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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

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...
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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

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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 :-/

5 5

Hot Rod all the way

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

Aptly named, these are a winning shoe. Cruise to the top of boulder problems and wall climbs all day.

The shape is great for a variety of climbs. slightly aggressive but not quite a true "solution" this shoe does a lot of difrerent things well.
The all leather shoe allows for very aggressive sizing. With a little bit of patience, the shoe will adapt to your foot dimensions and fit like a glove. It'll also hold a heel and toe hook like a hand.

I have a small heel and a wide forefoot. This shoe isn't naturally as angular as my foot, but the lacing allows for a customized fit and the leather around the heel collapses nicely to keep my heel seated in the cup.

5 5

crazy good!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are kinda on the expensive side but they're so worth it! im on my second pair now and i just don't get tired of em. for me the fit a lot better than the solutions because of the laces that go all the way down and after you break them in they'll take you up anything. I've even used this for some longer stuff outside and they're still awesome just not too comfortable. In general they're amazing climbing shoes and I definitely recommend them!

I wear a 39.5 in Miura Laceups and have...

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I wear a 39.5 in Miura Laceups and have wide feet. Is 39.5 the way to go for Testarossas?

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I wear a 39.5 in the Tesstarossa and the Miura Laceup in my performance shoes. One pitch at a time type of stuff. I have a 40.5 pair of the Miuras for longer routes where I need a bit more comfort. I also wear a size 9 US shoe in my regular shoes, to give you an idea of how much I'm downsizing.

since this shoe is part synthetic and part...

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since this shoe is part synthetic and part leather, how much is it going to stretch? and how does this size out of the box compared to the solutions?

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It doesn't really stretch that much but it does mold to your foot in a really nice way. Out of the box these things are painful but way easier to get on and off and made to be a bit more comfortable than the Solutions because of how much lacing there is on these. I tend to lace em loose until they break in and then start cranking them down once they are molded to my foot.

5 5

Best In Class

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

Loved every second of having these. They lasted me a solid year of hard climbing, but I eventually wore down the rubber so much in the toes that I put a 1/4" hole in the one and a 1/2" hole in the other and had to toss 'em. Perfect shoe for bouldering due to its aggressive down-turned toe box. Laced up nice and tight. Rubber on the front goes up high enough to toe hook with confidence. All around great shoe!

5 5

Holy Tits.

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

These shoes are absolutely magnificent. I've been climbing for a couple of years, and I've pretty much stuck to the Miura Lace...recently, though, I decided to switch to these and I'm so very glad I got 'em! I usually wear a 9.5US (or 9 US in some brands) for my everyday shoes, so I ordered a 40 in these - the break in period is not pleasant, but once you get in a few weeks of climbing, these have become very comfortable/form-fitting.

I'm not quite sure what other reviewers are talking about when they've complained about the Testarossa's not being a strong choice for heel/toe hooks...I've found this shoe to be very helpful in sport climbs, even bouldering.

Finally, thanks to Backcountry for a sweet deal, and quick shipping! LetsGoHokies!

I have a pair of solutions (size 38) and...

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I have a pair of solutions (size 38) and was just wondering if anyone has had both solutions and testarossas and how they each compare to one another? And should I get a different size for the testarossas or should I go with the same size I have in solutions?

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I have both and wear a 39.5 in both. The Tesstarossas break in much nicer but the lacing lets you dial in the fit much better. Also note I wear a size 42 in my street shoes (US 9).

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I wear a 43 in street and wear a 40.5 in both of these, and I have a very similar experience. I prefer the Solutions for bouldering so you can easily take them off and put them back on between tries, but for a sport route the precision fit of a lace-up is better.

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thank you was hoping that these would work well for sport routes.

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great for sport and bouldering. I used to wear Miura VS and the sizes transferred so I didn't have to change sizes. I would think you would have to change sizes if you went to a less aggressive shoe but since you came from solutions you'll be ok.

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I wear a 39 in Testarossa and 38 in Solutions. Have had about 5 pairs of each and they are both perfect. Testarossa for sport and solutions for bouldering.

5 5

My favorite shoe

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

I love this shoe. Defiantly one of the most aggressive shoes on the market great for over hanging sport routes or technical bouldering problems. I've climbed just about anything in them to Moab slab to gym climbing, to overhanging sport, to multi pitch. They work for everything but work the best for overhanging sport routes and technical bouldering problems. They have a very tight fit I sized down about three full sizes they have an amazing heel box for heel hooking

5 5

These shoes are amazing!

  • Gender: Female

After climbing in Evolv Talons for about a year, I bought these shoes and while the break-in process was terrible for me (I sized way down to a 33.5!), I love these shoes! I just ordered my third pair of these, my original ones just came back from their second resole, and my second pair is still in great condition (but I might have to retire my first pair-- maybe gym only shoes?)

I have tried on Scarpas, other Evolvs, and other Sportiva shoes, but none of them fit the way my Testarossas fit and none of the other shoes gave me the same edge and feeling I got in my Testarossas.

These shoes are amazing!
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Nice review Serena!
Keep crushing!

Do these shoes come with a carrying bag...

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Do these shoes come with a carrying bag by chance? Thanks.

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