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La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe - Men's


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    Katana + Otaki = Kataki.

    The Katana is undoubtedly one of La Sportiva's many classic shoes due to its combination of all-day comfort and technical prowess, while the Otaki's aggressive attitude tackles some of the toughest climbs out there. But where do you turn when you need a comfier shoe to climb long, tough routes like the last few pitches on Moonlight Buttress or basically every sport climb in Greece and Spain? The Men's Kataki Climbing Shoe balances the Katana's comfort with the Otaki's aggression so you can jam into tight cracks, project overhangs, and spend a day at the boulder fields without ever taking the shoe off. It features La Sportiva's tried-and-true P3 construction for long-lasting aggression, and the new S-Heel optimizes the fit so you can heel hook everything. The Vibram XS Edge sole has a stiffer feel than the Otaki, and it lasts a lot longer for climbers on a budget―which is basically every dedicated climber out there.

    • High-performance climbing shoe with a focus on comfort
    • Aggressive downturn assures proper performance on overhangs
    • Moderate asymmetrical curvature enhances comfort for long days
    • Low profile toebox works well in tight cracks
    • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole has a stiffer, more durable feel
    • Expect leather upper to stretch at least a half size
    • Item #LSP00CZ

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    suede leather, microfiber
    [front, back] Pacific
    differentiated lacing
    LaspoFlex with P3 (1.1mm)
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Perfect shoe for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I searched long a hard to find a comfortable yet slightly more aggressive climbing shoe and the Kataki absolutely nailed it. I wear a size 10 street shoe, I wore a 41.5 in the La Sportiva Finales and a 41.5 in the TC Pros, I bought these shoes in a 41.5 and while they took longer to break in than previous shoes, they now fit like a glove. I received a ton of help from Wes at Backcountry to find a more aggressive shoe and this is where we landed. First I tried the Katana Lace, really wanted to like it, but my heel kept slipping in the shoe making an awesome fart noise every time I took a step. Wes suggested the Kataki because of the slightly lower volume heel and it fit like a suction cup, perfect. Thanks again Wes!!

    Runs small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I really want these to fit! I'm an 11 sneaker and got these in a 42, size 9, which is how i sized my Skwamas and found these to be unbearably tight. Which I was very surprised by. Just an FYI!

    Amazing upgrade from Katana Lace

      I was in the Katana Lace for many years in a 39.5, sadly never stretched out and hen I lost them. Finally bought these two weeks ago and have used them 6 times so far and I LOVE THEM!!! Went with a 40 this time and it’s tight enough for power and precision but not overtly killing my feet like the 39.5. The arch in the mid section is where the downturn mostly happens for this shoe, so it digs into my right arch a little causing some discomfort but it’s slight. Used these inside only so far and they perform amazingly well. My usual go to shoe for roped climbing is the Scarpa Techno, which I love, but these aggressive shoes make for a really amazing quiver filler. They hand overhangs for bouldering well and I can edge down hard on small foot chips when wall climbing. The heel is something completely different than anything I’ve ever used before. The S heel construction really does deliver power into the heel hook. Have used it confidently a couple of times so far. It’s a little weird cause at first you’re not sure you want to trust it but when you do it’s like , OKAY, WOW!! This really does work!!

      A few details not mentioned by others

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm a roped-climbing guy, not into bouldering. I bought these as an experiment, looking for more performance. I have a Morton's toe, difficult to fit narrow feet with low foot volume, and arches that don't flex all that much, so I often climb in women's (for best fit) La Sportiva Mythos that I can wear all day without discomfort. I enjoy the improved edging performance these Katakis offer, and they heel-hook nicely, so I use them when I'm on really challenging routes for more confidence, and they serve that purpose well. Comfort is about as good as I can get in shoes with an aggressive toe down-turn (painful for the first few pitches each day but improving with time as I leave them on). However, the region immediately above the heel tucks forward tightly against the Achilles tendon, and for me, requires some tape to prevent abrasion/chewing up the skin there. The front lining will turn the sole of your foot blue. The tongue padding is generous and the lacing system is easy to adjust to suit your preferences. I bought the same size I use in La Sportiva mountaineering boots (G2SM, Batura 2, Nepal Evo, and Trango) and my Mythos and I haven't noticed any meaningful stretch in them. They breathe pretty well and don't build up too much moisture. If not for the annoyance on my Achilles tendon, I would give them 5 stars.
      P.S. I'm 5'9", 145 lbs, bought size 43

      Very comfortable, amazing control

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: 39.5
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 136lbs

      I just got the Kataki a few days ago, and they've already helped me make some progress on my bouldering FA project. For the first time I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get up it, mostly because the Kataki has allowed much more precise footwork. The amount of control this shoe gives you on the tip of the toe is incredible. My project has really thin foot holds for the first five feet, and these shoes kill it at precise edging.

      The one down side is the amount of material in the shoe. I've been climbing with all leather, simpler shoes and I might have just not adjusted to these shoes yet, but I can feel the rock less.

      That being said, they're very comfortable. They fit similarly to Muiras except a half size larger and actually fit my scrawny ankles.

      Very comfortable, amazing control

      Great Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      I have been using these shoes for a couple of months now, and so far I don't have any complaints. I only use them at the gym, where they preform wonderfully on steeper climbs and bouldering. The fit is similar to that of the Miura lace in my opinion, but surprisingly more comfortable. I would definitely recommend checking out this shoe.

      The do everything thin and more shoe!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Size Bought: 42.5
      • Height: 6'
      • Weight: 170lbs

      This is an awesome new shoe! It sort of looks like the Katana shape...but with a "better", lower volume and a tad narrower fit. The Kataki is apparently built on the same PD75 last as the Miura line and it does feel like a bit of a hybrid, especially in the precision at the tip of the toe. The Kataki also feels different than the "velcro-version" Otaki, which has a noticeably roomier/ higher volume fit.

      I say the Kataki fits "better" because it fits ME better. I have medium width, low-volume feet and long toes and I prefer a snug fit. I have primarily worn La Sportiva for years; my favorite recent models being Muira VS (the lace-up is too asymmetric for how high volume it is) and the TC Pro (fit tight). The Katana just doesn't fit me as well as the Kataki, which is also proving to be a much more precise front-pointing shoe. Compared to the Miura VS the Kataki is more comfortable and better in thin cracks. I still might prefer a Miura VS for super sustained thin pocket limestone climbing, but the jury's not out yet (I definitely prefer the Kataki on granite, sandstone and basalt "tech-9" face/edge/smearing/thin jamming, etc). I really can't compare the Kataki to TC Pro since they're for totally different applications (TC's are still better for long granite crack routes and friction/steep slab).

      The heel... La Sportiva nailed it with the new heel design. It fits me perfectly and so far does not deform or slip and heel-hooks extremely well.

      The laces... Once again, La Sportiva nailed it! The lacing design is tweaked a little better over the Katana and the lace material seems quite durable.

      I wear all my climbing shoes on the tighter side (knuckled toes). The Kataki has suede in the upper and I have noticed a little stretch, which for me is perfect. I wear most street shoes in US 11.5 (La Sportiva approach shoes in 45). I wear Kataki, Miura VS and TC Pro all in 42.5, but if I wanted a Kataki for a specialized Indian Creek fit I'd probably opt for a full size larger...

      Lastly, I think the Kataki is well made, durable and a solid design. When you pull it out of the box it looks flawless in construction with zero waviness around the edges where the sole and rand meets. My pair is perfect!