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.
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.
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|Weight|| 223 g|
Single : 223 g / 7.87 oz
European sizes 33-43, 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 arched and has medium asymmetry.
|Upper Material||Leather / Lorica®|
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm LaspoFlex|
|Sole Material|| 4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2|
|Footbed Lining|| |
Pacific (forefoot) / Dentex (back)
VIBRAM® XS Grip2
According to this commercial all you need to know is that this shoe will make you pink.
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.
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.
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.
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.