Gear review

La Sportiva TC Pro

After slipping this shoe on well over a year ago, I haven’t found anything that can perform and be as comfortable. La Sportiva markets this shoe as a technical face and crack climbing shoe. They are right on, but I have found it to perform well on harder sport routes as well as the longer crack climbs that everyone raves about this shoe on.

I have been climbing in the Owen’s River Gorge on my days off from guiding alpine objectives in the Sierra this last month. The only rock shoes I brought with me on this trip were the TC Pros. You can see I am trying to stay with the “trad ethic” in this picture here: socks, rolled up pants, helmet. I was going to put a pack on and have a rack slung over my shoulder but was afraid I might weigh myself down too much to hold on to the small technical holds on this overhung climb.

So as an all around high performer, this is the perfect shoe for a long road trip!

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