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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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5 5

LS Katana Lace

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

Upgraded from the extremely comfortable Tarantulace (size 40.5)to a size 40.0 Katana Lace BTW I wear a 42.0 street shoe, so these guys run true to size of typical La Sportivas. These guys are monsters, definitely helping me beast through some boulder problems. I have only used them indoors for now, but plan to take them outdoor soon. The neoprene sock that is attached to the shoe is so comfortable thus far, however Im not sure how this will fair overtime with sweat accumulating into the sock. So far the break-in has been similar to what I can remember of my Tarantulaces, first with tight toes, then with some back ankle rubbing. I always get compliments on these bad-boys in the gym

Blister Gear Review

Blister Gear Review

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Check out Blister Reviewer Dave Alie's long-form review on the Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge.

http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/la-sportiva-katana-lace

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That's one hell of a shot! Keep crushin!!!

5 5

Love love love

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

It was about time I bought some new climbing shoes as my old LS Toras were way past retirement. Finally got to give these a good work out today at the gym and I have got to say they were amazing. They obviously need a fair bit of breaking in as my feet were feeling it pretty badly within a few climbs but this was expected. I have no doubt they'll be pretty comfy once they've softened up a bit. As for performance I have got to say these immediately got me climbing better! Probably more a placebo but given they have a more aggressive last than my old shoes (and a better condition sole) they did hold much better on small features. I decided on the lace over the velcro and Im glad I did. I can get an amazingly snug fit around my foot with no dead space meaning they suck onto your feet & heel, in my case, extremely well, making heel hooks a breeze.

I have a pretty narrow foot and found these to fit great just like my last pair of LS climbing shoes. I usually wear a 45 in a running shoe and went for a 43.5 and I have no doubt they'll be spot on when they're broken in.

Skylar D was great in helping me decide which shoe to get so a big props to the gear heads as usual! :)

Looking forward to getting some more climbing done with some fresh boots!

Photo shows the more down turned toe on the Katana Lace compared with my old boots.

Love love love
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Stoked to hear you are liking these, Ross!

5 5

There just isn't a better shoe out there

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I just don't think there is a a better climbing shoe out there, especially for sport climbing. I urge people to ask the gear heads about what fit would be best for them...because once you have the perfect fit, you'll be amazed at both the comfortableness as well as the precision they give you. I have unusually small feet (womens 4.5) and the 34 work great.

5 5

Aggressive & Fun

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

I love these shoes. They have helped me in my progression with climbing and are a good intermediate/advanced shoe for climbing. I also want to give a shoutout to BackCountry for their awesome customer service. Their gear knowledge and great site always leaves me a happy customer.

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Whatever you need my friend! We got your back.

5 5

Great all day shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

This shoe performs well on everything. It's stiff sole and P3 allows for performance on small edges and the thin toe box gets into pockets well. I've even used these shoes in cracks. Being lace-ups, these will stay snug on your foot, while still being comfortable. The thing I like best about the Lace-up Katanas is the P3 and the neoprene tongue sewn in. I think this helps create that snug fit, even before lacing up.

The sizing is true to La Sportiva, which is Large for the size. What I've worn:
Lace-up Katana: 39 1/2
Miura VS: 39 1/2
Solution: 38 1/2
Testarossa: 38 1/2
Scarpa Boostic: 40
Scarpa Mago: 39 1/2

5 5

Sick

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

great top rope shoe. comfortable and very well made. not my favorite for bouldering though, i prefer the miura velcro for bouldering. Or the solutions for outdoor stuff. id recomened sizing down at least 1 size in comparison to your street shoe size. i wear a street shoe 8.5 and a 39 in the katana laces

5 5

Near perfection

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This shoe til this day keeps bringing joy to my face once I slip them on. Edge, smear, jam, heel oh gosh these shoes make it seem effortless on my behalf. Perfect amount of aggressiveness and flatness at the same time (sounds impossible to do). The synthetic liner makes them so comfortable. I have my Katana Laces same size as my solutions (which I jam my feet into) and I can keep them on during a full training session. My complaints about them come down to two things. One is with the synthetic liner and thats just because well my shoes became pretty smelly pretty quick (preventable thought). My only true complaint is that I wish they had more rubber on the top part of my shoes because toe hooking in these are just a bit harder than when my Solutions are wrapped up on my feet. These shoes will always be in my arsenal.

5 5

Tiny Edges! No Problem!

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

I bought these shoes to upgrade from the Sportiva Tarantulas. (A good beginner shoe.) When tried them on in Chattanooga they felt pretty fine, I went with the size 44, and I wear about a size 12 street shoe. So next day I got to try them out, and they were pretty painful! I talked to some people about sizing and they said they would probably form to my foot and feel alright after a while. So I have had them for about a month now and they are so amazing! the thing I noticed the most was how well they kept me on the wall no matter how small the edges were. I like to do more technical climbing, usually bouldering and sport climbing. These shoes help me no matter what application I put them in. In really big or aggressive moves they help me put power to my toes because of the downturn, and overhangs are a lot easier compared to my Tarantulas. I might have sized down a little to far, because they start to hurt after about 30 minutes or so of climbing, but they are breaking in more and more. These are great shoes and really good for intermediate to advanced climbers!

5 5

Great all around shoe

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

Edges well, fits tight to the heel and the down turned shape makes a huge difference on those backpitched climb. all in all a great shoe that can be used for bouldering or sport climbing

5 5

Comfortable Aggressive All-Around

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

If you are a relative newbie to climbing this review should be helpful.
Size: I started bouldering about 1-2 months ago in a loaner non-aggressive Evolv shoe in a massive 45 size. I wear a size 11-11.5 street shoe; 11.5 in my Mizuno's and 11 in a more tight fitting Inov-8. I tried on approximately 30 pairs of shoes at EMS (no kidding) and finally settled on these shoes. Their max size was 43.5, which i really felt was too small for me, but decided to buy them anyway. I ended up ordering a 44.5 and wore both shoes for several climbs. While the 44.5 felt initially more comfortable I found that in aggressive (for me) movements there was some movement of my foot in the shoe, it did not edge quite as well, and my toes moved just enough to rub the shoe. I watched a great youtube video where an advanced climber states "loose shoes cause blisters, tight shoes just hurt." I feel that this is very accurate after wearing both sizes, as even the 44.5 felt tight to me initially.
Shoe Fit Comparison: I tired on the Solution, Miura, multiple Scarpa models (including the Sharma model), and multiple Evolv models, and this was the most comfortable shoe to me. The Miura was a close second, but I really liked the stretch upper lining in this shoe that gives it a sock kind of fit, and much more top foot comfort. This lorica upper is the same as the La Sportiva Solution. I was totally amped about the solution, the fit was just incredibly painful for me.
Climbing: These shoes edge very well compared to my previous shoes. I was able do several routes with very small foot holds that i could not do prior, and overall I have been VERY happy with them. The fit is comfortable for an aggressive shoe, and the most comfortable shoe I tried other than too big Tarantulaces and Mythos'. I did recently notice that they are not great for smearing for me. I am able to grip the wall, but need to apply a fair amount of pressure because the downturned toes don't create a great surface contact area.

i wear 41.5 on with miura lace, it's...

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i wear 41.5 on with miura lace, it's definitely a little loose after stretches, and causing problems with my heel hook if i super crank on it. I'm sending my miura in for a resole and want to get these for my next pair of shoes, i want performance this time and willing to get a tight fit on it, what size do you think i should get in these?

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I tried on both the Miura Lace and Katana Lace. From what I can recall the fit was very similar. Those two shoes in particular were the most comfortable for me. The Miura might stretch a little more, because if I recall correctly the Miura does not have the P3 (permanent power platform) technology whose whole purpose is to maintain structure of the shoe. Therefore I would probably try a 41 in the Katana Lace if you are looking for a tight (aggressive) fit. They might stretch 1/2 size max from what i have heard. I wear a size 11-11.5 street shoe and settled on a 43.5 Katana Lace for what I would consider a tight aggressive feel where my toes touch the end of the downturned toe edge.

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I wear the same size Katana Lace and Miura VS

Bouldering in Joe's Valley

Bouldering in Joe's Valley

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From edging on vertical faces to moderately overhanging climbs, the Katana Laces can handle it.

2 5

Disappointed...

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

At first I was very excited for these shoes when I put them on. The design and style looked good for many uses from edgeing to smearing to crack, they fit perfect almost and they are the most comfortable shoe on my feet UNTIL I climbed in them. They are hands down the worst crack shoe I have every worn. They get stuck horribly in offwidth and pretty much anything that goes deeper then the toes. I mean really stuck not as in the rubber is so sticky but the design is just flawed for that type of use. Also the worst part of them is they are thick, super thick so you can't feel anything climbing in them. Its like climbing in the old waffle stumpers from the back in the day. They got me up everything I put them on but the shoes just disappointed and left me wishing for something different and better. I love la sportivas shoes but not these...

5 5

Woh

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: Runs small

I was not expecting this shoe to be as burly as it is when I pulled it out the box.
I remember the Katanas being a slightly downturned shoe, that is still pretty flexible, but the lace ups are a whole new animal. They still have a slightly downturned profile, but the P3 makes sure the shoe retains its profile, use after use. And the Pacific liner hugs your foot like a best friend to help keep your foot dry and locked in place.

It is a fairly stiff shoe, so it's not going to be the best for overhanging routes, but it will probably be one of the most powerful edging shoes that you can find right now.

Got these for the girlfriend and had to size up half a size from normal. She typically wears a 39.5 shoe in La Sportiva, but had to bump up to a 40 on these.

does anyone know how these size compared...

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does anyone know how these size compared to other sportiva climbin shoes? namely the solutions and the mythos?

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I wear a 39.5 in solutions and really like these in a 41. Tighter than that and they were uncomfortable and looser than that they just felt sloppy and with no performance. The Mythos are a bit of a red herring as I size those for all day long route comfort so at a 41 in the Mythos they stretch to beyond a 42 when broken in. These don't stretch all that much.

I wear a 39.5 solution, what would the...

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I wear a 39.5 solution, what would the suggested size be for these?

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I think for a performance fit I'd stick with the 39.5 (I also wear a 39.5 Solution and a US 9 street shoe). For comfort or long routes I'd bump up to a 41. I tried the 42 for comfort and long routes and it was way too loose. The 41 seemed to be the ticket.

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i would say that these are not nearly as aggressive as the solutions, so keeping with the same size might feel sloppy. i usually am i half size tighter for my flat shoes vs. aggressive bouldering shoes.

5 5

Awesome shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Have just worn out my first pair and will order new ones. Comfortably tight and just great to wear both in and out doors. I normally use size 43 shoes, but buy these in size 42.

5 5

Good shoe for intermediate climbers

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

A great fitting shoe that has given me a whole new set of tools on boulders (upgraded from Nago's). Rigid and flexible in the right places, very aggressive shape, super grippy on the tiniest of footholds. High quality construction that you can really see and feel when you lace up. 7.5 (40) street shoe, 6.5 (38.5) Katana's are working nicely. Not very comfortable the first few climbs, but they are forming well (after 5 trips to the gym).

Good shoe for intermediate climbers
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Nice picture and info about sizing!

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