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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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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

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!

5 5

Shoe Sizing

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 200 lbs
    Size Purchased: 44.5

I wear 12 in Street Shoe I ordered a 44.5 which is Us mens size 11 for what I am trying to do I think I need a 45. I want a comfy pair of SHOES THAT I CAN GO CLIMB AND HAVE FUN and not have to remove every climb. so if any one is wanting a size 44.5 that have only been worn for 8 climbs at the gym and I have worn them around the house trying to stretch them a little give me a email asap with your phone number. wes -- I think I bought the only 44.5 left in USA it took a week of research to find these and the place I had to get them from did not offer returns. I tried to buy from backcountry but they could not get the in my time frame. I still want 165$ and will ship them for free

these have a awesome comfy fit just a little to tight for me

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?

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I have a pair I'm trying to sell. Email me at 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

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....

140$ free ship in cont US

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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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

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..

4 5

My first love...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: 42

Have been climbing in the gym for 18 months now and have started going outside for the first time this Spring. Katanas have been the first to join me on this journey. I wear a 9.5 street and the 42 are perfect. It's only been a few times, but the 5.11s in the gym are already starting to play out on 5.10s on the rock as I get use to this new world and the Katanas have been awesome. My only hesitation is durability based on the toe peeling back on my first pair after only a few sessions...friend told me it's me dragging up the rock? Well got a brand new pair and hope it was a fluke!

What's happening? AM I cursed?

Ok you all seem to know your stuff. This are shots from La Sportiva Katanas that I got locally at EMS. After not many visits to the crag this was happening on one toe. Took them back assuming this was a defect. Couldn't get refund, only store credit. Didn't have Katanas which I loved so got Miuras. Didn't love them so much, BUT noticed the same thing happening on one toe after only ONE visit to the rock and two indoors! Missed my Katanas so ordered a pair from you all this week. So here's my question. A friend says it's because I'm new to outdoor climbing (18 months indoors before...had a pair of the Scarpa Vapors for the whole time and never had this issue ) and I'm dragging my toe up the wall. Said I can take some light sandpaper and sand down the flap so it doesn't get worse. Would hate to see my new Katanas go the same way. Is this just unavoidable until I stop dragging? Anything else I can do to help?!

Thanks for any wisdom!

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Stop dragging your feet! It is an indoor climbing habit because indoor walls are smoother and will not rough up shoes. when you are on real rock, a lot more friction, which is great for climbing, but terrible for foot draggers. Also, dragging your feet is bad form. People typically do it because they are scared (being new to climbing) or pushing their abilities. Even when at the edge of your abilities, it is still bad form. Don't do it!! Have fun climbing.

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It's some mix of you and the shoe. All of my friends with Sportiva shoes have some similar toe peeling on the front of the shoes. That being said, none of ours looks half that bad and we all bought katanas when they were on sale around the same time 6 or 7 months ago. Sportiva shoes seem more prone to this kind of delamination, but technique makes a difference. Try not to drag your toes as you leave a hold and try not to smear your shoes onto a hold. Many climbers will place their foot above a hold and smear until it sticks. Try aiming your foot where you want it to go and leaving it there. It will suit you well in the long run.

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I think this issue is rare. I and my husband and gone through dozens of Miuras and I have never seen this issue occur. I've only seem the top of the toes wear out.

Hope this helps build your confidence back up, on this shoe. It is a fantastic shoe, as it can edge on a dime.

--Emily Jenson Expert Gearhead

5 5

Comfortable and Aggressive

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

While searching for a new pair of climbing shoes my main criteria included something that was comfortable and aggressive, a very challenging combination to find. However, these shoes have exceeded my expectations. I can wear them all day in the gym with little to no discomfort and they perform incredibly well. These shoes edge amazingly and have a fantastic toe. Unlike extremely aggressive shoes that make climbing too uncomfortable to enjoy, I can dig my big toe into tiny chips after wearing the shoes for hours on end with no pain. I tried on about a dozen pairs of shoes before settling on these and I couldn't be happier. If comfort and performance are what you are looking for then buy these shoes.

5 5

How are these so good?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 141 lbs
    Size Purchased: 40

I've been a die hard 5.10 fan for a long time, but a friend convinced me to try these out.... what have I been missing out on?!

These are the first shoes that are comfortable AND precise. I usually had to sacrifice one or the other, but no more. These shoes also instantly turned me from a whiner complaining about my toes, to a minor god who can climb forever. I only wish I had more pairs of these shoes

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I normally wear an 8-9 ish for my street shoes. I actually got these larger than I normally get my climbing shoes though - I'd recommend you go for a size that's small, but not tight. These feel pretty precise without feeling like I'm engaged in some kind of ritualistic foot binding.

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The EU 40 that Chris ordered is a US Men's 7.5

A Men's 8-9 is an EU 40.5 - 42.0

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

So I'm in the market for a new pair of shoes! And I'm not sure what would be best, I am debating between the Katana Lace and the Mythos. Id say I'm an intermediate when it comes to skill level. I want an all around comfortable shoe (that will fit my wife feet) a shoe I can use in the for all types of climbing from cracks, to slab and something that edges decently.

And if there is a different shoe that I may be better off looking at I am open to suggestions!

Thanks in advance,

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Ben I have been using my Mythos for everything, it was my first shoe and I love it. I can wear it all day, never need to take it off in between climbs and if there is a walk off that doesnt kill me either. With all that being said I am a shaky 5.9 sport leader, on my best days. When I get stronger and am looking to climb steeper, less juggy routes, I am going to get the Katana. Its like the next step from the Mythos, I just dont need it yet. With that being said I would only use the Katana for those steeper, sportier climbs, I would always use my Mythos crack climbing, or long days while climbing moderate trad. Im not sure about any other shoe, only tried La Sportiva as I have their fit down for my foot and they are still hand made in Italy. I hear 5.10's rubber is stickier but, does not last as long.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or also hit of hes owned a lot of different pairs of shoes and can probably speak on behalf of other brands more than me.

Unanswered Question

I brought these in sizes 36 and 36.5. I have an extremely small foot for an adult male. I wear a size 5 to 6 in mens' casual wear shoes depending on fit. I have to wear my hiking shoes and running shoes & most other athletic shoes in women's sizes, usually 7 or 7 1/2 depending on fit & proposed use for the shoe.

My feet go the little bit further to the top in the 36 and are just slightly downturned. It's not painful, there is one spot on my left big toe that causes some discomfort initially. If I stand up and do a pivot motion, the pressure on the left big toe seems to ease up a little.
The 36.5 fits fairly snug but I also notice that I can walk more flatly in them, not quite matching the contour of the shoe. Is that inappropriate for this shoe?

I tried 36.5 at a recent shoe demo on very simple bouldering routes, V0, V1 and they were comfortable & did well with footwork, but they did not have the 36 so no way to compare.

I do like to climb outdoors as well and I feel like I could probably do a 2 to 3 pitch climb and stand around belaying in the 36.5 without them being too uncomfortable. I am wary of something too small to the point of too painful outdoors, but also wary of something that compromises my foot placement indoors too much.

Which size would be more appropriate for me indoors, the 36 or 36.5? Or would it be worth it to keep both sizes, one for indoor & one for outdoors, and chuck my size 38 Mythos?