La Sportiva - Testarossa
A Hytrel anatomical midsole and asymmetrical shape combine for a precision, glove-like fit that gives the ultimate balance of power and sensitivity. The Vibram® XS Grip2 rubber with unique tension rand and dynamic slingshot heel band focuses power to the toe box, and strategic use of both synthetic and leather makes the Testarossa a powerful edging monster. The lace-up style lets you dial in the fit for more precision and comfort.
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Technical specifications & features
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||255|
|Upper Materials||Leather/ Lorica®|
|Shoe Lining||Pacific in the toe and heel/ Dry-Best® in tongue|
|Shoe Type||Climbing Shoes|
|Sole Materials||4mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Other Features||Slip Lasted
4mm XSV/1.8mm XSV Rand
Weight: 16 oz./pair (size 41)
- Great shoe. QC edgy...
I've been wearing this shoe and only this shoe for almost two years now, going through several new pairs and more resoles.
I love the fit. I love the short break in. I love the laces so I can pull them super tight and easily replace them if they wear through.
The stitching on one or two of my pairs has worn a little prematurely though. One was on the inner heel which then allowed the leather to rip and kill the shoe. Another stitch on a different pair started unraveling on the tongue...which had no effect on the usability of the shoe but it was another stitching fail.
These generally last me through two resoles before I toss them for a brand new pair. They generally get ditched because the heel cup starts to peel from the leather badly enough that I decide its time to toss the shoe. They could be resoled more theoretically.
I climb ~V9 and right at the line of 5.12/13 and climb four to five days a week several hours a day. These shoes generally last me 6 months between resoles. I generally blow a lace between the first and second resole.
Great shoe...does everything. I boulder in it, I climb overhang, vertical and slab in them. The only thing it mayyybe lacks in is heel hooks, as there is a soft/bare spot in the center of the heel that if placed improperly hurts (because theres no rubber). But that's been a problem maybe twice and I'm not heel hook shy. And it's never been a problem in a gym, only outdoor.
- Aggressive, sensitive and comfy
I have never worn an aggressive shoe that is so comfortable and still performs well. It feels like a softer, lace-up version of the Solution: great edging, solid heel cup for hooking, downturned for overhangs but soft enough to smear and climb slab. Also, the beak fits great in thin cracks! I took these shoes to Leavenworth and they performed great on the boulders, the cracks, and while clipping bolts.
The fit is pretty true to size, with surprisingly little stretch for a shoe with so much leather. A great aggressive all-arounder.
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