28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic comfort fit for a beginner with wide feet.,
This review is from: La Sportiva Men's TarantuLace Performance Rock Climbing Shoe (Apparel)My first pair, so Ill keep it brief as Im probably not the best person to do an in depth analysis.
I have wide feet. Like... WIDE... and the whole time I was demo-ing different shoes I was afraid that I'd be squished into a pair thats just too damn tight because you're not supposed to have any toe wiggle room in climbing shoes. Well, this pair liberated me from all of those worries. I tried a bunch of high end pairs by Scapra and its nothing against them, but this was the first and pretty much only pair that I could wear for 40+ minutes without serious discomfort, to the point where towards the end I forgot I even had them on. Super comfortable on any indoor climbs, the lacing is legit and easy to tighten/loosen, there is a slight bend curve to the shape which helps me prioritize the toe when climbing (as a beginner)... I dont even know what else to comment on. For me comfort was the biggest worry point and these shoes totally put me at ease.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great shoes. Hard to size without expert help. Order many sizes or buy in store.,
This review is from: La Sportiva Men's TarantuLace Performance Rock Climbing Shoe (Shoes)TLDR: Watch videos, do research, expect them to stretch/break in, and go buy them in person from experts.
I started my shoe hunt like most 20-somethings these days, googling. What's the best brand, best model, best value...blah blah. Based off of reviews from popular websites and climbing vlogs, I discovered that the tarantulas and tarantulaces were some of the best for beginners. I also chose them because from what I could tell, they were at least a little down-turned which would be useful as I progress and become an intermediate climber. For reference, I bought these shoes when I was climbing only V0 boulders and 5.4, 5.5 top rope routes.
I honestly recommend going to a store to get your shoes because my biggest issue was getting the size correct. For one, I barely knew what I was supposed to be looking for in terms of fit, and had to figure it out by research and tweeting people. Even then, because the half sizes are so close together, I had trouble... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great beginner shoe!,
This review is from: La Sportiva Men's TarantuLace Performance Rock Climbing Shoe (Apparel)
I normally wear a size 12 in women's. I bought the 42.5 and it has worked great. I originally wanted to go with the 43 because it was comfortable enough to wear when walking for more than 5min. I decided to size down to 42.5 because i heard these stretch. I'm glad I did as I think the fit is just right (very snug but not painful). These aren't hardcore by any means, but for a beginner I really like them. I I switched out the laces for "Quick Lock" stretch laces. This makes slipping off the back heal of the shoe between climbs way easier and faster.