La Sportiva Tarantulace review

The La Sportiva Tarantulace is a good pair of climbing shoes that balances comfort with affordability. Its neutral design allows you to go for longer climbing sessions without having to take them off between climbs. The added FriXion® RS rubber compound added to soles allows for great grip and durability.

Who should buy La Sportiva Tarantulace

This climbing shoe is designed for beginning and recreational climbers who are looking for a solid all-around shoe that offers comfort at a reasonable price. 

Who should not buy La Sportiva Tarantulace

The shoe offers a lot at its price point caters to a more casual climber. Look for another pair if you are:


Laced up and ready to go

The La Sportiva Tarantulace keeps a traditional lacing system that allows for the perfect fit around your feet. Paired with the leather lining, it feels like the upper of the shoe conforms to your feet for a nice secure feel.


Comfortable throughout the day

With its flatter, more neutral sole, this shoe can be worn for longer climbing sessions without worry. paired with the laces and leather lining, the La Sportiva Tarantulace sits comfortably on you without the hard edges of the shoe digging into your feet.


Impressive durability of the Tarantulace

The La Sportiva Tarantulace has a thick sole made with its FriXion® RS rubber compound for extra durability. After a few sessions, there was no noticeable wear or tear on the soles. 


The Tarantulace has a thicker sole

This pair of shoes has a thicker than average sole which doesn’t lend itself well to edge climbing. You won’t be able to feel the rocks as well through your feet with the La Sportiva Tarantulace. 


Great shoe for toe hooking

The reinforced rubber on the hell lends itself well to heel hooking. The FriXion® RS rubber compound wrapped from the sole up the top of the heel is excellent at maintaining friction while climbing.

The leather upper of the shoe combined with the rubber wrapped around the front make this a great shoe for toe hooking. You get all the advantages of being able to feel the rock and excellent grip without worrying about destroying the shoe.


Not for long sessions and warm weather

The La Sportiva Tarantulace is an unlined leather climbing shoe and you can tell after a few wears from the breathability. Ventilation is an issue if you plan on climbing for longer sessions or in hotter environments. 



The La Sportiva Tarantulace comes into the game as a beginner-friendly shoe that offers a comfortable fit and durable rubber construction for an affordable price. Its neutral design and lace system make longer climbing sessions a breeze. These shoes retail for $85.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.2oz / Women 7.7oz
Construction: Slip lasted, Lace-to-toe
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Last Shape: Asymmetric
Stiffness: Stiff

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Javin Hung
Javin Hung

I am passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle. I’ve been running and playing tennis since high school. In the last 5 years, I’ve picked up weight lifting and bouldering as part of my regular fitness routine. You can usually find me hitting the weights or rock walls at the gym, or trying out a new sport.