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La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

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    The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.

    Designed by big-wall legend Tommy Caldwell with the long, technical routes of El Cap in mind, the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe combines edging power with crack-climbing prowess. Inexpensive? No. One of the most high-performance trad climbing shoe ever created by humans? Damn right. That’s assuming you think Tommy Caldwell is human. This mid-height climbing machine features light ankle padding to ease the pain of vicious off-widths, and the vented tongue and rand help ward off sweaty feet during marathon days on the wall.
    • 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
    • Item #LSP0126

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather
    Lining
    synthetic
    Closure
    laces
    Rubber
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    Last
    board
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    medium
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.71 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Fantastic shoes

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

    The TC Pros are my pick if you told me I could only climb in one pair of shoe for the rest of my days. I primarily climb granite and they are exactly what I need for cracks, glassy slabs, weird flares and standard granite funk. The only problem I have with these shoes is the toe profile is a bit high so they don't jam well when the cracks thin down but they smedge so well it usually doesn't even matter. I wouldn't suggest hiking around in these given the price tag but they've scrambled down the friction descent on Tahquitz several times without being taken off. The only thing I probably wouldn't use these for is over hanging bouldering or sport climbing and gym climbing aside from that, these shoes are the jam! (PUN!)

    Good

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    These are good, but maybe my expectations were a bit too high. I've fallen in love with my Katanas over the past 2 years and I was expecting these to be the same with more traction. To be fair, I've only used them about 5 times indoors, so I will update when I've broken them in a bit more.

    Much needed for crack climbing

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

    Just got started training for out door climbs which involves gym crack climbs for now. These shoes definitely do the trick and my toes don't hate me (as much)!

    Would recommend.

    2 Pair for 2 Reasons

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41 1/2

    I rock two pairs of these. I have one pair in 41 and another in 41 1/2/ I use the 41 for the super thin stuff that involves extra sensitivity on my toes and the bigger size for the all day long, more relaxed approach. Also 2 pairs because if I have to have 1 resoled, then I don't want to climb without my favorite shoe.

    Hands down, Excellent crack/all day shoe.

    The All-Day Shoe

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

    I finally picked up my second pair of TCs, this time a size larger than my old ones, so they're more comfortable for long, multi-pitch routes.

    The TC Pros are seriously a do-it-all alpine shoe. If you're cruising up a crack, the toe is nice and narrow so it grabs nicely in the small stuff, while the mid-height design protects you from bloody ankles in wider cracks.

    When it's time to move onto the face and get your slab on, they still crush it. The stiff sole and toe edge takes some getting used to, because it's harder to "feel" your foot placements, but once you're used to it, they edge and smear extremely well, even on the smallest of nubbins.

    I haven't noticed much stretching on my two pairs, and they definitely take some time to fully break-in.

    I wear a size 8 street shoe and I picked up a size 40 for my second pair. My big toe just barely compresses inside of the shoe. Performance fit for sure, but not awfully painful after several pitches on the rock.

    Love this Shoe

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

    I absolutely love this shoe! I use it for trad climbing and love it! I wear a regular shoe size 6.5/7.0 and got a size 35.00. They are very snug but that is how I like my shoes but if you have the same shoe size as me I would definitely a get size 35.5 unless you like really tight shoes. It took me about a week to break my shoes in and it hurt but now they fit me perfectly but it isn't that ideal to break in a trad shoe. The rubber on these shoes is awesome and the fit is perfect I tried on many pairs of shoes that I could use for trad and liked these the best. They are great!

    Best shoe ever made!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 39

    TCs are the best shoe I have ever worn for long routes and are still techy enough to nail hard cruxes when they show up.

    Great shoe. The best Trad shoe.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 45

    I love them for Trad (that's what I got them for). I have big feet, and so for crack, with the extra padding, I do better with a different shoe. They have a wider toe box which allows your foot to lay flat, making them super comfortable. Biggest down side is the price.
    I wear 46 in Miura VS, these fit me best at size 45.

    A jack of all trades

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    In my humble opinion, these shoes are the best all around climbing shoe in the game. They are like the air jordan's of rock climbing shoes. Great for offwidth and crack climbing with the ankle protection. They are pretty stiff with tons of support and are great for edging or getting inverted. These shoes are really versatile and provide great performance in a variety of different situations. However, after smearing in them a lot the seams started to come apart where the rubber meets the leather. I cannot recommend that someone put super glue on those seams to prevent that as it could ruin the shoe......but that's what I did and it worked great. They do stretch a bit, so size accordingly.

    A jack of all trades

    Love these climbing shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.0

    I have used these for indoor climbing and love them! The extra ankle support is great for protecting myself from a twisted ankle! They are currently pretty tight, but I'm expecting them to stretch out as I use them more!

    Worth every penny!

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

    These are hands down the best climbing shoes I have ever used. Great edging, comfortable (for climbing shoes) and good rubber. I would not hesitate to purchase another pair, but that will be a while because these are holding up very well.

    Hands down the best!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9 1/2

    I climb hard, cracks, faces, slab anything and these shoes hands down hold up better than any shoes. The rubber is still good even when it's worn all the way down. They are uncomfortable till you break them in but after you can wear them all day without sore feet after! I don't think I'll buy anything else except for those hard bolder problems

    The best.

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

    Great edging and jamming, stellar granite climbing shoe. All day comfort as well.

    If you really like thin cracks, or dislike shoes with low sensitivity, might want to check out the Mythos. But for everyone else, this is a quiver of one trad shoe that can't be beat.

    just got em, and got em quick!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 38

    After knowing i wouldnt be home for UPS the second day after ordering these (you're so quick, its #goatworthy), i checked my shipping status (out for delivery) on my drive home, saw a UPS truck, they didnt have my package but sent me on a hunt for the truck that did and after pulling up in front of her and waving my arms, ahhh there was my box with TC Pros in it!
    Climbed in them for 3 pitches, day of, out of the box. getting used to the edge for trad, coming from mythos. love the edge! you can stand on these-learning to trust it. and got to climb the most splitter crack at my local crag in them, they ROCK. these shoes are the TRUTH. i bought them in the same size as my mythos, due to my heel (achilles bursitis occasional) and the usual aggressive tightness of slingshot rands on shoes. im still early in my climbing career, and considering i only have one body, but can buy many a shoe, if necessary, i ordered for comfort (and cuz backcountry didnt have 37.5 only 37-i thought would be too small).
    they crack climb like a dream. my feet had been getting beat up this week from laps on my favorite splitter, no pain in these on the 3rd day of laps(1st day in the shoes).
    will update as the time goes by. I LOVE THESE SHOES.
    the tongue is the only weird thing, kinda curly, just put your shoes on mindfully, and it'll all work out...
    and hey Tommy, is coming to a crag near us this weekend, how fitting.
    oh i almost forgot, some people said they weren't great for smearing, i found them to be fine out of the box, so far..

    Worth the Hype? Hell yeah!

      I got a pair of these recently, mostly because several of my friends' never ending praise for these shoes. I was a little skeptical they would be a big improvement on what I already had and worth the extra money. But having taken them out a couple times now, I can easily say that these shoes are totally worth the hype! They just stick to granite so much better than any of my previous shoes. I am not a confident slab climber, but in these shoes I feel like a mountain goat! A special rubber blessed my the hands of Tommy himself? Probably.

      They jam beautifully in cracks and edge really well on those non existent chips. The laces are great and I can get a good custom fit for my funky left foot. The high top design keeps my ankles protected, and will help prevent me from painting the rock so much with my blood. The stiff sole lets my feet stay flat to get into those tight finger cracks. With all this glowing praise, could this all really just be in my head? Maybe. But a lot of climbing is all in your head! And the Dawn Wall didn't go down with any run of the mill shoe!

      Anyways... back to the review...

      The sizing seems to be true, but if you are looking for a comfy all day shoe (which these are designed to be) try bumping up a 1/2 size or full size from your normal toe crushing boulder shoe size. They are stiff enough to still edge really well if they aren't deathly tight, and having the feeling in your toes is far better for climbing than having a super tight fitting shoe, at least in my humble opinion.

      Ok now for the cons. These shoes really suck at fixing computer viruses! I set them on the keyboard and they did nothing at all. Go figure. Also, when I got really hungry the other day, despite the pleasant odor they emitted, they tasted horrible! Come on now! How can something so magical on the rock suck so much at other things? Oh well.

      So grab a pair and drink the included punch... you will be glad you did!

      Protect Your Ankles

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

      If you are looking if a comfy all day trad shoe these are the go to. I bought these specifically for offwidth climbing, but will be using them for multipitch as well.



      I got these in a 38 and they fit perfect!



      For reference

      Street size: 8.5

      Five Ten: 39 (Anasazi LV, Moccasym, & Blackwing)

      Protect Your Ankles

      Very happy with these shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      I wear a 9.5 US and bought 43.0. Excellent trade-off between comfort and performance. These shoes edge very well. I can wear them a long time w/o much discomfort. Highly recommend.

      Unanswered Question

      Has the issue with the seam splitting been fixed in recent years/revisions (if any) of this shoe? I haven't seen much mention in the past 3 years of reviews. I love the reviews on the performance of this shoe but I hate to spend 180 dollars as an intermediate climber just to have it fall apart. Second, is seam sealing easy to do?

      Unanswered Question

      Recently tore a bunch of ligaments in and around my ankle. Just sold my Mythos after a long ten years together and am looking at getting a new pair of shoes. Anyone have any experience with these shoes providing a little extra stability in the ankle region? I'm a novice, although I climb fairly consistently I might not be able to notice the more subtle advantages of this shoe as more advanced climbers can. The lace up around the ankle though seems very appealing these days.

      I am a 41.5 - 42 in the Miura VS and yet a 40 in the tarantulace. Whats a good size on these?

      How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

      Unanswered Question

      I've got a pair of cobras in a 38.5 and they are pretty tight and very good at edging. Looking to getting a pair of these for longer trad routes but having them also be proficient on single pitch cracks and face climbing. Any size suggestions?

      I have another damn size/fit/stretch...

      I have another damn size/fit/stretch question! I just got a pair of these and my toes are a little bit curled at the end, which make em a little uncomfortable for straight up crack climbing. How much can i expect them to stretch, or should i go up a half size? thanks!

      I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order...

      I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order the same in TC Pro?

      I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will...

      I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will the 46 in TCs be? Will it be usable as an all day shoe?

      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.

      Thanks

      Mr PP

      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.

      Best Answer

      Well, I've been wearing the 43 TCs for a while now and am appreciating the extra support with my dodgy ankle. They really are supportive. Hard to break in but they do settle a fair bit. Felt very tight at first (too tight) but are reasonable now and still getting better. I went from 40.5 / 41 Mythos, 42 Miura (vtight) to 43 in these. Great boot. Awesome in handcracks.

      Gotta love BC!

      Now, if I can work out the size for Katana lace-ups ...

      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!

      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?

      Ryan,

      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.

      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?

      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.

      I'm just wondering if there is a tracking...

      I'm just wondering if there is a tracking number for the shoes I ordered? I had expected them to arrive today.

      Thanks,
      Dave

      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators...

      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators for OWs?

      I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot...

      I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot jams in my mythos is causing a shooting nerve pain in my big toes. Would these shoes, being stiffer and thus more supportive, protect my toe from the pain?

      I'd suggest trying them on before buying also, but I had the same issue with Mythos. Foot jams in bigger cracks hurt my feet badly. Mythos are much softer than the TC Pros. Personally, I found the TC Pros made a huge difference just because it was stiffer. Pretty much don't touch my mythos now.

      Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want...

      Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want to know how well the toe box slots into thin cracks. I'm having problems with my Miuras because my toes are slightly curled and looking for a shoe that has a flatter toe box. Also, any comments on edging performance would be great. Thank you!

      according to Sportiva's website, the TC...

      according to Sportiva's website, the TC Pro has the same last as the Kantana's (mens & wms) "LAST: PD 55"

      Can anyone comment on how they sized relative to Katanas, Miuras, or Mythos?

      TC Pros will not stretch nearly as much as any of the models you've mentioned. I sized down 1 full size for a tight, but not uncomfortable trad fit. The toe-box is as roomy as the Mythos. The Miura doesn't feel even vaugley the same; i can stand on dime edges with the TC Pro while in my Miuras I can, but i FEEL IT.

      Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows...

      Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows how much the TC Pro will stretch? Thanks.