La Sportiva Viper

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Very technical shoe. It is great for sticking to small…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: sport climbs
Break-in Period: 3 weeks
Price Paid: $130

Very technical shoe. It is great for sticking to small face holds, but not so great on cracks. I liked these shoes, but after trying the Katanas I fell in love with the Katanas. The problem with the Vipers is that it is hard to put them on and remove them, and your feet tend to sweat a lot more on these closed shoes, and they get stinker than usual. They are great for sport climbs, but the Katanas are as good on the rock, and more comfortable.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Pull on the La Sportiva Viper Climbing Shoe and sink your teeth into a wicked gym session or a go at your overhanging project. This slip-on is built on a modified Katana last with a slightly downturned toe for grabbing power. The thin sole adds total sensitivity, and the Hidden Heel Shock Absorber takes the sting out of gym and bouldering falls. *The Viper may stretch up to one whole size after repeated wear, so size accordingly.

- Backcountry Outlet

Slipper with a high performance fit, designed to satisfy the demands of climbers who prefer a centered last.


With the tension of a coiled snake ready to spring, the La Sportiva Viper is fitted out with a tensioned slingshot rand that keeps power at the slightly down-turned toe. Slip it on, fasten the double elastic closure, and start bouldering - if you should take a fall, the Hidden Heel Shock Absorber System will protect your foot during an impact landing.

- Mountain Gear

A good arrow in any quiver, this high-performance slipper is built on a modified Katana last for a straighter fit. With its thin midsole, it grips tough and holds a mean edge all day, with minimal stretching in the uppers. Get some!Uniquely tensioned slingshot rand and double elastic closure provide a second- skin feel and "dialed-in" fit.Hidden Heel Shock Absorber (HSA) system takes the bite out of gym and bouldering falls.Gimme, gimme, gimme! Slightly down-turned toe makes the Viper a grabbing maniac.Thinly padded toe box allows for great comfort especially in thin cracksUPPER: Leather/Lorica /Elastic.CONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted LAST: PD55.LINING: Pacific (forefoot only).SOLE: 3.5mm Vibram XS Grip.MIDSOLE: 1.1mm Laspoflex (forefoot only).WEIGHT: 12 oz.

- Campmor

On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Men's Viper Slipper (Fall 2008) The Men's Viper Slipper by La Sportiva is a high performance slipper for bouldering and training. Features:Heel Shock Absorber (HSA) takes the bite out of falls Thinly padded Lorica toebox allows for great comfort in thin cracks Double elastic closure provides a second skin feel Weight: 6.6 oz / 222 g Upper: Leather/Lorica /Elastic Construction: Slip Lasted Last: PD55 Lining: Pacific (forefoot only) Sole: 3.5mm Vibram XS Grip Midsole: 1.1mm Laspoflex (forefoot only)

- Moosejaw

La Sportiva Viper


The Viper has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$49.96 - $125.00

The La Sportiva Viper is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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