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La Sportiva Katana Lace

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  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the La Sportiva Size Conversion.
  • Push the limits in the lace version of the iconic Katana.
  • This is the first tubular construction climbing shoe that gives you the performance of a lined shoe with the comfort of an unlined shoe.
  • This powerful, slightly asymmetric, slightly down-turned all-around shoe excels in every type of climbing scenario.
  • Made of leather and Lorica®, a synthetic leather that is constructed from extremely small micro-fibers for a water-repellent, breathable and highly durable material.
  • P3® technology maintains the down-turned shape of the shoe for the life of the shoe which produces a veritable edging machine.
  • Pacific synthetic fiber lining in the forefoot and back.
  • PD 55 last.
  • Slip-lasted tube construction makes the shoe less stiff than board-lasted shoes.
  • 1.1mm Vibram® XS Edge midsole and 4mm Vibram® XS Edge outsole is exceptionally resistant to deformation on razor sharp edges, and it will not creep when smearing.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 10 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 40 (US Men's 7.5), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the La Sportiva Size Conversion.
  • Push the limits in the lace version of the iconic Katana.
  • This is the first tubular construction climbing shoe that gives you the performance of a lined shoe with the comfort of an unlined shoe.
  • This powerful, slightly asymmetric, slightly down-turned all-around shoe excels in every type of climbing scenario.
  • Made of leather and Lorica®, a synthetic leather that is constructed from extremely small micro-fibers for a water-repellent, breathable and highly durable material.
  • P3® technology maintains the down-turned shape of the shoe for the life of the shoe which produces a veritable edging machine.
  • Pacific synthetic fiber lining in the forefoot and back.
  • PD 55 last.
  • Slip-lasted tube construction makes the shoe less stiff than board-lasted shoes.
  • 1.1mm Vibram® XS Edge midsole and 4mm Vibram® XS Edge outsole is exceptionally resistant to deformation on razor sharp edges, and it will not creep when smearing.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 10 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 40 (US Men's 7.5), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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La Sportiva Katana Lace

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2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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First: this is an incredible shoe, one of the best I've used in 30 years of climbing. Details: The Katana lace up is a significantly changed design, and a great improvement on the older Katana velcro. The P3 last is much more down turned, to the level of the Miura VS or the Solution. Interior finish of the shoe is very very comfortable, the last shrink wraps the foot, almost like a slipper. But there is enough stiffness in this shoe to use for vertical edging on multipitch routes. Closest fit for me to compare to is the Sportiva Testarossa, but the new Katana Lace is a more robust and much stiffer shoe. The new Vibram XSEdge rubber is harder than previous XSGrip rubber used by Sportiva. Personally I find XSEdge excellent outdoors on a range of rock textures, with good friction, but on some gym surfaces it is too firm. The lacing system really locks this shoe into place. I've used it for intensive heel hooking- it is terrific, and I have a low volume heel. For several reasons- the last, the lacing, and the fit- I could see this shoe replacing the old standard Miuras, as it does nearly everything they do, but better. It won't replace the Miura VS, however, as that is a softer shoe and more suited to very overhanging terrain. In summary, an extraordinary shoe. Can't speak highly enough of it.

I'd also recommend: Scarpa Booster

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1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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We'll start with the good... one of my friends ordered these and she likes them. They fit her foot well and she hasn't complained about them. I also tried these on. I thought the toe box felt really odd. It's hard to explain but it's almost like the front end of your foot is being compressed from the top and bottom. I went with the Miura Lace instead and love them. Bottom line, try them on, they fit differently than other shoes.

I'd also recommend: 5.10

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  • from Rockville, MD
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I bought these shoes for face-climbing/edging. As other reviewers have noted, the toe box is very low on these, owing to the 'love bump' in the sole. Most climbing shoes have enough vertical space that the toes curl, but these don't, so sizing is really critical. I had to try 4 different sizes before I found one small enough to sufficiently push my heel in to the cup. The sole is stiff, so breaking them in has been a little uncomfortable. But having climbed on them 3 times outdoors and 10-15 times indoors, I really do like them, and am looking forward to getting them broken in and ready. Sizing: LS Cobras 41, 5.10 Rogue 10, LS Katana Lace (these shoes) 40.5. Five Fingers M42. I don't know what my 'street shoe' size is.

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  • from Columbus, OH
$165.00

Width: D - Medium

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