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La Sportiva Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe


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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
    • Item #LSP0195

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, synthetic leather
    5mm FriXion RS
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 10.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    gym climbing, sport climbing

    Tech Specs

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

    I got these shoes for my cousin who is just getting into rock climbing. He will be climbing primarily in the gym on lower grade routes. This shoe is great for beginners who want a shoe with a little bit of curvature to it. Works great for beginners.

    Affordable casual climbing shoe

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

    I wear a size 10 street shoe and use a 41.5 in the Tarantulace. It is not a "high performance" shoe but it can get the job done both in the gym and outside on real rock.

    Great for Beginners

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I boulder 3-4x a week, I started with the TarantuLACE but have bought & used both the Tarantulas & lace for 3 months now. IMO I prefer the Tarantulas Velcro Lacing vs the shoe lace lacing

    Street shoes: size 10
    LaSportiva Taratulas: size 9.5

    - Not too aggressive shoes for beginners
    - Comfortable for long period of wear (I've worn them non stop for 3 hours with no foot pains)

    - Not too flexible
    - Not too comfortable when trying under hang climbs


    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 37.5

    ...for a climbing shoe. I'm new to climbing and was unpleasantly surprised at how uncomfortable the climbing shoes were. These were comfortable enough to keep on, even when I wasn't the climber. Not like wearing slippers, but does the job w/out my feet paying a big price.

    Worth your money

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

    I have owned a couple different types of La Sportiva climbing shoes and these have matched up with the best. I am a size 13 (47) and they were a little big but not big enough to cause any problems on the wall. they break in really quick and have good support and have never caused any major wear to my feet when i go without socks. This style gets great traction on the wall and doesn't wear quickly. I would say that these are good if you are a little experienced and are looking for a pair of shoes to use on real rock and last you a long time.

    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!

    Great beginner shoe

    • 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!

    Beginner to intermediate PERFECT!

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

    Runs Large...

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

    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.

    Great shoe

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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?

    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

    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.

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

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

    Best Answer


    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.

    Hi everyone, I wear the La Sportiva Miura...

    Hi everyone,

    I wear the La Sportiva Miura VS and Miuras in 38, and they both fit well (tight!), but I wore out those Miura VS way too quickly to justify dropping another $170 for shoes I use 85% in the gym.

    long story short, I am considering these shoes, but am wondering whether 38 tarantula = 38 miura? does anybody else have experience sizing tarantulas/miuras?


    How similar is the sizing for this shoe...

    How similar is the sizing for this shoe as compared to street shoes?

    Very different compared to street size. I wear a size 11.5 in a street shoe and a 9.5 in these shoes. I went just a little tight to allow for some stretch, but not too tight. These fit narrow feet well, so if you have wider feet you might not want to size down so much or look at a different brand like Five Ten.

    It depends. I am just beginning so I didn't want really tight shoes, so I went with my same shoe size (10.5). Now, using them for a month or so, and improving my climbing, I think the shoes have stretched a little. I would recommend you buy at first half a number lower than your normal size. This should be a happy medium.

    If you are an advanced climber, go ahead and buy 1 number lower than your shoe size.

    Write your question here...I'm a basically...

    Write your question here...I'm a basically a beginner climber as I haven't climbed for years. I used to lead a 22 and am looking for a comfortable shoe for my super wide and flat feet. Nothing too technical as will more than likely just be using my home made bouldering wall in my garden. Must be comfortable and not break the bank. Did a bit of research and these seem to fit the profile. Also how tru are these to street size. I take a 42.5 in New Balance runners. Also I weigh 190 pounds.

    I have narrow feet and these fit me great, so I have my doubts that they'd work for you. I sized down quite a bit, but didn't get super tight. I wear a 11.5 in street shoes, got a 9.5 in the Tarantula. They are great shoes if they do fit you. I tried a bunch of Five Ten's and found that they were always too wide on my feet, might be the way to go for you.