Who should buy the La Sportiva Speedster

The La Sportiva Speedster aims to provide movement fluidity in a variety of climbing situations. Its designers gave it a slip-lasted construction and the patented no-edge front end for enhanced sensitivity. It is an ideal option for those who are: 

  • looking for slip-on climbing shoes for swift on and off.
  • looking for a pair of rock shoes that offers secure footing on nubbins and micro-edges.

La Sportiva Speedster brand logo

La Sportiva Speedster’s aggressive downturn

Owners can set foot on different types of surfaces with sufficient slip and skid resistance thanks to the Speedster’s Vibram XS Grip 2 outsole. It has an overall thickness of 3 millimeters.

La Sportiva Speedster aggressive downturn

The Speedster from La Sportiva is an aggressively downturned rock shoe. Its beak-like toe zone, which is engineered with the no-edge technology, helps the climber to gain footing on nubbins and micro-edges with as much purchase as possible. 

Speedster’s underfoot performance

La Sportiva Speedster P3 rand heel section

The Speedster lacks a standard midsole. In its place is the P3 rand, which reinforces both the medial and heel sections of the shoe.

La Sportiva Speedster P3 rand medial

Speedster from La Sportiva optimizes ground feel

La Sportiva Speedster synthetic upper

A combination of suede leather and microfiber makes up the main shell of the La Sportiva Speedster. It does not come with a liner, translating to a more intimate feel of the surface.

La Sportiva Speedster pull tabs

Access to and from its confines is made more convenient with three synthetic pull loops.

La Sportiva Speedster toe patch

Its high-wear areas, which include the heel and forefoot, come with enough randing for protection and climbing grip. A patch of rubber covers the inner part of the toe box for sticking power during toe hooks and similar maneuvers.

La Sportiva Speedster stretchy panels

As the Speedster is a slip-on, straps and laces are out. Instead, it uses a pair of stretchy panels to lock the foot in place.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 190g
Construction: Slip lasted, No-edge
Closure: Slip-on
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Synthetic, Vibram

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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.