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La Sportiva Testarossa Climbing Shoe



Why We Like The Testarossa Climbing Shoe

The Testarossa is one of La Sportiva's more aggressive climbing shoes designed with hard boulders and overhung sport routes in mind. Its highly asymmetric downturn grips overhung jugs, tiptoes micro-edges, and works through blank sections with technical precision. It's one of the first climbing shoes to pair a stiff toe box with a flexible arch for better agility on steep and vertical climbs alike. La Sportive redesigned the heel for a snugger fit that feels more secure on heel hooks.

  • Aggressive climbing shoe for demanding sport routes and boulders
  • Highly asymmetric downturn designed for precision and overhangs
  • Vibram XS Grip 2 specializes on traction for greasy rock and plastic
  • P3 downturn maintains aggressive downturn for the shoe's life
  • Leather upper with Lorica reinforcements to reduce stretching
  • Midsole feels sensitive in the arch and stiff in the toes
  • Figure 8 slingshot rand increases tension, which improves pressure on small edges without sacrificing comfort
  • Item #LSP00JH

Upper Material
leather, Lorica
[toe, heel] Pacific [tongue] Dry-Best [middle] unlined
[toe] 3D Hytrel with P3
Vibram XS Grip (3.5mm)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
PD 85
Asymmetrical Curvature
Claimed Weight

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Sized 1/2 down from solutions

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large
Size Bought
6` 1"
160 lbs

I'm 42.5 in Solutions, the 42 fits perfectly. Torture devices for the first few routes and maybe even sessions, but I wouldn't go any bigger. Precise, good edging shoes, and they look nice. I wouldn't say i'm "blown away" by their quality compared to previous shoes I've owned, but I also don't find any fault with them. Five stars. For reference I'm usually size 11 in street shoe.

>Rating: 5

Good all rounder. Tricky on toe hooks.

Reviewing the new model- Half a size smaller than solutions or miuras ended up being a perfect fit. Surprisingly comfortable considering the aggressive shape. Heel works well. Shoe seems to shine the most on steep overhangs with small footholds. Toe hooks seem to require a lot of precision with this shoe. The laces extend down fairly close to the toe box, and they are quite a shiny/slick material. Maybe this will change after a few more months of wear.

>Rating: 5

My climbing shoes

I have used this shoes about 1 year on the rocks and also on bouldering gyms, but it was previous version. These shoes are perfect for rock climbing on minor hooks and areas where you need to stand on friction or for climbing on the cracks. It's also good for bouldering, but very soft back part prevents some movements, such as exiting the heel. Good choice for rock climbing

>Rating: 5

A Welcomed Upgrade.

The new heel cup is fantastic. I was skeptical about trying them out, but they are incredible. The toe box feels pretty similar, if not exactly the same. The heel is stickier and sturdier. I feel like I can set it with more confidence. Plus, the colors are smooth. For sizing, GO DOWN A HALF SIZE from what you were in the old Testarossa's! If you weren't in the old ones, I size these the same as other aggressive Sportiva shoes (Futura, Skwama both in a 40). These are a can't miss. They grab and edge so well.