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La Sportiva Katana Velcro Rock Shoe // Review

La Sportiva Katana Velcro Rock Shoe // Review

Love…

Comfort and feel. They are a comfort/performance hybrid so edging is really precise but could also wear on long multi-pitch routes. The blue and green show looks great too!

Would like to see…..

Them change the women’s fit from pink to something else! Better durability in the toe

**Overall rating

Criteria Grade
Value for Money 4
Design 4
Comfort & Fit 5
Durability 3
Functionality 4
Total out of 25 20

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Value for money

I have bought these shoes 3 times, all different colours and styles. The top price I paid for these was £110 and lowest was £69.

Sportiva Katana VS- Yellow "mens" and pink "womens" versions

Sportiva Katana VS- Yellow “mens” and pink “womens” versions

Design

I like the Velcro straps as it makes it so easy to whip them on and off. The heel loops are a good length to help get the shoes on without being in the way. The blue and green design is my favourite, I’m not sure if it has the men’s or women’s fit but I think it is a men’s as it fits my foot nicely.

The rubber is hard enough to feel supported but not too thin that you can feel the chalk grains under your toes!

The blue and green Sportiva Katana VS are my favourite style!

The blue and green Sportiva Katana VS are my favourite style!

Comfort and fit

This really is a comfortable shoe. In the end I prefer the “men’s” version as I have wide feet and the pink ones are quite narrow. I have heel spurs and these hug my foot in a way it doesn’t rub like other flatter heeled shows have. Also heel hooking is not as painful as other shoes I have tried.

Precise and comfortable heel hooking

Precise and comfortable heel hooking

Durability

This is where I have rated the shoe down. I have owned several brands of climbing shoes and I have never had a problem with toe holes (until they are knackered obviously). But with these the toe rubber starts getting thin within a month or two.  This is with around 3 x a week use and on gritstone…

Only downfall is the quick to wear rubber on toes

Only downfall is the quick to wear rubber on toes

Functionality

Perfect for multi-use; sport/trad, long days at the crag to short sessions at the climbing wall. Smearing is great as the rubber is very flexible but not too soft. A great all rounder!

Good flexibility allowing small edge precision and smearing

Good flexibility allowing small edge precision and smearing

By Beth Thomas

Reviewer Beth Thomas
Standard Shoe Size UK 5.5 (in trainers)
Test Shoe Brand & Name Sportiva Katana Velco (womens)
Test Shoe Size UK 3.5, EU 36.5

 

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