Reviews for Testarossa
Average Rating : 4.90 out of 5
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Review by: fonfon, 2013-05-08
I have a very wide foot with a rather big arch.
The combination of the laces system, with a kind of small pillow under the arch of the toes makes that I can have the shoes extremely tight without being painful. I am usually 41 in normal shoes and uses 38.5. Over all sportiva model (I think I tried almost all of them) these are by far my favourite. Many seems not satisfied with the hill, but to me these are by far my best shoes for hill-hooking. The reason, is that when using for example, Solution model, you have so much rubber that you do not feel it. Katana or muira have a hill that is too much align unlike the testarossa which is a bit bulky. I also appreciate that they are made of leather as synthetic material tend to smell bad with time. Overall, I have been trying for more that 10 year all different type of shoes, and always thought that my testarossa were way better. When I need to complete a project I was using my worn out pair of testarossa rather that my brand new katana laces. Now I have stop trying other model as I always got disappointed.
Sticks like glue.
Review by: jonfretz, 2011-06-15
These shoes are fantastic!
The first day I got them I tried them on a few easy bouldering routes to test them out then went to the gym and tried them on overhangs. Fantastic performance for edging, tiny toe holds, cracks, slab, and generally everything. The heal is a little mushy but very sensitive, the rest of the shoe feels like it becomes a part of your foot with a sticky talon instead of toes...
Yes, they are expensive, but you get what you pay for! If you prefer an aggressive shoe this is the one to get! If you are new to climbing I would NOT recommend this for your first shoe! Go with something less aggressive. Definitely for intermediate to advanced climbers who prefer an aggressive shoe.
In my personal opinion... These are hands down the best shoe on the market. (And nothing like the Solutions).
high pricetag high reward
Review by: jindap, 2011-01-11
With exception to the sticker price I think these are the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned or tried on, and believe me, I've tried on plenty.
As we all know, trying on climbing shoes is no simple task. everyone has a different foot shape. that said, if you have a slender, low-volume, medium width foot and a small heel like I do...then definitely try on these shoes.
i sized down one full size from my street shoe for two reasons. 1) i climb better and can use more of my foot strength and 2) it makes climbing overhang just a bit easier. it should also be noted that this shoe is leather and leather stretches and it's a lace-up so you can let out the shoe a bit to accommodate for any uncomfortable spots.
pros: downturn and toe make sticking holds very simple. anatomic midsole conforms to foot nicely to eliminate empty space. sensitive heel. overall comfort is good as long as it's properly fit.
cons: price. rubber on the heel seems thin, durability might not be great over time.
Review by: mumba, 2010-01-16
These shoes are awesome. The only downside is that they were hell breaking in. Once broken in they are so comfy even when really tight. I had them resoled and it is nice to have them as new but not needing to break them in again. Buy them tight when they stretch quite a lot. I couldn't get size 42 on my foot so I bought 42½. Don't buy these if you plan jamming your feet in cracks. They work really good but it hurts like hell. When bouldering I usually don't lace them, works just as good except for the heel hook
Update: Loved my old ones, lasted for ever but after resouling and multiple patches I had to buy new ones. Some time around 2009 they updated the model. The heel is much nicer and doesn't stretch as much as earlier. Because the comfier heel I had to size down ½ a european size.
Review by: nchavis, 2009-10-11
This is one of the highest performing shoes on the market, well done la sportiva. This shoe combines power and technicality using an extremely downturned toe and great rubber to make a shoe great for sport routes and bouldering alike. I have had these shoes for about 7 monthes and i climb about four times a week in the gym and outdoors, and i feel they still have a few months left! The only downside to this shoe is that there is a little bit of deadspace in the heel cup if u dont size it right out of the box, and they get a little uncomforatable during the break in process. But other than that great shoe, hope this helps.