Page Type Gear Review
Manufacturer La Sportiva
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Page Type Feb 14, 2008 / Feb 14, 2008
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Product Description

Per the La Sportiva website:

"The name says it all; a stiff shoe for all day comfort and performance on long routes, gnarly cracks and big days at the crag. If you liked the Syncro or the Kaukulator you’ll love the TradMaster."


- Stiff 3mm midsole provides loads of support for face climbing and crack climbing
- Trick crack climbing features include rubber friction bumpers over the laces, a low-profile chiseled toe and a hidden no-snag lacing system
- Offset anatomical padded heel for all day comfort and ankle protection
- 4 mm FriXion® RS rubber with agressive heel hooking teeth for roof lip encounters

Personal Experience

These shoes ROCK! Designed by Tommy Caldwell for his incredible ascents on El Cap. I use them for all long trad routes, fine edge, face and slab work routes. They are laterally and horizantally stiff for both inside and outside positive edging. They fit like a glove and are as comfortable as your favorite house slipper but can be used for the longest of routes and worn all day long.

I own two pairs... one for slabs and the other for face/fine edging.

The XSV Rubber is matched by no other rubber IMHO.

Bottomline, the best "All-Arounder" comfortable shoe out there!



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