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Katana

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$121.78
$159.42

The La Sportiva Katana is a technical shoe with an innovative closure, consisting of two Velcro straps with differentiated and opposite pull direction. Ideal for multi-purpose use in the mountains, crags and bouldering. The successful combination of synthetic and natural materials provides the best compromise between comfort, technical performance and inalterability in the long run. A special midsole with prehensile area under the toe provides optimal edging support, increasing sensitivity.

Details:

  • Upper: Suede leather combined with Lorica, slip lasted
  • Lining: Dentex in the back, Pacific in the front
  • Fit: Medium
  • Sole: Vibram XS Grip 2 4mm
  • Weight: 430 Gr per pair (39)
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How I choose the correct size?

All climbing shoe models fit differently. We put together our 'shoeculator' to help you find the right size in a new model, compared to your old climbing shoes or street shoes.

Choose from the options below to find your size in the La Sportiva Katana
Climbing Shoe
or
Street Shoe

This sizing advice is based on two pairs of brand new shoes. Leather shoes tend to stretch more than synthetic shoes. When switching from synthetic to leather you may want to select a smaller size.

The La Sportiva Katana is a technical shoe with an innovative closure, consisting of two Velcro straps with differentiated and opposite pull direction. Ideal for multi-purpose use in the mountains, crags and bouldering. The successful combination of synthetic and natural materials provides the best compromise between comfort, technical performance and inalterability in the long run. A special midsole with prehensile area under the toe provides optimal edging support, increasing sensitivity.

Details:

  • Upper: Suede leather combined with Lorica, slip lasted
  • Lining: Dentex in the back, Pacific in the front
  • Fit: Medium
  • Sole: Vibram XS Grip 2 4mm
  • Weight: 430 Gr per pair (39)

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Hello, are the katanas yellow as pictured?

A

Yes, although we do sell a green-blue version under a different listing.

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Reviews & ratings

Average rating

Based on 66 ratings
4.41

Product reviews (5)

Ga Duke
Ga Duke
Dec 23, 2015

I am on my 5th resole of this shoe now and they are still great. I tried muiras but these just fit my foot better than anything else i can find. As a result i can really get the most of the shoe.
there is a time and a place for my super tight solution and for everything else there is the katana.

Jaroslaw Zawila
Jaroslaw Zawila
Aug 18, 2014

I have used this shoes for 3 weeks and after this time the sole disintegrated from the top of the shoe in both shoes. I had to return them. A bit disappointed as la sportiva used to be a really good brand.

Matt Marcroft
Matt Marcroft
Jul 08, 2013

I'd wanted to try out a pair of Katanas for a while, I'd heard great things about the fit, comfort and performance they offer. All true, but not without one rather large flaw I think. First the positives;

I have used the Katanas as a 'do-all' shoe', and they have been indoor route climbing, bouldering and climbing outdoors on gritstone. They're a great all-rounder I think. The Katanas fit snuggly around my feet, and there has been little give in my shoes despite the suede uppers. The fit of the toe box is on the narrow side, they do cram my toes together which can become uncomfortable after a time, compressing fairly crimped toe knuckles. I followed sizing advice on the Katanas, my street size is a UK 9, and I sized down to a UK 7 (Euro 40.5). In fact I would have gone half a euro size up were I to buy another pair, I think that would be about perfect. The heel feels better than any other shoe I've used, and they hook without any noticable movement. I've been used to the Stealth C4 rubber of Five Tens, so was curious to see how the Vibram XS rubber held up in comparison. Actually, I don't notice a huge difference, they're very sticky once you've broken them in a little.

This leads me on to the flaw though...

After seven weeks of use, the big toe (always the first spot to go on climbing shoes) has worn through. That's less than two months for quite an expensive shoe. Of course, there are lots of variables when it comes to the way climbing shoes wear. I climb 3 times a week, mostly indoors, bouldering around a V4, route climbing a f6c+ so my foot placement isn't beginer-level. It could be that I bought a dud pair of shoes, but I wouldn't buy another pair of Katanas becuase of this issue. I'm sure many folks have a different experience with wear of these shoes, but I'm going back to the long-lived Stealth rubber of 5.10s...my last pair of 5.10s lasted me 12 months!

Glyn Phillips
Glyn Phillips
Jun 20, 2013

I bought these shoes for my daughter after she had tried them on at a promotion at the local climbing centre. She found
that the shoes enhanced her performance because they allowed her to
position her feet more accurately and still feel solid and in
control.
She won the BMC Youth Climbing Series welsh final, then went on to win the BMC Youth Climbing Series British final.

Emily in action at the british finals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVSpxUMu-xI&feature=youtu.be

Clive Brennan
Clive Brennan
Jun 09, 2013

Up until my latest pair, I'd say these are absolutely brilliant shoes, they have great all round support of your foot and a great both indoors and out.

However... My latest shoes - despite not being outside in them :-( - Have not had the same build quality as my previous 3 pairs, and as a result I have busted through the toes within a month of using them, impressive for an indoor bolderer!

Now I like the shoes so much I'm going to get another pair and really hope it was just a defect.. keep you eyes peeled for another post!

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