La Sportiva Tarantulace
It is not amazingly comfortable, but it's a rock climbing…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Around $80
It is not amazingly comfortable, but it's a rock climbing shoe, so it's not supposed to be. It is great for indoor climbing at the gym.
- Good for small holds
- Back of the shoe rubs my foot
I bought these to go indoor climbing at the YMCA. They are much better than just using normal tennis shoes. I also used the shoes at the Y, but it's nice to have my own pair. I bought them from REI.
I strongly recommend having an employee help you try them on because they will feel tight, but they are supposed to be tight, so they can create a platform with your toes for surfaces without big bumps to step on. I have not yet used them outside, but I am excited to go on a climbing trip in August to try them out for real climbing.
The only issue I have is that they rub my feet a little, especially in the heel area, but that has improved as I broke them in.
I like the fact that it laces up. I feel that laces give the wearer more freedom than velcro when deciding how tight or loose to make the shoe.
I got the Tarantalace in teal blue, and it's very pretty. Everyone who I have talked to has said that La Sportiva is one of the best brands of climbing shoes, and the Tarantulace is very durable.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The TarantuLace is an unlined leather climbing shoe with asymmetric shape for advanced performance. The RN45 shoe shape is great for upper end performance without hurting your toes. The synthetic leather overlay lacing harness adds great support for entry to mid level climbers and the unlined leather is comfortable and soft. The aggressive rubber heel rand lets you stand in micro edges and the FriXion RS rubber is hard wearing yet sticky for long life. This is great shoe for gym climbers and outdoor climbers that need a one-quiver shoe that does it all.
- Ramsey Outdoor refers to the men's version
Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fitDurable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durabilityLined tongue for moisture management Specifications Weight: 9.3 oz / 260 gLast: RN 45Fit: Comfort FIt w/Low AsymmetryUpper: Leather/Synthetic LeatherLining: UnlinedMidsole: 1.8 mmELaspoFlexSole: 5mmEFriXion ERS
- River Sports Outfitters refers to the men's version