Who should buy the Tenaya Tanta

The Tanta is yet another captivating Tenaya piece, particularly for beginner climbers. Purchase it if:

  • You like sending long multi-pitch routes and tricky climbs.
  • Climbing shoes with optimal comfort and lightness are what you're after. 
  • You need a flexible kick that makes smearing a walk in the park.

Who should NOT buy it

Take the Black Diamond Momentum route if you need a kick with exceptional breathability. Note that this piece is a neutral climbing shoe. Also, opt for the Scarpa Instinct instead if you prefer something more sensitive.

Supportive for ledges

The Tanta carries a medium-stiff 2D PLT 10 midsole and TST multi-layer stretch tex insole. These two elements make the featured kick commendable on edge-type projections.

The Swiss Army Knife of climbing shoes

Many climbers are impressed with the Tanta's well-rounded capabilities—from edging to hooking to smearing. One of them calls the featured shoe an "excellent jack of all trades."

Comfort that goes a long way

Senders aplenty are stoked by the Tenaya Tanta's lasting comfort. One of them says that it's "perfect for all-day wear on long routes." Another one says that it's "comfortable to wear for a 2-3 hour climbing session."

Smear to your heart's content in the Tenaya Tanta

The Tenaya Tanta has incredible flexibility. Couple that with above-average grip, and you got yourself a rock climbing shoe that feels extraordinary on feature-less surfaces. An experienced climber says that it's "great for smearing."

Not the best summer kick

Lack of breathability is one of the Tanta's few misfires. "My feet ended up more sweaty," said a long-time rock climber.

Tenaya Tanta equals budget-friendly investment

This fantastic all-rounder from Tenaya ($110) is quite affordable pre-deals. Compared with most moderate climbing shoes, the Tanta is $37 cheaper. For more budget-friendly climbing kicks, click here.

Stout-footed senders are welcome here

There's very little doubt among climbers as to the snug fit of the Tenaya Tanta. That said, it's worth noting that its confines are also quite versatile. The "perfect shoes for wide feet," says a non-professional reviewer.

Won't give you a great sense of connectedness

On the sensitivity front, the Tenaya Tanta isn't as convincing as other moderately downturned shoes. "I get less sensitivity from these shoes," says a seasoned sender while comparing the featured shoe with the Moccasym.

Lightness in every box

The Tanta from Tenaya makes lightweight purists proud with its 170-gram weight per shoe. Compared with the average, this versatile offering is 56 grams lighter.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 6oz
Construction: Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic

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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.