La Sportiva N.A. Katana Climbing Shoes


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Designed on the high performance Miura last, the Katana is a multipurpose lined shoe that's ideal for the gym or out on the crags. The dual Velcro strap closures have a generous size range to help dial in a proper fit over the breathable tongue. A down turned toe offers superb edging control. Keep in mind that this shoe size runs narrower than some other climbing brands and that the upper may stretch slightly over time.


  • Lined leather upper
  • Dual Velcro strap closure
  • Down turned toe
  • Slip lasted construction (PD 55 last)
  • Supportive and sensitive 1.1 mm. Laspoflex midsole in forefoot
  • 3.5 mm. XSV sole with a 1.8 mm. XSV Rand
  • Weight: 16 oz. per pair in size 41

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

7 Reviews

7 Ratings & Reviews

good quality shoes
May 10, 2007

These shoes are excellent quality and certainly deserve their reputation. Nice edge, can stand on anything with confidence. I bought mine way too small and they have killed me for months as the stretch is minor and slow. make sure you put your feet under pressure when trying on in the shop.

Katana precision is unbeatable
October 19, 2006

I've had many pairs of Katanas over the years and they are still hard to beat. From steep pockets, to cracks to friction slabs, the Katanas cut deep into any rock. The fit is comfortable, the lining and building materials stretch very little and the vibram XSV rubber is reliable and durable. I appreciate the opposing velcro system to get a nice snug fit. Expect the stretch to be less than a half size in 6 months of regular use. Go for it... you won't be disappointed. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Great shoes
September 03, 2008

The Katanas fit me perfectly. As with all climbing shoes you have to try them first. My husband simply hates them so it's really a personnal opinion. The edge and smear very well. The sole wont last as long as C4, but comfort comes first when it comes to climbing, especially when you do long multi-pitch routes like I do.

Comfortable shoe
June 01, 2006

One of the most comfortable fit I know of. The heel does not slip. After a while, the velcro gets old, but that's the problem with all velcro shoes...

Nice shoes
June 17, 2006

Bought these because they were just so comfortable. Mine are just the right size, not too small like most people recommend. I'm able to walk around in them comfortably for the couple of hours I'm at the gym because of the cutout in the sole, yet when climbing they hold to some very small footholds. I've been very pleased.

best I have used
May 02, 2007

I have owned a number of different shoes, and find the variation in fit to be the most important. In general I have found the Sportiva shoes fit me best (over 5.10 and Boriel). Now I have the choice for my next shoe. 3rd pair of katanas, or try a "solution" As others mentioned delamination in the toe seems to be the weak link. But they fair well enough for me to buy them again

March 20, 2007

My favorite shoe, edges and smears great, although not as durable as some other models if you have sloppy footwork. Might be a little too aggressive for new climbers, but if you're looking for a shoe that equally at home on steep sport, hard boulders and sketchy trad, test drive a pair of these, you won't be disappointed.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 34, size 34.5, size 35, size 35.5, size 36, size 36.5, size 37, size 37.5, size 38, size 38.5, size 39, size 39.5, size 40, size 40.5, size 41, size 41.5, size 42, size 42.5, size 43, size 43.5, size 44, size 44.5, size 45, size 45.5 and size 46: 34, 34.5, 35, 35.5, 36, 36.5, 37, 37.5, 38, 38.5, 39, 39.5, 40, 40.5, 41, 41.5, 42, 42.5, 43, 43.5, 44, 44.5, 45, 45.5, 46.

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