The Iati takes Tenaya’s unrivaled ability to create comfortable high performance shoes to the next level. The last features a down-camber in the mid-foot and the most down-turn in the toebox of any Tenaya model. A combination of natural and synthetic leather, coupled with a cotton liner, make the Iati a breathable shoe that maintains a consistent fit. Features like the Draxtor lacing system and RB RangeX technology create the responsiveness and versatility for which Tenaya is known. Handcrafted quality and a 3.5mm Vibram XS Grip outsole complete this remarkable shoe.
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|Weight|| 340 g|
Single : 170 g / 6.0 oz
|Closure Type||Lace Velcro|
2-14 US M 3-15 US W1-13 UK, including half sizes. |
Take your average size for European and/or U.S. based climbing shoe brands. Your Tenaya size should be approximately 0.0 to 0.5 sizes larger than your average size in European brand shoes, or 0.5 to 1 size smaller than your average size in U.S. brand shoes. Downsize the Oasi and Tarifa 0.5 size...
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Last Details|| Shape: Downturned (performance)|
|Upper Material||Microfiber & Leather|
|Midsole Material||Double midsole GI 1.8 y TST 150|
|Sole Material||3.5 mm Vibram XS Grip|
|Footbed Lining|| |
Cotton with TXT treatment
Those minor gripes aside, after several months of use I can honestly say the Iati hits the sweet spot of offering the right amount of sensitivity and precision for most of my sport climbing needs. Given how comfortable they are, they often have a place in my pack, and in fact I just got them resoled so I can keep using them.
On steep terrain, the Iati gets a solid A-. There’s enough flexibility in the foot, and enough downturn, to really dig into edges at the extent of your foot’s reach. For steep bouldering, I found the Iati to be just a hair on the too stiff side, but that’s only comparing it to specialized modern “rubber sock” models that let your foot bend backwards like an elf shoe and smear on overhangs.
While my initial fears about the claimed aggressiveness of the Tenaya IATI were, to some degree, confirmed, I still think that it is a great all-around shoe. The construction of the shoe is high quality, and while it is still on the aggressive end of the spectrum, I think that the IATI is definitely worth checking out for anyone who tends to prefer a high-performance shoe that can still do a bit of everything.
In 2014 we gave Editors’ Choice to the Tenaya Oasi for its flexible, easy-to-wear feel and outstanding performance on every angle and rock type. Building off that “high performance without the pain” ethos, designers at the Spanish shoe brand have outdone themselves by combining a more aggressive downturn in the mid- and forefoot, and a slightly stiffer feel in a sticky rubber shoe that is just as comfortable to wear. Testers wore these bouldering on the sandstone steeps of Roy, New Mexico, picking pockets in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, and smearing granite slabs in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. “These are my quiver of one for anything requiring solid performance,” one tester said. “There’s no hold these don’t grip fantastically.” The infinitely adjustable Draxtor lacing system has two webbing straps that zigzag to cover the entire top of the foot, and you can keep the single pull tab or put two separate pull tabs on each strap to further customize fit. A blend of synthetic and natural leather means these stretch in the right places to feel good on the foot without stretching out, and a mesh sock ups comfort and breathability.