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La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe

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    The world’s most innovative trad shoe designed by the world’s best trad climber.

    Designed by a big-wall legend with the long, technical routes of El Cap in mind, the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe combines edging power with crack-climbing prowess. Inexpensive? No. One of the most high-performance trad climbing shoe ever created by humans? Damn right. This mid-height climbing machine features light ankle padding to ease the pain of vicious off-widths, and the vented tongue and rand help ward off sweaty feet during marathon days on the wall.

    • P3 platform for technical footwork and support on long pitches
    • Lightly padded flat toe for stuffing into cracks
    • Vibram XS Edge rubber sole for friction on the thinnest footholds
    • High-top design adds protection in wide cracks
    • Synthetic lining eliminates stretch
    • Padded tongue for more comfort when sending the Stovelegs
    • Item #LSP0126

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather
    Lining
    synthetic
    Closure
    laces
    Rubber
    Vibram XS Edge (4mm)
    Last
    board
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    medium
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8.71 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing, trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    Big Wall Mastered

    Check out La Sportiva's in depth look into the TC Pro. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at weads@backcountry.com or (801) 523-4052

    Good shoes, but they don't hold up.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought mine August 2017, and a meer 8 mos later, they have split in the toes, just like in the photo/review below ("A love that cuts deep..."). They were used 2-3 times a week in the gym, and probably 10-12 days outdoors during that timeframe...so you can expect about 100 days of total climbing out of them before they split and you have to shell out another $185 (which I won't be on this shoe). I really liked them, but super disappointed at how poorly they held up.

    Best trad shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There are too many good things to say about these shoes. They edge incredibly well and are sticky on slab and comfortable in cracks. Above all, they are really comfortable for all day mulitpitch use. I was really impressed by how these shoes molded to my foot. I was not expecting them to have a personalized like they did. I felt like they ran a little small. I am anywhere from a 9.0-9.5 street shoe and I ordered an 8.5 in these and it is perfect. Definitely would recommend trying them on before purchasing.

    One month in

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    One month in of continuous weekly use in the Wasatch and West Desert has my convinced this is one of the most comfortable climbing shoes on the market. For better support make sure to lace completely to the top, especially before you tackle some slabby stuff and your Achilles will thank you. Haven't given these guys a go on sandstone cracks but they handle granite like nothing I've tried before.

    Best Trad Shoes out there!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love my TC Pros as my performance trad climbing shoe. From the granite slabs of North Carolina to long moderate sandstone routes in Red Rocks, TC Pros have perfectly met my needs. I love that I can climb at my limit in them while still being comfortable enough to wear all day. I honestly have no complaints. It's a great shoe for slab, edging, and crack climbing. One of my absolute essential pieces of climbing equipment!

    Doesn't Get Better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    All day comfort and performance. They surpass the hype. They're incredible in cracks .5 and up and on any edge. They're not the most sensitive shoe, but they're not marketed as one; with that being said, they still perform pretty well on slab once they're broken in properly.

    A love that cut deep...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was such a huge fan of these after ordering them in Dec.2016 and busting them into the rotation starting January 2017.

    With said I'm so shocked that these splits happened as I rarely used them in the gym and left them mainly for outdoor use that in 2017 which really came in the fall.



    I expected these to hold up longer. My Muira's sure did. Anyway won't be ponying up 185.



    A love that cut deep...

    The same exact thing happened to me. I used them for less than 8 months and they split just like that. Really disappointed.

    Good shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I did like these shoes. Comfortable right out of the box, great fit and great performance. Unfortunately, I had to return them because the lining of the shoe tongue dug into my foot too much; it was pretty unbearable. Wish these worked for me! Would definitely recommend them either way, because each shoe is different and you may not experience what I did with these shoes.

    A Timeless Classic

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I gave these to my dad for Christmas, and since then he has been able to start crushing it again at age 60! Not only are these one of the best trad shoes in the game, they are still comfortable enough for my dad primarily to use them for long days at the gym. I am definitely considering getting a pair for myself...

    Update: I did get a pair for myself, and I'm absolutely thrilled. No complaints besides the first couple days breaking them in.

    Granite Crampons.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Weirdest thing happened, I got the TC Pros and sent the Dawn Wall on my first go. You won't hear about it online though because I don't like to spray.

    Versatile shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Wore these a few times only in the gym, after about the 5th day wearing them they stretched a little and now fit my feet perfectly. Comfiest shoes I own.

    Great Shoes

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Gave these as a gift for a friend heading down to Indian Creek
    I'm a big fan of hightops for crack climbing and figured I should finally check out everyone's go to hightop. So far I've only crack climbed in these so I cant' really comment on edging and face climbing abilities but I can say they're quite stiff and insensitive. You can stand on McNothings but make sure you can see it because you won't feel it. These have a decently tall toe profile making them difficult to fit into finger cracks compared to the Moccasyms I was used to. Hand cracks and larger were a dream due to the stiffness and strategic padding. Many people have complained about rand durability issues on these shoes. In an attempt to avoid this, I used a seam sealant on all of the location the rand meets the leather upper. After about 20 sandstone pitches the rand/leather connections are all intact but at the locations where rand rubber overlaps, the upper rubber is starting to separate. Not too big of a deal and overall I like the shoe, especially in a dedicated role in cracks.


    Hi Hannah, what kind of seam sealant did you use?

    Like walking up a wall

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The La Sportiva TC Pros are at the pinnacle of trad shoes. They are engineered by trad climbers for trad climbers, with a perfect mix of comfort and utility in mind. The shoe boasts a padded tongue, Vibram edging rubber, pretty stiff sole, high top construction, and a lace up fit to make an incredibly versatile shoe. My favorite part of the shoe is the padded tongue, which makes crack climbing that much more enjoyable.

    Id recommend this to any intermediate-expert climber with a hankering for pitches and a deep wallet.

    My fave

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my first year climbing, and I've taken these shoes on quite a few adventures. From my first 5.7 in Big Cottonwood to my first 5.10a on Wall St, these have held up so nicely. Super comfortable and sticky. I trust these things with my life.

    Favorite climbing shoe of all time.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First time climbing on Little Cottonwood granite was a terrifying experience. It's still scary sometimes, but things are getting easier with a pair of TC Pros. These shoes are both sticky and comfortable. I'll wear them on everything from friction slabs, steep jug hauls, and splitter cracks. They fit true to size and I can even leave them on all day without being in excruciating pain.

    All day, every day.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Best trad shoe in the game. All day comfort. Edges great. Stiff enough to pull on the steeps. Plus the mid-top design keeps the ankle gobis away on the wide stuff in the Creek. 'Nuff said.

    Great Trad Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Review by my roommate. "I went with a 43 which is the same size as my approach shoe. Definitely comfortable and am able to wear them all day. I really like them in this application, an all day trad climbing shoe. They are pretty stiff and definitely durable. I could see where sizing down a little bit might be helpful if planning to climb on steeper terrain."

    All day comfort

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These are the first climbing shoes I have ever owned and by far the comfiest compared to anything that I have rented from climbing gyms. Of course the first day took some getting used to but after that I had no problem wearing them all day on multi pitch climbs. My toes aren't curled but do touch the front of the boot.

    The grip and support on them are amazing.

    They were recommended to me by a friend and I would recommend them as well!



    Size 43

    Street shoe size: 10

    All day comfort

    Winning photo, Taylor! Thanks so much for that and the review.

    Comfortable From Day 1

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    These shoes are exceptional. If I was recommending a pair of shoes to a beginner, it would be this pair. The reasoning? 1) They are incredibly comfortable, even in a snug fit, which is huge for being at the gym CLIMBING, and not sitting on a bench with your shoes off. 2) They have very firm rubber, which might not seem critical, but for a new climber without tough, strong feet, it's great. 3) They catch and hold the tiniest foot holds and edges, which immediately boosted my confidence and ability, allowing me to stand on almost anything with ease. Those three factors alone are why beginners should have these.

    In addition, I could literally wear these all day, they are the perfect fit. My toes aren't curled up, but are touching the end of the shoe when my heel is smashed all the way to the back. There's absolutely ZERO gaps. The laces are great and can be cranked down if you prefer an overly tight fit. The last feature that I wish was on every climbing shoe is the mid cut. I like having my ankles covered and protected. There is no restriction that I can tell by having this. ALSO, they are very breathable and stay pretty cool. I sweat a lot, so this is really nice.

    Street Shoe- Nike 10.5 -Super comfy, with a little room in the front

    La Sportiva TC Pro- 43 - PERFECT FIT, toes are flat, but have no room for movement. They were comfortable from day 1 and have only gotten better. They've actually molded themselves to my foot.

    Miura XX- 42 - Super snug, SUPER comfortable, easy to get on, pretty aggressive, but I can wear them in comfort for a couple hours. Best shoes of all time for all the reasons climbing shoes are good: Edging, Comfort, Stickyness, etc.

    Miura VS-42- Very Comfortable, but not a huge fan of the fixed tongue like the Geniuses have, much prefer the XX's. These shoes are the basis for the best shoe ever, so yeah, they're great.

    La Sportiva Genius - 43.5 - Toes curled initially, and were VERY painful til they broke in. Now they feel fine and could easily be a 43. I use these for overhangs, which the TC Pro's aren't the best at.

    Evolve Shaman- 10/43- VERY long and painful break in, but I dont think I'd like them if they didn't fit as perfectly as they do now. Very comfortable because of the soft linsides, but they're super aggressive and I can only wear them for an hour max. I usually only need a couple minutes of rest and then good for another hour.

    5.10 Lace ups (can't remember the name, but they looked like the Anasazi) - 45 - Way too tight, could only take 3 or 4 boulder problems with them.

    Evolv Rentals - 10.5 - Flat toes, super comfy, but snug.

    This sizing info is the MOST helpful!! THANK YOU, Matt!

    Painful for me

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These would be my favorite trad shoe if they didn't kill my toes. I got them in my street shoe size and after a few pitches (yes I've climbed a lot in these shoes before writing this review) my toes are in extreme pain, to the point where the crux becomes putting weight on my toes on a 5.6. I tried a half size larger and they were way too big. Oh well, I wish they worked for me, because these edge extremely well, are awesome in cracks, and the ankle protection is nice.

    Unanswered Question

    LADIES! Or men who wear WOMEN'S Miura VS... How do these compare in size?

    Unanswered Question

    Has the issue with the seam splitting been fixed in recent years/revisions (if any) of this shoe? I haven't seen much mention in the past 3 years of reviews. I love the reviews on the performance of this shoe but I hate to spend 180 dollars as an intermediate climber just to have it fall apart. Second, is seam sealing easy to do?

    Unanswered Question

    Recently tore a bunch of ligaments in and around my ankle. Just sold my Mythos after a long ten years together and am looking at getting a new pair of shoes. Anyone have any experience with these shoes providing a little extra stability in the ankle region? I'm a novice, although I climb fairly consistently I might not be able to notice the more subtle advantages of this shoe as more advanced climbers can. The lace up around the ankle though seems very appealing these days.

    I am a 41.5 - 42 in the Miura VS and yet a 40 in the tarantulace. Whats a good size on these?

    These will stretch and form to your foot over time - judging by the sizes you gave for the tarantulace and miura VS - i'd say you would be good with a 41.5

    How much can I expect these shoes to stretch? I am looking for an all day shoe for multi-pitch trad and alpine. I just ordered a size 42 and 43. 42 is performance tight (toes slightly curled) and won't fit the bill for an all day shoe. 43 is very comfortable, and I could probably get a sock under it if needed. I've had people tell me to expect a 1/4 size stretch. If that's the case 42.5 might be what I'm looking for after the break in. If the won't stretch that far, I'll just go with the 43. What do you folks think?

    Best Answer

    Mine stretched just a bit, I think 1/4 size is probably pretty accurate. They are very comfy and will make a great all day shoe for sure!

    Unanswered Question

    I've got a pair of cobras in a 38.5 and they are pretty tight and very good at edging. Looking to getting a pair of these for longer trad routes but having them also be proficient on single pitch cracks and face climbing. Any size suggestions?

    I have another damn size/fit/stretch...

    I have another damn size/fit/stretch question! I just got a pair of these and my toes are a little bit curled at the end, which make em a little uncomfortable for straight up crack climbing. How much can i expect them to stretch, or should i go up a half size? thanks!

    Best Answer

    They will stretch a little but not as much as Muira or a 5.10 Moc for instance.

    I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order...

    I wear a 35.5 in Mythos. Should I order the same in TC Pro?

    I might go down half a size, as these are slightly more aggressive than the Mythos, but they're not a downturned shoe so the fit will be pretty similar.

    I don't agree with Angus, I tried half down from my mythos, and they were way too tight! I'd stay the same size or even go up .5-1 sizes

    I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will...

    I wear a size 45 in Mythos. How tight will the 46 in TCs be? Will it be usable as an all day shoe?

    Best Answer

    John,

    You could go to a 46.5 if you are looking for something truly comfortable for all day wear, but I think the 46 in the La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge is going to give you an excellent blend of feel + all day wearability.

    I'd love a pair of these. A little confused...

    I'd love a pair of these. A little confused about the sizes, though. Worn 42s in various Sportivas for years. Currently got 42 in Muiras, very tight, probably prefer .5 up next time. But I also wear Mythos a lot, 41 or 41.5, snug fit. 11US in 5.10 camp fours. I'm guessing a 42.5 should be a nice crack shoe? Can't buy them downunder, so can't try them on first.

    Any ideas about comparing them to the above? Any input greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Mr PP

    I sized up.5 from my street shoe and they were perfect. You can see my review below. I tend to downsize my Sportiva but for the comfort of all day climbing I went up in these. My street shoe is a 9 (42) and most of my climbing shoes (all Sportivas) are 39.5 (Solutions, Pythons, Muiras) and in these I got 42.5 and they worked out quite well.

    I'd guess a 42.5 as well. But they do stretch eventually. I wear a 45 in La Sportiva boots and wear a 45 for long trad days as well.

    Best Answer

    Well, I've been wearing the 43 TCs for a while now and am appreciating the extra support with my dodgy ankle. They really are supportive. Hard to break in but they do settle a fair bit. Felt very tight at first (too tight) but are reasonable now and still getting better. I went from 40.5 / 41 Mythos, 42 Miura (vtight) to 43 in these. Great boot. Awesome in handcracks.

    Gotta love BC!

    Now, if I can work out the size for Katana lace-ups ...

    I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and...

    I currently wear the Nago in a 43.5 and I'd like these to fit about the same. Would you recommend I stick with the 43.5 or bump it to 43 or 44? (Do they run the same as the Nagos?) THANKS!

    Well, I answered my own question. Ordered the 43.5, hoping they'd fit the same as my Nagos (seeing as they're both La Sportiva). Nope. Too big. Going to try the 43.0 or maybe 42.5.

    How much are these going to stretch out....

    How much are these going to stretch out. I currently climb in the Katana's (size 43) and they fit great for single pitches or bouldering but I'm looking for something more comfortable for cracks and multi-pitch. I'm thinking about just going up half a size (43.5), but if they are going to stretch a lot maybe the same size. Any thoughts on the topic?

    Ryan,

    These shoes have a synthetic lining so they really won't stretch much at all. I wear a size US 10.5/EU 44 in street shoes and mountain boots; I wear size EU 43 in the TC Pros. If you're looking for standing on granite dime edges a half size down further would be advised, but if you're stuffing your feet into cracks I would keep it one EU size down from your street shoe size, no more.

    Agreed. You'll see just about no stretch. Mostly because of the materials, but also because you don't want to size them quite as tight as other shoes (and having your tight foot push on and stretch the upper). They have a super stiff sole so you don't really need them as tight, plus it's nicer to have flatter toes for jamming cracks. Best trad shoe ever. Period.

    Buy the right size. But they will eventuially stretch a bit..12 size or so.

    I am in search of the best outdoor trad...

    I am in search of the best outdoor trad shoe. I have looked all around and have found many great edging shoes, and many great crack shoes. What I am looking for is the best of both worlds, and I have heard this is the shoe for me. Is it?

    T.J. this is the shoe for you. They are incredible at edging and cracks. stiffest sole I've ever had on a shoe(amazingly they still smear pretty well too). Size a little bigger than usual so you have comfortable toes, making these great for all day multi-pitch as well as better for stuffing into cracks.

    I'm just wondering if there is a tracking...

    I'm just wondering if there is a tracking number for the shoes I ordered? I had expected them to arrive today.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    Look on your order status at the top right. It gives a tracking number in the order details. enjoy!

    How do these compare to the old Kaukulators...

    How do these compare to the old Kaukulators for OWs?

    Can't really speak for how they feel on OW specifically, but after using Kaukulators my first time in Indian Creek and then using TC Pros, I feel like the TC Pros are stiffer and made my feet hurt less in those cracks..

    I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot...

    I have some bunion issues, and edging/foot jams in my mythos is causing a shooting nerve pain in my big toes. Would these shoes, being stiffer and thus more supportive, protect my toe from the pain?

    They might work. If I were you I'd buy some shoes made for cracks, they have more rubber over the top of the toes. Thus protecting things even more. Since you have such sensitive foot issues, I'd really suggest you go try the shoes on before buying.

    I'd suggest trying them on before buying also, but I had the same issue with Mythos. Foot jams in bigger cracks hurt my feet badly. Mythos are much softer than the TC Pros. Personally, I found the TC Pros made a huge difference just because it was stiffer. Pretty much don't touch my mythos now.

    Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want...

    Anyone try TC Pro's finger cracks? I want to know how well the toe box slots into thin cracks. I'm having problems with my Miuras because my toes are slightly curled and looking for a shoe that has a flatter toe box. Also, any comments on edging performance would be great. Thank you!

    Just used them on finger cracks at red rocks..These shoes are simply awesome, great edging and stuff them in anywhere.

    The TC's are good for finger cracks, but I've found that they're still a bit boxy in the toe. For thin cracks, I still go to a nice comfy pair of Moccasyms...

    according to Sportiva's website, the TC...

    according to Sportiva's website, the TC Pro has the same last as the Kantana's (mens & wms) "LAST: PD 55"

    Can anyone comment on how they sized relative to Katanas, Miuras, or Mythos?

    TC Pros will not stretch nearly as much as any of the models you've mentioned. I sized down 1 full size for a tight, but not uncomfortable trad fit. The toe-box is as roomy as the Mythos. The Miura doesn't feel even vaugley the same; i can stand on dime edges with the TC Pro while in my Miuras I can, but i FEEL IT.

    I feel like my TC pros are fit about 1/4 size bigger than my lace Katanas.

    Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows...

    Hey there, just wondering if anyone knows how much the TC Pro will stretch? Thanks.

    I have not worn a pair, but talked to a guy who has been wearing them for a few weeks and says they take a day or two, but will stretch up to a full size.

    My pair stretched about a half size after 20+ half-day sessions. They are lined, so I'm not expecting anything more.

    Leezy. check out this review.
    http://www.dreaminvertical.com/?p=1847