Who should buy the La Sportiva Kataki

The La Sportiva Kataki is a beast of a product—one that wears its incredible climbing performance on its sleeve. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is designed to take on edges with as much precision as possible
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can prevent the heel from deforming and improve heel-hooking maneuvers
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built primarily as an outdoor rock climbing shoe for intermediate climbers

La Sportiva Kataki logo

Excellent surface traction

When it comes to surface traction, male climbers have the Kataki’s Vibram XS Edge outsole to thank. This particular component has a kind of firmness intended for edging maneuvers. Female senders, on the other hand, owe their gratitude to the XS Grip 2 outsole (also by Vibram). Both outsoles cover mainly the upper half of the shoe’s underside, and both have an overall thickness of 4 mm.

La Sportiva Kataki outsole

Excellent underfoot support

The number of underfoot support users gets from this La Sportiva offering is sourced from the shoe’s LaspoFlex midsole with P3 technology. It comes at a thickness of 1.1 mm.

La Sportiva Kataki midsole

Provides climbing support and protection

The La Sportiva Kataki’s low-cut upper is a combination of microfiber and suede leather. It has a liner front and back called Pacific. The lateral zone of the shoe is engineered with a rand for added climbing support and protection. 

La Sportiva Kataki upper

Grants additional support and grip in heel-hooking situations

This rand has a slight extension around the toe box to give climbers extra purchase when toe hooking. The shoe’s S-Heel grants additional support and grip in heel-hooking situations.

La Sportiva Kataki upper 1.0

Easy to wear 

Managing the fit in this leather climbing shoe is a tandem between combination eyelets and synthetic lace. A pair of synthetic pull loops at the heel is for on and off.

La Sportiva Kataki upper 4.0

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.4oz / Women 7.5oz
Technology: Leather
Construction: Slip lasted, Lace-to-toe
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Outdoor
Material: Leather, Vibram

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.