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Open up new foothold possibilities.

Focus precision footwork onto tiny holds with the La Sportiva Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe. Combined with the more customized fit that lace-up shoes offer, the slightly asymmetric, slightly down-turned Katana creates an all-around comfortable shoe with aggressive qualities for tougher climbing.

  • Permanent Power Platform and molded 3-D heel cup help the shoe hold its down-turned shape so you can attack the steepest routes day after day
  • Tubular construction mixes the performance of a lined shoe with the comfort of an unlined shoe
  • Speed lacing for a precision fit in half the time
  • Vibram XS Edge rubber provides crazy grip for technical edging, is resistant to deformation on razor-sharp edges, and won't creep when you're smearing
  • Perforated, breathable tongue keeps your foot cool on hot days

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Will there be any 40.5s, 41s arriving soon?

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Hey!

We have a bunch of 40.5's and 41's coming into stock soon. Would you like me to watch inventory on that for you?

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Sure, thanks!

Will they be in before the sale ends?

I currently have Mythos. Should I buy the same size as my Mythos (which have really settled down and are comfortable for me) ?

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Hey Welshguy,

I would get the same size, but expect the shoe to feel much different than the fit of the mythos. These are more aggressive and asymmetrical so they are going to feel a little smaller than the mythos in the same size. Also these will not stretch as much as the mythos do.

If you want to talk more about sizing or try on a few different sizes please contact me at the info below and I would be happy to help you out.

Dan Gates
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7582
dgates@backcountry.com

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I wear size 12 street shoe I had a pair in 44.5 and they were very aggressive fit for me. Its unfortunate the toe rubber chipped on the first slab climb I made. been waiting almost 4 weeks for La Spotiva to get back with me about warranty. Probably will not buy another sportiva shoe because of this hassle on warranty.. they run small

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Thanks Wes & Dan. My issue is that I have hobbit feet (wide) and take 44's in Mythos. They have stretched and fit really well now but I'm after a more aggressive shoe for edging and small toe holes. Lace-ups are what I want so that I can finely adjust the fit. Maybe a 45 would be better since the stretch in these shoes are a lot less than mythos ? Realistically I think I need to demo these shoes before committing to buy.

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my Katana laces did not stretch at all. but be ware I think they have delaminating issues of rubber. and warranty well thats another topic. I replaced my katana laces with the tenaya tarifa drop one size for comfy tight fit or 1.5 for agressive

4 5

Stiff, sticky, and stuffy...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 162 lbs
    Size Purchased: 44.0

...in the good sense of the words...
The 'Permanent Power Platform' create some underfoot stiffness that feels like they take some of the stress off your big toe when you're edging in a desperate stance. They feel really sticky and promote a ton of confidence when you're smearing on tiny crystals and featureless faces. I ordered a half size larger than I normally would have to make them a little more comfortable in when jamming the cracks, and they perform wonderfully in that setting as well. The slightly roomier than aggressive fit makes them my go to trad aggressive shoe. For steeply overhanging routes I would be happy with the same shoe, but a half size down from the ones I own.

My only gripe and the reason for a knocking off a star is that because of the moderate downturn, they do start to wear my feet out on slab after a couple of pitches.

I only wear these outside and they have been wearing as expected, but I will definitely need to resole them more quickly than the harder Onyx rubber on my 5.10s..

Stiff, sticky, and stuffy...
4 5

Great shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I bought the Katana for moderate bouldering and more technical climbing.. I have a more comfortable mythos shoe for splitter cracks and easier climbs. These are great edging shoes and stick to the tiniest crystals and slickest faces! Took about 10 pitches to break in to the shape of my foot, but didn't really stretch considerably. True to size.

Any idea when you will be getting these in sizes 42 and up?

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Hey!

We should be getting a shipment in the next few weeks here. I'll do my best to let you know once they come in.

Ben
brabinowitz@backcountry.com
801-746-7564

Are 44.5 or 45 gonna be in stock soon?

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Gustavo,

We have a bunch of 44.5's and 45's that should be arriving shortly. Let me know if you'd like me to watch that for you and let you know when they get to us?

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Would be awesome if you let me know! Thanks!

I wear an 8 in street shoes (nike, adidas) and a 9.5 in rental shoes (so with socks). what size should i get in these?

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Go a full size down from your street shoe. I wear a 10.5 (Vans, Nike) and I use a 9.5 for a tight but comfortable fit. For a performance (toe crushing fit) go down 1.5 sizes. Never wear socks with your climbing shoes, it's akin to wearing a life vest with your surfboard.

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Spot on Zach - definitely like the life vest with a surf board analogy, could not be more true with wearing socks in climbing shoes.

Any idea when you might get size 43.5 - 44 in? Is there anyway of sending a notification when they do?

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Hey Joseph T.

Thanks for your question. It looks like we have both of those sizes on order to come in mid-August. We have quite a few coming in so check back on the site then!

Let us know if you have any other questions!

4 5

Good all around.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 38.5

I found these to be pretty versatile, for a sport shoe. They are a pretty stiff shoe, which gives you a solid platform when you are trying to balance on small edges, which I was very grateful for. They smeared just fine, as well, which is a plus. Also, they are one of the most comfortable down-turned shoes I have ever tried.

I wear a 38.5 in most La Sportiva shoes. My street shoe is 8.5-9.0. Techincally, I could go to a 37.5, but it's just too painful for me. The 38.5 in these was just right.

Questions? Hit me up!

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7587

Are there any plans to restock the bigger sizes? NOBODY seems to carry anything bigger than a 43 and I heard something about a Dock Worker's strike, but that seems to have ended. I bought a pair of 44.5s and loved them but had to give them up because they were too painful. Wanted to get a 45.5 or 46 but they've been out of stock for about 4 months....

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We do have a few 45 and 45.5 on order. I would imagine they wouldn't take long but I cant make any guarantees. Wouldn't hurt to chat with one of the gearheads and leave them your info so they can follow up with you if they find anything.

4 5

Next Step up from Mythos

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 200 lbs

Was really interested in this shoe, Ive owned the Mythos for years and want to get something a touch more aggressive. This is it. Edges better than my Mythos but, it really tackles some overhung moves a lot better. A lot stiffer than the Solution so it edges a bit better, still smears like a champ.

Size 43 in all of La Sportiva's mountaineering boots, 41.5 in the Mythos, tried these in a 42 and they were perfect. They were a demo pair so, they were pre stretched out. I would have to break them in a bit if they were new but definitely the 42 would be for me. If I was tackling harder routes the 41.5 might be an option just make sure its a tight fit but, at my climbing level I appreciate a bit more comfort.

Can you recommend a size? My mythos are 41.5 and my street shoes are 9.5-10

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I wear a US size 9 street shoe and these in a 41 and they fit like a nice painful glove with optimum edging power. I would say sticking with 41.5 would be a wise choice!

How much will these shoes stretch, because I have one foot that is a half size smaller than the other. Also I wear like a 44.5 in the evolv pontas II does anyone know what that would equate to in the katanas?

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Trevor what is your street shoe size and how tight do you like them. I do not see how they will stretch much in length but maybe just on top of shoe where your toe knuckles are

Are you planning to get 42.5 any time soon?
Thanks

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I have a pair I'm trying to sell. Email me at zachary.w.winters@gmail.com. They are 42.5. Cheers, Zach

When will you have 42.5 in stock? I bought the 42, but am unsure if they are the right fit. I am a women's 10-11 but wear a 42 in my mythos.

Thank you!

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I have a pair of 42.5 I can sell you. I bought the wrong size and need to buy another pair. I'll sell for 140 free shipping. Reply with email, or I can with mine. Cheers!

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Zach, not sure how to email but are those 42.5 still available?

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Yep they are!you can email me at zachary.w.winters@gmail.com

My TC Pros are 42, my street shoes are 10.5. The TC Pros fit tight but well. What size would you folks recommend for hard finger crack climbing in the Katanas?

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Same size or 1/2 Euro size larger, depending on how tight your TC Pro is. I have 38.5 TC Pro, 39 Katana lace in 8 street shoes. I found my well broken in TC Pro is about the same length as my well broken in Katana Lace. The TC Pro was more painful during the initial long break-in & has since stretched more. I fit my Katana lace with a little bit of toe curl, which I found to be an advantage on off finger or thinner cracks (sent Moonlight in them, but would be even better on thin granite cracks b/c of the edging capability).

I have two question: When will you get size 44 or 44.5 in? and where can I go to try them on?? no one seems to carry them..

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Hey Joseph!
It does look like we have an order placed with La Sportiva for both the size 44 and the 44.5. We don't have an exact date unfortunately but for sure check back in 3-4 days!

Once we do get them in stock if you live in the Salt Lake City area you are able to try them at our Retail store.

If you do not live in the area we normally recommend ordering 2 sizes to try on then shipping back 1 of them. That way you know what will work best for you.

If you had any other questions feel free to hit us up, or email me directly at bboyland@backcountry.

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Joseph I have a slightly used pair of 44.5 I need a 45. I made a weeks worth of climbs at the gym and have worn them around house to try to make them work just a little to tight for what I want....
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Unanswered Question

How does the size compare to the La Sportiva Futuras? I'm thinking about getting these shoes for less intense climbing. For the Futuras I wear size 40 but after around 20-30minutes of climbing, I have to take them off because they get really painful. I still want these shoes to be tight, but not to the point where I would have to take them off every climb.

Do they come in size 42.5? I've looked all over and haven't found them online anywhere in a size above 42.

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Tom,

We have a whole bunch of 42.5's on order that should be to us any day now. Above 42.0 for these have been a very common size.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

I have the mythos 41.5 and they fit perfectly. Looking to upgrade to these, what size should I get?

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Street shoe @ 10-10.5. I have Mythos 42.5, bought the same size Katana, but felt they were a half size too small. They are down-turned, so I expected them to feel tighter (especially after those glass slipper Mythos), but after 3 days I couldn't bare it--felt like my toes were dislocating and I couldn't put any pressure on them.

TL;DR- Anecdotal evidence: buy a half size up.

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Me too,
I have Mythos and Katana Laces, both 44.5. I wish I bought Katana half size smaller...
Sorry for bad English..