The KATAKI WOMEN is not imported to the US. Sadly, this shoe is not available in the US and we have limited ability to track where else in the world it's sold (sorry!). When we know more info, we'll post it here.
The Kataki Women's is a versatile, high-performance lace-up climbing shoe with patented S-Heel™ construction for technical heel work and precise performance on all terrain.
• P3® patented technology for a down-turned performance fit for slicing and dicing where needed
• Patented S-Heel™ construction provides optimal heel hooking maneuverability and the perfect heel cup fit by eliminating heel deformation in high-torsion situations
• Differentiated lacing between front and rear for the perfect dialed-in fit
• 3/4 sole for easy resoling
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|Weight|| 426 g|
Single : 213 g / 7.5 oz
European sizes 32-43, including half sizes.|
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Tongue Details||not provided by the brand|
|Last Details|| Shape: Downturned (performance)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : WPD 75 This means the last shape has a pointed toe, it is downturned and has high asymmetry.
|Upper Material||not provided by the brand Suede Leather / Micro fiber|
|Midsole Material||1.1 mm LaspoFlex with P3®|
|Sole Material|| 4.0 mm
Vibram® XS Edge™
Rand: not provided by the brand
|Footbed Lining|| |
Pacific (in front and back)
Vibram® XS Edge
The La Sportiva Kataki performs extremely well on a wide variety of climbs and rock types, but it really shines on trad climbs that combine difficult cracks and vertical edging. The Kataki’s combination of a softer, low-profile toe box, medium stiffness underfoot, and comfortable lacing system has made it my go-to shoe for thin cracks. There are better shoes on the market for super-steep pocket-pulling (e.g., La Sportiva Solution), and better shoes for long trad routes (e.g., La Sportiva TC Pro or Five Ten Anasazi Lace). But when it comes to one shoe to use for both technical face climbing and difficult cracks, the Kataki is one of the best all-around shoes I’ve used.
The La Sportiva Kataki climbing shoes are a phenomenal piece of kit and I can see them becoming firm favorites for many climbers. Their versatility was a pleasant surprise, performing very well across the majority of climbing disciplines, although they were best micro foot edges, slightly overhanging terrain and crack climbs. Their only real drawbacks are that they can be warm in particularly hot weather, aren’t the best at smearing and are best left in your bag when attempting long mountain routes.
The La Sportiva Kataki was our favorite shoe we tested this year. They are comfortable, yet slightly aggressive in design. The Kataki's shape is slightly downturned for precision footwork. They fit true to size and break in easily, which is an added plus. The only downside to the Kataki is the fact that they are on the more expensive side, but they are a good investment as they are well-made and durable. For our Editors' Choice Award Winner, we took performance, versatility, sole construction, and durability into account and the Kataki was outstanding in all regards.
For pure performance, the Katakis took a slight lead over the Otaki. But if you’re looking for wide-foot comfort, and on-and-off ease, the Otakis are a great choice. It’s hard to go wrong with either of these versatile performers, but I’ll be sticking with the Katakis from now on.
I wore them on a variety of climbs to test their limits, from easy, low-angled climbs to routes that were very overhanging, on both limestone and granite. The Katakis were definitely not the shoe for low-angled granite where maximum friction was required, as the downturn shape prevented the shoe from smearing well. On the severely overhung routes—where you're not standing on your feet so much as using them like a second set of hands to grab, hook and pull—the shoes didn't have the sensitivity I desired. But whenever I need to stand on tiny little nothings, I'll reach for the Katakis.