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La Sportiva - Testarossa

La Sportiva's Testarossa was designed for high performance climbing on steep sport routes and boulder problems. This shoe is a revolutionary leap in performance climbing footwear.
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

Weight 16 oz.
Gender Men's
Mfg Sku/Part Number 255
Closure Type Lace
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
Lined Leather
4mm XSV/1.8mm XSV Rand
Weight: 16 oz./pair (size 41)

Product Reviews

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. Review by Alexander
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. Review by Semansk

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