With the Tarantulace Women's, the best-selling climbing shoe in the US, you can climb harder and longer while suffering less. Thanks to its unlined leather upper, asymmetric shape and roomier toe box. The aggressive rubber heel rand and the FriXion® RS rubber is sticky, yet hard wearing, offering increased durability and providing a powerful edging platform. It’s the ideal shoe for both outdoor and gym climbers that need a one quiver shoe to do it all. The saying goes “pick two” but with the Tarantulace you get the winning combination: versatility, durability, comfort, and affordability.
• Quick-pull lacing harness delivers precise regulation; wrapping the foot snugly for excellent support, fit and comfort
• Durable FriXion® rubber compound offers great grip and durability
• Lined tongue provides excellent moisture management
• Aggressive rubber heel rand and FriXion® rubber keeps you glued to small holds
• Updated aesthetics and slight changes in design increase performance while maintaining the same fit and feel
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| 440 g
Single : 220 g / 7.7 oz
European sizes 33-42, including half sizes.
La Sportiva Shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)
|not provided by the brand
| Shape: Flat (comfort)
Construction: Slip Lasted
Last : WRL 45 This means it is a women's specific last, has a round toe, it is flat and has low asymmetry.
|not provided by the brand Leather / Microfiber / 2 heel pull-tabs / 2mm FriXion® RS Toe Rand Rubber
|1.8 mm LaspoFlex
| 5.0 mm
Rand: not provided by the brand
If you're planning on spending a month in Indian Creek honing your crack climbing skills, the leather uppers and laces may see some significant wear and tear. But, if longer, moderate multi-pitch trad climbs are what you seek, then the Tarantulace will work just fine. The stiffness underfoot will provide a stable base for low-angle jamming, and their arch support will help provide comfort and support on long days. With a softer shoe, long multi-pitches can start to feel like a living nightmare where one must rip their shoes off at each belay as quickly as possible. In the Tarantulace, though, the supportive arch and soft leather upper kept us from having to bail from foot pain.
Whether you’re a new climber or looking for an inexpensive shoe to thrash in the gym, it doesn’t get any better than the La Sportiva Tarantulace. We won’t beat around the bush—our favorite thing about this shoe is price: In an era when climbing shoes have risen to over $200 a pop, the Tarantulace has kept costs low with its $89 MSRP. But it still checks all the boxes for most casual climbers, with an unlined leather upper that will conform to your feet over time, a flat last and roomy toe box for excellent comfort, and a sticky yet durable FriXion RS rubber sole. In short, it’s for good reason that we see the Tarantulace at the gym and the crag more than almost any other shoe.