La Sportiva Barracuda
Use: trad, sport and bouldering
Price Paid: $125
Ok, right out of the box, they performed great! If you fit these well, they fit like a glove. Light weight, really nice toe pointing, rubber sticks very well, edge on a dime and pull it too, good purchase on overhangs, nice heel hooking on extremes.
I've been climbing in Boreal Lasers (the first ones) and 5.10 Moccasyms for 15 years and the Sportiva Barracuda is just as good for all around high performance climbing. and for bouldering they can handle v-9 and more...but is that really the shoe (Well, I guess, a little, lol).
Watch the sizing. I'm 42.5, 43 and had to take a 40 for a perfect fit. Happy Climbing.
Use: all kinds of climbs
Break-in Period: one or two uses
Price Paid: $150
I just started using this shoe and right away I liked it. I rated as high as the Katana, although this one is a lace up, and has rubber on the top to jam better in cracks. It is very technical, great edging, so can be used both in cracks and face climbs. Out of the 7 pair of shoes that I own, this one is on the top two.
Price Paid: $135
I've recently started climbing - both bouldering and traditional climbs in Colorado. I have to tell you, the Barracuda is great. It is an amazing fit due to the lace pattern and the rubber mesh over the toe-box.
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A perfect choice for crack climbers, the asymmetrical lacing of the La Sportiva Barracuda provides a smooth, snug fit that enhances performance while a unique Vibram Web Rubber forefoot protects your foot and the shoe when jamming.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The La Sportiva Barracuda Rock Climbing Shoe won the Climbing Magazine Editor's Choice Award for its unique features and excellent performance. What makes the Barracuda Climbing Shoe stand out is the Web Rubber toe-top. This sticky rubber covering increases friction when you're jamming a crack or toe hooking on a steep boulder problem. An excellent choice for high-end sport and trad climbs, the Barracuda also has a highly breathable elastic tongue to keep you from sweating like a pig on hot summer days. Asymmetrical lacing pulls this La Sportiva shoe in close for a precision fit, and the lined leather upper keeps stretch to a minimum.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
The La Sportiva Barracuda Climbing Shoes feature exclusive Web Rubber covering on the front. Ideal for jamming in cracks, while also offering good friction for toe hooks. Expansive rubber rand helps shoe to maintain shape over time. Asymmetrical laces won't get in the way of jams. Tongue made of elastic and breathable material. 4mm super-sticky Vibram XSV sole. Suede leather upper. Lightweight Laspoflex midsole. On sizing, please note climbing shoe sizes are only a suggestion as fit is highly personal. Foot shape, use, and style all play into size selection.
- EMS refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Barracuda Shoe The Men's Barracuda by La Sportiva is a high performance all around shoe that edges, smears and grips like no other.A performance lace up Katana for powerful edging, secure jamming and magic toe hooking.Features:Upper: Leather/Vibram Web RubberConstruction: Slip LastedLast: PD55Lining: Pacific (forefoot)/Dentex (back)Sole: 4mm Vibram XSV Midsole: .08mm full length LaspoflexWeight: 16 oz.Asymmetrical lacing system provides a smooth, snug, out of the way closure. Vibram Web Rubber on the front creates a protective, powerful, sticky toe box and offers amazing friction for toe hooks. The slingshot heel band is connected to the Powerhinge and a .8 mm Laspoflex midsole to provide optimal edging power. Slip them on, cinch the laces and feel the power!!!! Oooohhhh Barracuda!!
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version