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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 big-wall legend Tommy Caldwell 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. That’s assuming you think Tommy Caldwell is human. 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 increased 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

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    Favorite climbing shoe of all time.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First time climbing on Little Cottonwood granite was a terrifying experience. It's still scary sometimes, but things are getting easier with a pair of TC Pros. These shoes are both sticky and comfortable. I'll wear them on everything from friction slabs, steep jug hauls, and splitter cracks. They fit true to size and I can even leave them on all day without being in excruciating pain.

    All day, every day.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Best trad shoe in the game. All day comfort. Edges great. Stiff enough to pull on the steeps. Plus the mid-top design keeps the ankle gobis away on the wide stuff in the Creek. 'Nuff said.

    Great Trad Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Review by my roommate. "I went with a 43 which is the same size as my approach shoe. Definitely comfortable and am able to wear them all day. I really like them in this application, an all day trad climbing shoe. They are pretty stiff and definitely durable. I could see where sizing down a little bit might be helpful if planning to climb on steeper terrain."

    All day comfort

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These are the first climbing shoes I have ever owned and by far the comfiest compared to anything that I have rented from climbing gyms. Of course the first day took some getting used to but after that I had no problem wearing them all day on multi pitch climbs. My toes aren't curled but do touch the front of the boot.

    The grip and support on them are amazing.

    They were recommended to me by a friend and I would recommend them as well!



    Size 43

    Street shoe size: 10

    All day comfort

    Comfortable From Day 1

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 165lbs

    These shoes are exceptional. If I was recommending a pair of shoes to a beginner, it would be this pair. The reasoning? 1) They are incredibly comfortable, even in a snug fit, which is huge for being at the gym CLIMBING, and not sitting on a bench with your shoes off. 2) They have very firm rubber, which might not seem critical, but for a new climber without tough, strong feet, it's great. 3) They catch and hold the tiniest foot holds and edges, which immediately boosted my confidence and ability, allowing me to stand on almost anything with ease. Those three factors alone are why beginners should have these.

    In addition, I could literally wear these all day, they are the perfect fit. My toes aren't curled up, but are touching the end of the shoe when my heel is smashed all the way to the back. There's absolutely ZERO gaps. The laces are great and can be cranked down if you prefer an overly tight fit. The last feature that I wish was on every climbing shoe is the mid cut. I like having my ankles covered and protected. There is no restriction that I can tell by having this. ALSO, they are very breathable and stay pretty cool. I sweat a lot, so this is really nice.

    Street Shoe- Nike 10.5 -Super comfy, with a little room in the front

    La Sportiva TC Pro- 43 - PERFECT FIT, toes are flat, but have no room for movement. They were comfortable from day 1 and have only gotten better. They've actually molded themselves to my foot.

    La Sportiva Genius - 43.5 - Toes curled, and were VERY painful til they broke in. Now they feel fine, but are much tighter than TC Pro. I use these for overhangs, which the TC Pro's aren't the best at. I can only handle about 30-45 minutes with them on.

    5.10 Lace ups (can't remember the name, but they looked like the Anasazi) - 45 - Way too tight, could only take 3 or 4 boulder problems with them.

    Evolv Rentals - 10.5 - Flat toes, super comfy, but snug.

    Painful for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These would be my favorite trad shoe if they didn't kill my toes. I got them in my street shoe size and after a few pitches (yes I've climbed a lot in these shoes before writing this review) my toes are in extreme pain, to the point where the crux becomes putting weight on my toes on a 5.6. I tried a half size larger and they were way too big. Oh well, I wish they worked for me, because these edge extremely well, are awesome in cracks, and the ankle protection is nice.

    Sizing info:

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I wear a 10.5 street shoe, and was recommended I get 42.5 in these. I ended up with a 43 and it was too small to be comfortable, especially multi pitch. I will be getting these in 44 for comfort out-of-the-box, when I can afford it! I'm in the camp that believes shoe length CANNOT stretch, only shrink in a hot car. Uppers stretch, soles do not, don't buy small shoes, you can loose your toes.

    Shoes:
    5.10 Mocs: 10.5 Agressive, 11 comfort
    LS TC Pros: 44 (comfort?)
    LS Genius: 44.5 (Comfort AND performance)
    Evolv Shamans: 12/46 (Comfort AND performance)

    Will update when I get some 44s

    Underappreciated, overpriced.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 40
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I've bought and climbed in several pairs of shoes, from Sportiva's Mythos to the Solutions, and even Evolv's canvas Cruzers to the Shamans. I've gotten to the point of multipitches where the comfy and round-bottomed mythos no longer confidently hold me to the wall, so I bought a pair of these from REI and Backcountry in different sizes, to make sure at least one fit. My street shoes are 41.5 wide, my well worn Mythos are a 40 and comfy, my Solutions are a 39, and my size in the Evolv Shaman is a 38.5. I tried the 39 from REI For this shoe, and the 40 from BC, and have to say that the 39's will likely fit better a couple months down the road. What I've instantly noticed is the deep heel pocket, and the quite generous width in the arch of the shoe. You can stand on a dime edge and wedge them deep into a crack without fear of ripping your ankles open. Will be buying again someday.

    After a summer of Trad and Crack climbing on MN's North Shore, the verdict is in. These shoes are the best. Completely broken in, only slight discomfort, not pain, remains. I can fearlessly stand on tiny ledges in Palisade offwidths, Smear everything at Shovel Point, and Jam even the classic finger crack Gunfight (toprope, of course). I'm going to need to resole them before a trip to the Desert during the long winter, and want to buy and break in a second pair for good measure/backup!

    73rd 5 star review. cool!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I picked up the TC Pros on a friend's recommendation, and I think that they are probably the most versatile performance trad shoes on the market.
    I'm not the first reviewer to appreciate them, and I think that the other 72 five star reviews touch on a lot of the attributes that make the TC Pros so good. Still, sizing info is probably worthwhile -
    I wear a 45.0 in La Sportiva approach shoes, and I chose to upsize a half size in the TC Pros. With a bit of space in the toe, I'm can get my feet into small cracks without feeling like I'm in danger of losing a digit. And, I can wear socks. Which is sometimes nice.
    Like a lot of La Sportiva's shoes, the TC pros feel a bit wide in the foefoot, and slightly narrow in the heel. As far as volume, the fit seems pretty adjustable to me. The laces are well-protected, and the cool covered-lace-system that Sportiva uses on the final few loops keeps them from shredding in cracks.
    There are a lot of good reasons to consider the TC pros - the good things that you've heard about them are true. The only bad thing that I've heard is that they cost $185, and that is also true.

    Worth The Spend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The TC Pro holds strong as one of the best trad climbing shoes on the market. The high price tag is a bit daunting, but you will not be disappointed. The shoe is amazing for crack climbing, small edging, and even that runout slab climb that your friend talked you into over some beers the night before. No matter what the application, this shoe does it all. I personally have two pairs of TCs; one pair that is sized slightly down for those short technical climbs, and another pair that is a little more true to size for those long days on the wall. The TCs will definitely break in a bit, so size accordingly if you don't want them to be too swimmy after a little use.

    JB's street shoe size is 10.5. He has these is 42.5 for hard single and double pitch trad and also in a size 43, for all day multi-pitches. Takes a minute to break in those 43's for all day, though. If you need them to work for long days, right out of the box, you're street shoe size is a safe bet.

    Love this shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 40.5
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    This is my favorite shoe, the high ankle coverage is super nice. I recommend going down a size due to the stretching.

    These rock!

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

    Finally decided to try these shoes. I have recently been getting more and more serious about trad and needed a shoe I can jam into crack better and wear for 10+ hours on multi pitch climbs. And I do have to say I was not disappointed. This shoe was great for all my jamming, edging, and stemming needs and the high top saved my ankles. The only thing is they took some time to break in and did stretch just a little bit but not enough to change sizes. I just got back from a climbing trip in Red Rocks and Zion and these shoes held up great, I highly recommend these for trad! Also Kari Kallin is my gearhead that has gone the extra mile so many times helping me with all my outdoor needs and questions, she rocks!

    These rock!

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.0
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    Awesome shoe. really comfortable for longer days on the rock. jams and edges well. Does exactly what the shoe is designed to do. I got these after recovering from a foot injury and the support and performance from the shoe helped give me a little extra mental comfort in trusting the healing foot.

    Don't be Cheap

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    Let me try and keep this as concise as possible. I don't want to be overly redundant on what everyone else has said about these shoes. Yes, they are great quality. They better be for $185. But was the hype legitimate? ABSOLUTELY. I have been through so many different shoes, and I find that one shoe excels in one area, but sucks in another. IE comfort vs. performance. I tried many cheaper shoes, and have managed to find different strengths in most. I say that, to say this. This is the most well rounded shoe available. Period. Comfortable, to the point where you actually forget for a second that your wearing climbing shoes....Check. Able to stand on micro edges where my other "all day" shoes don't stand a chance?.....Check. The best shoe I've ever used in OW cracks?....You better believe it! The bottom line is that these shoes have been on my radar for a while, but my inner cheapskate always found something that I thought had the potential to be just as good, but never was. Did I have a hard time explaining to my wife that I spent almost 200 beans on another pair of climbing shoes?....You have no idea.
    The bottom line is that if I would have just trusted other climbers when they told me to just pony up and get these, I would have saved myself a small fortune. I will resole these repeatedly, until they're worthless. Then I'm gonna get another pair of the same thing. Save yourself money and do it right the first time.
    I want to thank my Gearhead Case for the sizing advice, cause we got it right the first time through. I hope this has been helpful to anyone looking for the one shoe that does everything.

    Thanks James! We love hearing real stories and the brutal honesty of our products. I agree with you through and through. Easily the best off-width shoe out there. Climb on!

    Case Turner
    Expert Gearhead
    801-619-7490
    caturner@backcountry.com

    Trad Slayer

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

    I picked up a pair of these as a gift for my girlfriend, who's getting ready to aid The Nose and wanted to replace an old pair. Here's what she had to say:

    "One of the most comfortable shoes for multi-pitch climbing. I feel equally as secure toe-jamming in small cracks as I do smearing or standing on small edges. I think they’re best suited for granite but I’ve also used them on sandstone with similar experiences. Great all-around shoe!"

    Great edging

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I am really happy with these shoes. They are great for edging. I'm a big guy and where us 12.5 - 13 shoes. I bought size 46 TC Pro's. I can leave them on for a good long while without a break.

    Sizing comparison + I'm not worthy

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 34
    • Height: 4'10"

    I'm a shoe whore, and because climbing shoes have the triple purpose of also being for climbing my favorite pasttime, and are tools, climbing shoes are irresistible to me. So I was no match against the TC Pro. Unfortunately this review is mostly a sizing datapoint since I'm not yet worthy to wear this shoe.
    Street: 4.5-5 womens / 3.5 mens/ 35 EU
    Mythos: 33
    Katana: 33.5
    Miura: 33 (supertight at first) or 33.5 & even 34
    Anasazi: 3.5 mens
    Blackwing: 5.5 womens
    Scarpa: 34.5, 35, 35.5 depending on model
    For the TC Pro I prefer size 34. I can fit 33.5 but think with foot swelling it would be too small. 34.5 may work also unless they overstretch.
    They fit great, the airmesh so comfy. I secretly put them on under my desk at work and imagine myself climbing I feel their medium stiffness, but not as prostheticly stiff as my Boreal Ballet Golds, their leather hugging my feet and caressing my ankles. They are not very downturned. One day I will wear them on a climb, I tell myself. But my deep, dark secret is, I have never worn these shoes climbing. You might ask why. While I lead sport regularly and have led a few single pitch trad/gear climbs at the RRG, sport multipitch in El Potrero Chico, and a very easy trad mulitpitch climb against a dihedral, I don't lead multipitch trad routes in Vedauwoo (where the ankle protection would make you invincible), Indian Creek, or Lumpy. I only follow a bolder leader there. Therefore I'm embarrassed to break out the TC "pros". Because how can I wear these expensive, pro shoes while merely following someone?? I don't feel worthy .... maybe next year. I do wear Anasazi Verdes which are fantastic in Eldorado canyon (not a lot of crack climbing) when playing follow the leader because they are less ubitiquous and don't tell everyone I think I'm bolder than I am.

    Just got them on some rock

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I got the shoes a couple months ago and just started breaking them in. They feel good on the feet and gave me the upper hand on some tiny edges.

    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.