TenayaTatanka Climbing Shoe

High performance and speed.

Crafted from quality materials in southern Spain, Tenaya climbing shoes have proven themselves on cutting-edge European sport routes and are now available in the US for the first time. For a taste of Tenaya performance, simply lace up the Tatanka Climbing Shoe. The SXR Dynamics provide a precise, glove-like fit while allowing the foot to naturally move for maximum strength, greater comfort, and fast response in tricky situations.

  • Microfiber upper with a TXT-treated cotton lining provides a snug fit with minimal stretch
  • Quick lacing system allows you to cinch the shoes down for a precise performance fit
  • High asymmetric curvature (the most asymmetrical shoe of Tenaya's laced models) and a moderate down turned profile allow the shoe to excel on pockets, edges, and steep terrain
  • Vibram XS Grip rubber allows you to smear, edge, and heel-hook with confidence
  • SXR Dynamics moving tightening system provides a glove-like fit for strength and precision without compromising comfort
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

are the sizes shown in men's shoe sizes? what does size 4 translate in UK women's shoes??

Hey Olivia, These shoes are listed in US men's sizes. The 4 is a UK women's 3 and the 4.5 is a UK women's 3.5.

Great shoe

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

This is a really great shoe. It's pretty comfortable, even when tight. I wear a 9.5 casual shoe and this shoe in an 8.5 works well. It does feel a little loose in the heal, but not so much to be an issue. The sole sticks much better than my last pair of climbing shoes.

Good Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 9.5

Good shoe, nothing spectacular. They're fairly durable and the rubber grips pretty well. Be careful sizing; I wear a 10.5 in the Shaman, a 9 in the Miura lace up and got a 9.5 in these and they were a little too snug. Still a good shoe though

Similar but different to Tenaya Masai

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11.5

I bought the Tatanka, thinking that it will be a little more aggressive than Masai which I have used for several months and liked. It turns out they are almost identical. The main difference is that Tatanka's closure system provides more side support (the orange straps). When outside-edging it feels more stable than the Masai. Otherwise the fit is just about identical which is not necessarily a bad thing. These shoes are quite comfortable. For those who are interested in Tenaya shoes, you need to know that they are narrow. Much narrower than my Scarpa Thunder and Evolve Shaman and Astroman. But interestingly, they are not uncomfortable, likely due to the very supple upper that don't put pressure on your toe knuckles when they are curled. The narrowness of the profile contributes to edging precision and security. The length seems to be true to size. I wear 11.5 or 12 street shoes and order them in 11.5 and don't need to size down.

With both pairs of shoes, my biggest complain is the bagginess of the heels. Maybe I have narrow heels but I also read other people sharing the same comment. On the other hand if you have fat heels (and narrow forefoot), these will be perfect for you. That being said, these are not marketed as bouldering shoes, and my occasional heel hooks were not too insecure. I use these shoes mostly in the gym. I climb at 5.11 level.

After wearing the Tatanka for a month, I discover that the support is quite a bit more than the Masai due to the side straps. This translates to even more secured edging. Also, the arch is higher and softer so it is a little easier to claw than the Masai. I would give this shoe a 4.5

all-around good shoe but too tight

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 13

I have a pair of Tenaya Masais, and although they perform well, the fit is too tight and I can only wear them for an hour or so. I was looking for an all-day trad climbing shoe, and hoped the Tatanka would fit better, but I found it also too tight in the toebox. The heel strap on both shoes forces my foot forward into the toebox, and jams my toes. I wear a size 12 tennis shoe and both pairs of climbing shoes were size 13. I ended up buying a different shoe.

David, do you size climbing shoes more for comfort? I have 3 pairs of Tenayas (Masai, Tatanka, and Iati) and I find the sizing to be quite consistent and true to size. I wear 11.5 to 12 street shoes, and find 11.5 in Masai and Tatanka to be perfectly snug. I bought the Iati on a great deal in size 12.5, it is definitely too big for performance climbing, and I plan to use it only for long multipitch climbs or cold weather climbs where I have wear socks. I have a hard time believing that you have to size up to 13.

Gave as a gift but they are loved

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave these as a gift and they love them! Said they are very comfy and fit well

So I usally wear a size 13 addias sambas and a size 13 wide in in hiking boots, what size do you guys suggest. I had a pair of Masai 14 that the toe and heel had about a half inch of room all around

It really depends on what fit you are looking to achieve from the shoes. 13 may be a good starting place, but many climbers prefer to size down in order to curl up their toes and get a bit more performance out of the shoes. Others find this uncomfortable. With climbing shoes, it is really best to try on a few sizes and see which one you think fits the best.

I am a street shoe size 13 and I got these in 12.5 and I am totally happy with the fit. I could go smaller I guess but I really don't see the reason to aggressively size down. 12.5 I can wear them for a little bit but I am happy when I take them off haha.

Best all around shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8

If you are looking for one shoe that can do it all this is it. I have worn mine on steep overhang to long slab, and I can say that these babies are sweet. Hands down the best shoe I have owned. Fit great right out of the box and do not stretch. I got mine in same size I wear in street shoe, may want to size up a half if you have sensitive toes. Heal is a bit larger than some shoes, but no issues once broken in. I did wear through my rubber in about 6 months, but I was climbing a lot and the sensitive xs grip is not known for its longevity. I have since had them resoled and they are still banging. If you are questioning the brand, DONT. These will become your favorite shoes and you won't get them mixed up with someone else's pair at the crag.

Unanswered Question

Wondering about sizing these and how it might differ from the oasi. I am a 10 street shoe and ordered the 9 and 9.5 in oasi the 9 was to painful to wear and the 9.5 was a bit to big. Does this shoe differ enough from the oasi to possibly fit into the 9 or would the 9.5 be smaller in these shoes than the oasi?

comfortable good performance

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 12.5

These shoes are great. They are comfortable out of the box and they do not stretch very much so the fits stays the same. I am a size 13 and I got 12.5 because they were on sale and that was the only size. I don't see a need to go any smaller. They are snug but not too painful. I could probably go down to a 12 if I had to but I don't think I would want to. Performance wise I really like them, they are not super stiff so they have a lot of feel for the rock which I like. They are not aggressively downturned and I have climbed some steep stuff and they do great.

Very comfortable

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

Great shoes!

Very comfortable if I compare them to other climbing shoes. They don't strech.

Very comfortable

very comfortable.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I had to return some Mad Rock Con-Flict because of the very tight fit; and exchanged for those. I am very please with the level of comfort, esp. the tongue and that you can choose to make the laces tighter or less tight in some spots (have large feet). The rubber on top of the toes near the laces does not feel as strong/thick as other shoes I've tried, so I hope it won't give out first.

oh, and it comes with 2 pairs of laces; 1 orange and 1 black.

Exactly what I was looking for!

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

After trying on a few other aggressive shoes from LaSportiva (Miura, etc) I found that the highly asymmetric toe didn't really work for me (no sensitivity). I tried some shoes from 5.10 but i wanted something a little more aggressive than what my climbing gym had in stock. These are exactly what I wanted, aggressive but comfortable and great sensitivity for me. I really like that they don't really stretch so what I first try on is essentially what I get. I based my sizing off the 5.10s I tried on (1 American size down from my street shoes) so I went with an 8 and after a month of use I can comfortably wear them for about 30-45 minutes before my toes start to hurt (more experienced climbers will be more used to the pain than I am).

I will definitely order them again, though for gym use I may try the velcro RAs next time.

Tenaya Tatanka Climbing Shoe - Men's

These videos are great.

A little more attention to showing the full toe shape from above.

Top notch!

    These shoes are literally my favorite climbing shoe I've ever owned. They are perfect for steep, overhanging terrain, but they also edge really well, making them a great technical shoe!

    Great Fit, feel, and performance!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These things fit like a glove, the smear, edge, and hook perfectly. Killer on overhanging sport routes. Am in love with my new Tenayas!

    As far as sizing goes I wear a 10 street shoe and went with an 8.5 in these. I normally wear a 9 in five ten, and a 41.5 in scarpa.

    They definitely hurt after wearing them for a pitch or two, but not unbearably..though I did have to rip them off after 45 minutes of continued wear. Once they strecth out a bit, they should fit like a glove.

    Crazy good fit!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The neoprene tongue in these gives them a fit like a sock. I love them on steep terrain where I am toe-ing in a lot, but they are so comfy I could see them making a good trad shoe, too, in a larger size. Defintely worth checking out.

    Crazy good fit!