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La Sportiva Testarossa Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe

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Item #LSP0159


Tech Specs

Upper Material:
leather, Lorica
HF (synthetic)
4mm Vibram XS Grip2
Asymmetrical Curvature:
Claimed Weight:
[single] 7.44 oz
Recommended Use:
bouldering, sport climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

For overhangs and technical face climbs.

La Sportiva designed every inch of the Testarossa Vibram XS Grip2 Climbing Shoe to give you an edge on hard sport routes. The aggressive shape includes a down-turned toe to keep you glued to super steep pitches, and the full-length laces ensure a precise fit.

  • Aggressive shape for superior performance on the most technical routes
  • Dual-material upper uses a combination of Lorica (doesn't stretch) and leather (does stretch) in a specific bi-lateral stretch pattern for edging
  • Vibram XS Grip2 for serious edging performance, smearing performance, and durability
  • 3D cupped hytrel midsole under the toes flows into the high-tension figure-eight rand to help with overall grab
  • Full-length laces ensure a precise fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Perfect quiver shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this shoe bouldering on steep NE crimp faces and these things shine. Toe box is perfect for me, heel fits perfect (I have low volume heel), very down turned, great edging while still super sensitive. Had a pair of Miura VS's, but wasn't happy with the sensitivity. Had a pair of futura's also, didn't like the no edge, heel, and general sensitivity. I find that I really prefer unlined shoes.

Downside is the toe hooking isn't great, but that's what you get with a super downturned shoe with laces. I bring a pair of these and a pair of pythons with me and I have everything I need for 99% of boulder problems. Grab a pair of these discounted ones if you can find your size.

-Street: 10 (43.5)
-Pythons: 41.5
-Testarossa's: 42.5
-Mythos: 42


    These will do almost everything. I’ve sent super overhanging 5.10s in the gym. But when I started saving them for outdoors they killed it on technical face. They edge, smear, and are also relatively sensitive. Btw: I sent my first 5.10b outdoors in them yesterday. I can’t stress how amazing these shoes are.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These shoes are badass. The reality is, that I don’t climb a lot of what these shoes are designed for. That being, steep, and overhanging, caves. The toe box on these are intense, and my toes are curled up into claws. I do a lot of smearing, but not with these. Like I said, it’s a badass shoe, I guess .. I’m.. just.. not.

    Claws On Your Feet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These things grab super well in the steep. The stiff toe box also makes them great for over-vertical edging. They're not as stiff as the Miura VS, but they still do really well on steep edging. Really solid in cave-style roofs where grabbing is key. The heel is really sensitive, too, which I enjoy.

    update on a previous review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    These are terrific for thin cracks when they bag out!

    Great Sport climbing shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I wear a 45.0 in La Sportiva's trail running/approach shoes, and a 43.0 in the Testarossas. In terms of fit and performance, I think that the Testarossas work best downsized one or two sizes.
    Mine haven't stretched much, and they broke in quickly.
    I think that the Testarossas are probably best on steep sport climbs, but I know that a lot of people like them on slabby stuff too. They edge well, feel powerful, and, despite some reviewers not loving them on boulders, I think they seem pretty sensitive, too.
    Rock climbing shoes are kind of hard to review because fit/performance preferences differ quite a bit from one individual to another. That said, if you're looking for an aggressive lace-up with a solid downturn, a narrow heel, and a somewhat wide toe-box, the Testarossa is probably worth a look.

    Sizing Update

    • Fit: Runs large

    I have heard from a few of my customers that the sizing on the Testarossa has changed from previous years. Both customers used to climb in a 44 and are now in a 42.5 and they fit the same. Keep that in mind if you have owned older models of the Testarossa and are buying a new pair.
    Contact me directly if you have any questions.

    Looking for a size suggestion since there is nowhere around me that I can try these on. My street shoe is 44.5 and the only pair of La Sportiva's I have or have ever had are TC Pros size 42.5 (a comfy fit). Looking for a tight fit in these. Thoughts?

    Great shoe after break-in period

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    I purchased the Testarossas since I was looking for a more agressive shoe (down-turned toe) than my previous pair which were nearing the end of the useful life and were my first pair of climbing shoes. I have a somewhat wide foot and these were recommended to me by my brother who has even wider feet (but wears a smaller size). We now both have the Testarossas in our street shoe sizes, and they fit very well, with the laces allowing for a really fine tuned fit. The fit felt correct on my foot when I first tried them on; however, the first couple climbing sessions (bouldering in the gym) left me with a lot ache in my big toe knuckle. It wasn't until my fourth or fifth time climbing with them that they finally broke in, and now they feel fantastic.

    As for performance, they serve to be precise and confidence-inspiring! An overall well designed and fun climbing shoe.

    Great review, TPP!

    Orange Crush

    Crushing oranges in the Testies....

    Orange Crush

    My Cinderella slipper.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Cinderella is to me as the Testarossa is to a glass slipper, which means La Sportiva is my Prince Charming....

    What I'm trying to get at is that this shoe fits me perfectly. This is my third (or fourth) pair and I don't think I'll ever search for another. This shoe simply works for everything. It's super aggressive at first, and I can climb the hardest overhung boulder problems and sport routes with the utmost performance.

    Going above and beyond the boulder/sport specifications however, this shoe also excels at crack climbs, multi pitches, and slabs once worn in, and I mean really worn in. This shoe magically forms to my foot after a few months of climbing every day. That being said, I size this shoe a half size smaller than my shoe size, which is unheard of in the aggressive climber philosophy of today. I don't think it interferes with my sport climbing or bouldering, and allows me to climb cracks without much pain. My toes have probably gone numb at this point though, because a friend tried doing the same and wanted to cry on a multi pitch. So I guess this life hack isn't for everyone.

    best shoes ever!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    i dont know why people complain about the heel hooking
    they are the best heel hooking shoes i have ever had. the heel is not as thick as solution. you can really feel the rock your heel is on. very very precise


    • Size Bought: 38.5

    I demoed these along with a group of other shoes. The Testarossa were an absolute stand out.They were may favorite aggressive shoes, by far. This is the most comfortable down-turned shoe I have ever worn. Others push into the top of your toes, but these give your feet the room to bend, with out putting unnecessary pressure on the tops of your toes. They felt like gloves, honestly. Plus, they really delivered and edged and toed like a charm!

    I like these primarily for bouldering and steeping sport climbing. For slab, I would want something far less down-turned, like the Katana Lace-Ups or the Lace-Up Miuras.

    I wear a 38.5 in most La Sportiva, female shoes. My street shoe is a 9.0 in women's, so that's a 40.5 in Euro. Techincally, I could go to a 38 in these, but it's just too painful for me, and they won't stretch because they are synthetic leather. So, the 38.5 in these is the solid choice.


    Purpose built for specific applications

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    These shoes are awesome for small edges, steep climbing, and anything that requires your foot to be perfectly cinched down in the shoe. I do find they are fairly specialized in their capabilities; the lack of extended toe rand rubber makes them borderline awful for toe hooking and the under protected heel cup makes for very frustrating technical heel hooking.

    If you're looking to own a single pair of high performance shoes for bouldering, get the Solutions. If you want a pair for sport climbing, get these ones.

    Not for the faint of heart

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    They absolutely murder my toes if I leave them on too long but it's so worth it. Very soft, extremely precise, edge like a champ; love them. They're my go-to shoe when I need a bit of extra help on a hard boulder problem. The Grip rubber gives a noticeable increase in grip compared to the Edge rubber on my Miuras. The only other shoe that might beat these for me is the new Genius.

    For reference, I wear a 44 Miura Velcro (could easily go to a 43.5) and a 42.5 in the 'Rossas. I'm a 12.5-13 street shoe.

    Performance fit without wanting cut...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    One thing I love about Sportivas (I have the Testarossa and the Solution) is the fit, at least on my foot, is absolutley perfect. These shoes deliver driving performance on steep terrain without making you feel like you have just cut your toes off. The lacing system is durable, functional, and great for dialing in the perfect fit. The heel cup fits my average volume heel well although I would say that it is not as good as the heel on the Solutions. Overall, this is my go-to shoe for steep sport routes.

    Chadbourne Crag - The Clam

    The Testasrossa thrives on routes like this one, but I've recently climbed multi-pitches and cracks now that they're ridiculously worn-in. I'm pretty sure this is the first pair I'll purchase for a second time in the decade I've climbed. Thanks La Sportiva!

    Chadbourne Crag - The Clam

    Great for steep sport climbing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    In echoing what many other have already said, these are ideal for steep sport climbing routes. I have traditionally used the Solution in the past for bouldering and sport climbing, but decided to try these on a recommendation from a friend. I must say, for overall versatility, I prefer the Solutions, as they are perfect for bouldering and great for sport climbing. As the Testarossas aren't quite as stiff they are more comfortable, but that comes with a price when bouldering in them. The other downside is that I have found that these wear out on the toes much more quickly than my Solutions have in the past, despite being a similar design and using the same materials.

    Ultimately, the takeaway for these shoes for me is that they are great for sport climbing, can edge well on vertical faces, and are mediocre for bouldering. The lace up option is great to get a nice precise fit, but if you are looking to boulder with them as well, you are better off in the Solutions. That being said, they are extremely comfortable for a climbing shoe, especially a down turned one, and they are LaSportiva so you know they are quality!

    Unanswered Question

    So for tech face climbing, how do you compare these to Genius? I really need to try no-edge in face climbing... have you?

    Favorite Sportiva shoe ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 37

    Of all the Sportiva shoes I've owned, this is by far my favorite. I can size them way down and still have great feel on the tiniest of holds.
    I will definitely be getting another pair when these wear out.

    Street shoe size 8.5

    i wear 44 street shoes, and my feet is a little bit wide, and i am a new climber. which size should i order base on the La Sportive size system??? plz help!

    You should go at least a full size down so 43, if not 42.5. These shoes are leather so they will stretch. If you are a new climber I would look at something that is not so aggressive, even if sized correctly they wont be that comfortable.

    Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

    La Sportiva

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