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La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

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    The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.

    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

    Tech Specs

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

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    What do you think about this product?

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    Excited to Own a Pair

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was able to test out a pair for a few weeks recently and I'm excited to own a pair soon. They edge, smear, hold, everything well. The high tops are nice in cracks for protecting your ankles and the laces make adjustment easy. The only issue is the tongue will fold under near the toes sometimes but that's just to keep everything tight and together which is a small price to pay for quality shoes. Love them and stoked to get out and climb with them more this season!

    Do it all trad shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These do it all slab, crack, OW, face climbing. From the sandstone desert to polished granite the TC Pro's will take you to the top. They're pretty darn stiff out of the gate so they take some getting used to if you're coming from a soft shoe, but they break in nicely. Size down for performance or up for all day comfort, your call.

    Love the laces

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are my first shoes with laces! It makes it super comfortable and adjustable. I was able to make both of my oddly shaped feet fit snug in the shoe and give me the grip and strength needed!

    Ive owned 5 pairs

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Burly shoe- go to for granite trad and desert crack! Love the ankle protection. They hold up to multiple resoles ! Just such a stellar shoe i've bought several through the years and I will probably buy more

    Tried and true

      It's hard to say something about these shoes when so much has already been said. They're fantastic trad shoes. They are not right for every foot shape though so make sure you try them on before committing. Also be careful with the laces. My friend snapped his laces the first time he wore them when he was trying to tighten them. Though he does have a tendency to be a little too rough with tightening his shoe laces so it might have been a fluke. But I would still be careful :)

      Favorite shoe ever!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I cannot say enough good things about this shoe! I use mine everyday and I love everything from how well they fit to how well they climb. I really do not know what else there is to say about these shoes, I will probably never buy a different pair!

      Wonderful, comfortable crack shoe.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The TCs remain one of the most advanced and comfortable crack, trad and slab shoes available. Sizing them is difficult though and very personal. I recommend trying on a few sizes and cross referencing that for the type of climbing you are planning on doing. I've found that flat toes are incredibly comfortable for cracks and jams but leave a little to be desired for small edges and sensitive, technical climbing.

      Great neutral shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I put away my down-turn shoes due to recovery from a foot injury and picked these guys up. I had forgotten how much fun neutral shoes can be, these would be the ideal shoe for crack climbing too!

      Awesome shoes and comfortable.

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

      I want to start out and say that I am not a climber. I am a photographer who went on a climbing trip and I used these shoes. I needed to get some good pictures of crack climbing in Indian Creek. The only way to get the shots were for me to climb, so I used this shoes to climb my first crack and I couldn't have been more pleased. They were comfortable and sturdy, the grip was awesome. The rock was slick and the crack barely fit my toes but I was still able to lock in my big toe and push my entire body up the wall to get the shots! I don't have any pictures of me with the shoes but here is a picture I took from the top down!

      Awesome shoes and comfortable.

      Best Shoe for Long Climbs!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This shoe is great because the comfort is amazing, while not losing any performance. Despite the lack of downturn, it performs really well on small edges and pockets, and in the crack, there is no other shoe quite like it. If you are doing long multi-pitch climb and want the shoe that you can trust but also can feel comfortable in, the TC Pros are for you.

      The Quintessential Trad Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Ive worn these bad boys on 12+ pitch routes, crack lines, some edgy stuff, and some offwidths. They are really the quiver of one trad shoe. Size them comfy, you'll regret going tight.

      Great Shoe!

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

      I must admit, I've been biased towards another shoe for years, but decided I'd exit my comfort zone and try these shoes. I was impressed by their comfort while still being slightly aggressive. They have great ankle protection if you are planning to crack climb and and are stiff enough to wear a little big for comfort, but still have integrity on small holds. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

      104th 5 Star Rating

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

      If you are on this page you already know why you are here. If not, try to find another shoe with this many 5 star ratings! I found going 1/2 size down from my street shoe allowed me to have flat feet and still allowed me to edge decent.

      Just Another Review

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Jeez Louise. These shoes. Comfy. Edgy. Jammy. Everything you need to climb crack. I've gone through 3 or 4 pairs of these over the years and have never considered buying a different shoe. I have had to replaced the laces here and there but that is the only "problem" I have run into. Great shoe. I will never buy anything else.

      I fit these so my toes lay flat but touch the end of the shoe. my chaco size is an 8 and I wear these in a 39.

      If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I didn't want to like the TC Pro's, as it seems like everybody and their mother has a pair; but it turns out that's for a pretty good reason. These shoes really excel at pretty much everything to do with trad climbing. They edge really well, and crush cracks down to about a .75 Camalot; anything thinner than that and the toebox is a little too tall to feel secure in there. For pure crack climbing on sandstone splitters of Indian Creek, the extra padding this shoe is an absolute life saver.
      My street shoe is a size 9 US, and I wear these in a size 41.5 for a comfortable fit that allows my toes to sit flat, but still gives me decent edging performance.

      10/10 Would recommend.

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

      I picked these up as my first pair of shoes to try while climbing. I've only been able to use them in the gym and a small bouldering session up Little Cottonwood Canyon, however, I was really impressed with the comfort and breathability. These shoes held up great on really small holds and I wasn't in too much pain after an extended period with them on. I love how I can customize the fit with the lacing as well. I can't wait to spend more time in these shoes!

      New to Climbing - Great Shoe

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

      I took this shoe on my first climb because of all the great reviews. Very comfortable for a climbing shoe. I tried on many different pairs and this one has a great width and overall shape. I sized down a full size, which felt a little tight in the toe box, so i will probably size up a half size from the full size down for my next pair. I love the padded tongue with the holes to keep your feet cool and dry. The laces made it easy to dial in the fit, and i even forgot to tie them on an attempt and they still gave me lots of confidence. I did a mix of top roping and bouldering with some overhang. The only time i felt these shoes didn't have the grip/shape I needed was on some really aggressive overhang. These may not be the best option as a gym shoe, but as an all around shoe it gave me a ton of confidence, especially on little nibs that i thought i wouldn't be able to grip too. The hype is defiantly deserved for these shoes.

      Unanswered Question

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

      Unanswered Question

      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?

      Unanswered Question

      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.

      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?

      Unanswered Question

      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?

      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!

      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 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?

      Best Answer

      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.

      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.

      Best Answer

      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 ...

      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!

      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.

      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?

      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.

      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators...

      How do these compare to the old Kaukulators for OWs?

      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..

      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.

      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!

      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.

      Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows...

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