After trying on around 10 pairs of shoes, I decided these fit my foot the best. I normally wear a size 12 and downsized to a size 42.5 which was painful at first, but now after they have been broken in they fit great. They are comfortable to wear in the gym and on rock and they stick like glue.
got this shoe a couple months ago, so still in the beginning of our relationship, but so far they are getting the job done. used mainly for bouldering so far, they've performed well. I'm a sz 12 st shoe and went with a 44.