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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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I'm size 8 street, occasionally 8.5, regular...

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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?

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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...

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

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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.

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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,...

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

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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.

4 5

Good shoe

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

I feel that these are a very good shoe for a first technical pair. They are not too aggressive however they are not my go-to for all day trad outings. When in a gym I have to take them off every few runs, where as outside that's not always convenient. I wear a street shoe size of 10 (in men's, yes I'm a sasquatch) and I ended up going with size 8 1/2 in the Tarantulas, any bigger and my heel kept slipping out and making that embarrassing fart noise.
Also, the opposing Velcro straps are great for cinching your foot in .

5 5

Just a great shoe

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

I use these as my indoor climbing shoe. Love them, they fit my skinny feet well. I wear a 10US street shoe and go a full size down for these, so in La Sportiva's sizing chart is a 42.

The rubber on these is sticky enough and the shoe is able to do what I ask of it, though I don't climb outside with them, so cannot comment there. The Velcro system works great for my foot, heel sticks nicely. Just a great all around shoe for the price in my opinion. Anyone looking for a good cheaper shoe I recommend these or the 5.10 Rogue shoe. I have also heard good things from beginners on the Evolv Deft shoe.
Just make sure to find the shoe that fits you best, not the shoe everyone tells you to buy, you will thank yourself later.

5 5

Great first pair.

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

I bought this as a first pair of climbing shoes as I'm just getting into the sport. I love how comfortable they are, they're easy to get off and on with the 3 pull straps, and I love how well they stick with inexperienced foot placement. I decided to be brave and try them on some outside bouldering and they really inspire confidence on real rock. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.

4 5

Good shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Velcro lets you take them on and off quick. I wear an 11.5 street shoe and 44s fit great. The flat profile is really comfortable compared to lots of other shoes. These aren't aggressive shoes, which I like. I don't like punishing my feet and I'm not a supremely accomplished rock climber. Smearing is a bit tough because the rubber isn't the grippiest, but if you like climbing using the edges you will be very pleased especially with the profile of the heel of the shoe. Your feet will be a bit green from the sweat absorbing the dye in the leather. I can't comment on their durability yet as I haven't owned them that long. I led 5.8 sport and trad all day with them no problem a few days ago.

5 5

Great shoes

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

I just stared climbing so my knowledge is limited , with that said, Gear-head Emily Jenson was a huge help in selecting these shoes. I tried them on when they arrived and I was very pleased with the snug fit and ease of the velcro straps and heal loops. I haven't had the chance to get outdoors yet, but the hearth in the front room didn't have a chance! Super stoked on the chance to use these! Thank you Emily for the help and sound advise on the gear, you're awesome!

Great shoes
5 5

Great Gym Shoes!

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

I had these shoes for about 4 months of hard climbing before one of the buckles on the left shoe broke off. I haven't ever heard of this happening so I told La Sportiva, and they are very easy to deal with, and I recently sent mine back to get a credit to some more aggressive shoes. the rubbers blew out in about 3.5 months but I climbed in them about 3-4 times a week in a gym. these will stretch so definitely size down. All in all they are great shoes for a beginner climber and are super comfortable!

By the way, make sure you don't crank them down super hard very often because like a lot of Velcro shoes the Velcro will rip at the seam!

5 5

Great Shoe

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

All day comfort

4 5

Great all-day shoes

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

I made the mistake of getting incredibly technical, down-turned shoes for my first pair, and I needed some flat-foot'd shoes, so I grabbed these based on reviews and price. I have (fairly) wide feet, but my first pair of these still ran a bit large. After going down a size, my feet fit very comfortably, but after a few weeks the leather seems to be loosening a bit, and they slip around a little when my feet get sweaty. They're not the best for every problem, but they are incredibly comfortable and I have no issues wearing them for a full day of climbing.

Pros: Incredibly comfortable even on wide feet, easy to put on, great for smearing.

Cons: Stretch over time, hold in sweat, turn your feet slightly green.

Thoughts: Easily worth the price. I might go with a synthetic upper for my next pair of flat-footed shoes, but you'll never catch me saying I regret the purchase.

4 5

Sportiva Tarantulas

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

These shoes are great. I've had them for around two months and used them several times outside and many a time at my local indoor gym. I've been climbing for around a year on and off and these are perfect for my beginner/lower intermediate skill level. Not too aggressive, decently sticky. Good for most of the foot holds I've encountered. Easy on/off with the velcro. Comfortable. Good fit. Great beginner shoes.

5 5

Excellent shoes

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

These shoes are true to size, I bought one size down and found they were way too small and really hurt my toes so I got them changed. I dont suggest to get one size down but half a size maybe an idea or just get what you are wearing on Nike's size. They break in quite fast and comfy.

5 5

Awesome First Shoe

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

Bought this shoe as my first climbing shoe and it has outperformed all expectations. I sized down a little bit to ensure aggressive performance and that was a good decision - just because your toes touch the front when trying them on does not mean that holds true after climbing in them for a little while, they do stretch, even during a climbing session.

I love the velcro for the easy on/off action that is frequent with bouldering, but it doesn't adjust the shoe much, more just holds everything together. The three loops make taking the shoe on and off simple.

The rubber is sticky and I find that I can edge very well in the shoes, though it isn't great for micro-holds, but that can be expected from a slightly cambered beginning shoe.

Definitely recommend it as a beginner or low-cost climbing shoe, as it performs so well.

5 5

Great Boot

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

I have used these constantly and love them. I can wear them all day with little discomfort. They are a great shoe for any climber beginner or veteran.

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