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The Mens Katana Climbing Shoe by La Sportiva is a performance velcro shoe for every type of climbing.
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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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.
"A leather shoe with the edging potential of the Anasazi but a narrower toe box"
I'm a fan of the 5.10 Anasazi great edging power; the gym clearing smell of the shoes, I'm not so psyched on. The Katanas are a lot like the Anasazis: flat last, sensitive yet firm rubber, a great pointed toe for pockets, and a suction-like heal. They're also leather, which means good bye stank! The last-same as the TC Pros-is a little narrower than that of the Anasazi. The result: outside toes are a little more curled, pushing my big toe up against the inside of my shoe. If the Anasazi's a little wide, try these. They aren't perfect. I am more hesitant to smear, perhaps due to the slightly more aggressive toe curl. And the heal cups feel a little less secure when hooking than the Anasazi.
I'm really into multi-pitch, and my go-to shoe for moderates is the Mythos. But sometimes the route is simply too much for them, with tiny little edges that my (three-times-resoled) Mythos can't seem to find. This is when I pull out my Katanas. They're aggressive enough to keep you edging on the steep stuff without breaking your foot in half as if you're one of those smelly boulderers.The velcro pads on the shoe are large enough so you can crank the straps multiple ways, allowing for different shaped feet. The uppers are made from a material that doesn't hold odor like other shoes, and they go on and off like a dream.This is a great shoe.
They fit nice and the velcro is great for popping them on and off. I just wish the toe edge were a bit better. They're a great shoe and all but don't really feel more aggressive than my Mythos. I probably shoulda gone with the Miura.
This shoe has progressed my climbing skills to where I am today. This was the third pair of shoes that I've owned and the only La Sportivas, and they are by far my favorites. The Katanas are a great gym shoe, but are just aggressive enough to do some of my favorite projects at the crag. The Vibram rubber is top notch and after a year of hard use the toes are finally starting to wear just a little. They do not turn my feet yellow, they are comfortable strapped or otherwise, and will definitely be resoled when the time comes.