The new La Sportiva Kataki is an incredible all-around shoe. These snazzy shoes excelled on smeary slab climbs to gently overhung sport pitches, to very overhanging boulder problems. The Kataki is an upgraded version of the tried and tested La Sportiva classic, the Katana, but with a shape that contours the foot and a sole that brings added sensitivity. It's an added plus that the Kataki comes in a women's specific design, similar to the La Sportiva Otaki. For a shoe that was reliable, even on the smallest of holds, the Kataki was what we kept reaching for time and time again.
This combination of comfort, support, and performance are what convinced us to give the Kataki our Editors' Choice Award this season. This award-winner combines the best qualities of all our favorite shoes into one magnificent climbing machine. We were surprised by how versatile the Kataki was, but they did perform well, even on hard trad climbs in Yosemite Valley where an aggressive shape is not always the most helpful design.