Who should buy the La Sportiva Cobra Eco

The La Sportiva Cobra Eco provides more than enough reasons for climbers—whether newbies or advanced—to check it out.  It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that guarantees low environmental impact.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that optimizes excellent flexibility.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that yields grip without sacrificing comfort.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco logo  

The La Sportiva Cobra Eco's Profile

Downturn. The Cobra Eco wears a moderately-downturned profile. The style of this slipper-type rock shoe allows climbers to handle almost all types of terrain.

Applications. La Sportiva designed the Cobra Eco as a slip-on shoe ideal for speed climbers and indoor gym-goers. Also, it offers optimal flexibility for use in a variety of climbing disciplines.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco profile 2

Size and fit

La Sportiva’s Cobra Eco caters to the male audience. Due to its unlined leather upper, it can stretch to about a full size.

The designers used the RL 45 last in this product, providing a round toe zone. It accommodates a medium-sized foot, making it ideal for both narrow and wide widths.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco size

Excellent grip on rocky surfaces

This La Sportiva offering uses a 3 mm FriXion Eco outsole. This unit is made from recycled compounds yielding an optimal level of grip on rocks. 

La Sportiva Cobra Eco outsole

High level of sensitivity

It also provides a high level of sensitivity, allowing wearers to feel the ground.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco outsole 1

Provides maximum torsional rigidity 

The Cobra Eco carries a 0.8 mm LaSpoFlex midsole placed in the toe area only. This ultra-thin synthetic laminate provides maximum torsional rigidity, preventing unwanted twisting of the ankle. 

La Sportiva Cobra Eco midsole


The upper of this rock shoe from La Sportiva employs an unlined Eco Idro-Perwanger leather (the same element used in the Mythos Eco). This environmentally friendly material uses a metal-free eco-tanning construction technique. 

La Sportiva Cobra Eco upper

Excellent slab and plastic performance

A sturdy and sticky rubber wraps the upper for maximum performance on slabs and plastics.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco upper 1

Easy to wear

Facilitating easy on and off are the dual tabs at the back of the shoe and the closure system’s elastic band.

La Sportiva Cobra Eco loop

La Sportiva Cobra Eco vs. Five Ten Moccasym

Individuals who prefer slipper (or slip-on) climbing shoes may also be interested in the Moccasym from Five Ten. How does it differ from the Cobra Eco? Read on to find out. 

Pricing. The La Sportiva product retails for $140. This amount is $15 more expensive than the 5.10 offering.

Weight. A plus point goes to the Cobra Eco as it weighs 38 grams less than the Moccasym’s weight of 253 grams. 

Sole thickness. Those who prefer a much rigid underfoot feel should opt for the 5.10 Moccasym as it comes with a 4.2 mm-thick Stealth outsole. On the other hand, climbers seeking for a softer, more sensitive feel may enjoy La Sportiva’s Cobra Eco as it only wears a 3 mm FriXion sole.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 215g
Base model: La Sportiva Cobra
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Slip-on
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor

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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.