La Sportiva TC Pro Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva TC Pro climbing shoe has been designed for edging performance, but it really excels at crack climbing and high-end trad routes. Being designed in collaboration with Dawn Wall hero Tommy Caldwell for conquering routes on Yosemite, and worn by Alex Honnold on his free solo of El Capitan, we wouldn't expect anything less. It's a fairly specific shoe (unlike some all-rounders) but if you're serious about doing any sort of crack climbing or big wall climbing with edges in between, there isn't really a shoe on the market that will do it as well as this.
The main feature of the La Sportiva TC Pro is its mid-rise ankle, reminiscent of the original high-rise climbing shoes. It's foam padded and will protect your foot when jammed deep into cracks. Nothing wrong with a bit of pain here and there, but this will no doubt come in handy on longer routes. Aside from that, the TC Pro is extra stiff for the highest level of foot support, and it features the XS Edge rubber and P3® rand system for the best edging performance. Its actually also not completely flat; a medium-high asymmetry with a slightly downturned toe means its more precise on footholds but not enough to make sliding into cracks difficult.
The TC Pro's upper is unlined leather (underfoot), so expect it to stretch about half of a size. La Sportiva recommend fitting this shoe loose for the most comfortable fit possible!
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0.50 kg (Size 40 EU)
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Vibram XS Edge
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Full Features List
• Designed for vertical edging, crack climbing and all-day support and comfort
• Reduced webbing thickness on the medial lacing harness increases comfort in foot jams
• Embossed topo outlines subtly draw heritage to El Capitan’s famous Dawn Wall and Freerider Routes
• Mid-height cuff with padding in the ankles for extra protection in wider cracks
• Perforated leather uppers increase air flow for long days on the wall
• New rubber rand pattern increases durability and performance
• Vibram® XS Edge™ rubber compound for the ultimate edging performance
• Microfiber lacing and tongue reinforcement
• Durable ECO Leather upper with metal-free tanning
• Ventilated, well-padded tongue for increased air flow and comfort
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
Personally I’ve never liked the looks of the original so I was always dismissing them when looking for high top trad shoes. Then one day I stumbled upon these in the local shop and it was a love on the first sight. Let me start with the first bit of review information which should be in all climbing shoes reviews - the sizing. I am wearing street shoes size 46 (including La Sportiva TX4) and I bought TC Pros size 45 and that size is just perfect for both comfort (including crack climbing) and performance. I am using them for multi pitch and trad routes and those shoes shine there. Edging is great and I don’t feel feet fatigue after long sessions. When it comes to crack jamming, none of my other shoes come close. Jamming without pain? These shoes deliver. When it comes to overhanging terrain, you don’t want these shoes, but I didn’t buy them for it nor they were designed for it. For what those shoes are designed for, they are probably the best ones on the market, period.
This is one stunner of a shoe. I thought the first model was great for crack climbing and I loved it and still wear it but this one though. Comfortable, breathable and it sticks to rock like shit to a blanket…….
Cool new colordesign and laceprotectors on the outside eyelids of the shoe.
I love them
Love these, very comfy on multi pitch days. I got them half size down from my street shoe to ensure comfort over the day. Great on slabs and cracks.
I used to wear Anasazi Pinks but since Adidas have messed up the sizing I just couldn't get the fit right so took the plunge and went for a different shoe and this once didn't disappoint. Incredibly comfortable, precise and hard wearing. Size down at least half a size for a comfortable fit.
really happy with this shoe, the sizing is a bit different to other sportivas and if buying online , find somewhere to try a pair before ordering.i got it right on the 3rd pair,.
amazing shoe, solid construction, climbs great out door and in gym.very comfortable.