Who should buy the La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa has more than enough merits to be considered yet another La Sportiva offering worthy of the send. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built for sports climbing and bouldering.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is engineered for senders who wish to tackle steep routes with a blend of surefootedness and technical performance. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is capable of tackling overhanging routes.

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Excellent surface traction

This aggressive rock climbing shoe from La Sportiva is equipped with the Vibram XS Grip 2 outsole for sufficient traction on a variety of surfaces.

La Sportiva Testarossa outsole

Competition-level adhesion

Its engineers designed it to provide competition-level adhesion with a level of shock absorbency. It has a total thickness of 3.5 mm.

La Sportiva Testarossa outsole 1

Excellent underfoot support

An anatomical midsole called 3D Hytrel is the component responsible for giving climbers enough support underfoot in the La Sportiva Testarossa. It is engineered right underneath the toes. Its sturdiness is enhanced by the P3 technology.

La Sportiva Testarossa midsole

Provides protection against abrasion and climbing security

The low-top upper of the La Sportiva Testarossa is a combination of genuine leather and Lorica fabric. It is partially lined on the inside—its toe and heel zones are engineered with a liner from Pacific, while its tongue comes with Dry-Best. Protection from abrasions and additional climbing security is provided by its heavy-duty rand. 

La Sportiva Testarossa upper

Provides toe hooking support and excellent ventilation

This protective covering also reinforces the forefoot zone (around the big toe side), giving wearers extra grip when toe hooking. The shoemakers over at La Sportiva gave it ample perforations at the heel for enhanced breathability.

La Sportiva Testarossa upper 1

Provides assistance when wearing

It comes with a pair of heel pull loops for on and off assistance. Its closure system is made up of non-plated eyelets and synthetic lace.

La Sportiva Testarossa loop

La Sportiva Testarossa vs. Genius

When it comes to high-quality kicks intended for climbing adventures, La Sportiva is nothing to be scoffed at. Case in point: the Testarossa. That being said, the featured climber’s shoe has competition everywhere. In this case, it is pitted against the Genius—another aggressively downturned climbing shoe from the same brand. The list that follows will shed light on some of their differences.

Outsole. Both the La Sportiva Genius and the Testarossa are furnished with the same Vibram XS Grip 2 outsole. However, the one in the Testarossa is thicker than its rival by 0.5 mm.

Pricing. Are you a fan of budget-friendly rock climbing shoes? If so, the Genius is for you. Yes, it is cheaper than the La Sportiva Testarossa by approximately $5.

Weight. Between the two competing climb-centric kicks, the Genius takes the cake in this round. Indeed, it is lighter than the Testarossa by about 5 g.

Intended environment. The featured La Sportiva shoe is built specifically for outdoor use. The Genius, on the other hand, maybe used both indoors and outdoors.

Target audience. While both products cater to both men and women, only the La Sportiva Genius has a variant for male users and another for the female crowd.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.9oz
Technology: Leather, Fabric/Textile
Construction: Slip lasted, Lace-to-toe
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Outdoor
Material: Leather, Fabric/Textile, 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.