Tenaya Tarifa Climbing Shoe
TenayaTarifa Climbing Shoe

An overall powerhouse for steep climbing.

When you need that extra something to tackle your latest steep project, lace up the Tarifa Climbing Shoes from Tenaya and get ready to crush some rock. These mid-stiff shoes feature a microfiber upper and a cotton lining that's been given a TXT treatment to help with moisture management and comfort. The Speed Lace system makes taking these on and off easy. Vibram XS Grip rubber helps you stick to steep terrain but can also stick to tiny holds and vertical edging when necessary.

  • Microfiber upper
  • Cotton lining with TXT treatment
  • Speed Lace system
  • Vibram XS Grip 3.5mm sole
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Best of all face climbing worlds

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got a pair in (2 sizes below street) and very impressed. Overall, similar performance to an Anasazi VCS but better built, better edging and the speed lacing system is the best of all worlds. I have wide feet (EE on my right) and the fit is still excellent providing the additional support needed for small edges. BUT, definitely NOT a crack climbing fit.

I was looking for a "Katama" basically a lace version of the Skwama with stickier rubber (Vibram Grip rather than Edge) for granite face climbing. La Sportiva doesn't make that shoe and I am very glad that Tenaya does. West Coast climbers rejoice.

Does the size refer to the US men or women's size? I'm confused, I need a UK size 4 for woman

Hey Olivia, The size refers to the US men's sizing. It looks like a 5.5 would translate in men's to a UK 4 and we only down to the size 6. I recommend looking into women's specific climbing shoes to find one that will fit! I recommend looking at the women's Kataki (Item# LSP00D0) for something similar.

Perfect shoe.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My foot measures 284 mm, which usually converts to a 11.5 - 12 US Mens. I wear a 10 in these. They run quite small. Nothing compares to them for their combination of technical excellence and comfort. Powerful on the smallest edges.

I've gone through more pairs of these than I care to admit, but it's because there's really nothing that compares. I've got Anasazis, Testarosas, Shamans... all sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

On my 3rd pair...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have extremely high arches so these are super comfy for me. They are my all favorite shoe (outdoor/indoor), sport and bouldering. Really just an excellent shoe all around.

My Dream Climbing Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've gone through a number of different climbing shoes and have always struggled with finding a shoe that fit my narrow heel, the Tarifa is seriously my dream shoe. Out of the box it was a Cinderella, fairytale kind of fit. They heel-hook, toe-hook, and edge perfectly. Not to mention the rubber is insanely sticky--even on crazy polished limestone. The toe-box is comfortable, and the toe-hook rubber, though it looks minimal, is honestly the perfect amount and has held up to all my roof climbing shenanigans. I hope Tenaya never stops making this model. From the first day I used them, to some serious indoor and outdoor mileage, these shoes are the real deal.

Because this has always been helpful for me: I wear an 8 1/2 (US women's) street shoe and bought size 6 1/2 (which is US men's sizing).

Really enjoyed it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

This is a great shoe, through and through. High performance, yet comfortable. I managed to get a year and a half out of these on original rubber. Sport, bouldering, indoor, outdoor---even DWS. The smell got a little gnarly, but otherwise I was pretty happy. I decided to move on to a different shoe, but it was only because of the fit. The toe box was great for me, but the arch hit a little too far back and the heel was a bit wide.

Sure Does

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 42.5

I've been using the Tenaya Ra as a gym kicker for about 8 months, and I've been pleased. Gotta resole them, and in the interim, I figured I'd purchase a complimentary shoe -- something a touch more sensitive and aggressive.

A couple of things:
1) Don't be scared by the synthetic; size as you would normally. I rock a 42.5 RA, which is leather, and was borderline excruciating to break in. I'm talkin toes fully curled, barely able to edge fold over. Eventually, they opened up and I was happy. All good.

So when I ordered the Tarifa, I knew full-well that I wanted this to be an aggressive fit; real tight. I figured, I had an aggressive fit in the Ra, and it took a while for it to sag out to comfortable all-day performance; synthetic shoes don't stretch, I'll stick with the 42.5.

Wrong choice, ultimately. The upshot is, the thing is damn comfortable out of the box (like not-taking-shoes-off-to-belay comfortable). Pretty mindblowing. Perfomance is decent, just ultimately not the shoe experience I was anticipating.

2) I've got absurdly wide feet, collapsing arches, and more bone spurs than a washed-up D1 ski racer still cramming into his plug 140 Dobermans because he "folds through everything". Essentially, when it comes to rock shoes, I always have issues finding shoes that are wide enough, particularly around my insanely over-calcified scaphoid.

Tenaya's are THE wide shoe. This business about narrow toe-boxes I'm seeing in the reviews seems catagorically false. BUT the heel is tighter than say a 5.10.

Overall, I'm into it so far, and maybe as I get into summer outdoor cragging my feet will appreciate the extra space, but as of yet, I'd reccomend sizing down as you would with say a solution or instinct.

AMAZING! Made me a better climber

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

Wore these shoes for 1 year inside and outside on well textured granite. These are my second pair and they've done cracks like nothing else. The 'sock' wrap around is the best. Soooo Comfy. The Vibram XS grip is a super soft super grippy rubber, but an absolute ego killer for my terrible footwork. For my first three months I was dragging my toes up the face and turning and twisiting like elvis on holds. My shoes started to show wear, and so I fixed my technique and my climbing went up a grade. Seriously I'll never give these up.

Unanswered Question

How long they are supposed to last if you just climb on weekends?

Good shoes, minor issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 11

Used these shoes for about 6 months of mostly gym climbing 2-3 days a week. I wear a street shoe size 12 and got these in 11. Fit worked well for me. Had a short break in period that caused some pain but then they stretched out to fit my foot great. An 11.5 would have probably worked out just as good with a bit more comfort without much sacrifice on preformance.

My only issue with these shoes is the durability. I blew a hole on the bottom sole right under my big toe. Six months of use seemed a bit too early for that to happen for me. That's why I didn't rate 5 stars.

Other note... These shoes do get very smelly so beware.

Great shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12

These shoes are fantastic - I've used them bouldering in the gym and outdoors on sport routes for about a month now and couldn't be happier about their overall performance. They're super technical, stick and edge really well and are the most comfy climbing shoe I've owned by miles and miles (mainly climbed in muiras, vipers and cobras in the past). That said, after only a month or so of regular wear, these things STINK. They are great shoes but I've never experienced this level of foot stank in all my years of climbing. Consider wearing socks.

Great first buy.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

After taking these a few times to the gym i have to say they are a great beginner shoe. I LOVE the lace up system. Its the best of both worlds. I remember using the gyms shoes and constantly messing with all the laces to get a good fit that isnt hurting my feet. With their lace up system its a few good pulls on each crossover, tie them up and youre good to go! I bought a size ten although i wear a size nine street shoe. They run a bit narrow so keep that in mind. I can wear them all day and experience no discomfort. The moderate curve and good edges help me with overhangs that i try to attempt and still work well on flat walls.

So far, So good

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: 41

Coming from TC Pro's, I was hesitant on "leaving" La Sportiva. After a gym session in the Tarifa's I'm glad I chose these Tenaya's. They're actually very similar in comfort compared to the TC Pro's even though they're more "aggressive." They stick well, edge well, and I like the amount of flexibility they have. No too much, not too little. I normally wear 42 in La Sportiva and went to 41's with the Tenaya.

Buy em!

Unanswered Question

I wear US M 8 for the Oasi, and US M 8.5 for the Ra. Does anyone have a recommendation for what size would suit me in the Tarifas? Same as the Oasi?

Unanswered Question

I typically wear an 8-8 1/2 street shoe and have only worn Scarpa for climbing. I could barely get my feet into 41.5's and even then it was agonizing for any longer than 5-10 minutes so I climb in 42's (Scarpa Force X; which have since stretched out a fair bit and are too roomy after climbing in them for 4-5 months). Would it be best to go with 8's or 8.5's in this case?

Hey another sizing question. I recently got back into climbing at the gym, I will be buying my first pair of shoes. I wear a size 9 street shoe. A size 10 for 5.10s VCS Anasazi fits me comfortably when I tried them on in the store. Would it be advisable to purchase a 10 in these? Im looking for something I can wear at the gym all day and not cramp if possible.

Best Answer

Hey Dillon,



Climbing shoes are notoriously hard to size online, but if you are a 10 in the 5.10 VCS I think getting a 10 in the Tarifais would be a good call. If you wanted to try a few sizes, or need to do an exchange if the 10 doesn't fit, I am more than happy to help you out with that.

Better Than TC Pros?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8.5

For the past year, my go-to shoe has been La Sportiva's TC Pro. Those are comfortable enough to leave on for an entire climbing session, offer fantastic support, and have nearly unparalleled edging capabilities. However, the TC Pro is not necessarily the best bouldering shoe, and is on the lower end of the sensitivity spectrum.

I've used the Tenaya Tarifa for the past two weeks, and only in the gym at this point. However, my impressions are extremely positive. As other reviewers have noted, the Tarifa is instantly comfortable, and there is very little break-in period. The liner is similar to that of La Sportiva's Solution, but with a longer tongue. This is a narrower shoe all around, though I only sized down one full size from my street size (8.5 versus 9.5).

There is no one best thing about the Tarifa: it is a great shoe due to aggregate of its qualities. For instance, it has ultra-sticky rubber which is made even better by the Tarifa's sensitivity. It is excellent for edging, as well, as that sensitivity is balanced by good support. I find myself being extremely precise in these shoes, and often toe into holds rather than back step. Although the last is not necessarily aggressive, it is downturned just enough so I can "hook" onto jibs and edges. And, that same rubber, sensitivity, and precision allow me to smear and post much more assertively.

One possible con is that the Tarifa's heel does not feel secure. I still have a bit of a pocket in my heel cup, which contradicts what some other reviewers have found.

Overall, an excellent all-day shoe, great for roped climbing and moderate bouldering. I would not use this for severely overhung terrain, but then again, I'm not climbing V10s yet, either. Highly recommend this, and would recommend it over the TC Pro or the Solution if you had to select just one pair of shoes.

I wear a size 40 1/2 EUR in the la sportiva solutions (around 8 1/2 US street). what would be a good fit for me?

I sized down a full size from street and it's too small. To be fair I sometimes wear 1.5 sizes bigger in street. It was a tough choice but I should have chosen 1/2 size down. Prominent big toe feels crammed, can't really perform in them. :/ I can tell if you nail the sizing these are awesome though.

I wear the Solution in 41 EUR and that is pretty darn tight. If your pair is already snug, I would recommend getting the 8.5 in the Tarifa. If your Solution is comfortable, probably would get the 8.0.

Great all round Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

Hudson Mountain Area Cowell Arkansas 5.10A

Great all round Shoe

What is your street shoe size? I wear an 11.5/12 in street shoes.

I wear 11.5 - 12 running shoe when I reorder another pair I will go with a 11.5 in the tarifa. I always wear lo profile socks. I have never fallen off a climb because my shoe was not painfully tight

I wear a size 7 in a street shoe what would be a good size for me in these??

Best Answer

6 for comfortable snug fit 5.5 for agressive



I wear a 12 street and got these in 44.5 or us mens 11 I wanted a shoe that would not kill my feet if I need a tighter fit I just wear socks..