La Sportiva Katana Velcro Rock Shoe // Review
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
|Value for Money||4|
|Comfort & Fit||5|
|Total out of 25||20|
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
|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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