great "1 shoe for all"
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 37
For reference, I use Miura (also from LaSportiva) on sport routes and Katana for the gym and long outdoor sessions (multipitch or longer routes). After several days of obsessive specs search, I decided to buy the Kataki to replace my old Katana (after >8y and several resoles, they earned retirement). I am very happy with the purchase!
+comfort: virtually no break in required and the lace system is great for adjusting the fit, I don't feel the need to take them off as soon as I finish a route (while I do with both Miura and Solutions): often I just untie them and keep them on when belaying.
+precision: the sole is rigid, enough to assist you in lifting/pushing on small footholds even after a tiring session. the sole is slightly downturned and pointy, which makes it a good in-between aggressive/crack shoes.
overall, they are a great shoe for all needs, from gym to long routes and sport routes.
I would recommend it 1) if you are looking to go from an entry level to a your first "precision" shoe or 2) if you own aggressive & sensitive shoes already and you are looking for something to complement them with a "precise yet comfortable" shoe for long sessions
sizing: I got the Kataki in the same size as my other La Sportiva shoes (37 - which is one full-size down from my running/street shoes, 38). So for me, the fit is "true to size" with respect to other climbing shoes.