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La Sportiva - Women's Otaki - Climbing shoes tested

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| London
Nice comfortable all around shoe

I have being using this shoe since middle of April, but now they already have a hole. The fit was quite good and the break in was really fast (I don't fit the shoes too tight anyway). I have used them for indoor bouldering (around 4 times a week) and outdoor for bouldering and top rope, mainly sandstone. They were quite good, but in comparison with my previous Miura lace women, I was happier with the Miura and the fit was 100% perfect for my feet (narrow heel, high arch, and problems filling the heel cups).
In general they were a nice all rounder comfortable kind of shoe, that you could wear for quite a long time and they did the job.
The only thing that I didn't like is that the rubber in the sole in the lateral inside it detached, and a friend had a same problem with his male version. But I didn't feel that it affected my performance, even though I am being climbing only 1 1/2 years so I am not climbing high grades.

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    Good grip
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    Not sturdy
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Not just for speed climbers: climbing shoes with hook-and-loop fasteners

Hook and Loop Fastening Shoes

It’s not surprising that climbing shoes with hook-and-loop fasteners are loved by many. Since climbing shoes are so tight, it’s always great to be able to take them off whilst taking a break. If you’re not sure what size you should get, then you should definitely check out our size guide.

Advantage: hook-and-loop fasteners allow for a quick on/off

Since these climbing shoes are easy to put on and take off, your feet will hurt less after prolonged wear. Even if you’ve broken them in, it’s still nice to take them off when you’re not climbing. Plus, when you’re belaying, hook and loop shoes put weight on the soles and reduce the pretension. As a result, you’ll ultimately increase the sole’s lifespan.
In addition, the hook-and-loop fasteners offer more arch support, making them great for bouldering and technically-demanding routes.

Disadvantage: their fit is less firm

The fasteners on innovative hook and loop shoes can’t be tightened as much as laces. So, if you have an extremely difficult sport climb coming up, then you should opt for a model with laces.

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