User Review: La Sportiva Speedster
Source: bought it new
Sweet bouldering shoe for the steeps!
- creative climbing/heel hooks/toe hooks
- not for everything/everyone
Fantastic shoe! I wear these for bouldering only. The rubber goes up and over the toe so you have a huge slab of sticky rubber to tweak in any way imaginable covering the front of your foot. This also means you won't blow through the rand or de-laminate the rubber from the rand on the front of the shoe in a hurry like you will with other shoes.
They will last a long time which is great for a gym shoe that gets thrashed frequently. The shoe also has no edge right out of the box and this will take some time to adapt to. It will make you more sensitive to the pressure you apply to foot-holds and it makes quiet climbing easier.
I love what they've done for my climbing, it changes the way you use your feet. They heel and toe hook VERY well. Not great for slab but anything overhanging they will dominate except for small pockets.
I wear a 40 in these and my street shoe is a 10.5 in most shoes. They are nice and tight and never slip off. The break in is a bit painful but worth it. Hang in there!