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La Sportiva Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe


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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
    • Item #LSP0165

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, Lorica
    Vibram XS Grip
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.71 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, bouldering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    5 5

    Awesome shoe - NOT true to size though!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Height: 5' 10"
      Weight: 175 lbs
      Size Purchased: 9

    I bought these as my second pair after owning some Scarpa's. I bought my exact size, but my feet are in savage pain and I cannot wear them, far too tight and pinch my toes so badly. I would say go at least a half size up

    5 5


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Height: 6' 1"
      Weight: 145 lbs
      Size Purchased: 43

    Def the most comfortable climbing shoes I've owned; is that an oxymoron or what. The padded/oversized tongue provides great comfort and now that it's a bit colder outside, helps with insulating.
    The laces are awesome and hold tight when cinched. Even after hrs of climbing, I don't need to re-tighten them.
    I'm also a huge fan of the toe; it comes to a strong and rigid point that makes getting your toes on/in shallow tight spots super easy.

    Sizing: I'm usually a size 44-44.5 and I went down to 43 in these.

    5 5

    "If I could give them 6 stars, I would"

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I got these for my friend for his birthday, but he has not stopped telling me how great they are.
    Here are a series of quotes I heard when we climbed together this week:
    "These are easily the most comfortable climbing shoes I've ever had"
    "The aggressive down curve makes it really easy to edge and heel hook"
    "I'm so happy I chose laces"

    The only not 100% positive feedback he had is that the heelbox might fit some people "weirdly."

    can these shoes work for beginners?

    Any shoes can technically work for beginners, but I personally would recommend a more comfortable shoe for your first pair. These are a more aggressive shoe and will have a slight downturn to the toe where as a beginners shoe is going to be more flat and comfortable. One such beginner option would be the Tarantulace form LaSportiva. Either way you are going to be getting a great shoe! Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
    Expert Gearhead
    Office: 1-800-409-4502 ext. 4689

    How are the sizing of the Katanas compared to the Miuras?

    I found this article online comparing the two.

    i tried to use it as a gauge as to whether to buy these or the miuras, but I think I'm screwed since I wear a US 14 sneaker, and I tried the max size 46 Katana, and my toes were in colossal pain and went numb after about 5 minutes of wear+sock trying to get them to stretch. I took em back.

    5 5

    Versatile and a secret crack beast

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

    I'm going to be honest . I bought these shoes to climb granite cracks.

    Out of the box, they were an excellent fit. The last definitely has a wider toebox and maybe a slightly narrower heel compared to La Sportiva's other offerings. I went for a comfort size, which guaranteed that my toes laid flat in the toebox, and meant that I did not experience a painful break-in period.

    The stiff soles make the shoe a powerful edging shoe, which is handy for when you are face climbing around a crack. I can wear them for long periods comfortably, and the soles also help reduce foot fatigue on edges. The heels are adequate, but not as specialized as something like the Solution. They are not a particularly adept smearing shoe.

    The killer feature, however, is the toe. The sharp toe, moderate asymmetry, and slight downturn of the Katana let you power your toe right into finger cracks and even push into smeary seams with great effectiveness. I was amazed and delighted at just how much rubber I could get into thin cracks and how secure I felt.

    Minus the smearing, these shoes are comfortable, versatile, and capable. Love 'em!

    Sizing info:
    Street size ~39.5 with wide forefoot, narrow heel
    La Sportiva Katana Lace (comfort fit) 40, (performance fit) 39.5
    La Sportiva Solution 38.5
    La Sportiva Futura 38
    Tenaya Oasi 38.5
    Tenaya Inti 40.75
    Five Ten Anasazi LV 40

    5 5

    Amazing first impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6' 2"
      Weight: 168 lbs
      Size Purchased: 40.5

    I got this on 41.5 and they felt great, I'm a 43.5 street size, 40.5 miuras (could downgrade half or full number) and 41 testarossas. A friend of mine like them and I decided to sell them to him since it was his size. So I just got my 40.5 pair yesterday and the test drive at the gym was great. The rubber feels really sticky and fit hurts but not as much, once I break them in they will be just fine. I still have to test them at the crag this weekend so I'll update.

    Unanswered Question

    How do the KL fit in comparison to Scarpa Vapor Vs? I have a pair of Vapors in size 41.5 and they have remained quite snug even after I broke them in (I take them off as soon as I have finish climbing because they are so snug). I am looking for a more comfy multi pitch and crack shoe and the KL seems like a good option. How should I size them?

    5 5

    First Impressions are Fantastic

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I am not a pro climber, nor do I climb more than a few times a month. Therefore f I did not want a shoe that was severely painful or that required a month of regular climbing to break in. That said, I ordered a half size down from my street shoe and it was too comfortable (climber know what I mean). I exchanged them for a full size down from street shoe and am glad I did. They were a bit painful but by the end of my first climbing session, I could tolerate them. Soon, they will be perfect.
    I love the glove-like fit created by the tongue "sleeve" or whatever they call it. Great all-around design, aggressive as I will ever need for the bouldering I do, but mellow enough to smear on a wall.

    Great show thus far.

    How should my toes fit in the Katana Lace? Will they be flat are have a slight curl. I'm starting to venture into trad and my Futuras are tortuous. I heard the KL might be the ones to go for.

    I love them for trad, they totally kill it in granite cracks. I went for a "comfort size" to make sure my toes laid flat, but I still didn't lose all performance in the heel. My sizing was: street size 39.5; Futuras 38; Katana Lace comfort fit 40; Katana Lace performance fit 39.5.

    How can I get mine resoled? Do I send them into La Sportiva or Vibram?

    Best Answer


    There will be companies that specialize in resoling used climbing shoes. There are companies like "Rockandresole" and Rubberroomresole" that you can ship your climbing shoes off to.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.
    Expert Gearhead

    Unanswered Question

    I'm looking for these as my 2nd pair of climbing shoes, but I'm having issues figuring out my size, since I haven't found them in stores to try them on. I currently use La Sportiva Oxygyms in size 41, and for the most part, they feel fairly snug but comfortable, allowing me to climb in them for hours without feeling the need to take them off. That being said, those shoes are made from a synthetic upper that stays pretty much the same size, even after about a year of use. Should I look at the Katana Lace in the same size, or perhaps go a half size smaller to account for the inevitable stretching? Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

    Anyone use these for thin cracks (fingers/thin hands)? How are they?

    Hey Jerome, I have used these in Indian Creek and a few fingers to hands granite splitters around Boulder. They work incredibly well for this. While I prefer my TC Pros for the more burly hands and above, these perform exceptionally well in small pods and face relief as they have a bit of a dagger like toe and can really cam well. I will say, however, that they do not smear exceptionally well and the outside edge of the shoe is a bit strange if you're used to something more like the Miura Lace or TC Pro as it is very rounded, much like the Testarossa.

    How often do you guys restock sizes?

    Wear a 42.5 in the Genius and love them
    Looking to pick up a pair of the katana laces in 42.5 as well


    This has been restocked and I've sent you an email.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.
    Expert Gearhead

    Unanswered Question

    I bought a pair of these a while back as my first performance shoe and went way too tight - 44.5 (my street size is 13). The shoe stretched and the padding made it ok everywhere except the toe box, which was excruciating any time I weighted it even after several months. I'm actually now thinking of getting a pair for comfort/multi pitch, so I'm not sure whether a 45.5 will be big enough. I wear 45s in Miuras and they are super tight/aggressive...good for sport routes, but I took them up a 2 pitch and started losing sensation in my feet at the belay station, lol. Any idea when/if 46s will come in?

    5 5

    Amazing Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Purchased: 42

    These were my first pair of climbing shoes that I bought from
    Backcountry and I can say for a fact that I have no regrets in making my decision. I bought a .5 (half) size smaller than my normal size and after a month of use, they have formed into the perfect fit. You can rest easy knowing that your toe hook, heel hook and smears are secured with these on. The P3 technology has kept the aggressiveness of the shoe in top shape. These are by far my favorite pair thus far and I'm pretty sure I'll be getting myself another pair in the future.

    I am looking at the katana lace. I have 46 tc pros and 45 futuras. I am wondering what size for a more sport/aggressive fit? Anyone know


    I've sized these the same as my other La Sportiva bouldering shoes, and been happy. I suggest sticking with the same size as your Futuras, as they are a pretty similar fit. This will curve your foot less than the Futuras (but way more than the TC pros). So, it's possible you could be happy with a 44.5, but I think 45 is the best first guess.

    With that said, I will get you a return shipping label, if you think the 44.5 would be better.

    More questions? Let me help!

    Emily Jenson
    Expert Gearhead

    I'm looking at the katana lace as a potential shoe for multi pitching. My current shoe is an evolve shaman in a US8/EUR41. I wear a 7.5/8 in street shoes (typically vans and Adidas respectively). I was wondering what size I should order for a comfortable but snug fit for extended use.

    Best Answer

    i use these for multipitch and I went down a half size since it will expand a bit. After 2 weeks, they were comfortable but not too loose. I wear a 10.5 street shoe and got a 10 (or the EU equivalent of a 10).