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La Sportiva Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe


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    64 Reviews


    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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    Great shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    I spend a lot of time in the rock gym and need a shoe that works on most climbs. These shoes fit the bill. They fit my feet perfectly and don't take too long to break in.

    So far, so wonderful!

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

    Being that I had never bought climbing shoes (rather, I had only ever rented shoes from the gym) I was quite meticulous in deciding which shoes to buy.

    I had three expectations: Good grip on the wall, tight yet breathable feel, and a reasonable toe box. The tarantula met these expectations and more! They managed to break in after a couple days of solid use.

    I would recommend this to any beginner and at the lower end of the spectrum of pricing, it's a great deal.

    Ideally suited for those starting out.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    Love the fit and feel of these climbing shoes. These are my first purchased climbing shoes, so take this review as a beginner climber's perspective. I bought a size 44 (normally a size 11 in street shoes) and they seem to fit perfectly- only slightly tight (only noticeable belaying and trying to walk to a different route), but not overwhelmingly restrictive where my feet are subjected to masochistic torture. They'll probably stretch out, so I'm hoping they'll mold to my feet over time.

    The overall grip and control on indoor walls seems to be spot on, especially compared to the old rental shoes I've been using. They're not too aggressive, which seems to be great for those just starting out. Also, the hook-and-loop lacing system fits snug and secure.

    Love these shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    I'm on my 3rd pair now and just don't want to try anything else. Yes these are climbing shoes and you wear them tight, but they seem to fit my feet well. Indoors, Outdoors, Bouldering - Great for all of them.

    Love them!

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

    I love these la Sportiva shoes! they are so much better than my old ones. I love the Velcro better than the lace up and the green color is dope ! This shoe fits my foot perfectly even with my broken middle toe. Also, the shoe is very grippy, I trust standing on this shoe more than I did with my other fiveten climbing shoes, would recommend them

    He loves them

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

    Bough these as a gift for a friend of mine. Such an great all around first climbing shoe! Affordable, durable, and great performance. the shoe is comfortable enough to ease the pains of developing clauses and minimizing the discomfort that starting to climb can bring.

    Great shoe

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

    These are my first pair of shoes and I must say, I'm quite pleased with them. Comfortably tight without being too painful. It's hard to get worse than rental shoes but these are quite clearly quality for the money. They may not get you up El Cap but they'll get the job done while you're learning at the gym.

    Good starter shoe in the gym

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I have just used these a few times at the climbing gym and so far I am very happy with them. The velcro makes them easy to get on and off. They are pretty comfortable for climbing shoes and have really good grip. I am returning to climbing after a long hiatus so I'm not using them for really difficult or technical stuff but they get the job done.

    For Starters

    • 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.

    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?

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    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.