Verdict from 9 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • It is a highly recommendable product for beginners, according to several of those who have climbed in it.
  • This climb-focused piece of footwear from La Sportiva grips like a king, say a handful of senders who have bought it.
  • The La Sportiva Tarantula (men’s and women’s) fits like a glove, say a handful of senders who have used it numerous times.
  • A blogger who has purchased the Tarantula says that it is such an affordable rock climbing shoe.
  • The La Sportiva Tarantula is immensely comfortable, according to professional reviewers.
  • Footwear critics swear by its incredible longevity.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The way it handles cracks is lackluster at best, according to a gear pundit who has tested it.
  • An expert who has sent in the shoe multiple times is not too impressed with its middling sensitivity.

Bottom line

The Tarantula from La Sportiva generally satisfied wearers for being a beginner-friendly rock shoe. It is also acknowledged in the areas of surface traction and fit. That said, this product might not be the best there is for crack ascenders. Nonetheless, the La Sportiva Tarantula has what it takes to give wearers hours upon hours of climbing satisfaction, no matter their skill level.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Good to know

-The La Sportiva Tarantula is built primarily for entry-level climbers who wish to send projects with an all-around kind of performance. It is designed relatively easy to get in and out of. Its construction also allows it to deal with moisture sufficiently.

-Two company-exclusive technologies are part of this rock shoe: Frixion and LaspoFlex. The former is a component that provides slip and skid resistance, while the latter grants adequate support underfoot.

Downturn. The Tarantula is one of La Sportiva’s neutral climbing shoes. Its flat profile renders it capable of providing all-day comfort. It is designed for multi-pitch projects.

Applications. This all-around beginner climbing piece is intended mainly for sport climbing, whether indoors or outdoors. La Sportiva designers equipped it with a combination of features that grants climbers the ability to send vertical faces.

A low-cut climbing shoe for men and women is the La Sportiva Tarantula. Its high-volume construction gives it extra space around the instep. La Sportiva engineers gave it a low asymmetry to allow the foot to rest within its confines with as little tension as possible. Wearers may adjust its fit for a customized lockdown using the shoe’s Velcro strapping system.

Midsole. The support comes from its LaspoFlex midsole. Its designers made it sufficiently rigid to give users a secure platform when dealing with mountable projections. It comes at a thickness of 1.8 millimeters.

Outsole. What produces adequate traction in the La Sportiva Tarantula is an outsole called Frixion RS. This proprietary component is built with a compound that the makers dub as the stickiest yet. It is a full-length unit, having an overall thickness of 5 millimeters.


Encapsulating the foot in this La Sportiva offering is a below-the-ankle upper made mostly of leather. Its interior is not lined yet promises adequate breathability. It has a heavy-duty rand wrapped around its lower perimeter for additional climbing security. It has triple the pull loops (the third one engineered at the tongue) to make on and off a quick affair. A pair of adjustable straps make up its closure system. These straps are built with hook-and-loop fasteners.

The Tarantula is one of La Sportiva’s high-quality neutral climbing pieces. As such, it often gets compared with other offerings from the same brand. In this head-to-head, the Tarantula finds its competitor in its lace-up sibling—the ingeniously named Tarantulace. As their given names suggest, they are quite similar in many ways. That said, there are areas in which they differ, and the points that follow will discuss them.

Upper. Although both kicks use genuine leather in their uppers, only the Tarantulace has a synthetic (leather) overlay. The closure system of the Tarantula consists of two adjustable Velcro straps, while the one seen in its rival is made up of combination eyelets and a synthetic lace.

Asking price. The Tarantula and its competitor are two of the budget-friendliest climbing shoes from La Sportiva. That said, only one gets the “cheaper” title, and it is the Tarantulace. Indeed, it is less expensive than the Tarantula by about $10.

Weight. If a lightweight shoe is what you are after, neither of the two competing shoes will disappoint. However, weight purists might find the La Sportiva Tarantulace the more appealing product as it is lighter than the Tarantula by an average of 25 grams.

Does the La Sportiva Tarantula stretch?

The brand has not published stretch details about this rock climbing shoe. However, since it is made of leather without a liner, the shoe might stretch with time and regular use.

Is there a La Sportiva Tarantula blue?

The Tarantula comes in a few colorways and blue is one of them indeed. The men’s version has two other color options—green and orange. The women’s pair, on the other hand, appears to only have orange besides blue. Tip: Kindly check with your local retailer for colorway availability.


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