La Sportiva has discontinued the Mantis and replaced it with the La Sportiva Tarantula; the Mad Rock Flash 2.0 is also a velcro shoe at a similar price point. To see all of the shoes we tested, check out our full Rock Climbing Shoe Review.
See what we thought of the Mantis below, in case you find a pair on closeout.
The La Sportiva Mantis is an excellent all-purpose, Velcro shoe that is well made, performs well, and is durable and comfortable. An unlined leather upper with synthetic and rubber supports allows for a certain degree of stretch and form fitting, with little danger of becoming baggy and over-stretched with use. A lot of people have complained in the past that La Sportiva shoes are great but are really expensive. Well, this is just about the least expensive shoe on the market so stop complaining! For a more high performance shoe, we would lean toward the La Sportiva Miura, which is almost double the price.