The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.
- P3 platform for technical footwork and increased support on long pitches
- Lightly padded flat toe for stuffing into cracks
- Vibram XS Edge rubber sole for friction on the thinnest footholds
- High-top design adds protection in wide cracks
- Synthetic lining eliminates stretch
- Padded tongue for more comfort when sending the Stovelegs
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Hands down the best all around shoe!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
I bought these shoes early 2012 after using a destroyed set of Sportiva "something or others" that a friend loaned me. I have absolutely climbed the hell out of these things and could not be happier. They perform flawlessly on just about everything from a basic screw around day out at the crag, to hard steep sport, to high alpine big wall trad climbing. I wear a 12-13 street shoe and I went with 45's for the TC's. They fit perfectly. Very snug, no foot slip whatsoever, but comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY LONG! MY buddy(Who also has a pair) and I free-soloed a 1700' granite big wall in the Selkirks in TC's. With the climb and walk off we hiked nearly 5 miles in these shoes. Granted, I wanted them the hell off my feet by the time we were done, but it wasn't completely unbearable. I also have a pair of Solutions that excel at many things as well (Particularly overhangy stuff). But you just can't beat the all around performance of the TC Pro's. Edging on the tiniest crystals, smearing, and jamming in cracks are all easy with these shoes. I have climbed hundreds of routes in these shoes and they are simply confidence inspiring. Heck, even on bouldering days when I should be wearing my Solutions, it is sometimes hard not to say "Screw it, I want to be comfortable today" and go with the TC's. They just perform that well.
Also, the high ankle on these shoes was another selling point for me. I have a jacked left ankle that tends to pronate inward a bit. Having a shoe that protects my somewhat exposed inside ankle bone is a HUGE plus! It has saved me from painfully shredding my ankle many times.
I just recently blew through the toe on one shoe and the edges are pretty shot at this point, but they still perform exceptionally well. I will be sending them out to get resoled soon because I can't stand not having my favorite shoe at my disposal. In the end, I will always have a pair of TC Pro's in my bag as my number one go to shoe.
Great Shoe Great Fit
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I bought a size 42.5 in this shoe.
Size 10 Moccasym
Size 41 Mythos
Gives me a little bit of room in the toe but not too much. This shoe is a granite eating machine. They are a little expensive but after you climb in them a couple of times you'll be glad you pulled the trigger. All the rumors about it are true. This shoe is great!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
These have been a challenge to figure out sizing. When you read the reviews on-line, I see a wide range of suggestions from 1.5 to 2 sizes below street shoe to even some larger than street shoe. Here is what I can contribute so far. Note, I have yet to put these to the test outdoors but will update the review when I do. First of all, I have slightly wider feet. My left foot is a street 41 to 41.5 and my right is a street 41.5 to 42. I have owned a couple pairs of Mythos in a 39. The left was a little tight at first but as everyone says, they stretch and are now PERFECT. The right I had to lace less tight at first and have now fit perfect. I have wore them all over including on 8-9 multi-pitches in Yosemite and work great. I just got a pair of Miura in a size 39 as well. They are very tight at first but starting to break in. More use needed to break those in and comment more. Note, I plan to use these TC pros for multi-pitch climbs and single pitch crack climbing such as Sail Away, White Lightning, Double Cross, and other Joshua Tree climbs at Intersection Rock. Where ankle protection is helpful and all day comfort a must. After all the reading, I decided to try the 40.5. At first they seemed comfy out of the box, but my large toe did feel it had wiggle room so I returned them. A local store finally had some stock so I went in to try on more sizes. I ended up coming back here to get some 40. More to come back when I get to use these and update the review. Note: I chatted on-line with a very helpful CS rep. They allowed me to return my shoes, at BC cost, and let me wait for some sizes to come in. That's REAL customer service. Later I chatted with Tommy G about sizing and he helped me pick the right sizing and get my shoes out quick. Again, amazing customer service. Some of the best I have seen of any gear store in quite a while.
I'd love a pair of these. A little confused...
I'd love a pair of these. A little confused about the sizes, though. Worn 42s in various Sportivas for years. Currently got 42 in Muiras, very tight, probably prefer .5 up next time. But I also wear Mythos a lot, 41 or 41.5, snug fit. 11US in 5.10 camp fours. I'm guessing a 42.5 should be a nice crack shoe? Can't buy them downunder, so can't try them on first.
Any ideas about comparing them to the above? Any input greatly appreciated.
I sized up.5 from my street shoe and they were perfect. You can see my review below. I tend to downsize my Sportiva but for the comfort of all day climbing I went up in these. My street shoe is a 9 (42) and most of my climbing shoes (all Sportivas) are 39.5 (Solutions, Pythons, Muiras) and in these I got 42.5 and they worked out quite well.
I'd guess a 42.5 as well. But they do stretch eventually. I wear a 45 in La Sportiva boots and wear a 45 for long trad days as well.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've recently been pushing my limits in climbing and moving up the grades in trad. These shoes have performed beautifully in climbs I've done ranging from .9-.11, their amazing in cracks and they smear like a dream. There are a few climbs that I could never climb without falling last year, but climbed them effortlessly with the TC Pros this year. I sized them half a size down at 42.5 like a few of the guys who commented below. I'm going to get them resoled this month after owning them and climbing hard for 4-5 months.
Great All Day Shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
This is an awesome shoe for all things trad climbing. Good for all day cracks and face climbing. Relatively stiff but not overly so. It's very comfortable and provides a good amount of padding without losing too much feel. The added padding does reduce feel and ability to get into small cracks a little bit but really improves comfort. The way the upper cuff is designed is marvelous. Very comfortable. I have very sensitive toes and the way this toe box is designed is great. I can really get a lot of power to my toes without experiencing pain. I wear a 46.5 boulder x which fits tight, a 47 wildcat which fits perfect for running, a 47 nepal extreme, a 47 Spantik and a 44.5 TC pro. Love'em!
The One and Only Crack Shoe
Stiff, sticky, well protected and comfortable. It's a great crack shoe and is the number one shoe in Yosemite Valley. You can't go wrong with the TCs! No wonder Honnold wore them on The Phoenix. The only down side of the shoe is that (at least for me) the rubber started to peel rather quickly on the side of the toe-box.
I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and...
I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and I'd like these to fit about the same. Would you recommend I stick with the 43.5 or bump it to 43 or 44? (Do they run the same as the Nagos?) THANKS!
Well, I answered my own question. Ordered the 43.5, hoping they'd fit the same as my Nagos (seeing as they're both La Sportiva). Nope. Too big. Going to try the 43.0 or maybe 42.5.
White Horse Ledge
La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Shoe
The Sidewalk! Name the route!
An agressive flat shoe!?! they are great!
At first, I hated..but now I love
They start out super super stiff but they soften up a lot. At first, you might get stuck in cracks, but eventually they'll soften up and become perfect. They provide a lot of support for long days of cranking and are great for looooong days. They're also amazing for slab. I used to be a moccs only crack climber (even for OW), but now I like these too.
Great all day shoe
I haven't found a shoe that edged better than these, while still being as comfortable as these. (My five ten anasazi blancos edge just as well, but REALLY hurt my toes after a couple of pitches). These work great in bigger cracks, giving you a stiff platform to stand on and ankle protection. They smear really well and work great on slab routes too. If you're looking for a trad shoe or something for multi-pitch, you really won't find anything better than these.
My feet don't hurt.
Crack climbs in my Muira's was sometimes painful. The TC's seem fine on moderate edging (5.11) even though I sized them a full size and a half bigger than my small-hold sport shoe.
Above pitch 3
Awesome shoes. I think I could have sized up half a size and gotten just as much performance though and not had to take them off after the 3rd pitch. Not necessary to get a super tight fit.
How much are these going to stretch out....
How much are these going to stretch out. I currently climb in the Katana's (size 43) and they fit great for single pitches or bouldering but I'm looking for something more comfortable for cracks and multi-pitch. I'm thinking about just going up half a size (43.5), but if they are going to stretch a lot maybe the same size. Any thoughts on the topic?
These shoes have a synthetic lining so they really won't stretch much at all. I wear a size US 10.5/EU 44 in street shoes and mountain boots; I wear size EU 43 in the TC Pros. If you're looking for standing on granite dime edges a half size down further would be advised, but if you're stuffing your feet into cracks I would keep it one EU size down from your street shoe size, no more.
Agreed. You'll see just about no stretch. Mostly because of the materials, but also because you don't want to size them quite as tight as other shoes (and having your tight foot push on and stretch the upper). They have a super stiff sole so you don't really need them as tight, plus it's nicer to have flatter toes for jamming cracks. Best trad shoe ever. Period.
Buy the right size. But they will eventuially stretch a bit..12 size or so.
A comparative review for sizing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
TC Pro 42.5 - Stiff, great edging, low sensitivity. I can comfortably multipitch in these, I sized them pretty comfy right out of the box. The padding makes them awesome in cracks, but the toe profile isn't super narrow, so they do suffer a tad on ringlocks/thin hands. I love them for heel-toes in wide stuff, and they're gloriously comfortable in 2-3" cracks.
Miura 42 - Took a while to break in, but now glove-like and tight
Cobra 42 - Never got as comfy as the miura's, more pressure points, aggressively snug. Good for 1 pitch at a time.
Mythos 42.5 - Way tighter on the forefoot than i liked, got rid of them.
Nago 42.5 - Super comfortable almost immediately, soft, wide forefoot, kind of low performance.
Guide Tennie - 10.5
Best Long-Route Shoe
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm not a big fan of calling anything the best, but these shoes are just that. As long as they fit your feet, they will be the go-to choice for nearly everything. With the exception of sport climbing and bouldering, they're on my feet for almost every pitch. I've used them to climb thousands of feet of Yosemite granite without ever taking them off at belays, and I've used them to send ultra-tech 5.12 face climbing. Even with a comfortable fit, their stiffness lets you edge on seriously tiny features, the lining keeps them from stretching too much, and the high ankle is a life saver in the wideness. Fit is king, so look elsewhere if these don't fit. But if they do, buy them. You won't be sorry. I even went so far as to get two pairs so I can rotate them through the resole process and never be without.
Excellent All Day Trad Shoe
I picked these for use as a comfortable all-day trad shoe that retains performance, and wasn't disappointed. In the past, I've suffered through foot pain as soon as I would hit anything slabby or with cracks. I've tried Moccs, Miuras, Evolvs, and Acopas and while they all felt fine in the gym, they killed me on trad... well, no more. With the TC Pros I not only happily stuffed my feet in cracks and smeared on features, but also felt no need to loosen my shoes at the belays or even take them off at the end of the route until I had all the rest of my gear packed up.
My feet are tad under a size 10 street shoe, and I went with a size 9.5 (42.5) wearing no socks. For reference, I wear an 8.5 (41.5) in La Sportiva Solutions/Miura VS, and a size 10 in Evolv Shamans.
I am in search of the best outdoor trad...
I am in search of the best outdoor trad shoe. I have looked all around and have found many great edging shoes, and many great crack shoes. What I am looking for is the best of both worlds, and I have heard this is the shoe for me. Is it?
Sure is, if it fits your foot shape.
T.J. this is the shoe for you. They are incredible at edging and cracks. stiffest sole I've ever had on a shoe(amazingly they still smear pretty well too). Size a little bigger than usual so you have comfortable toes, making these great for all day multi-pitch as well as better for stuffing into cracks.