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 The Katana Women is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Katana Women is no longer produced by La Sportiva. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

La Sportiva Katana Women Climbing Shoe

Katana Women

La Sportiva


My vote: None ( 4 avg )


Lined with Pacific in the forefoot for toe knuckle comfort and Dentex in the back for moisture management, the Katana sports a Lorica® toe-box to help keep the shape of the toe box and provide power while edging. The Slingshot Rand is connected to the Powerhinge for excellent edging prowess and the opposing hook and loop closure straps provide opposing tension for a great fit.

Retail price

US$ 150.00

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Weight 223 g

Single : 223 g / 7.87 oz
Pair : 446 g / 15.74 oz

Closure Type Velcro
Gender Women
Volume Low Narrow
Sizing Information European sizes 33-43, including half sizes.

La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.

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Best Use (Highest Performance) Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
Asymmetry Moderate
Last Details Shape: Arched (technical)
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : PD 55 This means the last has a pointed toe, it is arched and has medium asymmetry.
Upper Material ­Leather / Lorica®
Midsole Material 1.1 mm LaspoFlex
Sole Material 4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2
Rand: Slingshot
Footbed Lining

Pacific (forefoot) / Dentex (back)


Synthetic rock shoe lining material with two way stretch.


Super lightweight, ultra-thin synthetic fiber-laminate designed for maximum torsion rigidity.


A synthetic leather that is constructed from extremely small micro-fibers for a water-repellant, breathable and highly durable material.


Synthetic fiber lining material with characteristics of dynamic adaptibilty (it stretches).


A technology used in climbing shoes where the bottom of the outsole has a hole cut in it. The slingshot rand is then engineered to connect to the sole of the shoe in this area. When the toe of the shoe is weighted on an edge the weight of the climber stretches from the heel forward. The hole cut in the sole causes the shoe to only stretch in the back half of the shoe effectively leaving the toes in place on the surface of the rock.

Slingshot Rand

One-piece rubber rand wraps around the entire foot preventing stretch and driving the foot forward for a powerful forefoot fit.
VIBRAM® XS Grip2 Technology


Represents the natural evolution of VIBRAM® XS Grip, the new XS Grip2 delivers highly improved grip, while maintaining consistent performance in all temperatures. XS Grip 2 is the best solution in pure friction situations while remaining durable and even-wearing.
Other Shoe Versions male female
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Outdoor Gear Lab Gear Review rating 4/5

We like the Katana for an all-around climbing shoe. Just slightly less downturned than our Editors' Choice winner, these shoes are excellent for the climbs when you don't need or want all that curve in your foot, such as on a slab or a long moderate route.

Climbing Report Gear Review no rating given just a review

The La Sportiva Katana is essentially the shoe you’ve always known and loved, with a few fit and performance updates. The durability is excellent, so far. Though we’ve only had these for a couple of months, the materials used are tough and the rand is holding strong. These classics definitely deserve a place in any climber’s quiver. If you’re a new climber, you can’t go wrong with the Katana. If you’re a veteran climber than you already know the value of a good pair of do-it-all shoes. The La Sportiva Katana is well deserving of your climbing shoe dollars.

UK Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

All in all the Katana is a great shoe that does everything well. It is comfortable enough for all-day use whilst being technical enough for the hardest challenges. It offers exceptional build quality and a snug and secure velcro closure system. On the down side the fit isn't as adjustable as that of a lace-up shoe.

Rock and Ice Gear Review rating 4/5

With the Katana, La Sportiva has made a low-volume heel that doesn’t pop off your foot. A tensioned rubber rand cinches the heel, while side indentations contour to the narrow shape of a woman’s foot. However, the heel rand dug into the sensitive Achilles area. According to the Colorado Women’s Bouldering Team member Ashley Woods, the heel becomes more comfortable as it breaks in. With a thick leather upper and lining, the Katana was beefier than the other shoes, making it a good choice for lengthy jam-crack sessions.