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La Sportiva Testarossa Climbing Shoe
The relaunched Testarossa has a new designed heel concept for the highest performance in heel hooks and an asymmetric lacing system to the toe for an extremely precise fit. Maintiaing their aggressive form these shoes give maximum sensitivity at the toe on micro holds
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. The fit is great on wider feet, with toes that do not slope. a less pointed shape and more pronounced instep. La Sportiva recommend you fit these shoes on the tighter side for a performance fit.
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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
15 product reviews
A great shoe for technical moves, as you retain a very good sense of the rock. Great performance at both edging and smearing. I downsized 2 EU numbers from my street shoes and the fit was great and comfortable from the first time. Maybe you can downsize even more. It is softer and stretches more than the Katakis (for my Katakis, I downsize 1.5 EU size). The only problem that I have experienced so far is that the first sole wears very quickly.
Great shoe!! I've got the Katana laces at the same size (43,5 street 46). But the Testa.. have better accourance on edges, better heel and are more aggressive.
I have a wide and high volume forefoot with a narrow and low volume heel, and have struggled with shoes over the last few years. I didn't realise how well a shoe could fit until i tried the Testarossas. The width of the last combined with the laces allow my foot to fit the relatively pointed and locally down turned toe perfectly; no unnecessarily crushed toes and no dead space under the middle of my forefoot. The laces combined with the generally high volume fit allow by foot to better conform to the overall downturn of the shoe too.
I downsized 2 Euro sizes from my street shoe, and found the fit to be extremely comfortable. I think i could have gone down 3 euro sizes and the should would remain comfortable one they stretched a bit but perform at a higher level. The shoe is far too soft to have anything bigger than 2 sizes down; especially considering its width and volume.
Don’t worry about the quality of La Sportiva products, they're top notch. Focus on the fit, features and performance. For me the lacing plus going up a half size accommodates my high-volume foot—high arches, and wide forefoot—w/o loosing any performance (the heal is still a bit loose). This is a soft shoe, w/o a lot of support. So, it’s not great for full on cracks but it’s brilliant for edging and smearing. I've used them for both sport and trad. They absolutely shine on edgy sport routes (the grip is amazing), not so much on long, multi-pitch trad routes. As a go-for-it shoe where precise footwork is needed, these are the ticket.
This is my second pair of Testarossa, It's really good for wide foot like me. My size is 36.5. I've bought the scarpa vapor v for 36.5 and can't even squeeze my foot into it (the length are the same but the width is too narrow). Testarossa is very flexible and the shoe would shape into your foot shape. My normal size of shoe is 36.5-37, and I bought the size 36.5. It's tightly fit which is what I wish to do some harder routes. Highly recommended!!