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La Sportiva Tarantulace

rated 4.00 of 5 stars
photo: La Sportiva Tarantulace climbing shoe

Very grippy soles. I like that these shoes have laces to stay tight on your feet.

Pros

  • Laces
  • Grippy soles

Cons

  • Leather sometimes tears

I bought these used and was very pleased with the purchase. The shoes fit my feet to a T, and are a comfortable fit for climbing shoes.

I have used these for both outdoor and indoor climbing, and the shoes have been great for both. The soles are great for smearing and are very grippy. 

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $30

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.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Beautiful
  • Good for small holds

Cons

  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Around $80

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Men's
Price Current Retail: $71.44-$89.00
Historic Range: $56.75-$89.00
Women's
Price Current Retail: $55.99-$89.00
Historic Range: $22.81-$89.00
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$80.00
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