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 The Testarossa 2018 is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Testarossa 2018 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 Testarossa Climbing Shoe
  • La Sportiva Testarossa Climbing Shoe
  • La Sportiva Testarossa Climbing Shoe

Testarossa 2018

La Sportiva


My vote: None ( 5.4 avg )


Sick down-turned edging power is what you get in this high performance brilliantly designed work of art. We strategically placed Lorica® (does not stretch) and leather (does stretch) in specific patterns to design the most powerful edging machine on the market. We call it bi-lateral stretch technology. A 3D cupped hytrel midsole under the toes ties into a high tension figure-eight rand that allows you to grab features with your feet and go for the chains.

Retail price

US$ 180.00

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Weight 211 g

Single : 211 g / 7.44 oz
Pair : 422 g / 14.89 oz
(we converted grams to ounces)

Closure Type Lace
Gender Unisex
Volume Low Narrow
Sizing Information European sizes 33-45, 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) Sport / Face
Asymmetry Aggressive
Last Details Shape: Downturned (performance)
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : PD 85 This means the last has a pointed toe, it is downturned and has high asymmetry.
Upper Material ­Leather/ Lorica®
Midsole Material ­3D Hytrel Anatomical Insert (under toes) with P3®
Sole Material 4.0 mm Vibram® XS Grip2­
Footbed Lining

Pacific in the toe and heel / Dry-Best® in tongue


A patented multi-zone lining system that transports moisture away from the skin via an exclusive underlayer of 100% Hydrofil nylon from Honeywell, Inc. The fabric layer closest to the skin is always dry, cool and comfortable.


A space-age nylon product from Dupont used in our midsoles and insoles.


A synthetic leather that is constructed from extremely small micro-fibers for a water-repellant, breathable and highly durable material.
P3® Technology


Permanent Power Platform used in climbing shoes to maintain the downturned shape of the shoe for the life of the shoe.


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

Testarossa shoe review by La Sportiva athlete Jon Glassberg

Testarossa Shoe

Close all around view of Testarossa shoe.

Testarossa Shoe
All Around View of Testarossa Shoe
Testarossa Shoe Review
Testarossa Shoe Review

Video quality is not very good but a well discussed review of Testarossa shoe.

Testarossa Shoe Review
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The Spray Down Gear Review no rating given just a review

The Testarossa allowed me to tighten the shoe as needed without having to re-tighten in between goes on the problems I was working on. The 4mm of Vibram XS rubber is as durable and sticky as La Sportiva claims, providing amazing grip on overhanging routes or problems. I didn't think I would ever be able to find a better shoe than the Miura VS. It was no surprise that the better shoe was from the same company that made my last favorite shoe. With 80 years of experience behind them, La Sportiva knows what is necessary to help climbers push their boundaries and achieve their goals.

Crux Crush Gear Review no rating given just a review

The aggressive shape of this shoe make it great for toeing-in on steep climbs and precise placement. My heel feels completely secure for strong heel hooks and the sticky sole make for good smearing. Some thicker soled shoes, like the La Sportiva Solution, feel like there’s too much of a barrier between my foot and the rock. For me, the Testarossa’s sole strikes a perfect balance of being thin enough for great edging and sensitivity, yet thick enough to provide great support. This shoe is certainly aggressive, so I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. Wait until you’re climbing at least 5.11 to reap the benefits of the Testarossa.

Blister Gear Review no rating given just a review

After over a year of use, I am completely pleased with the Testarossa. It’s a very durable, well-rounded shoe that excels on steep, powerful routes and climbs that require precise edging and footwork. If you’re a boulderer first and foremost, or you do most of your climbing in the gym, I would still consider the Testarossa’s laces, heel, and toe box before making a purchase, but don’t count it out. And if you’re intermediate or advanced climber looking for an aggressive sport climbing shoe, definitely check out the Testarossa.

Climbing Gear Review rating A-

The unlined Testarossa is this year’s steep-rock (20 degrees past vertical and beyond) champ. The down-turned, chiseled toe grabs at features with aplomb. The asymmetrical lacing system follows the anatomy of your foot better than straight-up laces, resulting in a fit that restores meaning to the cliché “glove-like.” On the downside, you’ll have to dig deep into your pockets to get all this performance.