The TC Pro Shoe by La Sportiva is the ultimate technical big wall free climbing shoe developed in collaboration with Tommy Caldwell.
Designed to provide powerful, technical edging AND crack climbing prowess without compromising either. This game changing, mid-height edging machine will take you out of a technical thin hands to rattley fingers crack and out on to the diciest dime edges you can find. Thin padding in the ankle and above the toes protects you in the cracks and the patented P3 platform delivers sensitive yet powerful edging abilities. The toes flat fit is perfect for comfortable crack climbing and the ventilated tongue and lateral rand perforations promote air-flow. We worked with Vibram on a new rubber compound that works best for technical edging and developed the XS Edge compound which holds an edge better on sharp micro edges.
FEATURES of the La Sportiva TC Pro Shoe
Designed for powerful edging and crack climbing performance
Mid-height covers the malleolus during crack climbing
Strategically placed foam padding for comfort in cracks
Patented P3 permanent power platform for edging power
SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva TC Pro Shoe
Weight: 8.71 oz / 247 g
Upper: Leather/ Vibram rubber rands
Lining: Unlined (under foot)/ Sentex/ PU foam/ AirMesh (tongue)
Midsole: 1.1mm LaspoFlex with P3
Sole: 4mm Vibram XS Edge
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last: PD 55
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I would have never thought that a shoe this comfortable can perform so well. The edging is superior and has helped my footwork immensely on steep technical terrain but they are equally at home jamming into cracks or smearing on slab. As others have mentioned, there are issues with the rand separating from the leather near the top of the foot--mine started doing this within the first few weeks of wear--and after only a month and a half of climbing in them there is now a slit opening up between the sole and the rand near the toe. For the price, I hoped for better quality.
Got my pair a few months ago and have climbed at the Creek, the Forks, the Waterfall, Sedona, and Castle Valley and haven't found anything that they don't do well! OW, splitter, power layback smearing, and face up into the 5.12 range so far they have been excellent. Super comfortable and so far durable as well. Pretty true to size and way way comfortable. Only minor complaint is the de-laming issue on the outsides of the toebox, not affecting performance, but kind of a bummer after paying so much. All told though these are by far my fav. shoes… Buy a pair today!
Good ankle protection, great edging. I have Mythos too which I prefer for straightup crack or slab, but these allow edging too and still do crack well. Expensive but you'll see why. Size so you can wear them all day. They get slightly more comfortable after a couple days. Good rubber.
got sooo sick of shredding my ankles every time i forgot to tape my cuffs to my ankles. then i bought these. basically an awesome all day shoes with great edging, great thin crack stuffing, and of course, great ankle protection when you are thigh deep in that awful off width. definitely worth the price....and you can always get them resoled.
I picked these up for long multipitch routes and I'm happy that I did. I have a lot of different climbing shoes, all different brands and these have just become my favorites. Straight out of the box, I didn't have a chance to wear them in at all and they were awesome. I swung leads on Crimson Chrysalis at Red Rock, NV., and they did everything I bought them to do. Stiff sole, but they smeared great on the smooth sandstone, edged perfectly, and were comfortable. 9 pitches, 960 feet and almost all of the belays are semi-hanging ( you only get one good belay ledge on the whole climb ). I can't say enough good stuff about these shoes so far!
I've been climbing since 1993 and owned about 20 pairs of climbing shoes - this is by far my favorite. The ankle bone is well protected from scrapes and other traumas without going to a full high top - very nice. The shoe is stiff enough for a good crack shoe - sweet. This does sacrifice sensitivity which can be unnerving when smearing. If you can afford this shoe and climb cracks, buy it. If you are looking for an all around or beginner shoe - skip it.
"My go to shoe for long granite multipitches. Great for jamming and very useful ankle coverage!"
Pros: * Stiff sole edge well on very small holds. * Horizontal stiffness and toe padding make this shoe a crack climbing all-star. * Lining is soft and warm (good for alpine routes). * High top provides excellent ankle protection.Cons: * Long break in time. * The side rand has durability issues. * Thick sole reduces sensitivity. * Expensive.Full Review:http://www.dreaminvertical.com/?p=1847
I found these shoes at a local climbing store and loved them, the price was a little sketchy at $170 but when I that saw they were on sale at Moosejaw for $135 i couldn't pass them up. Ive used them this past week and Ive got to say they've got it all. The comfort level surpasses any shoe Ive worn, they will stick to things that dont exist, and with the mid height ankle support you can jam your foot in cracks all day, but your ankle is still hinges well. As far as sizes go i wear a Men's 10 in street shoes and i sized down to a 42 (9 in US Men's) for a tight fit. My toes are scrunched but not curled. This makes for a technical yet comfortable long day of climbing.
"Awesome shoe, but may have some durability issues"
This shoe fits and edges very well. I have it sized tight (toes still fit flat) and they are very comfortable. Midtop offers good protection. Comfortable and stiff in cracks. The rubber is wearing faster than I thought it would however, and the side rand doesn't seem very durable. I've used some seam sealer that will hopefully prevent any extra wear. Hopefully La Sportiva can address the durability issues of this otherwise great shoe.
"best shoe for big fingers and up crascks"
cant beat this one for big fingers through gaping chimneys. I love my mythos but for anything bigger than hands i get bloody ankles. call me a p(*&^y but i like the protection. otherwise they are absolutely no different than my mythos. feels like same last/toe box, and probably not worth the bills if you cant find them on sale. just sack up and tape your ankles. for small fingers and lower get mocassyms or technos.