La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe
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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 19.
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Product Description Item No.   10188510

The La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe is a grippy climbing shoe for the climber doing it all. The Tarantulace features a comfort fit with low asymmetry, so you can power through day after day of climbing without getting tired. Save your toes for a night of partying with the soft, unlined leather upper and synthetic leather overlay. The lace ups give a snug fit so you won't slip and slide around inside. Whether you're strictly a gym climber, prefer the sun on your back on outdoor rock, or enjoy a mix of the two, this shoe will get it done. The FriXion RS rubber is durable and long lasting with plenty of grip to get you to the top.

FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

  • Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit
  • Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability
  • Lined tongue for moisture management
  • All around performer for the climber looking for one shoe to do it all
  • Unlined leather is comfortable and soft

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Footwear Height: Ankle
Midsole: 1.8 mm LaspoFlex
Outsole: 5 mm FriXion RS
Terrain: Mountain
Upper: Leather, Synthetic Leather
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Weight: 9.3 oz
Gender: Mens
Best Use: Climbing, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Footwear Closure: Lace-up
Toe Coverage: Closed Toe
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best starter shoe I got these shoes for my brother when he started climbing, and he likes them just fine. I chose these because they are really inexpensive for the brand, the rubber is stiff and sticky, and the shoe doesn't need much of a break in. I would say it is comprable to Evolv Defy in price and quality. The main difference is that the Defys have more sensitivity and is a bit more comfortable, but the Tarantulace has better edging and rubber. The shoe doesn't stretch too much, and the laces allow you to keep it tight, so I would say there is no need to downsize for this shoe.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good non-aggressive shoe, questionable durability I bought these as my first pair of climbing shoes, and they worked quite well for about 6 months of moderate climbing activity. Then, the outside shoelace eyelets on each shoe ripped out, and the rubber at the tips of the toes got a hole in it. Not a super great experience. That being said, I'm hoping to fix them up and hold onto them as a comfortable, long multi-pitch shoe for the easy stuff, as they are definitely comfortable. Don't offer a whole lot of support on hard moves though - if you're looking to climb hard, you might want to look elsewhere.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used it for just about everything Hey guys! So I'm sure if you are looking at these shoes, they will probably your first pair ever which means you're just getting into the meat of climbing. Great! That's how it was for me anyway. I've climbed in these boots for 1 1/2 years now, and have used them for everything from overhanging boulder problems to trad routes up some gnar cracks. I prefer laces to velcro because cracks don't kill laces and you can dial the shoe down better, which is what you want since it's a comfortable shoe anyway. I've also used these puppies from 5.8 through 5.12b climbs and JUST upgraded like two days ago. Pick these over the Defy's. TRUST me. Get these between .5-1 full size below your street shoe, don't be modest about sizing either. My right toe just started separating so these are going to have to be my back-up/warm-ups now, but I'll still use em. edging isn't fantastic, but for a first shoe, more than good enough. They've got thick rubber too for experimenting with foot placement. Get em guys
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok starter shoe I sized these shoes for comfort to learn trad (39, I wear a 38 in Katanas for performance). They're more comfortable than the Evolv Royales I started climbing in, but they're still not truly comfortable just because of the fairly cheap last (unless you've got really flat feet). Spend more on a better pair of shoes if you're already committed to rock climbing, even if you want comfort. I would have been better off with Mythos or just a larger pair of Katanas. They're still a great cheap way to start climbing.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great This is a great entry level shoe, but I don't think it's designed for the long haul. I've owned this shoe now for about 2 weeks and I've used it everyday, but I'm getting the feeling that I will be passing it on to a friend soon. While it might be great for the occasional climber, I don't think it was designed as an all around shoe to use everyday for climbing. It may be that I'm using it in the wrong setting as well. As I don't climb outdoors at all, I stick 100 percent to gym climbing.
Date published: 2014-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good comfortable starter shoe I used this for my first six months climbing (crag and gym) It broke in very quickly, after only three days of climbing. I got it one size down from my street shoe and it was a good fit without compromising comfort. These worked well for me on smeary routes but didn't perform well with heel and toe hooks. I'd say its good for the V3 5.10 grade range but much above that you're going to want a more aggressive shoe with a downturned toe.
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Scariest shoe I've ever had! I've climbed for 15+ years and been through maybe a dozen shoes. I've never been a rubber brandname fan and have always considered various rubber about the same. Until now. The rubber on this shoe is labeled "Frixion" and is the slippriest, scariest rubber I've ever had on any climbing shoe! I bought these while my favorite shoes were in for resoling. It took me about two weeks back on my good shoes to recover my head and foot work.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good beginner shoe for a good price I am a novice climber (2 months) and this is the first pair of rock shoes that i owned. but i have been very pleased with them so far. i have a pretty low volume heel, and this shoe is the most snug on my heel that i have tried out of nagos, evolv defy, and scarpa helix. it fits pretty comfortably. but it does stretch so be sure to buy them pretty tight. i wear size 10 street shoe and i bought 42.
Date published: 2012-04-19
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Men's Footwear Size Conversion Chart
EURO SIZE 34 34.5 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5
US Size 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 4.5+ 5 5.5 6 6.5
EURO SIZE (cont.) 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5
US Size 6.5+ 7 7.5 8 8.5 8.5+ 9 9.5 10 10.5
EURO SIZE (cont.) 44 44.5 45 45.5 46 46.5 47 47.5 48 -
US Size 10.5+ 11 11.5 12 12.5 12.5+ 13 13.5 14 -

La Sportiva footwear is built and offered on European half sizes, which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives them four extra sizes per size run, and ultimately gives you a better fit.

Please review La Sportiva's size conversion chart above to help determine your ideal size. Below you will find additional information about how to fit and break in the different styles of La Sportiva footwear, which will also help guide you to the correct size.

• As a general rule soft shoes like climbing shoes require a tighter fit, or about two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva recommends you fit your trad climbing shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size.
• La Sportiva offers a lot of lasts, and each offers a different fit and feel. Remember to factor in potential stretching.
• Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch a bit more than lined shoes, or about one full size.
• Lined shoes stretch about a half size.

• PERFORMANCE FIT - offers a high performance fit and a downturned last.
• TECH FIT - a more technical fit and a last with neutral profile.
• COMFORT FIT - a comfortable fit and a last with more volume and a neutral profile.

• Find your US Size in the guide above, then find the Euro Size conversion and add one half size.
• The ideal size holds your toes ever so slightly away from the front of the boot while the lacing system is snug across the top of your arch.
• If you can try to boots on beforehand, make sure you wear the same size and weight socks you would typically wear with the boots, and any orthotics or custom footbeds you use.
• It is ideal to fit boots later in the day since feet are prone to swell slightly as a day progresses.
• Wear your boots indoors only until you are confident about the fit.
• Your foot should feel snug (not tight) from the arch back into the heel pocket with just a minimum lift as you walk. If your heel lifts make sure the lacing is snug and not too loose.
• Your toes should NOT touch the front of the boot, but when you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes.
• If your toes or sides of your feet feel squished, most likely the width is too narrow and the boot will not work for you.
• If your toes touch the front of the boot, most likely it is too short and you need the next half size up.
• Make sure to keep all original packaging that came with your boots until you are sure that you are happy with your purchase.

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