La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoes - Men's
|Price:||$79.99 - $151.77|
- 100% Synthetic leather
- Comfortable shoe that climbs well
- Quick pull lacing harness delivers a snug precise fit
- Unlined leather upper with synthetic overlay for a good balance of comfort and support
- Lined tongue for comfort and moisture management
- RN45 last
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The LaSportiva Tarantulace is an unlined leather climbing shoe with an asymmetric shape for advanced performance. The RN45 last is provides great performance but is still comfortable for all-day wear. The synthetic leather overlay lacing harness adds great support for beginner 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 a great shoe for gym or outdoor climbers who need one shoe to do it all.Midsole: 1.8mm LaspoFlex.Sole: 5mm FriXion RS.Weight: 9.3oz (260g).
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One issue I've found is that for very small holds, the somewhat soft rubber edges and toes on these cause me to slip off. I didn't know that was a problem until I tried another shoe by this company.
For the price I am very happy with these.
I got 39 1/2 M (European) which translates to a USA men 7. My regular shoe size (sneakers, running a shoes, etc) is an 8.5. So I'd say get roughly 1.5 USA shoe sizes smaller than your normal size. Now that's if you're like me. From what I know, climbing shoe sizes can vary greatly from shoe to shoe and depend on the climber's preference. I, for instance, like a fairly snug fit (I can't move my toes and its uncomfortable to walk but it's not painful). Others (usually beginners) like a slightly looser fit (make sure that they aren't too loose, as climbing shoes do break in--also they aren't as effective when they aren't connected more to your foot). Many experienced and skilled climbers tend to go for a very tight fit.
Basically, if you are very new to climbing, I would go with 0.5-1 US shoe size smaller for these shoes. If you are more experienced in climbing or you just want a tighter fit, I would go with 1-2 sizes smaller. Keep in mind that they will break in maybe 0.5 sizes larger, and some people's feet will grow larger. Overall, these are great climbing shoes that I would recommend for all climbers.
I will add an update after I have climbed with these shoes.
Everyone I spoke with said the shoe is supposed to feel tight, and even a touch uncomfortable, but not painful.
I went with the 10; it felt very snug, but not uncomfortable and painful. It made climbing a joy.
Now, after several months of going at least twice a week (and sometimes more), I wish I had gotten a 9.5. The size 10 I got has now stretched adequately to where I have more room than would be recommended for a climber. I initially decided against the 9.5 because it felt REALLY uncomfortable starting out. Now, I wish I had soldiered through that discomfort to allow them to stretch to what the size 10 initially started out feeling like.
Take my advice and don't make my mistake! If you feel like you've found the right size, assume that it's going to get larger after you climb quite a bit, and go with one more half size down. You'll probably have to take them off periodically during sessions (I use them primarily for bouldering), starting out, but once you break them in, they should be 'just right,'.
Now that mine have stretched, it's really tricky for me to "feel the wall" with them as much as I did when I started out with them, and this has affected my confidence concerning where I'm placing my foot. And on trickier problems (again, I'm just now getting into V3 problems, which is nothing to write home about), I generally rely on the security of my feet to balance out the lack of security in some of those trickier slopers and awkward pinches.
Bottom line, when you go to try on shoes, ask yourself this:
1) Is this size snug, but comfortable enough to feel like I could wear it for extended periods of time? If the answer is YES, consider going a size down in ancitipation of the stretch.
2) Is this size tight, and not really comfortable at the moment? If the answer is YES, consider going with that size, and expect it to stretch out to what the prior size up felt like the first time you tried it on. It's gonna feel awkward and weird starting out, and it may affect your confidence in your decision, but after a few months of regular climbing, I think you'll be glad you did.
These are usually recommended for wide feet, but the upper really doesn't have enough fabric for them even when laced wide open. For the same price you can get a pair of Scarpa Helix shoes that have enough leather in the upper to fit extra wide feet without gaping wide open, and the whole Helix upper is fully leather so it will conform better to the width over time than these Tarantulace shoes.
The feel of both pairs was almost identical on the toe and heel, with a size 13 street shoe fitting properly into a 12.5 (or 46.5 euro).
Average toe for beginners and intermediate climbers: not super agressive, but still comfortable enough to stand in while belaying.
For sizing, my feet are 11 7/8 inches long, and I typically wear a US 13.5, and the La Sportiva USA13 (size 47) fit me perfectly snug. I tried the 46.5, the 47, the 47.5, and the 48. The 47 is the perfect very snug fit, without hurting the tops of my knuckles, like the 46.5 did. Get these shoes. You won’t be disappointed!