La Sportiva Katana Climbing Shoe (2014) - Men's

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  • IDEAL TERRAIN: moderately overhanging sport routes, face climbing, gym climbing, crack climbing
  • UPPER: Lorica / Leather
  • LINING: Pacific (forefoot) / Dentex (back)
  • MIDSOLE: 1.1mm full-length LaspoFlex
  • SOLE: 4mm Vibram XS Edge
  • LAST: PD 55
  • FIT: Tech w/ Medium-High Asymmetry
  • WEIGHT: 7.87 oz / 223 g
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La Sportiva
Lined with Pacific in the forefoot for toe knuckle comfort and Dentex in the back for moisture management, the Katana sports a Lorica® toe-box to help keep the shape of the toe box and provide power while edging. The slingshot rand is connected to the powerhinge for excellent edging prowess and the opposing hook and loop closure straps provide opposing tension for a great fit.

Vibram® XS Edge
The best possible rubber formula for technical edging. XS Edge was developed specifically for La Sportiva and the production of the TC Pro climbing shoe. This rubber compound is exceptionally resistant to deformation on razor sharp edges and it will not creep when smearing.



I haven't tried the new pair yet, but I've had these shoes before and they've always been good. Only disappointment was that the soles wore out quicker than I would have expected on the last pair.


Best all-around shoe I have used.


I already own the Katana lace shoe which I love, so to no surprise, these a great buy as well. These are my gym shoe with the ease of straps over my lace versions. I am very happy with my purchase.


might be narrower than the tc pro.


The La Sportiva Brand really fits my foot well and the Katana has a slightly aggressive shape but still very good for all day gym climbing. I liked the Velcro for ease of taking the shoes on and off between climbs.


For those with wider, low-volume feet, these (and La Sportiva lasts in general) seem to be a better fit.


Right now I'm using the shoes for indoor climbing. Hoping to use them outdoors soon.Can't really comment on quality until I use them for a while, but for now they seem pretty good.

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