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La Sportiva Python Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Python is a competition and artificial wall 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 has been designed to be as sensitive and as soft as possible with maximum performance on heel hooks and toe hooks. The sole is only 3.5mm thick and no lining is used at all, and La Sportiva have given it a 5/5 out on their sensitivity scale. Great for tiny, frictionless holds on overhanging problems! The sole has been split in the middle to make the shoe as soft as possible for technical manoeuvres like toe-hooking and general hooking onto steep holds, and the velcro strap secures the heel when heel hooking and blocking.
The Python is designed to be fit really snugly, but keep in mind that it's unlined suede leather upper will stretch up to a full size. So size appropriately!
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0.40 kg (Size 40 EU)
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Vibram XS Grip 2
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Vibram XS Grip2™
Rubber compound built for pure friction, recommended for use where maximum grip is the primary need - bouldering and sport climbing, indoor climbing, or extremely smooth, polished routes.
Full Features List
• A sensitive, snug fitting slipper with Velcro straps to provide secure positioning during heel hooks.
• Ultra sticky heel provides stability and protection.
• Extremely easy to pull on and off.
• Ultra sticky toe rubber for increased performance on toe hooks.
13 product reviews
I've owned Python's for around 2 months, originally getting them to support my slowly wearing Solution's.
Initially planned on interchanging on them depending on route and condition, but have now come to use them as a super comfortable training and comp shoe were edging isn't the priority and volume work is involved.
Super comfortable after being broken in, and despite staining your feet a little bit orange, no complaints so far.
The softest shoe I've worn so far, so will require getting used to, especially if like me you come from a stiff shoe like the Solution. Incredible smearing and sensitivity, but will require strong footwork to edge as well as stiffer shoes.
For the price, easily one of the best soft and comp shoes on the market, but once broken in still exceptional for training due to the sheer comfort of the Python.
Within 6 weeks this shoe fell apart, the rubber peeled away and was clearly a manufacture fault... The dealer has ignored me and also la sportiva team has ignored me. Zero customer service, absolutely shocked that both companies ignored my e mails about the shoes. Steer clear of these if not for the fact they could fall apart after 20 climbs the fact that if you have an issue with anything La Sportiva will ignore your issue as they don't give a damn about customers. The same issue we have had with the solutions to so I'm off to give them a great review to!!!!
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.