- FAST LACING SYSTEM - Quick-pull lacing harness allows for precise regulation of inner volumes; Wrapping the foot snugly for excellent support, fit, and comfort
- ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE - Designed to help intermediate climbers smear, hook, and edge like pros; The aggressive rubber heel rand, sticky FriXion RS rubber soles, and low-asymmetry RN45 build let climbers find purchase on edges with great sensitivity and without pain or cramping
- CLIMB IN COMFORT - From the gym to the crags, the classic unlined leather upper is soft and comfortable; Lined tongue controls moisture and enhances breathability; Synthetic leather overlay adds just the right level of support
- BUILT TO LAST - This indoor/outdoor climbing shoe is constructed from high quality materials; 1.8mm LaspoFlex at the midsole and 5mm FriXion RS at the sole make the TarantuLace as stable as it is durable
- TIPS FOR BUYING - Rock climbing shoes are designed to fit differently than other footwear; Be sure to reference the La Sportiva size chart in the product images for more accurate sizing; The fit should be tight, but not painful, and without pressure points
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The La Sportiva TarantuLace is the super-comfortable, high-performance solution for any climber looking for one shoe to do it all. Designed for intermediate climbers, the TarantuLace features a rugged rubber heel rand, grippy FriXion RS rubber soles, and a low- asymmetry RN45 shoe shape, lending plenty of grip, support, and sensitivity. Refusing to sacrifice comfort for technical performance, the synthetic leather overlay lacing harness adds great support for beginner to mid level climbers, and the unlined leather upper and breathable lined tongue are comfy and soft. Whether hitting your local gym wall or an expert-level pitch, this men's one-quiver climbing shoe will keep you moving up.
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B07BCK9CWR
- Item model number: 10F
- Date first listed on Amazon: February 10, 2012
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I started my shoe hunt like most 20-somethings these days, googling. What's the best brand, best model, best value...blah blah. Based off of reviews from popular websites and climbing vlogs, I discovered that the tarantulas and tarantulaces were some of the best for beginners. I also chose them because from what I could tell, they were at least a little down-turned which would be useful as I progress and become an intermediate climber. For reference, I bought these shoes when I was climbing only V0 boulders and 5.4, 5.5 top rope routes.
I honestly recommend going to a store to get your shoes because my biggest issue was getting the size correct. For one, I barely knew what I was supposed to be looking for in terms of fit, and had to figure it out by research and tweeting people. Even then, because the half sizes are so close together, I had trouble determining what was ideal.
That being said, (after ordering 6 pairs) I found the right fit. I have very typical, average feet. Not too wide but also not so narrow. My street shoe is usually about 8.5. The shoe I ended up keeping was the 39.5. These fit me REALLY snugly at first. I mean...seriously. It was definitely uncomfortable. But this is how they should fit at first. I knew that in time, they would break in and stretch out, and after about 4 sessions, they fit really nicely. I was looking for a size that would make my toes curl down a little. Both these and the 40s did that. Many reviewers noted that their shoes stretched out over time so I was a little wary of the 40s even though they were more comfortable. In the end, I'm really glad I chose the tighter fit because they did break in. Also, I tried the 39s but they were WAY too small.
It's important to realize that many of the people reviewing this shoe are beginners (me too) and kinda just don't know much of what they're talking about. They talk about how comfortable the shoes are and how they have no problem standing and belaying in them. This is bad. You don't want to be standing in these shoes people. You want to climb. You need your whole foot to come together in one piece with the shoe, with your toes snugly forming the most powerful point in which you can stand on. They should be nice and snug, but not crushingly small.
They're a great first pair for me and I'm sure you'll enjoy them too!
I order to get my size exactly, I the sole of my foot at the end of a day (to allow for foot swelling). I ended up with a measurement of 42.8cm, so I rounded down to 42.5cm.
I've warn them for about 5 sessions and I love them. They fit snugly and have great traction. I say -1 star because there is a stitch at the heel that can be bothersome at times.
I have wide feet. Like... WIDE... and the whole time I was demo-ing different shoes I was afraid that I'd be squished into a pair thats just too damn tight because you're not supposed to have any toe wiggle room in climbing shoes. Well, this pair liberated me from all of those worries. I tried a bunch of high end pairs by Scapra and its nothing against them, but this was the first and pretty much only pair that I could wear for 40+ minutes without serious discomfort, to the point where towards the end I forgot I even had them on. Super comfortable on any indoor climbs, the lacing is legit and easy to tighten/loosen, there is a slight bend curve to the shape which helps me prioritize the toe when climbing (as a beginner)... I dont even know what else to comment on. For me comfort was the biggest worry point and these shoes totally put me at ease.
UPDATE: Well, its July 2017 and since this review helped a bunch of people out heres a followup:
What the shoes have put up with since the original review:
- A good amount of bouldering
- Me working my way from 5.6's to 5.11's (indoor only)
- A TON of bad smearing, questionable foot flagging, and general flailing around to compensate for bad technique as I was learning.
- Fit has been fantastic. No pain points, no tight spots, I can wear these for hours without taking them off and not feel any discomfort
- Barely any stretching. Laces held up, easy to put on and off
- Don't smell. Im not a '7 hours out door' climber yet, but I haven't done a single thing to de-odor them since I've had them, and they're still fine
- Durable, as evident from the stuff I put them through
Do the toes fit like a high end aggressive shoe? Nope. Is there a little bit of room in the heel making some heel holds sketchy? Occasionally. Despite that were they worth the hours of comfort, reducing one more thing I had to worry about as a beginner and letting me focus on technique and training without making my feet hurt? Absolutely. I've finally wore through the toe on these no doubt due to bad technique, and if it wasn't for sheer curiosity about how some of the other shoes fit/differ, I'd hands down get these again.