Who should buy the La Sportiva Oxygym

The La Sportiva Oxygym is a capable rock shoe that new and experienced climbers alike can be proud of wearing. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides a gym and all-around climbers with enough comfort.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that renders protection against rugged rock surfaces.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that gives wearers a decent amount of support underfoot.

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The La Sportiva Oxygym's Profile

Downturn. The Oxygym is a neutral rock climbing shoe from La Sportiva. It has a moderately asymmetrical profile which allows individuals to enhance their climbing skills.

Applications.  La Sportiva’s Oxygym is an all-around rock shoe that helps new climbers improve performance on virtually every climb. It comes with features that are optimized to adhere to plastic and different rock surfaces.

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Size and fit

La Sportiva’s Oxygym is a rock shoe that caters to both men and women. Its interior has a slight curve between the heel and the forefoot, making it an asymmetrical gear. According to the brand, their products are built on European half sizes. This means that La Sportiva can provide more size options. It is recommended to get one to two sizes down the usual for the best fit.

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The last used in the men’s version is the RL45. This particular last creates a round toe area and a high, wide volume. On the other hand, the women’s shoe uses the WRL45 for a more gender-specific fit. Allowing wearers to achieve a customized fit in it is the shoe’s patented hook-and-loop closure system.

Excellent grip on rocky surfaces

La Sportiva’s Oxygym (men’s and women’s) comes with a Frixion RS outsole. Its sole thickness is 5 mm. It is designed to adapt to a variety of rock conditions with sufficient grip.

La Sportiva Oxygym outsole

Prevents unwanted ankle twisting

The Oxygym uses a 1.8 mm LaspoFlex midsole. It is a lightweight synthetic fiber laminate that aids in promoting torsional rigidity, preventing unwanted ankle twisting. 

La Sportiva Oxygym midsole

Shock-absorbing cushioning

It cushions each climber’s step without compromising ground sensitivity. An anti-shock EVA insert is placed in the heel area for optimal comfort. 

La Sportiva Oxygym midsole 1

Breathable and sturdy

The Oxygym from La Sportiva uses a three-layer Washtex upper. The outer layer is a washable fabric that promotes breathability and protects the foot against outdoor obstacles. The middle portion is made of microfiber which is engineered extra sturdy to give the shoe enhanced structural integrity.

La Sportiva Oxygym upper

Comfortable in-shoe experience and odor-free

Its interior is built with moisture-wicking fabric and the AirTex Silver liner. Together, these two internal components translate to an odor-free and comfortable in-shoe experience. A sturdy rubber rand covers the base of its exterior, giving senders added protection and traction on complicated surfaces.

La Sportiva Oxygym insole

Easy to wear

The shoe’s hook-and-loop closure system consists of a Z-shaped Velcro strap. The brand’s engineers added pull tabs at the top of the tongue and two at the rear part of the shoe. These loops assist climbers in donning and doffing.

La Sportiva Oxygym loop

La Sportiva Oxygym vs. Tarantula

Those who are new to the sport (climbing) may find a competent climbing companion in either the Oxygym or the Tarantula. Read on to know more about their similarities and differences. 

Target audience and pricing. These offerings from La Sportiva cater to both male and female climbers. The Oxygym’s SRP is $100, while the Tarantula sells for $90, making it $10 cheaper than the featured shoe. 

Upper. La Sportiva’s Tarantula comes with an unlined leather upper, so future owners should consider stretch factor when sizing it. The Oxygym, on the other hand, uses a lined synthetic upper, minimizing stretch as climbers log vertical miles in it. 

Midsole. Both of these La Sportiva climbing shoes employ a 1.8mm LaspoFlex midsole. This component provides support and additional comfort underfoot.

Outsole. The two La Sportiva products in this comparison carry the brand-owned FriXion rubber outsole. They are 5 mm thick and is optimized to adhere to both plastic and natural surfaces. 

Weight. The men’s Oxygym weighs 202 g, while its for-female counterpart weighs 168 g. On the other hand, the Tarantula weighs 290 g for men and 240 g for women

Nice to know

-The Oxygym from La Sportiva is a vegan-friendly rock shoe.

-Individuals looking for a more aggressive climbing shoe may look at either La Sportiva’s Miura VS or Five Ten’s Hiangle.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 202g / Women 168g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Last Shape: Asymmetric

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Author
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.