Who should buy the La Sportiva Otaki

The Otaki from La Sportiva offers precision and power to overcome technical routes. Buy it if:

  • Your go-to climbing routes demand precision, particularly while toe hooking.
  • You've been looking for aggressive kicks that are comfy from the get-go.
  • Heavily downturned shoes that also rock on edges are what you need.

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Who should not buy it

If "feeling" your way to the top is most appealing to you, opt for the responsive La Sportiva Theory instead. Also, check out the slip-on La Sportiva Speedster if you want something significantly more affordable.

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Incredible from-the-box comfort

Based on many expert reviews, the La Sportiva Otaki is a superbly comfortable climbing shoe. Most of these reports also state that the shoe's comfiness is available right off the bat.

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Otaki: Master of edges

Despite its aggressive downturn, the Otaki is a great edging shoe, according to a considerable number of climbers.

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Tenacious in virtually every direction

The sticky rubber used in La Sportiva’s Otaki is incredibly sticky, say professional climbers.

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Subpar sensitivity

Most of those who rated the featured shoe with low scores say that the Otaki lacks sensitivity.

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The Otaki's pinpoint precision

This high-quality climbing shoe from La Sportiva has amazing toeing accuracy, testers say.

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Outstanding closure system

Senders in droves say that the Otaki's adjustable straps really keep everything on the inside snug and secure.

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A steep asking price

With its minimum suggested retail price of $195, the Otaki has a tough hill to climb to woo the budget-conscious. To put things into perspective, the average cost of aggressive climbing shoes is around $160.

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Ascender of boulders

A majority of wearers say that this rock climbing shoe does wonders on bouldering routes.

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La Spotiva Otaki vs. Miura

La Sportiva has a wide range of rock climbing shoes, and two of the sought-after models are the Otaki and Miura. Listed below are some of their differences and similarities.

Upper. Both La Sportiva products come with leather uppers. The Otaki has a liner around the forefoot area, while the Miura is fully lined. 

Midsole. These offerings from La Sportiva use a 1.1 mm LaspoFlex midsole. A point goes to the Otaki in this regard as its underfoot performance and shape retention are further enhanced by the brand’s Permanent Power Platform (P3) technology.

Outsole. Both climbing shoes carry a Vibram rubber outsole. Their men’s and women’s variants are engineered with the XS Edge and XS Grip 2, respectively. The former is designed for optimal edging and extra durability. The latter, on the other hand, is a softer compound, which delivers enhanced sticking prowess on trickier footholds.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 218g / Women 175g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Synthetic, 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.