Designed to provide powerful, technical edging and crack climbing prowess without compromising either. This game changing, mid-height edging machine will take you out of a technical thin hands to rattley fingers crack and out on to the diciest dime edges you can find. Thin padding in the ankle and above the toes protects you in the cracks and the patented P3® platform delivers sensitive yet powerful edging abilities. The toes flat fit is perfect for comfortable crack climbing and the ventilated tongue and lateral rand perforations promote air-flow. We worked with Vibram® on a new rubber compound that works best for technical edging and developed the XS Edge compound which holds an edge better on sharp micro edges.
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|Weight|| 247 g|
Single : 247 g / 8.71 oz
European sizes 33-46, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Trad / Crack|
Sport / Face
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : PD 55 This means the last has a pointed toe, it is slightly arched with a flat toe box and has mederate asymmetry.
|Upper Material||Leather / Vibram® rubber rands|
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm P3® with LaspoFlex|
|Sole Material||Vibram® XS Edge|
|Footbed Lining|| |
Unlined (underfoot) / Sentex / PU foam / AirMesh (tongue)
Vibram® XS Edge
Annalee from the climbing department gave me the rundown of what to look for in a shoe as far as fit and features. She said I should try them all on, and pick the ones that felt the best for my foot. She laughed when I chose these because they are a technical men's shoe. But, in the end, they were the best fit and most comfortable. The TC Pro fits perfectly, it wasn't even bad breaking them in because they are so comfortable. I love how the lace goes all the way to the toes, so I can get a perfect, fit every time. They are surprisingly breathable, and they don't smell bad after wearing them for months.
The TC Pro has a serious fan club, but is also not without detractors. This is likely due to the fact that it was talked up so much, people probably thought it would climb for them. When it didn't, folks got grumpy.
The bottom line is: if you're looking for one great shoe to do it all, and perhaps have big wall ambitions, you could do worse. In fact, we give this shoe our Top Pick award for trad and multi-pitch climbing. At the price, you probably couldn't afford another pair of shoes anyway.
Now, I know a logician might find the argument fallacious, but probability is a matter of statistics, not logic, and the conclusion is probably true. From a statistical standpoint, the TC Pro makes sense. Statistically speaking (compared to every other climbing shoe I’ve ever worn) it does the following: 1) edges better than any other shoe out there, 2) performs as well or better in cracks than most shoes, 3) resists a beating and wear and tear better than most shoes, 4) protects against anklebiting offwidths better than any other shoe I’ve ever tried.
If you want ridiculously long-lasting, all-day performance and comfort when climbing multipitch or big wall trad, the La Sportiva TC Pro is the best shoe on the market. Like some other La Sportiva products, the price is very high, but the quality is remarkable. If you're looking for something with a lower price but similar performance, I suggest the La Sportiva Mythos or the FiveTen Men's Anasazi Lace-Up V2.
They fit perfectly. And they were climbing beautifully! My feet felt secure on both sloping pegmatite smears and granite edges; solid while jammed into hundred-foot-long hand and finger cracks; and my ankles were well-protected in the squeeze chimney sections, thanks to the high-top design of the uppers. These were the perfect shoe for this kind of climbing, and indeed, they were designed for it. By the time we reached the rim, I was a total convert. Like all La Sportiva footwear I’ve worn, I expect these to last a long, long time, and be with me up many more long, long climbs.
The La Sportiva TC Pro is an incredible edging shoe, even by high-end sport climbing standards. But it also performs well as a crack-climbing shoe, which makes it unique in this category. This lace-up boot is an absolute go-to shoe for Yosemite, Squamish and any type of varied trad-climbing destination such as Eldo or City of Rocks. For areas with straight-in jamming, such as Indian Creek, the TC Pro comes up short on all cracks under 1 inch (i.e., green Camalots and smaller).
If price has kept you from pulling the trigger on the La Sportiva TC Pro shoes, put that problem aside. Though I’ve only warn these shoes for a few days of climbing, I found the construction to be great, comfort to be superb and the value, once you figure you can probably re-sole these a couple of times, to be fantastic.
So far, I’ve been really pleased with this shoe. It does sort of feel like I’m in a relationship, though, having to really put my time in to get something out of it. They retail for $170, a hefty price no doubt, but I would say up to this point they are the best dedicated trad shoe I’ve ever used. We’ll see how they hold up over the coming months.
The TC Pro is the best shoe I have ever used for hard, multi-pitch free climbing, and it excels on micro edging and granite cracks. It is the only shoe to date that I can climb 5.14 in and not be in agony by the end of a long day.
If you’re looking for your next desert shoe, this likely won’t be the best fit for you. The price tag is pretty steep ($180), so if you want a comfy shoe for moderate multi-pitching, I’d suggest going with a less expensive option. But if you’re looking for a high-performance trad shoe, the TC Pro is currently in a category of its own. In my opinion, the performance, comfort, and durability of the TC Pro are unmatched.
These shoes are marked as all around performers and I would have to agree. The first weekend climbing the TC Pro’s went to Pine Creek near Bishop for a bunch of fun sport climbs. I had taken them on a short crack climbing trip to San Diego’s Mt. Woodson but nothing serious. On their first lead climb, I was unfamiliar with such a stiff sole and didn’t know how to use them. Over the day, I found they could stand on very small edges which resulted in an onsight of Stone Cold Fusion, seen above. This was one of my hardest onsights of the last few months and the new shoes clearly did not hold me back.
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