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TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

Designed by a big-wall legend with the long, technical routes of El Cap in mind, the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe combines edging power with crack-climbing prowess. Inexpensive? No. One of the most high-performance trad climbing shoe ever created by humans? Damn right. This mid-height climbing machine features light ankle padding to ease the pain of vicious off-widths, and the vented tongue and rand help ward off sweaty feet during marathon days on the wall.

  • P3 platform for technical footwork and support on long pitches
  • Lightly padded flat toe for stuffing into cracks
  • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole for friction on the thinnest footholds
  • High-top design adds protection in wide cracks
  • Synthetic lining eliminates stretch
  • Padded tongue for more comfort when sending the Stovelegs
  • Item #LSP0126

Upper Material
leather
Lining
synthetic
Closure
laces
Rubber
Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
Last
board
Asymmetrical Curvature
medium
Claimed Weight
[single] 8.71oz
Recommended Use
sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

Fast, A + shoes, lackluster presentation

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

True to their promise, these shoes arrived in two days, and I can't wait to start climbing in them! Docked two stars because they arrived dusted with cat hair, a dirty crumpled tag, and VERY foot-smelly-- I can tell they had been returned by at least one person who had already worn them climbing, which leads me to believe I must have gotten the last pair of size 39s. A bit disappointed, but will disinfect, clean, and wear all the same.

Wow. That’s really messed up. Now I apprehensive about buying

>Rating: 5

Game changer

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

When I first started climbing I had a pair of shoes that were crazy uncomfortable, and I just stuck with them because I thought all climbing shoes were that way. These shoes proved me wrong. Not only are they comfy enough to keep on when I’m belaying, they work super well for crack climbing. If they’re good enough for Alex Honnold they’re good enough for me.

>Rating: 4

Awesome Shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I really love how these shoes are not supper aggressive in style. They are more of a medium stiffness shoe. I love how they fit on the foot! They are a perfect fit and give you great support and traction while on the wall. I love how they kind of come up your ankle and give some support. Would totally recommend!

>Rating: 5

Crack Climbing Monkey

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I have used a slight curve gym shoe for the past while because I haven't been able to buy crack shoes. I got a hold of these and its like the heavens opened and just started running up splitters! Yes, just yes. Comfortable, high ankle for support, toe coverage. Solid shoe.

>Rating: 5

Great Shoe!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I moved from the Evolv Night Hawk to the TC pro and could not be happier! I generally wear size 8.5-9 US street shoe and the 40.5 size was perfect for me. This shoe excels in almost any discipline but really sets its self apart from other shoes when climbing crack. They still handle amazingly on slab and face climbing. They are durable and comfortable enough to be worn on long multi pitch climbs. The only thing I think could have been better was the tongue of the shoe. In my experience the tongue tends to get folded when i put my foot in them, but it is an easy fix and doesn't take away from the functionality of the shoe its self.

>Rating: 5

Amazing shoe, I will never use any shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These shoes are my absolute favorite! They are comfortable and the laces let you adjust them for a tighter or looser fit. I use these for all of my climbing, I bought them specifically for crack climbing per the recommendation of a friend and I was not disappointed! The toe is slightly asymmetrical and I have been able to do slab and shelves in granite and sandstone both with amazing grip. I like the high top style to protect my ankles as well and the heel on these are really molded so you can confidently hook yourself on to anything. Best shoes I have ever owned and very much worth the price.

>Rating: 5

Bomber

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I had heard from friends that these were highly rated trad shoes so I decided to give them a spin on a couple pitches in Utah. They edged perfectly, never slipped, and were superb at supporting foot jamming—not to mention they were insanely comfortable and kept my ankles protected. If you are trying to find a moderate shoe you can wear all day at the crag, then this is the shoes for you.

>Rating: 5

Best Trad Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I really love these shoes especially for granite trad climbing. The rubber is nice and tacky and the profile does a great job at allowing you to tow in on slabby holds that you wouldn't expect. The higher cuff is also great for keeping your ankles protected when climbing slitters. And the padded tongue does a great job a keep your feet a bit more comfortable when camming your foot in a crack. If you are looking for a trad shoe to add to your collection I would highly recommend these. I typically wear a 46 street shoe and in these guys I take a 45. They are roomy enough to be comfortable for long days on the wall but tight enough to deliver performance without pain.

I
>Rating: 5

Amazing Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Got to try these on a trip and I absolutely loved them! I would recommend them to everyone!

>Rating: 5

Love these shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

My dad has been rocking the hytop style since he started in the 80's and he has always loved them. Thought I'd give them a shot, and I have to say... he is 100% right. I love them. They are great on long climbs, and have been good bouldering too. They are the kind of shoes that you can stay in all day.

>Rating: 5

La Sportiva TC Pro

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The best thing since sliced bread? Almost certainly. The best thing ever? Quite possibly so. Designed by Mr. El Cap himself (it’s in the name) and manufactured by industry titan La Sportiva, these shoes are a quintessential step towards becoming a true TC BRO. But jokes aside, from slab to crack to face, these shoes will be your vehicle into the vertical world. As long as it’s not overhanging (not to say that I haven’t sent my fair share of overhangs in my pair), the TC pros are, in my honest opinion, the best shoe to do every job great. The La Sportiva 3p whatever does an amazing job holding the form and rigidity of the outer while the “old school” laces actually work, unlike those new Velcro whatsits. Edges you can shave with and vibrant XS edge will have you standing on granite razor blades in no time, but don’t feel bad if you resolve with Stealth. As my (almost) one shoe quiver for the past six months I, surprisingly, have nothing but good to say about these shoes. Almost as surprising, I have yet to need a resolve, although I can see it looming closer every time I skip off a sharp hold. Buy it in your La Sportiva size, comfy and capable, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

The
>Rating: 5

Shouldn't Have Started Here

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Beginner, looking for my first pair of shoes. I had the extreme pleasure and misfortune of borrowing a broken-in pair of TC Pros to start with and regret it fully. They are super comfortable and my bony ankles feel secure behind the high top coverage. The issue is they are three times the shoe I need at this point in my progression. I hope to come back to them someday for all day comfort on multi-pitch but for now I only aspire. I was sized down 1/2 from street shoe and they were money.

>Rating: 5

some good ass shoes

good climbing shoes

>Rating: 5

Absolute Best

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These are hands down my favorite climbing shoes. I use these primarily for granite and sandstone, whether crack or slab, they're magical. I got these a half size bigger than I typically wear in climbing shoes so I could more comfortably climb cracks and multi-pitch routes, but I find myself still choosing these over my other shoes even for sport routes and technical face climbing. They're stiff, but soft, the rubber grips everything you put it on and it seems to have good durability so far. Only minor wear even after slab climbing on granite in full sun and 90 degrees. The ankle protection is such a wonderful addition too for that occasion that a crack is just wide enough, no more bloody ankles! These fit true to size, I typically wear an 11 street shoe and I have the 44.5 in these which fits ever so slightly on the big side.

Same here: Street 11, TC Pros 44.5. I simply could not jam my pudgy feet into size 44s.

>Rating: 5

All-around Awesome

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I was seriously impressed by the fit, durability, and function of this climbing shoe. The ankle support was great while crack climbing and the shoe was honestly comfortable even during long climbing days. A bit stiff, but still performed well on slab, so I would highly recommend this for an all-around awesome shoe.

>Rating: 5

T-Gunz Pro

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These shoes meet and exceed all expectation. I wear a 9.5 street shoe, and a 41 in the Swarma (relatively comfortably) and wear a 41.5 in the TC Pros. These fit comfortable (not as tight as a bouldering shoe), which is what I prefer for crack climbing. Super solid sole and amazing for small granite nubbins.

Im trying to change from bd ASPECT 9.5 (9.5 street shoe) for trad. Aspects start wearing on my first 2 toes after 3rd pitch. Trying to switch to tc pro. Any size recommendations?

>Rating: 5

Awesome Do It All Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These shoes are the best for all day trad, crack climbing and everything in between. The super still sole lends confidence on micro edges like no other shoe. The ankle coverage is great for scuffing around in Offwidth and hand cracks. The only downside is that the larger toe profile makes it a little tricky to foot jam in anything smaller than a number one.

>Rating: 5

Masters at their craft

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These shoes excel in what they were created to do. Big wall assents and all day adventures at the Crag. I had an opportunity to try a pair of these out and I definitely enjoyed them for the multi-pitch sport routes we were climbing. I even took them to joes valley with me and used them on a couple not so aggressive boulder problems. I love the high ankle support and fit, which if I had more time in them, were molding to my feet. If you're looking for a great shoe for long days on the wall with Cracks and smears, these are the shoes for you.

>Rating: 5

Love the adjustablilty

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a comfortable fit and adjustable shoe then look no further. Cinch it down if you need more grip and loosen it for casual bouldering or climbing!

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LADIES! Or men who wear WOMEN'S Miura VS... How do these compare in size?

>Rating:

Has the issue with the seam splitting been fixed in recent years/revisions (if any) of this shoe? I haven't seen much mention in the past 3 years of reviews. I love the reviews on the performance of this shoe but I hate to spend 180 dollars as an intermediate climber just to have it fall apart. Second, is seam sealing easy to do?

>Rating:

Recently tore a bunch of ligaments in and around my ankle. Just sold my Mythos after a long ten years together and am looking at getting a new pair of shoes. Anyone have any experience with these shoes providing a little extra stability in the ankle region? I'm a novice, although I climb fairly consistently I might not be able to notice the more subtle advantages of this shoe as more advanced climbers can. The lace up around the ankle though seems very appealing these days.

>Rating:

I am a 41.5 - 42 in the Miura VS and yet a 40 in the tarantulace. Whats a good size on these?

These will stretch and form to your foot over time - judging by the sizes you gave for the tarantulace and miura VS - i'd say you would be good with a 41.5

>Rating:

How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

Mine stretched just a bit, I think 1/4 size is probably pretty accurate. They are very comfy and will make a great all day shoe for sure!

>Rating:

I've got a pair of cobras in a 38.5 and they are pretty tight and very good at edging. Looking to getting a pair of these for longer trad routes but having them also be proficient on single pitch cracks and face climbing. Any size suggestions?

>Rating:

I have another damn size/fit/stretch...

I have another damn size/fit/stretch question! I just got a pair of these and my toes are a little bit curled at the end, which make em a little uncomfortable for straight up crack climbing. How much can i expect them to stretch, or should i go up a half size? thanks!

They will stretch a little but not as much as Muira or a 5.10 Moc for instance.

>Rating:

I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order...

I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order the same in TC Pro?

I might go down half a size, as these are slightly more aggressive than the Mythos, but they're not a downturned shoe so the fit will be pretty similar.

Boo. My size is not in stock.

I don't agree with Angus, I tried half down from my mythos, and they were way too tight! I'd stay the same size or even go up .5-1 sizes

>Rating:

I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will...

I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will the 46 in TCs be? Will it be usable as an all day shoe?

John, You could go to a 46.5 if you are looking for something truly comfortable for all day wear, but I think the 46 in the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge is going to give you an excellent blend of feel + all day wearability.

>Rating:

I'd love a pair of these. A little confused...

I'd love a pair of these. A little confused about the sizes, though. Worn 42s in various Sportivas for years. Currently got 42 in Muiras, very tight, probably prefer .5 up next time. But I also wear Mythos a lot, 41 or 41.5, snug fit. 11US in 5.10 camp fours. I'm guessing a 42.5 should be a nice crack shoe? Can't buy them downunder, so can't try them on first. Any ideas about comparing them to the above? Any input greatly appreciated. Thanks Mr PP

I sized up.5 from my street shoe and they were perfect. You can see my review below. I tend to downsize my Sportiva but for the comfort of all day climbing I went up in these. My street shoe is a 9 (42) and most of my climbing shoes (all Sportivas) are 39.5 (Solutions, Pythons, Muiras) and in these I got 42.5 and they worked out quite well.

I'd guess a 42.5 as well. But they do stretch eventually. I wear a 45 in La Sportiva boots and wear a 45 for long trad days as well.

Well, I've been wearing the 43 TCs for a while now and am appreciating the extra support with my dodgy ankle. They really are supportive. Hard to break in but they do settle a fair bit. Felt very tight at first (too tight) but are reasonable now and still getting better. I went from 40.5 / 41 Mythos, 42 Miura (vtight) to 43 in these. Great boot. Awesome in handcracks. Gotta love BC! Now, if I can work out the size for Katana lace-ups ...

>Rating:

I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and...

I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and I'd like these to fit about the same. Would you recommend I stick with the 43.5 or bump it to 43 or 44? (Do they run the same as the Nagos?) THANKS!

Well, I answered my own question. Ordered the 43.5, hoping they'd fit the same as my Nagos (seeing as they're both La Sportiva). Nope. Too big. Going to try the 43.0 or maybe 42.5.

>Rating:

How much are these going to stretch out....

How much are these going to stretch out. I currently climb in the Katana's (size 43) and they fit great for single pitches or bouldering but I'm looking for something more comfortable for cracks and multi-pitch. I'm thinking about just going up half a size (43.5), but if they are going to stretch a lot maybe the same size. Any thoughts on the topic?

Ryan, These shoes have a synthetic lining so they really won't stretch much at all. I wear a size US 10.5/EU 44 in street shoes and mountain boots; I wear size EU 43 in the TC Pros. If you're looking for standing on granite dime edges a half size down further would be advised, but if you're stuffing your feet into cracks I would keep it one EU size down from your street shoe size, no more.

Agreed. You'll see just about no stretch. Mostly because of the materials, but also because you don't want to size them quite as tight as other shoes (and having your tight foot push on and stretch the upper). They have a super stiff sole so you don't really need them as tight, plus it's nicer to have flatter toes for jamming cracks. Best trad shoe ever. Period.

Buy the right size. But they will eventuially stretch a bit..12 size or so.

>Rating:

I am in search of the best outdoor trad...

I am in search of the best outdoor trad shoe. I have looked all around and have found many great edging shoes, and many great crack shoes. What I am looking for is the best of both worlds, and I have heard this is the shoe for me. Is it?

Sure is, if it fits your foot shape.

T.J. this is the shoe for you. They are incredible at edging and cracks. stiffest sole I've ever had on a shoe(amazingly they still smear pretty well too). Size a little bigger than usual so you have comfortable toes, making these great for all day multi-pitch as well as better for stuffing into cracks.

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I'm just wondering if there is a tracking...

I'm just wondering if there is a tracking number for the shoes I ordered? I had expected them to arrive today. Thanks, Dave

Look on your order status at the top right. It gives a tracking number in the order details. enjoy!

>Rating:

How do these compare to the old Kaukulators...

How do these compare to the old Kaukulators for OWs?

these are far better!!

Can't really speak for how they feel on OW specifically, but after using Kaukulators my first time in Indian Creek and then using TC Pros, I feel like the TC Pros are stiffer and made my feet hurt less in those cracks..

>Rating:

I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot...

I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot jams in my mythos is causing a shooting nerve pain in my big toes. Would these shoes, being stiffer and thus more supportive, protect my toe from the pain?

They might work. If I were you I'd buy some shoes made for cracks, they have more rubber over the top of the toes. Thus protecting things even more. Since you have such sensitive foot issues, I'd really suggest you go try the shoes on before buying.

I'd suggest trying them on before buying also, but I had the same issue with Mythos. Foot jams in bigger cracks hurt my feet badly. Mythos are much softer than the TC Pros. Personally, I found the TC Pros made a huge difference just because it was stiffer. Pretty much don't touch my mythos now.

>Rating:

Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want...

Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want to know how well the toe box slots into thin cracks. I'm having problems with my Miuras because my toes are slightly curled and looking for a shoe that has a flatter toe box. Also, any comments on edging performance would be great. Thank you!

Just used them on finger cracks at red rocks..These shoes are simply awesome, great edging and stuff them in anywhere.

The TC's are good for finger cracks, but I've found that they're still a bit boxy in the toe. For thin cracks, I still go to a nice comfy pair of Moccasyms...

>Rating:

according to Sportiva's website, the TC...

according to Sportiva's website, the TC Pro has the same last as the Kantana's (mens & wms) "LAST: PD 55" Can anyone comment on how they sized relative to Katanas, Miuras, or Mythos?

TC Pros will not stretch nearly as much as any of the models you've mentioned. I sized down 1 full size for a tight, but not uncomfortable trad fit. The toe-box is as roomy as the Mythos. The Miura doesn't feel even vaugley the same; i can stand on dime edges with the TC Pro while in my Miuras I can, but i FEEL IT.

I feel like my TC pros are fit about 1/4 size bigger than my lace Katanas.

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Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows...

Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows how much the TC Pro will stretch? Thanks.

I have not worn a pair, but talked to a guy who has been wearing them for a few weeks and says they take a day or two, but will stretch up to a full size.

My pair stretched about a half size after 20+ half-day sessions. They are lined, so I'm not expecting anything more.

Leezy. check out this review. http://www.dreaminvertical.com/?p=1847