La Sportiva Finale
Experience matters why buying a climbing shoe. The shoes are based on different climbing stages. There are shoes for expert, intermediate, and beginner climbers. It is essential to buy a shoe suited for the climber’s level of performance.
The La Sportiva Finale is a combination that meets many needs. It has durability, grip, comfort, and great design. It is an introductory shoe that provides a comfortable leather design with a sticky rubber sole. The contender is soft and versatile. It can be used for various climbing styles as the user settles on something specific.
- Central perforated panel enhances breathability
- Ideal choice for long route climbing
- Relatively inexpensive
- Reduced heel strap tension for improved comfort
- Snug fit
- Sticky rubber soles
- Not as durable as other Sportiva models
- I heard that these shoes stretch so I'm glad I didn't go with the largest size. They fit perfectly, snug but not painful. I think these are a great shoe for beginners.
- I needed to go down from my normal street shoe size and it fits better. Not painful but the toes are pressed against the shoe like it supposed to be. I know these shoes will stretch so I didn't want them to become too big.
- I was pretty nervous ordering in UK sizing but looking up the conversion helped. I know I needed a really snug fit for climbing so I went a half size smaller than my normal size, totally satisfied.
- I feel that these shoes are well-made and worth the investment. They fit as expected as my feet are narrow. Great for beginning climbing for outdoor or indoor. They feel more comfortable and less bulky than typical rentals.
- I've tried several pairs of shoes for climbing and did not like any of them. I decided to give these a try and I love them. Very comfortable and yet snug. I think I'm going to buy another pair.
- It's a good idea to try these shoes on if possible because I had to go a half size larger. When I rent from a climbing gym I have to go a half size smaller.
- My husband really likes these climbing shoes. He says that they fit well without any extra space.
- These are great starter shoe, comfortable and not too expensive. I'd advise anyone to go a half size smaller than your normal shoe size.
- The nice thing about these shoes is that the lacing helps get the fit right. But depending on the type of fit you like you may need to go down a half size. I have a wide foot and these have been great.
- Based on my son's critique, these were great for climbing and they fit well. He likes them very much.
- These shoes perform well and they feel good on my feet. I don't wear socks during climbing. The sizing chart is very helpful.
- To get the best fit, since they aren't marked men or women, I caution you about the sizing and encourage you to find the sizing chart from the original La Sportiva.
- La Sportiva Finale is great for beginners and strangely comfortable.
- These shoes are great for beginners and if I continue to climb then I will definitely consider a more expensive pair. But for right now the price is great to see if I want to continue climbing. I love these shoes.
- La Sportiva Is the best climbing and hiking brand that I've ever bought. They Rock!
- I chose to stick to my normal size although it is a little bigger. I like the additional room for the harder holds times during climbing.
- I've never own a climbing shoe so these are the first and I should have gotten a smaller size because these are a bit too big--they have too much room. Now I know that I should have went a size smaller than my regular shoe size.
- I learned a tip about climbing shoes that if they are flat then they're closer to your normal shoe size. These are great climbing shoes for beginners.
- You can't go wrong by getting a half size smaller than your normal size and they'll fit great.
- I knew to get my normal size because these will stretch and then they will feel great. Very tight at first though.
- Several buyers complained about the quality of the shoe wearing down too quickly.
- Some complained about the leather coming unglued and others mentioned the eyelets coming off.
Vibram XS Edge rubber is used in the outsole. Sticky rubber performs best on friction tracks. The five-mm thickness is as trustworthy as other Sportiva shoes examined by a group of testers. The rubber is not as crisp as some of the others which makes it seem less sensitive.
It is essential that climbing shoes have an excellent grip. There are those who feel the XS Edge is top in the market and provides excellent grip and durability. Others think it wears sooner than other outsoles. The outsoles of the La Sportiva Finale can be replaced.
The P3 Permanent Power Platform is a technical randing system that was developed to provide power to the sole and to maintain the shoe’s down-turned shape. It starts under the toes. The system wraps around the entire foot to support the aggressive down-turned profile of the shoe that allows better transmission and performance for the life of the shoes.
Traditional ‘edges’ of the sole are eliminated by the no edge concept that allows the foot to come in closer contact with the surface of the rock. It enhances foot sensitivity and allows optimum hold contact.
The no-edge concept promotes more homogenous wear and extends the sole’s lifespan. It has a reduced layer of rubber. The reduction in the distance between the rock surface and the foot enhances sensitivity on holds. An absence of edges permits the feet to exert a homogenous push on the shoe’s inner side. It maximizes the surface area that is in contact with the feet under all conditions.
The materials take the brunt of wear when the shoes are jammed into cracks. An upper made of leather gives more duration than one is synthetic. Leather also ensures comfort and easy fit. The shape is similar but not as aggressive as the top climbing pick of the testers.
Lace up shoes provide a snug fit. They can be clinched up tight after the shoes stretches slightly over time with normal use. The laces of the shoe are easy to untie. They do not stick in the leather eyelets like other La Sportiva shoes.
The laces can be loosened down to the toe box which makes them adjustable and easy to put on and take off. Lacing structures allow the shoe to be somewhat customized. The user can play with the laces to tighten them on the bridge of the foot or loosen them in the broader portion to get the right fit.
The heel grips the foot. The rubber tip can withstand anything. The toe box of the Finale is wider than others. While it does not excel in jamming the foot into pockets and small cracks it is more comfortable than climbing shoes that are not as wide and allows more effective smearing.
It probably should have received a rating higher than the seven assigned based on comments about its comfort. The Finale seems to fit narrow feet better. Those with wider feet might not feel the level of comfort meant to be achieved.
The shoes were designed with a focus on comfort because climbers will be turned off by uncomfortable, tight-fitting shoes. The Finale is easy to put on, comfortable, and snug fitting. The heel strap tension is minimized to enhance comfort. The semi-flexed design is often chosen for basic comfort or all day free-climbing routes.
The Finale is slightly more expensive than the La Sportiva Tarantulace. For the few extra dollars, the consumer gets a well-constructed and more durable option. The use of the five-mm XS Vibram Edge sole provides maximum durability.
There is no lining in the shoes which does make them less supportive than other types of sports shoes. The difference between men and women styles is the width of the shoe. Men’s climbing shoes are broader. Women’s shoes taper more toward the heel. The differences exist to make the shoes more stable for the gender wearing them. Women’s shoes are typically cut lower around the ankles and have a heel cup that is smaller.
The Finale is an acceptable option for moderate climbing. Pockets are not the forte of the Finale. The shoe is not meant for aggressive to is not meant to toe into small holds or pockets aggressively. The toe box of The Finale is relatively symmetrical.
It lacks the talon-like shape needed for pockets. This shoe is a less precise tool than other aggressive models. The Vibram XS Edge rubber allows the shoes to perform best on vertical to less than vertical routes.
There are short and long routes that take a few minutes to multiple days. There are climbing shoes designed for big walls, gym, approach, overhangs, sport, crack, traditional, and bouldering climbs.
Each has unique demands. The Finale as a shoe for beginners, has a rounded toe, neutral shape, and medium stiffness. It is less aggressive and more comfortable than some climbing shoes.
The heels are meant for high-end edging performance. The XS Edge rubber has received complaints from climbers that it is less durable and wears out faster than carbon rubber soles. They are not as sticky as other options.
There is a stretch factor to consider. Unlined slip-lasted shoes have a tendency to stretch approximately one full size. The Finale is unlined and may stretch a full size above the original. Unlined shoes have the benefit of higher sensitivity and flexibility
LaspoFlex midsole has medium thickness
Unlined leather upper for soft and comfortable fit
P3 flat-lasted performance
Powerhinge and tensional rand for high-end edging
Shoes can be resoled
The La Sportiva Finale does have a place as a relatively inexpensive shoe for beginners. There is no doubt the shoe is meant for beginners. They are designed to work for a variety of climbing styles, comfortable and inexpensive.
The shoes can jam into cracks and edge. Then can be worn for hours without causing pain and are easy to get off and on. The La Sportiva Finale is most noted for its ease of use and all-day comfort. It was designed for climbers who prefer comfort above everything else.