La Sportiva Katana Lace Climbing Shoe review

La Sportiva Katana Lace climbing shoe
Climbing Shoe:
James Roberts

Reviewed by:
On October 24, 2016
Last modified:November 5, 2016


La Sportiva Katana Lace is an aggressive profile climbing shoe made for the expert climber. The P3 technology and Vibram XS rubber sole make this shoe perfect for rock climbing.
The little-downturned toe facility makes this shoe is the best climbing shoe. It highly recommended climbing shoe for expert and intermediate climber.

La Sportiva Katana Lace Climbing Shoe review

Looking for overall good and comfortable climbing shoe, the La Sportiva Katana Lace Climbing Shoe would be a great solution. The P3 (Permanent Power Platform) technology makes it overall best performance and comfortable climbing show.

The minimal asymmetry and little-downturned toe facility make this shoe is a high performed and comfortable shoe. As a result, the climbers perfectly positioning their toe with great comfort and, it equally good for crack and edge.

La Sportiva Katana Lace2The shoe sole is made by Vibram with XS sticky rubber. This is very hard and very sticky rubber in the shoe industry. It allows you makes a better grip on the rock and limestone. So, Katana lace is safe for climbing.

The weight is another point which allows you to choose this shoe as your best climbing shoe. The weight of this shoe is 247gm. In the different size, it may increase. For the easy climb, expert climber wants to use light weight climbing equipment. So, this shoe fulfills the requirements.


  • Soft Upper leather.
  • Toe box for power edging
  • Tongue, keep moisture
  • XS sticky rubber sole
  • Lorica lacing

Katana Lace for whom?

If you’re looking for high performance and best comfortable climbing shoe, then this shoe is for you. It’s a pain-free high-performance climbing shoe, made for the expert climber in mind. The downturned toe extremely powers up your climbing.

So, we will recommend this shoe for expert and intermediate climber. For beginner climber, it’s not recommended. Because all of the downturned toe shoes makes some inflammation end of the day.

However, the Katana Lace rubber sole and leather toe box gives you hundred times comfort feeling, what you wouldn’t think such a downturned toe shoe.

Why should you choose Katana Lace as your climbing shoe?

This shoe is an overall god aggressive profile climbing shoe. I have found many ideal reasons for choosing this shoe as your climbing shoe. However, there are few disturbances also.


la-sportiva-katana-laceThere is no doubt that it is a comfortable shoe. The upper leather and Vibram XS rubber sole gives you super feelings. The P3 technology allows you to fast climbing without spending much energy. But, the rubber sole is little hard and little thick. The softer sole would be a better feeling.

Safe climbing:

This is a downturned toe shoe made for safe climbing. The toes pockets of this shoe are good enough. It will help you to hang up on the crack. Also, it will help you to keep your body weight on your toes. Therefore, it’s safe for climbing.

Lorica lacing:

The velcro straps create some misery feeling when you jump up one crack to another. But the Lorica lacing keeps you safe and comfortable while you climb.


The Tongue is specially made for keep moisture while you climb. La Sportiva Katana Lace does its jobs perfectly. The Tongue really keeps foot moisture than other aggressive profile climbing shoe.

What is the performance of this shoe?

As I said before the performance is overall good. This shoe is made for crack or rock climbing or sports climbing. The performance is equally good on rock, crack, and indoor wall.

Crack climbing:

Crack climbing is one of the best advantages of this shoe. This is the little aggressive shape shoe. If you compare with other aggressive shape shoes like La Sportiva TC Pro, then it will overcome easily. You can climb little crack with this shoe easily.


This shoe makes by Vibram XS edge, which is the best performance rubber. Also, the P3 technology which is super powerful for edge climbing so, this shoe is marvelous in edge climbing. Compare with any high edge performance climbing shoe then Katana Lace will defiantly in advantage.

Alternative shoe:

The Katana Lace has some alternative. La Sportiva Solution, La Sportiva TC PRO are the best alternatives of Katana Lace from La Sportiva. Also, you may go to Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe. This is another good alternative to this shoe, which is made by Evolv.


In Conclusion, I must say the La Sportiva Katana Lace is the best performance aggressive profile climbing shoe. This shoe is highly recommended shoe for rock climbing, crack climbing. The P3 technology makes this shoe is the best climbing shoe.

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