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La Sportiva Stickit Review

A good basic shoe that does just about everything well, but doesn’t excel in any one thing in particular.
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Price:  $48 List | $48.00 at REI
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Pros:  Good price, comfort, easy on/off
Cons:  Single lace tension strap can wear out quickly, adjustable heel sacrifices heel hooking rubber
Manufacturer:   La Sportiva
By Adam Paashaus ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 5, 2019
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  • Edging - 20% 6
  • Cracks - 20% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Pockets - 20% 5
  • Sensitivity - 20% 6

Our Verdict

La Sportiva has a wide assortment of shoes for children that range from the super comfortable Gripit to the high performance of the Maverink. The La Sportiva Stickit is their middle of the road shoe and it has good performance in a comfortable package. It doesn't have the most amazing performance on all terrain, but it will happily do what most new climbers will ask of it, both in the gym and outside at the crag.


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Pros Good price, comfort, easy on/offAdjustable heel strap, durable toe rand, easy on/off strap, sensitivitySuperb edging, great crack shoe, great on steep rockSensitive, great edging, comfortableSoft and sensitive, easy on/off, narrow toe gets in thin cracks
Cons Single lace tension strap can wear out quickly, adjustable heel sacrifices heel hooking rubberToe box has high profile, making it poor in pockets and thin cracksLacks comfort for all day climbingPossible back of ankle pressure point, difficult to resoleExpensive, thin outsole limits lifespan
Bottom Line A good basic shoe that does just about everything well, but doesn’t excel in any one thing in particular.The best available, all-around comfortable shoe, that performs well for most applications including cracks, slab and face.The aggressive downturned toe, combined with a supportive last, makes this shoe shine on vertical face and overhanging rock as well as cracks and technical slab.A great shoe for experienced kids who push their limits in steep sport or boulders.A great all-around shoe that will work well for intermediate climbers, both outside or in the gym.
Rating Categories La Sportiva Stickit Evolv Venga Evolv Ashima La Sportiva Maverink Five Ten Mini Mocc
Edging (20%)
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Specs La Sportiva Stickit Evolv Venga Evolv Ashima La Sportiva Maverink Five Ten Mini Mocc
Style Velcro slipper Velcro slipper Lace-up Aggressive slipper Velcro slipper
Upper Leather Synthetic Leather Micro fiber/ leather Leather
Width Options None None None None None
Lining Unlined Nylon Unlined Unlined Unlined
Rubber Type Frixion RS TRAX SAS TRAX High Friction Vibram XS Grip 2 Stealth S1
Rubber Thickness (millimeters) 3 mm 4.2 mm 4.2 mm 3 mm 2mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The average performance and the beginner-friendly, comfortable package make this a great all-around shoe for young kid crushers. It will provide exceptional performance for kids just entering the sport - up until they start to progress into more advanced types of climbing.

Performance Comparison


Gripit being tested in an Arizona Oak Creek Canyon splitter corner.
Gripit being tested in an Arizona Oak Creek Canyon splitter corner.

Edging


Most kids shoes put a priority on comfort, and many times, that means making shoes that are soft and flexible. When you have a soft, flexible shoe, it reduces the ability to edge on super small holds. This shoe is no exception. The rubber is pretty sticky, which helps, but this shoe requires more foot strength to stay on those little jibs. For stiffer, better performing edging shoe, try the Black Diamond Momentum - Kids.

Edging on basalt with the Stickit.
Edging on basalt with the Stickit.

Crack Climbing


The thin leather upper and soft outsole keep this shoe from being the best choice for crack climbing due to the lack of protection around the foot. However, the actual performance is pretty good if the crack doesn't cause too much pain. We had some issues, however, with the lace wearing out from jamming the shoe in hand cracks.

The splitter cracks at Oak Creek Canyon Overlook AZ. were great for testing the fleet.
The splitter cracks at Oak Creek Canyon Overlook AZ. were great for testing the fleet.

Pockets


The rounded front toe, combined with the soft, flexible platform, keep this shoe from being a Top Pick for climbing steep pocketed routes. If we were to want an intermediate shoe that performed well on pockets, we would look at the Five Ten Mini Mocc - Kids. While it too is soft, the pointy toe does a better job of fitting in the smaller pockets.

Sensitivity


The 3mm of sticky Frixion Rs rubber is soft enough to allow for great sensitivity on slabs and foot-intensive climbs. Finding the sweet spot of a foothold will be no problem in these shoes.

Comfort


For an intermediate shoe, the Stickit has a good deal of comfort. The soft leather upper breathes well, and the synthetic dual overlapping padded tongue wraps the top of the footwell. A single pull hook and loop enclosure tighten the heel and instep with one easy-to-use strap making it super easy to get in and out of.

Best Applications


We recommend this shoe for casual climbing use. It works just as well outside on all kinds of real rock as it does in the gym, due to the sticky Frixion RS outsole. Beginners, and parents alike, will love how easy it is to get on and off.

Value


The Stickit has a good value. It climbs and holds up well, and at $48, it's the second least expensive option in our comparison. It was a close contender for the Best Buy Award, but the small hook and loop tab (that can wear out before the shoe does) and the lack of performance (due to the soft nature of the shoes) made it barely fall short. However, the shoe still offers a good overall performance and durability for the price.

Testing the Stickit at Black Rocks climbing area in St. George  UT.
Testing the Stickit at Black Rocks climbing area in St. George, UT.

Conclusion


The Stickit is a good option for most kid climbers. Its performance is comparable to the other intermediate kid's shoes but has a slightly better price on average. Its comfort and user-friendly design make it a good choice for new climbers and casual intermediate climbers alike.


Adam Paashaus