Good to know
-The La Sportiva Tarantulace, the lace-up counterpart of the Tarantula shoe, is a well-rounded climbing shoe built with extra comfort in mind. Its mostly unlined upper and shape with minimal asymmetry promise enhanced climbing performance.
-Underfoot support and security come from the shoe’s sturdy sole unit. It is comprised of two company-owned technologies—LaspoFlex (the hard-wearing midsole) and Frixion (the adhesive outsole).
Downturn. The Tarantulace is part of La Sportiva’s selection of neutral climbing kicks. What it lacks in pointy down-camber it makes up for its ability to provide extended comfort. As such, this particular shoe is ideal for multi-pitch ascents.
Applications. This all-around performer from La Sportiva is designed for trad and sport climbing. It is targeted at beginners and intermediate climbers alike. Its feature set gives wearers the ability to take on vertical routes.
The La Sportiva Tarantulace is a below-the-ankle climbing shoe for men and women. The low asymmetric last on which it was molded—the RN 45—leaves the shoe with enough toe box space for a comfortable fit. Lockdown security comes by means of the Tarantulace’s ghillie lacing.
Midsole. Senders can reach heights with as much support as possible thanks to the Tarantulace’s LaspoFlex midsole. This rigid layer is 1.8 millimeters thick.
Outsole. A company-exclusive outsole called Frixion is the component responsible for giving users sufficient grip on different types of surfaces in the Tarantulace. It fully covers the entire underside of the shoe. Five millimeters is its overall thickness
The low-cut upper of the La Sportiva Tarantulace is made of high-quality leather. Its tongue is engineered with a liner. This particular liner has moisture management. The sides of the upper come with synthetic overlays to guard the shoe against abrasive hazards. Its bottom section and heel zone are built with rubber randing for added climbing support and protection. It has triple the pull tabs (one at the tongue and two at the heel) to help with on and off.
A round synthetic lace and combination eyelets make up the Tarantulace’s lace-up closure. The top-most pair of its eyelets are plated for longevity.
The Tarantulace is one of the many La Sportiva climbing kicks that possess world-class quality. That said, so does the Finale. If you are faced with a decision of choosing between the two, it pays to know the aspects that set them apart. Read through the following points to get to know their differences.
Outsole. As discussed in the previous section (see Performance: Outsole), the Tarantulace provides ample surface grip with its Frixion outsole. The Finale, on the other hand, is equipped with an outsole from Vibram, called XS Edge. Both components, however, have the same 5-millimeter thickness.
Midsole. The La Sportiva Finale’s LaspoFlex midsole is thinner than the Tarantulace’s by about 0.7 millimeter. The one in the rival shoe is also imbued with P3 (Permanent Power Platform)—a brand-exclusive technology that enhances the supportiveness of its arch zone.
Weight. The men’s version of the Tarantulace is heavier than the Finale (also men’s) by roughly 30 grams. On the contrary, the women’s variant of the featured shoe is lighter than its direct competitor but only by no more than 5 grams.
Pricing. If you have always been fascinated with climbing shoes that sell for cheap, then chances are you will find the La Sportiva Tarantulace the better investment. Indeed, the featured La Sportiva product is about $30 less expensive than the Finale.
Upper. Both rock climbing kicks in this comparison have part leather, part synthetic uppers. That being said, only the La Sportiva Tarantulace has a tongue liner. It also has two more pull loops than the competition.
Built. Between the two, only the La Sportiva Finale has a slip-lasted construction. Slip-lasted shoes are known to possess extra sensitivity. Footwear products built this way are also often less stiff.