Excellent shoe for intermediate climber
After blowing quite a hole in my Scarpa Thunders, I purchased the La Sportiva Katana. I went down a size and a half in these and they are so tight they almost make me cry. The velcro is wonderful for quick escapes. These are fantastic climbing shoes and I have so much more confidence in my foot placement now. They are fairly stiff to me and when toeing in I feel very solid. The Katana is darn near perfect.