A favorite of top European climbers, now available in the US.

When a route requires you to stand on delicate smears, micro edges, and shallow pockets all in the same pitch, turn to the best-selling Tenaya Masai Climbing Shoe. The ideal blend of stiffness and sensitivity allows the shoe to confidently perform on a wide range of angles and hold types while the proven Vibram XS Grip rubber sticks to the most marginal of foot holds.

  • Microfiber upper with a TXT-treated cotton lining provides a snug fit with minimal stretch
  • Lace closure is secure and can be cinched down for a precise performance fit
  • 2D PLT 10 midsole provides an ideal blend of stiffness and sensitivity for performance on a wide range of angles and features
  • Subtle down turn and a moderate last shape deliver power to the toe for edging without compromising good sensitivity and rock feel
  • Vibram XS Grip rubber allows you to smear, edge, and heel-hook with confidence

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5 5


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

Great for low volume feet. I bought mine in my street shoe size. They're snug but comfortable enough to wear on multi-pitch routes.

5 5

Wizard shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 148 lbs
    Size Purchased: US 10

These shoes are phenomenal. That's all I can really say. In fact, I'm going to repeat my previous statement because of how good they are. These shoes... are phenomenal.

I didn't think it was possible to find a pair of shoes that was comfortable and so high performing. Where it's dime-edging on a face-climbing, gingerly pasting your way up a technical dihedral, dancing or grunting your way up cracks of varying size or even ridge-riding in the alpine, these shoes do it all.

I got a US Size 10 initially, and while they worked, I was eventually able to size down to 8.5 for cragging/single pitch shoe, and 9.0 for an all-day/multi-pitch shoe. These shoes do not stretch that much, so size 'em down as small as possible when you first get a pair.

I'm a size 9.0 in Five Ten (Anasazi VCS, Blancos) if that helps determine sizing.

I am a street shoe 10.5. what size tenaya masaifor the best fit? Do they run small,big or true to street size? Thanks

Responded on

It really depends on your tightness preference, but here are some tips. I wear an 11 street shoe and a 9 is the smallest performance size i can fit into, but for comfort while multipitching I go up to a 10. A 10.5 works, but that's when i start to notice the decrease in performance. In any case, they come highly recommended!

Just a dash of stoke in the alpine

Just a dash of stoke in the alpine

Rapping off of the North Early Winter Spire in the North Cascades after sending the West Face. These shoes were phenomenal when it came to all that the W Face had to offer. Cracks, slabs, faces? These shoes do 'em all while still remaining comfortable and stylish.

5 5

My next purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

First off I am syched out of my mind to buy this shoe. I tried them on and they are comfy! The heel is fairly shallow compared to most shoes, I cant wear most fivetens cause their heels are too deep so I loved that this heel fit me! The rest of the shoe is awesome! Roomy enough to be comfy but not too much so it loses performance. The laces are good for a nice custom fit. The sole of the shoe is medium stiff so its a good all around shoe. I wear a 8 in anastazi vcs a 8.5 in teams and a 8.5 in evolvs new slipper and 7.5 in the python but I wore a 7 in the masai, so there is a wide range for sizing options. The 7's were tight but comfy I probably could go another half size smaller if I wanted to get crazy but 7s felt good and I usually like my shoes tight.

Sizing Question...
Ive been trying on...

Sizing Question...
Ive been trying on shoes trying to get an idea of size to order a pair of Tenaya's

La sportva Mythos - 41.5
La sportva Mirva - 42
5.10 Anasazi Verde - 9.5 (couldn?t get the dragons on at that size though?)

What size would you say?

Responded on

My regular sizing: US Street 9.5
La Sportiva Mythos 41
La SPortiva Solutions 41 or 41.5 (bouldering versus longer sport climbs)
While Masai is US 9. But my use for Masai is on long slabby climbs, where comfort is critical.

How much do these stretch over time? I...

How much do these stretch over time? I wear a size 12.5-13 street shoe. What size should I get for a comfy all-day multipitch fit?

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These being a fully synthetic shoe you are not going to see these stretch much; probably less than a half size if anything. I suggest fitting these within a half size of your normal casual shoe.

Responded on

Agree. For the intended use of long slabby pitches, within half a size of street size. An entire size was too tight for me.

5 5

Rises to the challenge.

I've had the Masai's for half a year now and can honestly say that they equal or surpass other shoes in all aspects. As others have said, the edging power of these shoes is crazy. That, combined with the excellent comfort and durability, make Tenaya my new go-to brand.

5 5

Master of Sport!

This is the best shoe for all around use out there! It has the comfort of an entry level shoe. This means long pitches and days at the gym working boulder problems are no problem for the Masai's wearability. They preform great in cracks. I spent a day doing easy trad and sport pitches on North Table Mountain in Golden, CO, and I discovered that these excel at jamming in all sizes of cracks. They are also good at edging. I mean, unless I am at a 60 degree incline (in which case I prefer my Blackwings), these are truly amazing for edging. The price tag is also reasonable. Wait, didi I just say it? Did I say that I found a shoe that excels at both cracks and edges while maintaining entry level comfort and a relatively small price tag? Yes I did. The paradox has been broken!

5 5


I love these shoes, I don't even need to take them off immediately after finishing a climb! Very comfortable and technical.

4 5

Technical Masters

The Masai is my go-to shoe for long route when I need comfort and support without sacrificing too much precision. I worn these for a summer of sampling some of the best granite in North America: Grand Tetons, Index, Squamish, and the Bugaboos. They are stiff enough to keep my feet from wearing down over hundreds, even thousands, of feet of climbing, yet sensitive enough to smear up stemming corners and glassy slabs. Even sizing them for a bit of comfort, I was able to climb hard granite pitches (up to 12+) with confidence in my feet.

5 5

Great edging shoe!

These shoes are perfect for technical facing climbing, where precision edging and smearing is a must. Sized a little roomier, they are fantastic shoes for long multi-pitch.

Alpine crushing!

Alpine crushing!

These shoes are comfortable for long routes, and still really precise for hard sections.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things stand on dime edges like no other shoe I have worn. They're on the stiff side of things, but definitely not crazy stiff. I think what makes them so good at edging is that they don't have ANY slop. There is none of the typical feeling that the shoe is kinda rolling around your foot a few milimeters when you have to really stand on an edge. They have a pretty narrow fit, but even my average width feet felt comfy in them. If you have a low volume foot, these would definitely be a good fit.