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La Sportiva Katana Laces Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Katana Laces is the laced version of the much loved Katana VCS, THE all-round shoe designed for beginner climbers seeking to up their climbing game as well as experienced climbers in need of a versatile shoe that can perform in any situation. The La Sportiva Katana Laces also have a wider fit than the original, so it should feet those with medium feet better this time around.
The La Sportiva Katana Laces is very much the same as the VCS, but it has been made to be slightly more rigid and includes P3® Technology that helps maintain the shoe's powerful shape after heavy abuse. La Sportiva have rated it 4/5 on their rigidity scale (the VCS is rated 3/5), which is probably down to the laces, which will give the shoe a slightly firmer and less flexible feel. This more precise fit and stabler feel of the shoe will be ideal for anyone who leans towards more vertical climbing with lots of edging, but this is still a great all-round shoe and can be used for bouldering and technical routes.
As for comfort and fit, Sportiva have used two materials in the shoe: the upper part of the shoe is Lorica, a water-repellent and breathable fabric, and the lining is a material called "Pacific" designed for stretchy comfort in the toes and heel. La Sportiva recommend fitting the VCS slightly on the loose side, but bear in mind that its lined interior will stretch up to 1/2 a size.
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Yellow / Black
0.47 kg (Size 40 EU)
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Vibram XS Edge
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Vibram XS Edge™
Rubber compound built for maximum performance on micro holds and extreme edging. This formula uses an improved plastic deformation resistance that ensures the utmost stability, rigidity, and support on footholds in hot or cold weather, as well as generally increasing durability.
P3® Permanent Power Platform
After intensive abuse, downturned climbing shoes can start to lose their distinctive shape. La Sportiva’s P3 rand system prevents from this happening so your shoe maintains its powerful profile, permanently.
17 product reviews
These shoes are perfect for a general outdoor day. They are quite stiff overall, but has some rubber durability and that extra thickness will deffo make them last longer.
I still prefer my other soft shoes for indoor climbing, but these are my go-to for any day at the crag. Takes a long while to break in, just be diligent in wearing them :)
I was able to trust these shoes from the moment I put them on. Very happy with the purchase!
Those shoes definitely allowed me to be a better boulderer, for heel moves but I find those extremely good for routes as well. I highly recommend!
The Katanas are great all around. Perform well in any kind of outdoor rock climbing. You can even use them in the gym but IMO that's a waste of rubber.
Comfortable, high-quality materials and well-made.
Follow this website sizing guide if you haven't tried LaSportiva before.
After about 30 years of wearing every imaginable shoe out there I can happily say that for me these are the best shoe I have owned.