La Sportiva TarantuLace Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Review

La Sportiva TarantuLace Men’s Rock Climbing Shoe Review

If you are just getting started in the world of rock climbing, you may be wondering where you should start off. After all, there are so many different pieces of gear that you may have to invest in, if you should choose to pursue the hobby, of course. Well, we would argue that one of the most critical pieces of rock climbing equipment is the pair of shoes that you use.

Climbing shoes are shoes which are specifically designed to work better when used while rock climbing, as you may have gathered from how they are named. You may be wondering why you have to use separate shoes for rock climbing. Surely they can't be that different from regular shoes, right?

La Sportiva TarantuLace Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Front Side

Well, you will find that climbing shoes are, in fact, very specialized; they have to be to do the job that is asked of them. To ensure that a climb goes smoothly, you will need to use shoes that have a combination of characteristics. For example, one of these aspects that are integral to a proper climbing shoe is grip.

You will find it very difficult to climb using a shoe that has a sole that is not grippy enough to keep you on the surface that you are climbing with a reasonable degree of comfort. A grippy sole will make it much easier for you to maintain footholds, which will make your climb safer in turn.

As you can see, climbing shoes have to be different from regular sneakers because they are meant for a single function: climbing. Since climbing shoes are so highly specialized, you will find that they are ineffective in almost every other application besides climbing, so you will not want to use them for anything else.

Now that we have covered some basics concerning rock climbing shoes, we can move on to one of the features which you should look for in the ideal pair of these shoes.


When investing in the ideal pair of rock climbing shoes, you will want to ensure that they have an adequate level of resilience. Since rock climbing shoes can be more expensive than other types of shoes, you will find that it is more important to ensure that you get the most for out of your money.

To make sure that your money stretches as far as possible, you will want to invest in climbing shoes which are as durable as possible. Since rock climbing is an activity which can tend to be somewhat rigorous, you will want rock climbing shoes that you can be sure are durable enough to last you.

Durability will depend on a combination of factors when it comes to rock climbing shoes, most often, your shoes will last longer if they are made out of a stronger material. Some of the most durable climbing shoes are made out of leather, which is resilient enough to put up with a good deal of abuse.

La Sportiva TarantuLace Men's Rock Climbing Shoe

Since more durable shoes will last longer, you will not have to purchase a new pair of climbing shoes as soon as you would have to otherwise. This allows you to save money on climbing shoes over the years that you use them since you will buy less total pairs.

About The Product

If you want a pair of climbing shoes that are as grippy as possible for a reasonable price, few options approach the TarantuLace when it comes to convenience. Some notable features of this product:

  • The TarantuLace system is both convenient and reliable, providing ideal levels of support
  • The FriXion RS soles used in these shoes are much more grippy than competing models
  • The asymmetric shape of these shoes keeps your toes protected in the event of a slip
  • These shoes are designed to reduce cramping and pain over the course of a climb
  • These shoes feature a superior level of comfort when compared to competing products
  • The combination of leather and synthetic materials used in these shoes is highly durable

These shoes impressed us more than most other models that you will find in the same price range. While you may find climbing shoes available for a more reasonable price, you will not get better value for your money for a comparable product.

While the asymmetric toe shape helps keep your toes from being injured in the event of a slip, the pointed sole enables you to dig into any cracks with a minimum of effort. When coupled with the superior grip of the FriXion RS rubber used in the soles, these shoes are much more convenient than most of the other choices.

If you suffer from pains when rock climbing or after you have completed your climb, these shoes will help you immensely. Since these shoes are designed to keep your feet from cramping or getting irritated, they will ensure that most of your future climbs go smoothly.

What Others Say

When we looked at what other customers had to say about this product, we were not disappointed. Most customers were impressed by how much more durable these shoes were than most of the other models on the market, which is due to their clever combination of leather and synthetics.

La Sportiva TarantuLace Men's Rock Climbing Shoe


While there were a few negatives, there were not too many issues with these shoes. Some customers had difficulty ensuring that the shoes remained laced, but this ended up being because of the particular shoe pairs they received were defective. Other than that, there were few issues with these shoes.

Buying Advice

If you are looking for the most affordable pair of climbing shoes, we can tell you that these are not the best option. If you are looking to get the most for your dollar, however, you could do worse than the TarantuLace climbing shoes. These shoes can be purchased for around 80 dollars.


We hope that we have been able to give you a good idea of what you will get out of your TarantuLace climbing shoes, should you choose to buy them. Thank you for taking the time to read our review.

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