La Sportiva Mantis
These are fantastic value, they are firmly in the…
Materials: leather, rubber
Use: indoors, outdoors
Price Paid: 1000 SEK
These are fantastic value, they are firmly in the low end of the price range for climbing shoes, but the quality and fit is excellent. The velcro straps are nice to have instead of laces, allowing for a quick fit or removal when belaying. The padded tongue and soft leather is very comfortable to wear, in fact I generally forget to remove them when I am taking a break from climbing.
It's funny to compare with friends who can never stop thinking about their feet because of the painful fit of their shoes. My Mantis' are a few sizes small for me, but don't cause me any undue comfort. OK they're not exactly down booties, but for climbing shoes these are genuinely comfy.
The rand is nice and high, and the vibram soles are sticky as hell, they smear well and the toe has a nice aggressive slant to it.
So I have to give them five stars, for the price, they really offer excellent value. Not the prettiest shoes on the market, but that's one area I don't really bother about.
Here's what other sites are saying:
All around hook and loop closure shoe that excels at gym climbing, bouldering and sport climbing
For those days when you don't know what going climbing will entail, La Sportiva created the Mantis. Climb at the gym, head out your favorite route, or do a little bouldering in this all-around shoe, sporting thick tongue padding, Velcro strap adjustments, and a sticky FriXion rubber sole - you'll be set for all scenarios.
- Mountain Gear
CLOSEOUTS . Boasting a padded tongue and the easy adjustability of touch-fasten straps, La Sportiva's Mantis climbing shoes add an ultra-sticky FriXionand#174; rubber outsole for performance your feet will love. Available Colors: ORANGE/GREY. Sizes: 33, 33.5, 34, 34.5, 35, 35.5, 36, 38, 38.5, 39, 40.5, 41.5, 44, 45.5, 46.
- Sierra Trading Post
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Mantis Shoe (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Mantis Shoe by La Sportiva Easily adjustable hook and loop closure straps dial in the fit Thick tongue padding for all-day comfort Sticky FriXionrubber for edging and smearing Weight: 8.92 oz / 253 g Upper: Leather/ Synthetic Leather Last: RLN 35 Construction: Slip Lasted Lining: Unlined Midsole: 2mm Sensi-Flex Sole: 4mm FriXionRS This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The La Sportiva Mantis Climbing Shoe's well-padded tongue provides all-day comfort while the unlined leather upper conforms to your foot for a precision fit. As with all of La Sportiva's shoes, the Mantis comes with ultra-sticky FriXion rubber to keep you glued to the most horrendous holds. Whether you're chalking up for ten feet of powerful bouldering or 100 feet of overhanging limestone, the Mantis Climbing Shoe's four-strap design locks your foot in place to give you every opportunity to send.