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La Sportiva Tarantula FriXion RS Climbing Shoe

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    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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    Tarantulas let me get there

      I purchased these shoes because I am a beginner and I believed they would be nice to start out in. I haven’t had any problems so far. They are beginning to feel a tad roomy, so perhaps try a half size or a even a full size smaller than what you normally would wear.

      Stretch way too much and way too fast

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've had the shoes for 1.5 months. At first they were relatively snug. Now they're as loose as my running sneakers. I'm able to wiggle and curl my toes with ease. They're practically floppy socks, which makes it difficult to get solid placement on trickier footholds. Contrary to the backcountry rating, these don't fit true to size. I wear size 13 and bought size 13. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had downsized to 12. After just 1.5 months, I'm looking for a replacement pair!

      Great Gym Shoes

        Great shoes for the gym. Super thick and durable rubber that will last forever. Comfortable enough to wear for a whole session. Mine stretched roughly a half size over the first 2 or 3 sessions.

        Perfect gym-shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I got tired of trashing my expensive "outdoor" shoes in the gym, so I picked these up. They were exactly what I was hoping they'd be: comfortable after a short break-in, I can leave these on for an entire gym session, but they still fit and perform well enough. Inexpensive, I think I got these on sale for $80. The rubber is a bit of a double-edged sword in that its really not very sticky when compared to any of the compounds used on the higher-end shoes, but it also seems to be wearing down quite slowly, which is perfect for thrashing around on those shoe-destroyer plastic holds. And with how big footholds are in the gym, you don't really need the stickiest rubber anyway.

        For size reference, I wear a 41.5 in the Otaki, and a 41.5 in this shoe. I have a slightly wider forefoot.

        Super comfortable shoes

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I picked up these shoes a little over two years ago and have climbed in them almost exclusively. Didn't climb much in 2016, but they saw a lot of use in 2017 and I have finally worn them out. I was very impressed with how long they lasted, how comfortable they are and how hard I could climb in them. I've found these shoes perform very well climbing anything up through the mid 5.10 range outside and I've taken them all the way up to 5.12 in the gym. I have narrow, low volume feet and I went down a full size from my street shoe size and they stretched out nicely and formed to my feet creating the perfect unique fit. Great shoes for any beginner climber or someone just looking for a comfortable gym shoe.

        Super comfortable shoes

        Comfy and Capable First Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These where my first climbing shoe. I normally wear a 10.5 (43.5), but have narrow feet. I bought these in 42.5, one size down from my street shoes. When I first saw them, they looked tiny, and I was worried that they were never going to fit. As it turns out they fit great, snug with slightly curled toes, but still comfortable even for extended periods.

        They fit and climbed so much better than fat foot rentals indoors. They where also with me my first outdoor season as I went from 5.3 scrambles (in hiking boots and athletic shoes) to 5.9 sport routes. They felt almost magical and without limits. I could walk up walls that left my friends in awe of my apparent climbing abilities, at least until they got around to buying proper shoes themselves.

        Of course they edged well. I could tell by the tight fit, shape, and stiff soles that they should. But as my first pair of climbing shoes I was blown away by the smearing and the sole to rock friction. To my brain the flat bottom looks like a slippery dress shoe sole, but it sticks to rock in a way that seem counterintuitive and almost impossible at first.

        Anyway, eventually I started doing a little bit of Trad. By this time the shoes where broken in and comfy for spending time up on a wall. Yet they still performed as well as I needed since I had backed down a few grades in order to focus on gear placements and proper techniques.

        It was only towards the end of the outdoor season that these shoes began to show their limitations. Along with my now properly shoed crew of climbing friends we where knocking on the door of some 5.10 sport routes. At the same time the comfortable leather upper was starting to get quite sloppy and loose. For the first time since my tennis shoe scrambling days, I began to think that my shoes and not my ability could be holding me back.

        Then the weather turned and we moved indoors. I wanted to use the indoor season to elevate my abilities, hopefully to be climbing a little above 5.10 and open up more outdoor sport options by next spring. Unfortunately at this point my shoes are toast, loose and floppy, with rubber wearing completely through on one of the toes. I could resole them, but they would still be loose entry level shoes. I'm actually shopping for new shoes right now, but figured I would write a review of these.

        Overall, these shoes where great for my first season. If I had it to do all over again, I might have bought them a little smaller in a 42 (1.5 down from street shoes size). They work very well, both smearing and edging, up until their limits. They'd probably even climb a good bit higher than 5.10 if they were new and still pretty snug. You can't go wrong if you are looking for a first shoe or aren't climbing at these levels yet, but they do seem best suited for fairly narrow feet.

        However, at this point even buying brand new and tighter Tarantulas would not be right for me indoor or on hard sport climbs. I actually do think I might buy another pair for lower grade (sub 5.7ish) adventuring multi-pitch Trad since I know exactly what size I need and how they would feel after several hours of continuous use. I guess I can decide that in the spring.

        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

            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.