La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe
The La Sportiva Kataki Climbing Shoe focuses on comfort and high performance with the asymmetrical curvature and differentiated lacing closure. It is a strong shoe for edging that is precise with a stronger point of the toe and an S-Heel for secure hooks. Best for rock climbing and bouldering, this is a good sticky shoe for precise footwork and steep edging.
The upper material is microfiber and suede leather with a sock liner of comfort. It combines a LaSpoFlex midsole with P3 and a rubber grip outsole with a low-profile toe box. This is for increased effectiveness when climbing. Featuring great aggression, this sole can be resoled easily to keep it in top shape. You get two large pull tabs on the heel to make getting this gear on and off simple and quick. Good for beginners and those with experience, the Kataki is a combination of the previous Katana and Otaki shoe models from La Sportiva.
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Focuses on comfort and high performance
Strong for edging that is precise
For precise footwork and steep edging
Best for bouldering and rock climbing
Good for difficult climbs that are short
Ideal for both indoors and outdoors
Resoling is easy
High-performance, aggressive, and versatile
Sizing can be a problem - big too small
May take several climbs to break in well
Might have to try several pairs for the right fit
It is a combination of the comfort of the Katana and the aggression of the Otaki model. The name even combines the two titles to form a new name. Katana + Otaki = Kataki. The user can perform multiple moves such as projecting overhangs, fitting in the tight cracks, and being able to wear them all day comfortably. It is close in design to the Otaki model but differs with a closure system of lacing for obtaining a custom fit.
-Microfiber and suede leather
-Pacific lining and differentiated lacing
-Toe box of the low profile
-Two pull tabs on the heel
-Patented construction of the S-Heel
-LaspoFlex midsole with P3 build
-Sticky for overhangs
The importance of how a climbing shoe fits goes well beyond the comfort level because it has a great bearing on performance too. A climbing shoe can be comfortable but loose enough for you to not perform well on the rocks. It has to be an ideal combination of both comfort and fit for it to be at all effective.
Tight cracks are accomplished with the La Sportiva Kataki toe box of the low profile. It has a stronger point of the toe than previous La Sportiva models or the two that inspired this version. This is a slip-lasted strong shoe for edging that is precise. Advanced climbers want and need the form-fitted shoes that will allow them to scale the walls and boulders like a cat.
The La Sportiva Kataki gets you very close to this level with the proper skillset and experience backing. There are two large pull tabs on the heel for ease in getting this product on and off. Also, since the sole is 3/4 thick, resoling is not only possible but probable.
It is the round yellowish circle under the heel that we are talking about here. This one aspect is responsible for precise performance and technical work of the heel on most all-terrain. It makes heel hooks secure and is excellent for micro-edge toeing in at the same time.
Not to take away from this feature but the perfect fit of the heel cup takes away any heel deformation in situations of high torsion too. These qualities work well together to make such a well-balanced and high-performance shoe possible for women.
The ¾ sole certainly makes resoling easy. Experienced climbers usually purchase more than one pair of climbing shoes of the same model when they find that Cinderella perfect fit for themselves. This is for resoling purposes. You do not want to stop climbing when your shoes are being resoled, so you get more shoes and rotate them in acquiring new soles put on.
There is one issue that we want to mention that primarily affected the current rating of this footwear for women online. It has a sticker embedded in the sole of the shoe that makes it slippery for some people when climbing. The mentioning or purpose of this feature was not disclosed in any product information that we could find on seller websites or even the manufacturer.
However, it has caused some women to return their shoes. That is because it hurts their performance and overall safety on the rocks. It does not bother everyone because many users did not mention it in their reviews.
This makes them not long enough for tying in the configuration they wanted, such as around the foot and such. We also noticed that a couple of people with large feet could not get a size to fit them because they did not go as high as they needed. To wear such an innovative shoe, they were wearing the largest size sold and painfully breaking them in each time they climbed.
This can be excruciating for the feet with a long break-in time with feet that are bigger than the regular size. Even with medium-sized feet, a few buyers found that it may take several climbs to break in this model well. On the other hand, some were able to wear this version right out of the box for long periods with no problems.
As with any item that must fit the human population, size is going to be a significant issue. There is no advice to give for sizing with this product since some found it too small and others said it was too big. The consistence quality we did find was that if the shoe did not fit at first, then customers had to return the different sizes several times to find the one that fit the best.
Amazon and La Sportiva are great for understanding this and will work with you on returns very easily. Just know that stretching of ½ a size is expected with the flexible leather upper. Do not be too quick to send back a pair that is just a bit too tight. Work with them and give them time to stretch.
Honestly, some women did not care for the quality of this model and thought the general build was not up to par for their preference. This is okay because not every shoe is for every person. You must find the best climbing shoe that has the cost you can afford with the features that you need and like the best.
As you try on and experiment with many models of climbing shoes in your activities, you will discover what some shoes offer for your particular likes and dislikes in climbing various places. Many climbers eventually have a nice collection of footwear that they can use for any type of surface and situation. Only then will you be able to determine exactly what the La Sportiva Kataki can offer to your climbing style and performance.