The La Sportiva Testarossa Sucks...In A Good Way
At first glance the La Sportiva Testarossa may seem like every other aggressive climbing shoe out there. Namely one that you can only just squeeze into for a quick blast on your latest V10 project. However, slip on this ketchup and mustard coloured boot and you may find that a far gentler beast is hugging your feet.
If you are wondering what type of climbing this shoe is most suited to, then look no further than Jonathan Siegrist’s ascent of 'Biographie'. If long, steep sport routes are the name of the game, then you will struggle to find a better player than the Testarossa. The aggressive shape helps you to put power down through the end of your toes, while its softer feel provides excellent feedback on small edges. Moreover, its comfortable fit makes it ideal for long redpoint burns. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend the Testarossas to an avid slab climber, you may well be surprised by how versatile they are.
Testarossa Climbing Shoe - Last Season's
Although the colours on the Testarossa are very similar to the recently released La Sportiva Genius, the two are by no means similar. The Genius features La Sportiva's 'No-Edge' technology while the Testarossa has been designed as much more of a traditional, edging shoe. For myself, the Testarossa felt much closer to another popular La Sportiva model, the Miura, all be it a little more aggressive in shape.
The Fit of the Testarossa is generous, and it will stretch further due to the leather materials which La Sportiva have intentionally added for this purpose. Because of this I would probably downsize a fair bit if you want to get the most out of this shoe.