La Sportiva Tradmaster
Use: Cracks, moderate face climbs
Break-in Period: About 3 days of climbing
Price Paid: $110
I've used this shoe on roughly 3000 ft of trad climbing in Eldorado Canyon and on California Granite. The shoe is very comfortable, with a nicely padded heel and tongue. It is a stiff shoe, but not overly so. The shoe performs well in cracks and on moderate face climbing, but not so well on thin face climbing and friction.
I noticed right away that the rubber on this shoe did not seem to perform as well as the rubber on my La Sportiva Barracuda's, and a little research at the company web site confirmed what I suspected. La Sportiva uses a different rubber, their FriXon compound, on this shoe. This appears to be the same rubber that they use on their approach shoes,my La Sportiva Exum Ridges are labeled with the FriXon Logo, for example.
Pros: Comfortable, good in cracks, burly.
Cons: Rubber is not up to the standards of the other La Sportiva models (you will notice a difference), the shoe is not very sensitive, but should last a long time.
Price Paid: $110 US
Weak shoe - one 90 ft Vedauwoo pitch put ~ 1.5 mm razor blade like slices in the rubber and the little edging I did on the route was starting to take chunks of rubber off the toe. Maybe it was a bad batch of rubber but I'd avoid the friXion rubber in the future for the tried and true XSV that Sportiva still uses on their other shoes.
Aside: the toe of the Tradmaster isn't as pointy as the "equivalent" Focus model of a few years prior, and is probably too blunt for most intermediate to advanced climbers.
Price Paid: discount
Great all round and comfortable shoe -- or so I thought.
First pair blew out the seam and toe rand in eight weeks (12 outings!)
Replacement pair did same, except after ONE DAY of climbing!!!
I'm done with Sportiva shoes.
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CLOSEOUTS . For all-day comfort and performance, lace up the Tradmaster leather climbing shoes from La Sportiva. The high-performance shoe was designed around a stiff midsole for support and comfort on the crag. Slip-lasted construction Leather upper is soft and breathable, creating a supple texture when worn-in Rubber lace bumpers protect laces Driolon nylon lining wicks away moisture 3.6mm full-length Savium midsole 4mm FriXion(R) RS rubber outsole for traction and grip The molded reverse-lugged heel bends under the sole for added traction Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. pr. Made in China Climbing and other related activities are inherently dangerous; anyone purchasing or using equipment for this purpose is personally responsible for getting proper instruction on its correct and safe use Visit our Climbing Gear Guide Available Colors: SAND/BLACK/ORANGE. Sizes: 36, 36.5, 37, 37.5, 38, 38.5, 39, 39.5, 40, 40.5, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 44.5, 45, 45.5, 46, 46.5, 47, 47.5, 34, 34.5, 35, 35.5.
- Sierra Trading Post
With a less aggressive down-turned toe, soft leather uppers, and a plethora of crack-climbing features, you'll be set for a day full of long routes in La Sportiva's Tradmaster rock shoe. While the your feet are cushioned by the anatomical padded heel, you'll get the crack climbing support you need from the rubber friction bumpers at the laces and low-profile chiseled toe.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Tradmaster Shoe (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Tradmaster Shoe by La Sportiva Stiff 3.6mm midsole provides loads of support Soft Driolon lining provides great comfort Padded offset ankle cuff Rubber lace bumpers protect laces Molded heel for performance hooking Weight: 10.09 oz / 286 g Upper: Leather Last: RN 35 Construction: Slip Lasted Lining: Driolon Midsole: 3.6mm full-length Savium Sole: 4mm FriXionRS This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
The La Sportiva Tradmaster climbing shoe gives you all day protection and comfort slip on La Sportiva built this shoe around a stiff 3mm midsole for support and comfort in and out of cracks. The plush soft Driolon lining wicks away sweat and the padded offset ankle protects in wider cracks. The molded reverse lugged heel warps under the sole to give you traction when walking off climbs and when you are cranking heel toe technique in off-widths Specifications: WEIGHT: 10.09 oz * 286 g LAST: RN 35 CONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted FIT: Tech w/ Medium-Low Asymmetry UPPER: Leather LINING: Driolon MIDSOLE: 3.6mm full-length Savium SOLE: 4mm FriXion RS What La Sportiva says about rock shoe fit: While it isn't a black or white issue, a general rule dictates that soft shoes require a tighter fit, two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size. We recommend you fit your trad shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size. A thick midsole creates a platform on which you stand, while a slip-lasted slipper-type shoe relies on your crammed toes to create an edging platform. Confused about the sizing? Check out our Shoe Sizing Comparison Chart .