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  • LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes

    Incredible down-turned edging power for steep sport routes and difficult bouldering is what you get in the high performance, brilliantly-designed Testarossa from La Sportiva.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Leather and synthetic Lorica upper for bilateral stretch; Lorica is water repellent, breathable, and highly durable
    • Bilateral stretch technology: strategically placed Lorica (doesn't stretch) and leather (does stretch) in specific patterns
    • Dynamic (it stretches) synthetic lining in toe and heel
    • Dry-Best tongue lining transports moisture for dry, cool, comfortable skin
    • 3D cupped hytrel midsole under the toes ties into a high tension figure-eight rand that allows you to grab features with your feet and go for the chains
    • Midsole and insole: 3D Hytrel anatomical insert placed under toes
    • Outsole: 4mm Vibram XS Grip, the hardest and stickiest climbing rubber for edging ability and smearing performance while remaining durable and even wearing
    • Performance fit with high asymmetry
    • On sizing, please note climbing shoe sizes are only a suggestion as fit is highly personal. Foot shape, use, and style all play into size selection.

  • LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes

    Last Shape Aggressively Downturned
    Gender Men's
    Upper Lined leather, synthetic
    Avg. Weight (pair) 14.8 oz.
    Closure Lace Up

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LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering (9)
    • Indoor (8)
    • Outdoors (6)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        67% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        100% 

        (10 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid climber (7), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great bouldering shoe

    By Big man can climb

    from Philadelphia, Pa

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good solid quality
    • Once broken in supercomfy
    • Super grippy rubber soles
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Long time to break in
    • Very uncomfortable at 1st

    Best Uses

    • Bouldering
    • Indoor
    • Long Climbs

    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

    I boulder and top rope. Great shoe that tackles both with ease. Def want to try these shoes on before you buy. The sportiva brands for me runs really big. Im size 11 mens and sportivas i wear 41 1/2 ( i think thats like a size 8 or 9 ). Took forever to break in but now i can last pretty long without havin to take em off in between every line. All in all these shoes rock. Buy em!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too big
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Second Pair

    By Matt

    from MO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lace up
    • Leather
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bouldering
      • Indoor
      • Long Climbs
      • Outdoor

      Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

      I bought a pair of these about two years ago and just ordered my second pair. La Sportiva shoes seem to pander to my foot type, and these are no exception. I wear them very tight but dont have any particular toes or parts of my feet that get extra crushed. I have an extra large big toe, and when I try and put on similarly sized 5.10's my foot simply cannot get into the shoes.

      They are leather which makes them comfy but also prone to stretching. Being that the testarossas are lace ups, as long as you size them properly the bit of stretch you get shouldn't be an issue and if anything will just make them more comfortable as you break them in. I'd say the only thing I don't like about these shoes is having to lace and unlace them between climbs but thats the price that you pay for buying lace up shoes, stupid.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best Climbing Shoes Ever!

      By Bryan

      from Stamford, CT

      About Me Avid Climber

      Pros

      • Great Fit

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

        This is my second pair. The fit is incredible. There's something special about how it grips your toes.

        These shoes are not for beginners. They do take a little while to break in, but once you break them in they are tight and supportive in all the right places.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great shoes

        By Matt

        from Southeast

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Breaks in well
        • Lace up

        Cons

        • Color scheme

        Best Uses

        • Bouldering
        • Indoor
        • Outdoor

        Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

        Great shoes for bouldering, especially for people looking for a sticky high end lace up.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        The best shoes I have ever worn

        By Rod Rosa

        from Auburn, NH

        About Me Avid Climber

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bouldering
          • Indoor
          • Outdoor

          Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

          Remember to purchase at least two sizes smaller than you normally wear for regular street shoes - these are leather climbing shoes and they will stretch A LOT.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels full size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Amazing shoe

          By Pete

          from Worcester, MA

          About Me Avid Climber

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bouldering
            • Indoor
            • Sport Climbs

            Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

            So a few months ago I decided I needed to supplement my gear pack with a pair of aggressive climbing shoes. My 5.10 Moccasins were nice, but not ideal for the steep bouldering I was doing in them. I tried out quite a few shoes before I had the opportunity to take a pair of La Sportiva Testarossas out for a spin. All I can say is I'm glad I didn't buy anything else.

            Hands down, the La Sportiva Testarossa is the best climbing shoe I've ever used. They're more expensive than most, but you get what you pay for. The fit is excellent. The shoe hugs my foot like a glove. The toe box construction directs the majority of your weight toward the big toe, unlike the 5.10 models they compete with. The 5.10 Blackwing and Arrowhead both had a much narrower toe box and directed much more pressure to the outside of the foot, making for an inferior fit, less sensitivity, and a lot of unnecessary pain. This ultimately was why I did not buy either of them. The Testarossas are very comfortable for such an aggressive shoe, and the Vibram XS2 rubber edges very well and sticks to the smallest of footholds with ease. I have yet to find anything that these shoes do not excel at.

            A few thoughts on sizing: I wear a 10.5 (US mens) in street shoes, and I don't like my climbing shoes excruciatingly tight. I purchased the Testarossa in EU 41.5. If I could do it again, I'd go for a 41. They are constructed of lined leather, and you can expect a half size of stretch minimum. If you try a pair on and you're not sure as to whether or not they're small enough, go a size smaller. Like any well fitting climbing shoe, they'll hurt at first, but my pair has broken in nicely.

            Bottom Line - I can't find anything negative to say about the Testarossa. They're the cream of the crop.

            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Best shoes i have ever worn

            By johnny

            from southern california

            About Me Avid Climber

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Toe box is amazing

            Cons

            • Heel rubber is too thin

            Best Uses

              Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

              amazing shoes, construction was very well thought out and material feels top of the line, definitely feels and looks like how much it costs. first downturn shoes that does hurt AS much as other aggressive shoes. the only CON is this shoe is NOT made for heel hooking, the rubber on the heel is VERY thin and i do not trust it sticking. however i do not do much heel hooking so this is not much of a problem for me

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Best. Shoes. Ever.

              By Jack

              from Denver

              About Me Avid Climber

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Versatile
              • Weather Resistant

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bouldering
                • Indoor
                • Outdoor
                • Sprint Climbs

                Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

                Bought these almost nine years ago. Wore them until the resoler in Boulder told me they couldn't be repaired any more because the rubber was the only thing holding them together.

                The shoes fit like a glove. They had great arch support for their entire lives, fit like a glove, were incredibly comfortable, had an awesome touch on the rock. Only thing they weren't good for was cracks.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great shoes

                By The Great

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Avid Climber

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bouldering
                  • Indoor
                  • Outdoor

                  Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

                  I mainly use the shoe for bouldering,top roping and occasionally I climb outdoors. even though I haven't tested these outdoors yet, coming from barracudas, I believe that is the next great shoe to own. I heard mixed talks about them in the local gym (from hard to break..to once broken, they're perfect). hope that is helpful.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Shoe

                  By ver1oren

                  from Washington, D.C.

                  About Me Avid Climber

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good toeing
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bouldering
                    • Outdoor
                    • Over hanging

                    Comments about LA SPORTIVA Testarossa Climbing Shoes:

                    I use this shoe for all of my climbing, I'd like it to be better at smearing, but for overhanging climbing and climbing requiring a good toe in this shoe is the best.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too big
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width

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