The La Sportiva Testarossa Shoe is a high performance climbing shoe for climbers looking for challenging routes. A combination of Lorica (synthetic fabric) and leather come together to provide strength and give with every move you make. The inside is lined with two synthetic materials to provide stretch and wick moisture away from your feet. The down turned toe provides edging power on steep routes and extreme bouldering problems. The 4mm outsole is the hardest and stickiest rubber, XS Grip, to get you through the impossible holds. This red headed beauty will gladly take you to the top.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva Testarossa Shoe
Innovative bi-lateral stretch technology designed to stretch in just the right spots
3D cupped hytrel midsole
Patented figure 8 slingshot rand
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Testarossa Shoe
Weight: 7.44 oz / 211 g
Upper: 33 - 45 (half sizes)
Lining: Leather/ Lorica
Insole: Pacific in the toe and heel, Dry-Best in the tongue
Midsole: P3 with 3D Hytrel Anatomical Insert (under toes)
Sole: 4mm Vibram XS Grip2
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 85
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I would (and will) purchase this model time and time again. I've finally found my "fit"! They were so beautiful that my boyfriend cried so I had to buy him a pair as well, but that's okay, because I got ma$$ reward points. These are soft, yet sturdy. They offer a glove-like fit, and the lace-ups are nice for sport climbing because you can fit at your own discretion. A little tedious for bouldering. This is my second aggressive shoe, my first pair having been ill-fitted (now that I know better). Very glad I purchased these & so is my boi
I usually wear the Solutions, but wanted to try out a shoe that had less of a giant round heel and with a little more sensitivity. Firstly- I wear a 35 in Solutions, and the Testarossa in the same size feel significantly larger and they stretch, so downsize. Secondly, the laces broke the second day I wore them, which seems ridiculous. Luckily I got some cheap and much sturdier accessory cord and it works great. The lacing system is tiresome and kind of difficult to cinch down- harder than the lace up Miuras or the 5.10 Dragons. My third complaint is that- despite my initial interest in a less rubbery heel- the heel is super, super loose and baggy. Don't wear these if your life is about to depend on a heel hook. Or a toe hook for that matter, since there is no rubber on the toe. Anyways, despite all my griping, I wear them all the time for sport climbing and they're more comfortable than the Solutions.
"By far the best pair of shoes I have ever purchased"
These shoes are great for overhanging boulder problems and for when you need to stand on the tiniest ledges you can think of. They may be a little tight, but they are very comfortable. I would recommend this shoe to any climber that is looking for an advanced highly aggressive shoe.
I've used this Testarossa for a few months. My main shoe has been the Miura.This Testarossa is much more flexible and feels a bit lighter. For me, it requires a bit more concentration and foot strength for small edges. The heel is a bit smaller than the Miura so can be fit into smaller technical features. However it lacks the side rubber and hard edges of the Miura so one has to concentrate on using technique more than the features of the shoe to hook holds. More side rubber than the Miura means better smearing higher up on the foot. Fit is very glove like as would be expected of Sportivas of this level. Even more so than the Miura. The lace up does not feel as burly though which adds to the greater foot flexibility. This can be a con for climbers that are not as conditioned or a pro for those that want more foot sensitivity on small tech features. I can't comment much on durability but the rubber seems to be holding up to aggressive indoor holds and routes. Nice shoe
I have had these shoes going on a year and a half and the rubber is still great. Granted they aren't the shoe I wear the most, I am still surprised by the condition of the rubber. I generally wear my men's Miura lace ups to warm up or on easier routes and throw these bad boys on when I throw down on the rock! What intrigued me about these shoes is they were the first Sportiva shoe I could fit into. I wear a size 8.5 street shoe and have a short, wide foot. I bought these in a 39.5 although I fit in the 39 and looking back I probably could have grit my teeth and broke in a 38.5. These shoes are like a glove and yes they do hurt while breaking in and even after if worn for long pitches. I would not recommend them for the novice climber. That being said they are my favorite pair of shoe of shoe I own and my go to shoe when I mean business. Even after the milage on them they stick to a dime. Some people don't care for the heel but I don't seem to have any issue. Worth trying on the wall!
These shoes are hands down the most comfortable and best fitting shoes i've ever worn and owned. If they weren't so expensive i would wear these around the house. Just as a reference i'm streetsize 10.5 and i've had 5.10 arrowheads (9) hornets (9) lasportiva katana lace (8) and demoed other high performace shoes outdoor (shaman, futura, solutions, talons, mangoes) and I prefer these either 8/8.5 over any other shoe. These shoes excel at sport climbing and trad. They sacrifice rubber on the heel and inside edge in the name of comfort, so bouldering performance could be better i guess, but they've never held me back. Supremely comfortable, high performing for all types of climbing and definitely worth the price. Only shoes i've ever considered sending in for a resole.
I was super psyched to try this shoe, and finally got to tonight at a shoe demo. The shoe felt (in my hands), and looked, great. However when I put it on I was completely surprised by the intense pain that they invoked. The toe box felt completely cramped; more so than even the solutions. I climbed one route and had to take them off. I have the La Sportiva Katana Lace shoes and they are some of the most comfortable climbing shoes I have ever tried. Maybe it was just a bad pair, but make sure you try them on first.
I've only been climbing in these shoes for a couple of weeks now, but I love them. Love the aggressiveness....edges and toes awesome. I have read other reviews saying the heel sucks. But I haven't had any issues with heel hooks....yet. Sizing: My street size is an 8.5-9 (depending on the shoe). I got these in 39.5. For comparison, I also have the Miura VS in a 40. The testarossas fit nice and snug around my heel. I didn't get them painfully tight. I didn't think it was necessary. But they are pretty tight.I would definitely buy these shoes again.
From slabs to overhanging rock I love these shoes. They are surprisingly comfortable for how aggressive they are (which is wicked aggressive!). They inspire confidence on most any route because they have sweet rubber and they make you look good (which always makes you climb hard!). I wear a size 10.5 street shoe and got these in a size 9. Best decision. They broke in within a couple of sessions at the gym and molded to my feet when I took them outside. I love these shoes so much that I just sent them to get resoled...super stoked to have new rubber!
I have a pair of: 5.10 Coyotes (size US 11), 5.10 Moccasyms (US 10.5), La Sportiva Miura (EU 44.5) and now these (EU 44). My street size is an 11. I had fallen in love with the Miura (a great everything shoe that I could wear all day without pain) and when those needed repair I opted for the Testarossa. I bought a half size smaller than the Muira, which I regret a bit. I can wear these for 1/2 h max (I have worn them in.) They do edge a bit better than the Muira but I don’t think it is worth the extra pain. For the climbing that I do most (trad around 5.9 and sprot up to 5.11) I was fine with the Miura. I don’t regret buying these but I would not suggest having these as the only pair.
"Great shoe. Great toe. Heel could use some work. If you want a super aggressive shoe, this is it."
Amazing shoe. Great for bouldering and indoor sport climbing. I haven't got to use it outdoors but i'm sure it would perform just as well. Maybe not the best shoe for big wall climbing because it can get uncomfortable quickly. La Sportiva should improve the heel a bit and make a velcro version! Overall great shoe.