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La Sportiva Tarantula

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Retail Price £75.00

Colour: Kiwi-Grey
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An excellent all-round hook and loop shoe for entry level climbers.


The La Sportiva Tarantula is very easy to put on and take off, but has a secure, comfortable fit when worn.

The unlined upper is excellent for moisture management and super comfortable on your foot all day.

The round shape and higher volume suits climbers not looking to mangle their feet yet is aggressive enough to perform when needed. And thanks to the hook and loop closure, the Tarantula will adapt to multiple foot types and shapes.

  • Comfortable unlined leather upper provides all day comfort
  • Long lasting sticky FriXion® rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally as well
  • Asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace
  • LAST: RL45
  • FIT: Comfort Fit w/Low Asymmetry
  • SOLE: 5mm FriXion® RS


Upper Material: Leather
Weight Per Pair (g): 290
Midsole: 1.8 mm LaspoFlex
Lacing Type: Hook and Loop
Gender: Unisex

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  • 2 out of 5
Not great, 28 June 2015
By Ewan
I was not particularly impressed by this shoe. First one of the Velcro buckles broke (though I could just wrap the Velcro directly onto the shoe so not the end of the world).

Then both shoes wore down on the toe completely. I go to the wall once or twice a week, and these lasted a good bit less than a year!

  • 3 out of 5
They are alright, 19 December 2014
By Me
Bought these as my first shoe. I buy based on reviews and wait till I get a good understanding of a product before reviewing. They look good, are very comfortable with the ability to be adjusted quite well with the straps. However, I've worn them approx for 10 x two hour sessions. There is a hole at the toe on my most used foot. I imagine my footwork is rubbish but that was quick. For £67 that's not long. I ride mountain bikes. I have two pairs of 5.10 shoes. One for the bike and one for casual wear. The bike ones are two years old and while the stealth sole rubber is wearing it is still going strong. That's the brand I'm going to for my next climbing shoe. Stickier than a toffee apple on your eyelid!

  • 3 out of 5
Good Started shoe, 19 August 2014
By Michael
These were my first set of rock shoes. I'm a street size 11 and got these in a size 9 1/2, after the initial break in period they stretched out nearly an entire size.
They are very comfortable, don't smell and have lasted about 3 1/2 months after being used 3 - 4 times a week - however the toe has just started to wear through.
If I had better foot work the toe may have lasted a little longer however the edges on the sole are well rounded elsewhere so their edging capability is no longer what it use to be.
I would say their a good starter shoe however with hindsight I would have bought a cheap pair of Climb X shoes for the local wall and some 5.10 Anasazi'z for the crag.

  • 5 out of 5
Tarantula, 06 June 2014
By Paul (Solihull)
Seriously, these are the most comfiest shoe I have ever worn. I can wear these all day without any sign of aching toes. They are of the highest quality and stick like limpets to the wall. Cant really praise them enough.

  • 5 out of 5
La Sportiva Tarantula review, 05 June 2014
By jimbob220 (Glasgow)
Bought these shoes as I had just started out bouldering and was getting fed up with the worn out hire shoes that the climbing centre provided. They look great and I noticed a difference straight away in my ability to get onto those small holds with the excellent grip. The velcro fastening makes for easy adjustment in terms of comfort. Overall I would recommend these climbing shoes. 5 stars from me!

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