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Awards Best Buy Award  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $85.00 at REI
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$135.00 at Backcountry
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$146.25 at Backcountry
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$138.75 at Backcountry
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$195.00 at REI
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Pros Affordable, flat midsole is comfortable all day, well-balanced performance across many areasGreat precision, aggressive/down turned toe tip, sensitive, great toe and heel hooking, precise fit, comfortable, easy on/offVersatile, durable, comfortableIncredible sensitivity, great edging, durabilityBest edging shoe on the market
Cons Insensitive, imprecise fit, ineffective design for steep terrainNot comfortable for all-day climbing, expensive, not the most versatile, hard to fit, single strap broke prematurelyExpensive, can be hard to findSpecalized use, expensive, might be hard to resoleExpensive
Bottom Line A great deal for an adequate climbing shoeA tried and true modern classic, this model excels while steep and technical climbingAn awesome shoe for long climbs requiring a variety of crack climbing and edging techniquesAn incredibly sensitive and comfortable shoe that excels at edgingThis high performance model is the ultimate balance of support and sensitivity
Rating Categories La Sportiva Tarantulace La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Katana Lace La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Genius
Edging (20%)
6
9
9
9
10
Cracks (20%)
7
8
9
7
6
Comfort (20%)
9
7
9
7
7
Pockets (20%)
5
10
8
9
9
Sensitivity (20%)
6
9
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10
10
Specs La Sportiva... La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Katana... La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Genius
Style Lace Velcro Lace Velcro Lace
Upper Leather/Synthetic Leather / Lorica Leather/Lorica Leather/Synthetic Leather Suede leather / Microfiber
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Lining None HF in toe box and arch area only Pacific (forefoot and back) Unlined Unlined
Rubber Type FriXion RS Vibram XS Grip 2 Vibram XS Edge Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2
Rubber Thickness (millimeters) 5 mm 4 mm 4 mm 3 mm 3 mm
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