This is a fantastic all-around climbing shoe for climbers who are getting into the sport and for for those attempting traditional classic routes. Extremely comfortable right from the start, the Tarantulace uppers are made
of soft but durable, unlined leather/synthetic with a slightly asymmetric shape. The lined tongue helps manage moisture, while the lacing pattern; unique with Sportiva, allows a quick-pull system that is snug and remains snug even on long, multi-pitch routes. By using 5mm FriXion Rubber, La Sportiva offers moderately sticky, high volume usage. To ensure the best grip, clean the soles after each day of climbing with water and light brush.
After many days of use, I noticed that the overall fit did stretch, perhaps a half size.
The Tarantulace resoles well.
I have been using the Tarantulace for a few years now on most of my moderate grade, long routes. They are my ‘go-to’ shoe for routes on the Flatirons, Wind Tower, or many of the classics of Eldorado Canyon. Last June, my partner, Bill and I climbed several enchainments at The Leap near Lake Tahoe, California. Training for an alpine trip to Chamonix, we started our climbs at dusk and climbed well into the wee-hours of the night. Temperatures ranged from the low 40’s to the mid 60’s. Because of the relaxed fit, I could easily slip on a light pair of wool socks to keep warm. Our enchainments ranged in length from seven to eight hours of climbing. We managed five routes and 2,400 vertical feet per night.
Using the Tarantulace, my feet were comfy and never felt taxed.
My advice: Keep your rack light and slip into a comfortable pair of shoes, the Tarantulace!
Reviewer: Lou Renner, International Mountain and Climbing Guide for 30 years and Contributing MyClimb Writer