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For overhangs and technical face climbs.

La Sportiva designed every inch of the Testarossa Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe to give you an edge on hard sport routes. The aggressive shape includes a down-turned toe to keep you glued to super steep pitches, and the full-length laces ensure a precise fit.

  • Aggressive shape for superior performance on the most technical routes
  • Dual-material upper uses a combination of Lorica (doesn't stretch) and leather (does stretch) in a specific bi-lateral stretch pattern for edging
  • Vibram XS Grip2 for serious edging performance, smearing performance, and durability
  • 3D cupped hytrel midsole under the toes flows into the high-tension figure-eight rand to help with overall grab
  • Full-length laces ensure a precise fit

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5 5

My new favorite.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 135 lbs
    Size Purchased: 38.5

This is the most comfortable down-turned shoe I have ever worn. Others push into the top of your toes, but these give your feet the room to bend, with out putting unnecessary pressure your toes. They felt like gloves, honestly. And they edged and toed like a charm!

I like these primarily for bouldering and steeping sport climbing.
For slab, I would want something far less down-turned, like the Katana Velcro.

I wear a 38.5 in most La Sportiva shoes. My street shoe is 8.5-9.0. Techincally, I could go to a 37.5, but it's just too painful for me. The 38.5 in these was just right.

Questions? Hit me up!

Emily Jenson
Expert Gearhead
801.746.7587

Unanswered Question

So for tech face climbing, how do you compare these to Genius? I really need to try no-edge in face climbing... have you?

5 5

Favorite Sportiva shoe ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 140 lbs
    Size Purchased: 37

Of all the Sportiva shoes I've owned, this is by far my favorite. I can size them way down and still have great feel on the tiniest of holds.
I will definitely be getting another pair when these wear out.

Street shoe size 8.5

i wear 44 street shoes, and my feet is a little bit wide, and i am a new climber. which size should i order base on the La Sportive size system??? plz help!

Responded on

You should go at least a full size down so 43, if not 42.5. These shoes are leather so they will stretch. If you are a new climber I would look at something that is not so aggressive, even if sized correctly they wont be that comfortable.

Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

5 5

Best climbing shoe

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

On my 2nd pair of Testarossa's and they keep giving back like no other climbing shoe I've tried. I use these for bouldering and sport climbing. I find these shoes shine the most on over hanging climbs, but I can edge on small vertical stuff as well. The heel is the only part I find lacking in this shoe. The material is more slippery than the rubber up front and can slip off really technical heel hook situations.

Best climbing shoe
4 5

Red n Black, your proj is in the bag!?

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

These are my favorite shoes for steep sport climbing. These shoes inspire CONFIDENCE. The red and yellow coloration grabs my attention at the crux and demands that I pay attention to my flailing footwork. She may lack a few features, but for what she's good at, she's the best at.

Vibram XS edge grips beautifully and wears rapidly. Save a fresh pair for redpoint day.

For steep sport climbing at my local crag they work BEAUTIFULLY. Pods, Pockets, pin scars, and dime edges are no match for this shoe. They also work really well on cobbles, for reasons I don't understand.

For bouldering, it depends on the route, but as a half-sole model, heel hooks will be a problem.

As far as comfort goes, I consider these about as comfortable as the Miura line. The laces are a little funky and hard to fine-tune compared to pretty much every lace-up I've ever had.

Overall, a shoe worth getting, but the Solution is superior in every way except comfort and structural integrity (that dreaded pull tab!)

5 5

The Bomb.com

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

I love this shoe i use it for bouldering and steep sport climbing. As far as i have seen i havent felt any dead space in the shoe and fits very true. The lace up lets you get the perfect fit.

4 5

Super edging shoe

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

I have used them for bouldering and rope climbing on super steep stuff and more mellow stuff. The fit in the toes is so nice. The heel on the other hand has some dead space in it for me. I have tried using them to heel hook multiple times and it never works out. I wear a 39.5-40 in La Sportiva climbing shoes and haven't had a problem with them. This shoe however seems to me to run a bit small. Great shoe for edging though. If your project has a lot of tiny holds and is overhung or vertical these will be awesome shoes to have.

5 5

Simply the best!

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

Pros: The best technical shoe out there:
* Really asymmetric to help lazy abds (by channeling weight onto one's toe) in overhangs;
* Arguably THE best heel hook on the market;
* Stretches just slightly over time to gain comfort and flexibility (+slab friendly), but not at the expense of precision thanks to laces (a pain to adjust, but SO much more accurate than velcros).

Cons: Toe hook maybe less accurate than other "armored" shoes like the Solution or Boldrini models.

I've tried everything out there (!), but I always end up coming back to these ones (I must have killed ~15 pairs, most of them after resoling them 2-3 times).
Basically, my only problem is that they become increasingly difficult to locate in North-America (MEC discontinued them recently in Canada).
Please BackCountry keep them coming!

In action...

In action...

Great shot of the shoes in action and pretty much out of the box - Bishop, CA.

5 5

The overhang...

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

Black Beards Delite-V6

This problem required heel hooks, smearing, edging, you name it... Great example of how well this shoe performs!

The overhang...
5 5

I recently switched shoe brands...

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

I recently switched climbing shoe brands after years of loyal dedication to La Sportiva. The only reason for the switch was in finding a new brand of shoe and a style that fits my radically changing climbers toe/hammer toe, so I can be even more aggressive whilst climbing. (Ugliest feet in the world I assure you)

These were my go to shoe for years. I highly recommend them for anyone trying to make the step into a more aggressive down turned shoe, as these are pretty darn comfortable.

The pic was taken after Bishop, CA, at Lost Rocks California...

Project finished: Black Beards Delite, V6

10.5-11 street shoe, Testerossa 9.5 without too much trouble.

I recently switched shoe brands...
Responded on

You can't see the shoes well because of the overhanging problem, but I can assure you Testerossa's are on my feet, edging, smearing, and heel hooking like crazy!

5 5

Where comfort and performance collide.

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

I'm loving these shoes, primarily because I'm unwilling to sacrifice comfort for performance. I can stand and belay in these beauties all day, and still tackle the steepest projects on my tick list. The toe box brings all the power you need to stand on small features, soft midsole fluctuates from severely downturned to moderately downturned depending on what I'm climbing.

Expect a full size stretch.

5 5

Best cross of aggressive and comforable

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

These shoes when sized properly feel nice and tight without killing your foot, while keeping the aggressive form.

While people say that they have a bad break in period, I think the opposite that after about 3-4 times climbing that they felt super comfy.

In general these shoes are the best comfy aggressive shoe I have ever worn.

5 5

Fantastic fit and performance

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

Fits like a glove, super comfortable. For warmups I don't even tie the laces, just pop them on and they're already snug. Great performance on rock and in the gym. Every foothold feels secure in these shoes, no matter how small.

5 5

The Best

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

This is the best shoe I have ever owned. I have owned Solutions and tried the Futuras, but these have always felt the best. I like the heel in these more than the Solutions and like that they are slightly stiffer than the Futuras. I wear a 9.5 street shoe and the 39.5 fits me perfect... After that break in period associated with high performance shoes.

I use this shoe for everything indoors, sport routes outside and have no complaints whatsoever. Amazing edging, great downturn for steeper stuff, I can't say anything bad about these shoes and would recommend them to anyone who is looking for the last pair of climbing shoe they would ever want to buy.

5 5

My testies are the besties

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Obsessed. Perfect fit and aggressiveness. I've worn the edge down pretty quick but that's probably more to do with my poor climbing than the shoes. And no need to lace them up- that's how flipping awesome they fit.

Lace Holes After Three Months

Lace Holes After Three Months

They still lace up, but the right shoe doesn't fit as well since I can't lace it as tight.

3 5

High Performance, but Didn't Last

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

For reference, I wear a 14B in street shoes, and a 45 in Testarossas. I love the way these let me climb, but the lace holes tore after a mere three months of not-super-hard use. They're on their way back to Sportiva at the moment for warranty service, so I'l update after I see how the replacements do. In the meanwhile...
The Good:
--Super aggressive. Like, ballet pointe shoes aggressive.
--Allows for wonderfully precise footwork, especially in the toes.
--Lacing system allows for superb tuning of fit, from ankle to toes; since I climbed in these I haven't been able to look at Velcro shoes.

The Bad:
--One side of each lace always wound up quite a bit longer than the other after putting these on and taking them off a couple times. Resetting them was easy enough, just annoying.
--The laces were a bit long, and interfered with climbing if I didn't secure them.
--Lace holes tore (and continue to tear further) with only three months of moderate use. I expected better from a shoe that retails for $175.

I'm hopeful that my next pair will hold up better. In the meanwhile I'm back to my trad shoes for now :-/