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La Sportiva Testarossa Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Testarossa has a lot to live up to, being named after a Ferrari. It looks good for starters. But the Testarossa, with an aggressive design built by La Sportiva specifically for toe and heel hooking power on technical sport climbing, bouldering, and overhanging and steep climbs, must have more to it than that enticing Ferrari red?
You can get a sense of the Testarossa's design when you compare it to La Sportiva's new Miura XX, which is similarly aggressive and laced and built for long, technical sport routes. The Testarossa features a softer midsole, increased sensitivity, and Vibram's XS Grip2 rubber (friction over edging); essentially, it will perform better on more overhanging and steeper climbs and problems where you need be able to feel and grip onto small footholds, and will be easier to bend and flex onto toe hooks. So, a better climbing shoe for shorter, more technical routes!
As for features, the Testarossa uses the P3® rand system that helps to maintain its downturned shape after heavy use, a 3D cupped Hytrel midsole with a figure-8 slingshot rand that helps you stick toe and heel hooks, and an asymmetrical lacing system up to the toe for the most secure fit of your most powerful piggy - the big toe.
The Testarossa is lined in the toe and heel, so expect it to stretch up to half a size, maybe a little more. La Sportiva recommend you fit these shoes on the tighter side for a performance fit.
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Red / Yellow
0.42 kg (Size 40 EU)
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Vibram XS Grip 2
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Toe and Heel
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.
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.
Full Features List
• Patented figure-8 slingshot rand
• Innovative bi-lateral stretch technology designed to stretch in just the right spots
• 3D cupped hytrel midsole
• AWARDS: Rock and Ice - Editors' Choice Best Overall
10 product reviews
Despite the aggressive appearance the Testarossa has been for me the most comfortable technical climbing shoe for steep ground. The toes are sharp enough for edging and for small placements but the rubber soft enough and shoe flexi enough for smearing. The heel is a confidence boosting snug fit. After many years of trying new products trying to find the perfect shoe for sport climbing I can now say that I have. This is now my fourth pair and I can't recommend them highly enough, obviously only if the shoe fits Cinders. Great product, amazing price on this site with an unbelievably quick delivery and great customer service.
I have been wearing them for about a month, mostly indoor on a mix of vertical lead and bouldering.
The sole sticks a lot and even if it is showing an aggressive down turn it does a good job while smearing.
The heel is pretty soft and loses shape while hell hocking, it does not give much confidence however the rubber on the heel is good as well and sticks. On top of that the shoe stays snag and never feels is about to pop.
My large feet feels comfortable and the laces system allows for a good adjustment, especially because they are running close to the front. The first 3 loops run with only one side of the the lace where the other goes straight vertical the external link. I thought at the beginning it was mostly a style choice however I found myself adjusting the tension on the vertical link and makes a good difference on the positioning of my 3rd toe. It toke more than other shoes to find the correct setting, which I think it is only in part due to the leather adjusting because sometimes I would feel big changes from one route to another while messing with the laces. Also as the laces go so deep into the front I don’t feel very comfortable to climb without lacing up as I always used to do with my Boreal Lynx 2014 (best quality/price shoes ever had).
Worth noting that I have a large foot and the laces are quite tight in the front, so they may not be the best choice for narrow feet.
Quite a firm edge, feels comfortable to step on it, even on the external side. Needless to say that you will find yourself going with the toe anyway in some situations just because they are fantastic at that.
The helper loops on the back are a bit too small for my liking, my fingers get stuck on them to the point that I have to sit to wear my shoe to avoid comical falls. Even the carabiner I use to transport them outside my bag is a pain to remove.
I bought Testarossas after having Solutions for the last couple of years - it's always difficult to try a new type of climbing shoe and I was a bit hesitant! However, after using these outside (not even worn in), would not go back to Solutions! They are soft, so there is good sensitivity and you can smear really well; this combines with a very good edge on them. I felt like my feet would stick to anything. The heel is good, although I don't think my heel fits in the shoe perfectly. Overall, they are easy to trust and easy to climb in. I suppose the only negative is that you have to lace them up all the time but it's worth it!
I have climbed on a number of different shoes, like the La Sportiva Miura and Miura VS, La Sportiva Solution, Five Ten Anasazi, Evolve, etc. But since I've switched to these shoes, I'm hooked!
These are in my opinion some of the best shoes on the market. They have a great asymmetrical fit and you can fit them exactly around your feet through the laces. The soft/thin material actually hugs your feet instead of hurting them, but ofcourse the fit is nonetheless tight. Right out of the box within minutes they feel like a pare of worn in shoes!
The toe-down is really agressive, and this helps a lot on, for example, technical climbs, seveire overhangs or with bouldering. But what makes the shoe really special is the amount of feeling you have in the toebox and heel, this is absolutely amazing! You can feel exactly where you put your feet and how much pressure is needed, you hardly ever will slip away with these shoes. The rubber is really sticky, so they perform well on practically every surface and you can transfer a lot of power to the tip of the shoe!
For me the only downpoint is that the shoe doesn't have a big rubber surface on the toes, which makes toe-hooks a bit more difficult. And depending on you shape of foot/heel, it can in some cases be a bit strenuous on the achillisheel.
I can definately recommend these shoes for anyone who is looking for great fitting technical climbingshoes with a lot of sensitivity.
This is my favourite climbing shoes. I like them as you can be precise on the edges with optimal feeling. They work well on steep ground too: heel hooking is quite precise. The sole rubber is excellent: it really grips everywhere, soapy footholds too!. I recommend to opt for at least two EU sizes less than your normal shoes as they really adapt to your feet very quickly: I have friends that bought 3-4 sizes less. The only cons is that the production volume of this product seems reduced since a couple of years ago, so it is not so easy to go to shop and to get them with the right number.