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La Sportiva Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe - Men's


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    83 Reviews


    All-day, feel-good climbing.

    La Sportiva designed the Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe for climbers looking to get on some vertical without abusing their feet. The comfort-centric Tarantula features an unlined upper for moisture management and all-day climbing, and a high-volume design means you won't have to powder your bones just to get into the shoe.
    • Unlined upper will stretch about a half size
    • Hook-and-loop closures for easy on and off
    • 5mm FriXion rubber for impressive friction
    • 1.8mm LaspoFlex midsole uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for stiffness and edge-hold
    • Round, high-volume shape for comfort
    • Item #LSP0195

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, synthetic leather
    5mm FriXion RS
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 10.2 oz
    Recommended Use
    gym climbing, sport climbing

    Tech Specs

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    Solid warm up shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Been climbing for a while now and I have a pair of pretty aggressive La Sportivas (The Solutions) and in the winter and after I haven't climbed for a few days sliding them on can be a bit much. Wanted a less aggressive shoe to warm up in and be able to wear for long periods of time. So far this shoe is definitely that. It fits a tad on the loose side and that might just be the style. As with any climbing shoe they all fit differently. Both shoes I own are the same "size" and they fit radically different. So make sure to know before you buy what you're looking for so you get what you need.

    Excellent beginner shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Familiarity: I've used this shoe in the gym for about 6 months now
    Fit: true to size
    I would recomend you getting your street shoe size or a half size smaller for a snug fit. These grip the wall pretty well and I've sent a few v3 overhangs. It supplied me a decent toe hook so I. Happy with my experience. I am however expiring these to my back up gym shoes and replacing them with the scarpa xs edge since they are supposed to be more aggressive on the wall.

    Great Purchase

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

    Bought these shoes about a month ago and have been using them for indoor climbing a few times since, they are great for a beginner shoe and fit very comfortably. Would recommend!

    Perfect Entry Level Climbing Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    These are perfect for someone just getting into the sport. Comfortable, affordable and they get the job done.

    Affordable Beginner Climbing Shoe!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45.5

    I'm brand new to climbing and these were my first climbing shoe purchase. These are very comfortable and the Velcro straps are super easy to get on and off. Not overly aggressive and at a very affordable price.
    I bought a size 45.5 and I wear a shoe size 12

    Great beginner shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    These are the perfect beginner shoe. They're more comfy than an aggressive shoe, which is perfect for people just getting into the sport. I'd recommend sizing down a half size, as they will stretch out a little. Totally pumped on this purchase!

    Great to start

      These are my first pair of climbing shoes. They are very comfortable and I love the velcro straps. They are great beginner shoes for indoor climbing but if you want to go bouldering outside I would say to get a more aggressive shoe.

      Great Beginner Climbing Shoe

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

      These shoes are a fantastic quality for their price range. The price point is most certainly what attracted me to these shoes, but I do not feel as if I had to make any major concessions to quality either! They are pretty comfortable from the start, but have begun to pack out are getting even more comfortable after about 15-20 uses. Great shoe with no real complaints to speak of!

      Great gift with awesome feeback!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      I let my my little brother pick out a pair of shoes for me to get him for his birthday. This is the feedback he gave:
      "These shoes are really great climbing shoes for anyone new to climbing. They're cheaper than most and have good durability so they'll last. The size I picked out was perfectly accurate with the conversion chart. Also the velcro makes taking them on and off easy!"

      Great gift with awesome feeback!

      Good beginner climbing shoes

        I am new to climbing and after reading reviews, I decided to go with these. The price was great and obviously they work way better than rental shoes. They fit good and are pretty comfortable after a few climbs. I ordered a 42 (9) and they fit me perfect. I wear a size 9 in Vans and Nikes (I like my street shoes to fit with very little room in them). They fit pretty tight at first, but after a few climbs, they're great. I've used them about 20 times now and they're packing out and getting even more comfortable. Could have possibly gone down half a size, but I imagine they would be very uncomfortable for quite some time.

        Great First Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 43.0
        • Height: 5'11"
        • Weight: 180lbs

        I bought these shoes as I've started bouldering at the local gym weekly and I couldnt stand the rentals. These shoes are comfortable and after breaking them in they have very good grip. The velcro system is easy to use and adjust and hold the shoes well onto your feet.

        I wear a size 10.5 sneaker and purchased the 43.0 and they fit perfect. Very snug but not uncomfortable.

        Perfect beginner shoe

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 44.5
        • Height: 6'3"
        • Weight: 180lbs

        I was looking for a high quality, reliable shoe that wouldn't break the bank. These shoes were perfect for what I was looking for. The materials are high quality and seem durable. The velcro makes it easy to get the shoes on and off! I ordered a size 44.5 for a street shoe 11.5. They fit perfectly (slightly tight and makes toes curl). I owuld recommend these for anyone looking to get a good first pair

        Quality Shoes!!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 47
        • Height: 6'3"
        • Weight: 175lbs

        I love these shoes so far! I've used them outdoor on the hard granite of Joshua Tree as well as inside at my local gym and I have no complaints! They do seem to run a little large though.


        • Size Bought: 43
        • Height: 5'10"
        • Weight: 160lbs

        Bought these for the gym because of the price point and no lack of sportiva quality. I wear a street size 10 and matched that with a 43 for a nice comfy shoe. Velcro makes life easy in the gym

        Great starter!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 45
        • Height: 6'0"
        • Weight: 205lbs

        These were my first climbing shoes, and they served me well. I used these things for about 5 months 4-5 days per week. Having climbed in them for 200+ hours I can say that they are really good, capable, and affordable shoes.

        At this point these shoes are coming apart, each shoe has developed a hole on the toes about the size of my pinky. I feel like the rubber on these shoes is not that durable in that it wears down quickly. Even on the soles there are thin spots of rubber that have just worn down from use.

        If you are looking for a comfortable shoe that will last you around 200 hours then these are the shoes for you.

        Good Shoes for Casual Climbing

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 42

        I purchased these to climb indoor on campus, so I don't use them on a consistent basis, but I would still recommend them.. The fit on these are nice for my size, and they are quite comfortable to wear; not claustrophobically tight, but enough to give you a fair amount of flexible grip. Although I haven't spent a ton of time with these, I'm not quite sure how long they would last if I climbed on a regular basis, or if they were used in rougher places, as they don't feel like they are super durable. If you're just starting, or don't climb too often, these seem like a reasonable pick for the price and quality.

        Decent Starting Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Height: 6'0"
        • Weight: 120lbs

        I bought these a little bit ago when i first got back into climbing and were wonderful. They are super comfortable and easy to get on and off between climbs.

        However, i have noticed myself getting more and more fustrated with them as i keep slipping off of everything! It might just be my technique or something, but i am definitely having a harder time with these as i move on to more difficult routes. Still a good shoe though

        Decent beginner shoe, poor durability

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 46
        • Height: 5'11"
        • Weight: 195lbs

        Bought these shoes as my first ever pair of climbing shoes. I wear a size 12 running shoe and got a size 46. They were comfortable but slightly too long on my shorter foot for a climbing shoe.
        After about 25-30 climbing sessions (over 2.5 months) the sole is completely detached on the ball of my left foot and resulting from that, a big chunk of the rand has come loose. The other shoe is showing signs of meeting the same fate in the next couple of sessions.
        I would suggest spending a little more to get shoes with the vibram sole. My climbing partner started at the same time as me and his shoes (La Sportiva Jeckyl) have no signs of developing this problem.

        Great shoe!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 41.5

        I spend a lot of time in the rock gym and need a shoe that works on most climbs. These shoes fit the bill. They fit my feet perfectly and don't take too long to break in.

        I'm size 8 street, occasionally 8.5, regular width and low volume. I want a snug but comfortable fit (doesn't everyone lol?). What size would you recommend in these? Size 8 translates to 40.5 in the chart. Should I downsize .5 or whole size to account for stretch?

        Are these good for outdoor climbs? I mainly...

        Are these good for outdoor climbs? I mainly stick to anything below 5-10 when I climb.

        Best Answer

        Hey Dylan,

        These shoes are probably about one of three different shoes I would suggest for you as I assume you might be transitioning from the gym to the outdoors. Will maintaining comfort for extended wear and remaining a price point shoe Sportiva has managed to keep some solid performance features that will really help you both edge and smear on natural rock and plastic.

        These will be perfect for you through the 5.10 range and as you step it up as well. When sizing keep in mind that being a slip lasted, unlined leather shoe these will stretch a half to a full size.

        Thanks Wayne! I really appreciate it. I've actually done most of my climbing outdoor. I've just been borrowing my buddy's from the camp he works at, so it's about time I get my own. Your insight was just what I needed.

        Which way do these stretch? In width,...

        Which way do these stretch? In width, length, or both and how much?

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        Mainly you are going to see a little stretch in the width/volume of the shoe. Although there will be just a tiny bit of movement in length over time. I would recommend sizing down pretty good in these shoes, even as much as 1 1/2 over your street shoe size if you are looking for a very resonsive feel.

        Hi everyone, I wear the La Sportiva Miura...

        Hi everyone,

        I wear the La Sportiva Miura VS and Miuras in 38, and they both fit well (tight!), but I wore out those Miura VS way too quickly to justify dropping another $170 for shoes I use 85% in the gym.

        long story short, I am considering these shoes, but am wondering whether 38 tarantula = 38 miura? does anybody else have experience sizing tarantulas/miuras?


        How similar is the sizing for this shoe...

        How similar is the sizing for this shoe as compared to street shoes?

        Very different compared to street size. I wear a size 11.5 in a street shoe and a 9.5 in these shoes. I went just a little tight to allow for some stretch, but not too tight. These fit narrow feet well, so if you have wider feet you might not want to size down so much or look at a different brand like Five Ten.

        It depends. I am just beginning so I didn't want really tight shoes, so I went with my same shoe size (10.5). Now, using them for a month or so, and improving my climbing, I think the shoes have stretched a little. I would recommend you buy at first half a number lower than your normal size. This should be a happy medium.

        If you are an advanced climber, go ahead and buy 1 number lower than your shoe size.

        Write your question here...I'm a basically...

        Write your question here...I'm a basically a beginner climber as I haven't climbed for years. I used to lead a 22 and am looking for a comfortable shoe for my super wide and flat feet. Nothing too technical as will more than likely just be using my home made bouldering wall in my garden. Must be comfortable and not break the bank. Did a bit of research and these seem to fit the profile. Also how tru are these to street size. I take a 42.5 in New Balance runners. Also I weigh 190 pounds.

        I have narrow feet and these fit me great, so I have my doubts that they'd work for you. I sized down quite a bit, but didn't get super tight. I wear a 11.5 in street shoes, got a 9.5 in the Tarantula. They are great shoes if they do fit you. I tried a bunch of Five Ten's and found that they were always too wide on my feet, might be the way to go for you.