Who should buy the La Sportiva Katana Lace

The La Sportiva Katana Lace might benefit you if:

  • A shoe that prevents slips and falls on various surfaces is what you are after.
  • You are looking for climbing footwear that helps feet stay fresh and dry. 

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What the Katana Lace rock shoe brings to the table

One of La Sportiva’s time-tested climbing shoes, the Katana Lace comes with a set of features that translate to versatility, whether indoors or outdoors. What follows are some of its highlights.

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The La Sportiva Katana Lace's sole unit

Unlike most climbing shoes, the Katana Lace has a full-length midsole at 1.1 mm thick. This stiff element makes the shoe even more supportive on edges, particularly crooked ones.

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Droves of purchasers love how much the La Sportiva Katana Lace performs on the trickiest of edges.

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Based on several reviews, the Katana Lace sticks to a variety of surfaces without fail.

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A feature for fissures

Its middle-of-the-road downturn allows wearers to get into medium-size cracks with minimal effort.

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Enhanced mobility

The holes on both sides of the Katana Lace’s randing give climbers improved sideways mobility.

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Well-ventilated design

With its breathable tongue and moisture-wicking liner, the shoe promises sweat-free ascents.

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Comfy confines

The La Sportiva Katana Lace fits like a glove and is unbelievably comfortable.

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La Sportiva Katana Lace vs. Kataki

The Katana Lace is often pitted against climbing shoes from other brands. In this head-to-head, however, its competitor is also part of La Sportiva’s lineup—the Kataki. The things that set them apart are as follows:

Downturn. The featured product has a moderate downturn, while the La Sportiva Kataki, which is part of our aggressive collection, sports a highly curved toe zone.

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Environment. The Katana Lace is engineered more versatile in this regard, as the Kataki is meant to be used almost exclusively outdoors.

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Asking price. About $20 is the price difference between the two competing La Sportiva kicks, with the Katana Lace being the more expensive.

In conclusion, the Katana Lace and the Kataki are two completely different beasts. That said, if you do not mind spending extra and you value versatility above all else, the former is an easy pick. Choose the latter, however, if the routes you frequent require pinpoint toeing precision.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.7oz
Technology: Leather
Construction: Lace-to-toe
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Vibram
Lining: Lined

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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.