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La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Python is a competition climbing shoe that combines high performance with comfort for modern climbers who want to push their level on boulder problems, overhanging sport routes, technical face climbs, and in climbing gyms. The La Sportiva Python features an unlined, slipper-style design with a single hook and loop strap, which provides a super snug fit even once it’s worn-in. Increased rubber coverage in the heel and toe means it excels at technical heel and toe hooking. All in all, the La Sportiva Python is a great climbing shoe for gym climbing, bouldering and climbing competition that you won’t constantly need to take off between routes.
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Orange / Black
0.40 kg (Size 40 EU)
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Vibram XS Grip 2 Rubber
The natural evolution of a winning compound, XS Grip 2 rubber improves upon the superior grip characteristics of XS Grip and delivers outstanding precision in the form of support, shape and stability. It provides exceptional grip in every condition and was developed especially for climbing shoes by Vibram.
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La Sportiva Python Review
"How are these things on the wall? .. AMAZING! I've honestly never busted out a brand new pair of kicks and just went almost straight into projecting with little to no break in time. I did a nice juggy warm up a few times and noticed that i had good feeling in what i was stepping on, precision in the toe, and comfort in my heel. These things stick to your feet like glue. For me, i've never put on a pair of shoes that suction to my foot the way the Pythons do. It's like putting your toe's into a snug yet comfortable solution, and slipping your heel into a testarossa. It's perfect." - Jimmy Webb
To read the full La Sportiva Python review, go to http://jimmywebb.blogspot.fr/2011/05/la-sportiva-pythons.html
11 product reviews
Really nice shoe, great heal. Soft shoe but still ok on small foot holds. You really need to size down on these i dropped a size from my normal sportiva size and could probably have gone another size smaller as they bag out a lot after a few climbs.
The glooves of La Sportiva. They adapt perfectly to your foot, making you confidently feel all the tiny rock grains. Buy the smallest you can possibly wear. Also ideal if you have a solid and strong foot structure. They are very malleable but never loose their shape
Just bought my 4th pair of pythons. This shoe is suited for everything! No matter whether you go bouldering or sport climbing, slab or roofs, pro or beginner, you will love these shoes! For me, the pythons perform equally well on all types of rock/plastic and they are not very aggressive. They do stretch a bit so buy them tight, then they will be super comfortable after a few weeks!
P.S. Don't be surprised if your feet turn orange when first wearing them.
This was the first pair of La Sportiva shoes I have ever bought and was not sure how to size them. I have a low folume, wide fore-foot, narrow/skinny heel which makes it difficult for me to find shoes that fit, however, the Pythons fit me rather well. I'm a street size 42EU/8UK, and I bought these in a size 39EU/6UK. I fit Evolv shoes 44EU/9.5UK. When I first put them on they felt great, glove-like fit. After a few climbs in the gym the leather upper did stretch a tiny bit, however, this did not affect the fit at all for me.
These shoes are made (in my opinion) for tough overhanging routes or routes with tiny nubs where you need a lot of power to stand on them. If you're looking for a shoe for all day climbing, these are not the pair. After an hour of climbing, the toes start to get sore. After 2-3 hours of climbing, the pain is unbearable. This often means that i have to stop climbing before my arms are tired due to the pain in my toes. If you want a shoe to do a tough climb or boulder problem as a 1-off climb or so, then these are perfect for that.
These shoes perform great on tiny ledges and nubs, however, it does require a relatively strong foot as the rubber is quite soft and thin. The 3.5mm XS Grip 2 rubber does a great job at sticking to holds, and allows you a great degree of sensitivity. Unfortunately, these shoes are not the best at smearing. The aggressive downturn makes it difficult and painful to smear on walls, however it is still very possible to do so. Heel hooking is great on this shoe. The Velcro strap does a good job at killing possible dead space in the heel. Toe hooking is great as well with the big slab of rubber on the toe.
The leather upper hold up really well with the stitching, but does stretch with use. The rubber lasts for quite a while longer than I expected especially since I've been using it in the gym a lot. Will probably last 8-12 months with heavy use.
I bought these for 100€/86£. Do they do what I expected them to do? Yes. They perform great on small ledges and numbs, as well as gripping everything else. Do they fit after being broken in? Yes. In my books, this shoe is a great buy as they fit me well, and live up to my expectations. Comparing this price to other shoes close to 116€/100£, I would say this shoe is great value for money.
The La Sportiva Pythons are an aggressive downturned, high performing pair of slipper which are great for bouldering. They are for intermediate to advanced climbers who have a strong foot/toe. A smaller size, 1-3 sizes smaller, will give you the most out of these shoes with the downside of more pain. I think they are decently prices when compared similar performing shoes which are more expensive.
If you need a shoe with a wide sole this is perfect for you. Super comfortable and soft, it's the best choice for your indoor training. However it performs pretty well also on the rock. Consider that the shoes tend to give more than other similar products (e.g. la sportiva solution) so I would suggest to buy an extra half size less than your usual la sportiva shoe.