Construction - 78%
Performance - 74%
Comfort - 85%
Summary : Great all-around shoe at an affordable price.
I needed a comfortable shoe that I could wear all day long and performed well in a wide range of situations. After trying out 5 or 6 different options at the REI in Flagstaff, AZ I settled on La Sportiva’s TarantuLace. They fit well. The Frixion RS rubber was sticky, and at $79.95 they didn’t break the bank. I was a little nervous these “entry level” shoes would leave me slipping and sliding on the rock. That wasn’t the case. Quite the opposite. The Tarantulace performed well in every situation from steep limestone boulders, to parallel basalt cracks, to slabby sandstone towers.
What really sold me on the TarantuLace was its level of comfort. With La Sportiva’s RN45 shoe shape and quick pull lacing system I was able to get an incredibly snug fit. Most importantly, my toes weren’t cramped in the toe box, like they have been in so many other shoes I’ve worn in the past. I also enjoyed the unlined leather upper and moisture wicking tongue that allowed my feet to stay dry during longer climbing sessions.
I highly recommend the TarantuLace as an all-around shoe or as a work horse shoe for gym climbing and long multi-pitch routes. As long as you’re not climbing hard sport routes or V-hard boulder problems you’ll likely fall in love with the Tarantulace shoes, just like I did.