La Sportiva Tarantula Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Tarantula is an entry-level climbing shoe that's slightly more aggressive than regular beginner shoes. Aside from the usual rigid sole and flat profile, the La Sportiva Tarantula features a last with a low asymmetry for better performance generally and also technical precision. New climbers may find this a little unusual at first, but once their feet adjust this shoe will let them progress much faster than a non-asymmetric beginner shoe.
As for comfort and wear, the La Sportiva Tarantula features an unlined upper that, once broken in, will provide maximum comfort and a custom fit, as well as a highly adjustable opposing-strap closure system that makes the shoes easy and quick to take on and off between climbs. The sole is La Sportiva's own Frixion RS rubber that's designed to be extra durable so as to not wear out before your climbing level has improved enough to necessitate buying a new shoe. Its stiff sole provides maximum foot support for feet unused to climbing shoes, and it will excel on vertical climbing.
La Sportiva recommend sizing this shoe loose for the highest level of comfort, but bear in mind that the unlined suede leather can stretch up to a full size. A great beginner's shoe with mild performance! If you're looking for something similar with a more precise fit, try the laced version, the La Sportiva Tarantulace.
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FriXion® RS Rubber
Developed especially by La Sportiva for use with their shoes, FriXion RS rubber is designed to be sticky but also incredibly durable, for shoes that take a beating on a regular basis.
Full Features List
• Comfortable unlined leather upper provides all day comfort
• Long lasting sticky FriXion® rubber sticks to plastic and rock equally as well
• Highly adjustable closure system adapts to various foot types
• Asymmetrical shape helps beginning climbers push the grades at a faster pace
• Ideal terrain: All around climbing