The La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe is a grippy climbing shoe for the climber doing it all. The Tarantulace features a comfort fit with low asymmetry, so you can power through day after day of climbing without getting tired. Save your toes for a night of partying with the soft, unlined leather upper and synthetic leather overlay. The lace ups give a snug fit so you won't slip and slide around inside. Whether you're strictly a gym climber, prefer the sun on your back on outdoor rock, or enjoy a mix of the two, this shoe will get it done. The FriXion RS rubber is durable and long lasting with plenty of grip to get you to the top.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe
Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit
Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability
Lined tongue for moisture management
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe
Weight: 9.3 oz / 260 g
Upper: Leather/ Synthetic Leather
Midsole: 1.8 mm LaspoFlex
Sole: 5mm FriXion RS
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: RL 45
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This is a great entry level shoe, but I don't think it's designed for the long haul. I've owned this shoe now for about 2 weeks and I've used it everyday, but I'm getting the feeling that I will be passing it on to a friend soon. While it might be great for the occasional climber, I don't think it was designed as an all around shoe to use everyday for climbing. It may be that I'm using it in the wrong setting as well. As I don't climb outdoors at all, I stick 100 percent to gym climbing.
I've got a pair of these that are probably a touch too big for my feet but that doesn't suck because I also have a really aggressive pair that I switch to when I need to. I use these at the gym quite a bit (3-4 days a week for half a year) and they are still in great shape. Good for if you aren't the quick in and out of the gym climber but you spend a lot of time in your shoes in between climbs.
I've been climbing off and on again for the less 10 years but never really got in to till lest year. These are the first pair that I have bought. They fit great and I like that I can tide them as tight or loose as want. Big thing that sold me was the great price for getting for a beginner.
Got them as my first pair and they have not disappointed me. Wear street size 10.5 and I got them a size down and they fit great, but they still are comfy enough for me to be wearing it around the gym. The only bad part is that the toe box is rather wide so it's pretty hard to toe in on some of those small foot chips, but overall a great shoe with a great sole.
I bought these as my first pair of climbing shoes, and they worked quite well for about 6 months of moderate climbing activity. Then, the outside shoelace eyelets on each shoe ripped out, and the rubber at the tips of the toes got a hole in it. Not a super great experience. That being said, I'm hoping to fix them up and hold onto them as a comfortable, long multi-pitch shoe for the easy stuff, as they are definitely comfortable. Don't offer a whole lot of support on hard moves though - if you're looking to climb hard, you might want to look elsewhere.
The first pair I bought were too big and it took me sending them back twice for me to get a pair that fit. But when the pair I kept are a lot more spacey in the toe then the last pair of shoes I had, which were a lot more aggresive. They fit comfortably and are good if you plan on climbing constsantly for an extended period of time.
I bought these a size bigger to use in day-long alpine climbs. They have worked great for me for that use. I can also walk with them on, something usual on apline routes where there are long ledges. Very comfortable.Never used them for sport climbing or bouldering..
I'm new to the rock climbing sport. (2 months).these shoes fit great and perfom great also. I couldn't believe the difference in my climbing after switching from the rentals. I know comparing to rentals isn't saying a whole lot but these shoes felt great. Great price for a great beginner shoe.
I got these shoes for my brother when he started climbing, and he likes them just fine. I chose these because they are really inexpensive for the brand, the rubber is stiff and sticky, and the shoe doesn't need much of a break in. I would say it is comprable to Evolv Defy in price and quality. The main difference is that the Defys have more sensitivity and is a bit more comfortable, but the Tarantulace has better edging and rubber. The shoe doesn't stretch too much, and the laces allow you to keep it tight, so I would say there is no need to downsize for this shoe.