La Sportiva TC Pro Review – First Look

I’ve been climbing in the TC Pros for a solid month now, and while it’s a bit soon for an in depth review, I wanted share a few initial thoughts for those who may be considering getting a pair.

First off, I have never had a shoe that stretches so much. When I first got them, I could barely put them on my feet and just sit in a chair comfortably, they were that tight. (My TC Pro’s are 42.5’s, I wear a 42 Miura and 41.5 Katana/Barracuda). Now, after a month, they have stretched enough that I was able to wear them all day on a big climb in the Black Canyon recently, although I did take them off at a few belays, just to be on the safe side.

I’m not sure why they stretched so much, but the fit, for my foot at least, is excellent.  It feels like I’m slipping into some high octane climbing machines each time I put them on. A half size up would probably be ideal for the all day comfort fit many look for in a trad shoe, at the size I have I’d say they are geared more towards performance.

And as far as performance goes, they seem to really excel on featured stone, like much of the granite here in Western Colorado. They’re stiff, so they edge well, and are great for cracks. I find them to be too stiff for good smearing, but perhaps that will change I as I continue to break them in more. Right now they just don’t have much sensitivity, which has taken some getting used to. If I know some delicate footwork is involved, they aren’t my first choice, but thankfully we don’t have too many slabs around here 😉

So far, I’ve been really pleased with this shoe. It does sort of feel like I’m in a relationship, though, having to really put my time in to get something out of it. They retail for $170, a hefty price no doubt, but I would say up to this point they are the best dedicated trad shoe I’ve ever used. We’ll see how they hold up over the coming months.

5 Responses to La Sportiva TC Pro Review – First Look

  1. The TC Pro is not unlined, the uppers are fully lined while the midsole is left unlined.

    Bryan October 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    • @Bryan

      From the La Sportiva website:

      UPPER: Leather/ Vibram® rubber rands LINING: Unlined (underfoot)/ Sentex/ PU foam/ Airmesh (tongue)

      So yeah it appears there is a combination, but they certainly stretch like an unlined shoe.

      BJ Sbarra October 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm
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  3. I’m in the mkt for a pair of tc pros for an all day shoe and am wondering what size to buy. My current all day shoe is a pair of very broken in 41.5 barracudas (my toes lay very near flat and are comfortable jamming).

    Any suggestions?

    Tim Niedringhaus October 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    • Hey Tim,
      The TC Pros have a decent amount of stretch, so if you get them a little tight, not to worry. My street shoe in Sportiva is 45.5 and 43’s are perfect for me for techy trad, 44 is my Creek shoe size where I want it bigger. Hope that helps.

      BJ Sbarra October 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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