I have tried on almost every aggressive shoe model made my five ten la Sportiva and these were the ONLY shoes that were comfortable on my feet. I have somewhat wide feet with longer toes (slight mortons), and I had almost given up hope of ever finding a pair of comfortable shoes for those hard, steep progressive sport routes and bouldering problems. The Katana's got it just right. They fit super snug but with almost no pain in the toes. The heel cup sucks up my heel just right. So far they have more than done the job on the roof problems that I have been working on where aggressiveness is the name of the game. Edging is a dream.
This has been my go-to shoe for about a year. It does well in most types of climbing, whether moderate crack, overhung sport, or slab. Its aggressive enough use your toes on overhangs but lined leather means comfort and easy on/off. The tongue is elastic, meaning you dont need to lace them completely to wear them. The durability is impressive, just blowing through the toe cap after about a year of 2-4x/week. A somewhat updated version of the Miura, but with a different feel.
I got these shoes sized 2 sizes smaller than my normal street shoe because I wanted a performance fit. That might have been a little tight, because the first three months were agony (I never tied the laces unless I had to heel hook), but now they're great. I've climbed a lot in them (up to three times a week outdoors on boulders), and they're starting to wear a bit, but the Evolvs and Mad Rocks I've owned would have been shredded by now. In retrospect, 1.5 sizes smaller than street shoe probably would have given me almost as good a performance fit and made them a lot more comfortable on long sport, but I'm still content.
"Great for sport or anything overhanging"
I wear a size nine street shoe and got my katanas at size 39.5. Fit very well with not too bad of a break-in period. The only complaint about sizing is that the heal cup is just slightly bigger than most other sportiva shoes but it didn't affect performance too much. Used these as my primary sport route/boulder shoe and couldn't have been happier with the way they they edged and stuck to the tiniest foot chips. They also smeared far better than what I was expecting. Can't really go wrong with la sportiva and this is a shoe that can take you to the next level.
"Great shoes, fit pretty close to size. Great for all sorts of climbing, from the gym to the crag."
I've used this pair of shoes for the past two seasons at the gym. I've taken them out bouldering a few times, but they're better suited for routes. In short, I love these shoes! great buy, I would recommend these shoes to my friends!
A solid fit, thankfully. I needed a pair of shoes that would stick with my feet through each move in the sequence, and this shoe offers just that. Laces allow for them to always feel snug as well. Near perfect shoe
"Bottom line theses shoes rock stop reading this and order a pair now!"
The fit is like what to be expected from La Sportiva snug as a well defined foot glove. Personally I wear a size ten street shoe and sized down to a 41 in these the fit is perfect. The p3 system rocks, really allows you to put the power down to the small little chips.The toe box is very nice plenty of room slightly asymmetrically allowing you to put plenty of power to the toes. The heel cups are really nice work very well. Smearing is really good in these shoes due to the vibram xs edge soles. bottom line this shoe is a great all around shoes for almost all types of climbing, do yourself and your feet a favor and order a pair you wont regret it.
I prefer to climb on cracks and this shoe is perfect for this climbing!!!! I love the way it fits to my foot ... i have been climbing with them for about 5 months and at the beginning it was quite difficult to fit them but now it fits perfect and i really love this shoes!!!! :D
I bought this shoe about a year ago, and had a really difficult time fitting it to my foot. I was looking for a solid women's shoe and opted out of the women's velcro katana for these. The toe box ended up being more downturned than I thought. This made the shoe not quite as comfortable as I had perceived. I wore 38 and would have definitely gone up a half size if I had it to do over. I typically wear a 8 and 1/2 street shoe, so I would make sure you size these prior to purchasing. If you're looking for an all day shoe, I would go with a less aggressive shoe.
"Great shoe, will improve your climbing on thin edges and over hanging routes."
First shoe I have had besides mythos. Great for ovehanging routes, great for thin edging, not so good for smearing. I am a new climber and found thises shows took a while to figure out, but now that i have they help a lot.
The LaSportiva Katana has performed admirably in our local climbing gym and I am looking forward to summer craggin in them. This is the first pair of rock shoes that fit right out of the box with no exchanges. Great edging and smearing abilities and good overhang performance due to a loaded sole. Can't wait for summer!Mike Frankus