The TarantuLace Women's is an unlined leather climbing shoe with asymmetric shape for advanced performance. The Women's specific RN45 last is great for upper end performance without hurting your toes. The synthetic leather overlay lacing harness adds great support for entry to mid level climbers and the unlined leather is comfortable and soft. The aggressive rubber heel rand lets you stand in micro edges and the FriXion® RS rubber is hard wearing yet sticky for long life. This is great shoe for gym climbers and outdoor climbers that need a one-quiver shoe that does it all.
Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit.
Durable FriXion® RS rubber compound for great grip and durability.
Lined tongue for moisture management.
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|Weight|| 260 g|
Single : 218 g / 7.7 oz
European sizes 33-44, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||All-around|
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : WRN 45 This means the last has a round toe, it is Arched and has low asymmetry.
|Upper Material||Leather / Synthetic Leather|
|Midsole Material||1.8 mm LaspoFlex|
|Sole Material||5.0 mm FriXion® RS|
|Footbed Lining|| |
We gladly give the Tarantulace our Best Buy award. This shoe is the most inexpensive model in this review, yet more comfortable than other budget climbing shoes we have tried, and it delivers higher performance. It is hard to find a shoe of this quality at this price point, and we think La Sportiva did an excellent job with this design. We anticipate that first time climbing shoe purchasers and climber's on a dirtbag budget will be happy with these versatile and durable shoes.
I have been using the Tarantulace for a few years now on most of my moderate grade, long routes. They are my ‘go-to’ shoe for routes on the Flatirons, Wind Tower, or many of the classics of Eldorado Canyon. Last June, my partner, Bill and I climbed several enchainments at The Leap near Lake Tahoe, California. Training for an alpine trip to Chamonix, we started our climbs at dusk and climbed well into the wee-hours of the night. Temperatures ranged from the low 40’s to the mid 60’s. Because of the relaxed fit, I could easily slip on a light pair of wool socks to keep warm. Our enchainments ranged in length from seven to eight hours of climbing. We managed five routes and 2,400 vertical feet per night.