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All-day, feel-good climbing.

La Sportiva designed the Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe for climbers looking to get on some vertical without abusing their feet. The comfort-centric Tarantula features an unlined upper for moisture management and all-day climbing, and a high-volume design means you won't have to powder your bones just to get into the shoe.

  • Unlined upper will stretch about a half size
  • Hook-and-loop closures for easy on and off
  • 5mm FriXion rubber for impressive friction
  • 1.8mm LaspoFlex midsole uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for stiffness and edge-hold
  • Round, high-volume shape for comfort

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Love this shoe

Love this shoe

Got it as a beginner climber, still using it (as a beginner). Holds up to all the crappy foot placement I can throw at it.

this is at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia

5 5

5 stars so far!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Well I have limited use on these shoes at this point than I had originally planned but that's ok. These are my first pair climbing shoes I can call my own and they are meeting my expectations so far. After much decisions I went with these as they fit the best out of all the "entry" level climbing shoes.
I've had an opportunity to climb with them outside and inside and they have provided great traction for all my needs, granted they haven't seen anything past a 5.9.

I do have a fairly wide foot and I did size these down to a 45 compared to my normal size of 46 (I wear 46 in vibram fivefingers and Lems minimalist shoes) and they were just right. The leather stretches a bit after some use not that much. Just enough to make them comfortable but not enough for my foot to slip in the shoe. I will update if anything negative comes up, but all in all I'd recommend them to anyone!

5 5

Great beginner shoe

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

Cheap! Durable! Easy to put on! Comfortable!

Great first shoe. It will take half a year of solid abuse before it starts to deteriorate. The rubber could be stickier, but you get what you pay for. It's slightly more aggressive than a typical beginners shoes, which is great. Most beginners start off in the gym where they have plenty of access to more overhanging routes or problems. Having a sole that is not 100% percent flat is very helpful for that style of climbing. I bought it a half size down from my street shoe size, after a couple weeks the stretched tiny bit to fit my foot better. I would recommend beginners buy their street shoe size in these.
I wouldn't take these outdoors, but they are great for the gym!

5 5

Beginner to intermediate PERFECT!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: 44.5

I am a beginner climber and this has been my first shoe so i don't really have a lot to compare it to. However, it has done exactly what I expected it to do and has been very durable. I have progressed way more as a climber during this time and the shoe has held up strong without too much wear and tear. I would definitely recommend this shoe to anyone who is just starting out because it is durable, comfortable, and gets the job done.

4 5

Great first time shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 39.5

Fit well, work great . Used indoors and outside. Like them so far

4 5

Runs Large...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Purchased: 41

This shoe runs large. Some people marked their reviews as "True to size," but then say they downsized by at least one shoe size. To me, that means the shoe runs large (when compared to your street shoes). That being said, I agree with others who've said to downsize 1-2 full sizes to get a good, not-too tight fit.

5 5

Great beginner shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I started getting into gym climbing i wanted a cheap, solid shoe I could eventually take outdoors and this has done all of that with ease. I ended up getting them on sale for $75 and they still go hard, so cant complain. Pretty comfortable too. Awesome value for an all rounder.

5 5

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: 11.5

Great climbing shoe for an amateur climber. While they we're a bit uncomfortable at first (which i'm sure all climbing shoes are) They broke in easy and felt great after a few climbs.

Great shoe
5 5

First Shoes

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

These were the first pair of climbing shoes I bought and I still have them. They've held up amazingly well and are still great for when my feet are starting to hurt from my other shoes. I also see a lot of other people wearing these as their first shoe as well as more experienced climbers using these. They're a great all-around shoe that is incredibly comfortable. I could wear them all day.

4 5

Great first time shoe

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

These are great shoes for anyone wanting to give climbing a go. They are not aggressive shoes, so the fit is really comfortable. The rubber and shoe construction is durable and holds up well against a new climber's mistakes with feet placement.

5 5

Awesome entry-level shoe.

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

As a person just getting back into climbing a bit (indoor bouldering, rather), I was looking for a decent set of entry-level shoes which would serve a sort of "all around" purpose and provide a nice compromise/balance of comfort and function. I am happy to report that these shoes have provided just that! Brand new, these shoes were nearly as comfortable as the old, broken-in pair that I used to wear (and had totally worn out) from when I had previously been into climbing, and the grip/compound of the rubber on these seems just about right per what I had wanted and expected.

While I can't speak to the durability of these shoes just yet, I can say that the sizing seems fairly true to size (as I generally wear a 10.5 or 11 in street shoes and I purchased these in a size 10 and they fit perfectly).

That all said, I would absolutely recommend these to any beginning or novice climber looking for a great bang-for-the-buck, all-around shoe.

4 5

Great beginner shoe

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

It's a great shoe for a beginner climber. They're not the most durable; I've put holes in the toe and started to see some separation of the sole on two different pairs. Especially great for people with wide feet as they run very true to size. You may have to size down slightly if you have narrower feet.

I'm size 8 street, occasionally 8.5, regular width and low volume. I want a snug but comfortable fit (doesn't everyone lol?). What size would you recommend in these? Size 8 translates to 40.5 in the chart. Should I downsize .5 or whole size to account for stretch?

Best Answer Responded on

I wear a 9-9.5 street shoe and have these in a 41. The started out tight but after a bit of climbing they are comfortable and still snug.

3 5

Not a Fan

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

This is a great first time shoe, but in my experience it's not the most durable after 7 climbs the upper strap broke rendering the shoe virtually useless with out duct tape, the rubber on the toe also started peeling around the same time, this is probably an isolated event but not the biggest fan, however the shoe fits great and is super comfy to climb in and I do enjoy the friction compound.

5 5

Great First Time Shoe

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

This is my first pair of climbing shoes, so I was looking for something more comfortable than aggressive. I wear a size 10.5 street shoe and wear a 44 in these. I was having problems with other shoes having too much dead space because my feet are narrow, but these shoes fit perfect. I've only done indoor gym climbing with these so I can't comment about how they do on real rock, but in the gym they do fine. They were a bit slick the first few climbing sessions but have been fine after they've been broken in a little. I can comfortably climb in these for a few hours without my feet getting sore. All around good fit!

Are these good for outdoor climbs? I mainly...

Are these good for outdoor climbs? I mainly stick to anything below 5-10 when I climb.

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Dylan,

These shoes are probably about one of three different shoes I would suggest for you as I assume you might be transitioning from the gym to the outdoors. Will maintaining comfort for extended wear and remaining a price point shoe Sportiva has managed to keep some solid performance features that will really help you both edge and smear on natural rock and plastic.

These will be perfect for you through the 5.10 range and as you step it up as well. When sizing keep in mind that being a slip lasted, unlined leather shoe these will stretch a half to a full size.

Responded on

Thanks Wayne! I really appreciate it. I've actually done most of my climbing outdoor. I've just been borrowing my buddy's from the camp he works at, so it's about time I get my own. Your insight was just what I needed.

5 5

Good intermediate shoe

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

I bought these mainly because my main outdoor shoes are a little uncomfortable for the gym. These shoes are very comfortable with good performance. It could used a little more arch but overall the shoe doesn't flex too much and really holds well. After about a dozen gym climbs, the shoe began to noticeably stretch a little in overall volume. The toe and heel cup kept there shape which is nice. I would definitely recommend these and I would buy them again. Velcro is very nice to have.

Which way do these stretch? In width,...

Which way do these stretch? In width, length, or both and how much?

Best Answer Responded on

Andrew,

Mainly you are going to see a little stretch in the width/volume of the shoe. Although there will be just a tiny bit of movement in length over time. I would recommend sizing down pretty good in these shoes, even as much as 1 1/2 over your street shoe size if you are looking for a very resonsive feel.

5 5

Good Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First, sizing... as most people have a hard time finding the right size when ordering online. I wear a size 12 US street shoe and bought these in a 43. At first they were uncomfortably snug but after a wearing them around the house a little here and there and several pitches of climbing, they have loosened up and fit great! The 44s were too loose and my foot was sliding around which I knew would cause blisters. I have a narrow, low-volume foot and these hug it nicely, toes bent but not scrunched painfully. I don't like painful fitting shoes.

The stiff sole is great for standing on small nubs on the limestone at my local sport crag. I've bouldered in them a few times in the gym and they work great for that as well! I can run a few laps on something but then have to take them off to let my toes rest a bit but I do that with all my shoes (even my all day shoes). Again, I didn't size these painfully tight, more like aggressively snug.

Performance: Great! As a couple previous reviews said about the rubber, it is a bit slick at first but seems to wear in nicely after a few pitches. The only thing that would make these shoes my absolute favorites would be if they use the Vibram XS Edge rubber like the TC Pros. Overall, great shoe, will definitely buy again.

5 5

Monkey Boots.

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

I bought these for my girlfriend so we could climb together more often, her normal foot size is a 8.5 and we ordered the 40.5's. They fit great, they are snug but not uncomfortable. When we got them they were snug but now they have stretched out enough for them to be very comfy. The velcro system is super convenient and simple and makes taking them off a snap. She uses them mostly in the Gym but we have done a few trips to southern Utah this winter and she says they are very grippy and sticky. Overall a great buy and a great shoe, high quality, great for beginners and experts.