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PYTHON

item #: 864
price: $140

A high performance super sensitive slipper designed for the modern climber that climbs in the gym, at the crag and in competitions.

Python

PYTHON

Price: $140

A high performance super sensitive slipper designed for the modern climber that climbs in the gym, at the crag and in competitions.

The Python was built specifically for our climbing team to satisfy the need for the perfect comp shoe. The ideal tool for high level modern climbing where you need sticky rubber over the toes and full rubber coverage on the outside of the heel for technical heel hooks. The Python has an added tension strap for lower volume feet that can't get a good fit in a slipper. Unlined and super sensitive for technical smears, scums and body tension moves where your feet are barely on the wall.

IDEAL TERRAIN:  Overhanging sport routes, bouldering, gym climbing and technical face climbing.

WEIGHT: 7.50 oz/200 g

LAST: PD75

FIT: Performance w/High Asymmetry

UPPER: Leather

LINING: Unlined

MIDSOLE: 0.8mm LaspoFlex

SOLE: 3.5 mm Vibram® XS Grip 2

SIZES: 32-46 (half sizes)

COLOR: Orange

ITEM NUMBER: 864

  • Asymmetrical heel design for a performance fit with maximum rubber coverage
  •  Elastic hook and loop closure strap for a high tension fit in a slipper
  •  Ample toe rand coverage for scums and hooks
  •  Lined leather upper for moisture management and stretch control

Product Reviews

Sara - San Mateo, CA
03.04.12

This shoe is the best slipper on the market. It's comfortable to wear for a long time, yet it has an aggressive toe and heel. The sole is a bit soft, and the leather on top is a bit loose and stretches over time, as well as losing it's color to chalk. Despite this, my pythons are the only shoes I want for indoor bouldering-- they work miracles when I have no feet, I can even get my toe in a bolt hole.

Robyn - Robyn Raboutou, CO
05.07.11

Great shoe, love the heal and sharp toe. This shoe runs big so I suggest ordering one size smaller. Enjoy!

Dan - Boulder, CO
04.06.11

La Sportiva’s new high-performance slipper, the Python, is an upgrade of the venerable Cobra (an eleven-year-old classic). The feel, fit, and construction of the two shoes are radically different. The Python, like the Cobra, is unlined and still has the PD 75 asymmetric shape. However, the changes to the Python include a cross band construction under the sole, which keeps the shoe in a permanently down-turned shape; an external heel cup; extra rubber on the forefoot area; stiffer leather in the toe box, and a single Velcro strap at the top of the shoe. The extra toe rubber aids in technical toe hooks and bicycle moves, while the external heel cup and tension strap improve heel hooking.
After several weeks of hard bouldering and sport climbing on plastic, granite and sandstone, I can say the Python is different, but not better than the Cobra in terms of performance. The Python’s stiffer leather in the toe box does not adapt to the foot like the custom molded fit of the Cobra, which may be the ultimate feature of a slipper. Having the Python’s extra toe rubber is nice for certain moves though (deep toe hooks). The Python’s extra rubber on the heel is better for technical heel hooks, but lacks the sensitivity of the Cobra’s softer heel. The downturn of the Python due to the cross band construction holds the shape of the shoe better; however, when sized properly, the Cobra is down-turned after the shoe is pulled onto your foot. It just won’t stay in the down-turned position when sitting on the shelf. The Cobra is a much more sensitive and precise shoe, while the Python feels more “constructed” like the Solution, with slightly better edging capabilities due to the stiffer toe box. Both shoes have the same .8 mm midsole.
I was surprised that the two shoes although seemingly related, climb quite differently. The Python actually climbs more like a Solution than the Cobra. Both are performers. For modern competition climbing on plastic, replete with scumming and other trickery – I would give the Python the edge. For steep outside sport climbing on rock, the power and precision of the Cobra cannot be beat.

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  • Features
    • The Python was built specifically for our climbing team to satisfy the need for the perfect comp shoe. The ideal tool for high level modern climbing where you need sticky rubber over the toes and full rubber coverage on the outside of the heel for technical heel hooks. The Python has an added tension strap for lower volume feet that can't get a good fit in a slipper. Unlined and super sensitive for technical smears, scums and body tension moves where your feet are barely on the wall.

      IDEAL TERRAIN:  Overhanging sport routes, bouldering, gym climbing and technical face climbing.
  • Tech Specs
    • WEIGHT: 7.50 oz/200 g

      LAST: PD75

      FIT: Performance w/High Asymmetry

      UPPER: Leather

      LINING: Unlined

      MIDSOLE: 0.8mm LaspoFlex

      SOLE: 3.5 mm Vibram® XS Grip 2

      SIZES: 32-46 (half sizes)

      COLOR: Orange

      ITEM NUMBER: 864

  • Additional Info
      • Asymmetrical heel design for a performance fit with maximum rubber coverage
      •  Elastic hook and loop closure strap for a high tension fit in a slipper
      •  Ample toe rand coverage for scums and hooks
      •  Lined leather upper for moisture management and stretch control

  • Reviews
    • Sara - San Mateo, CA
      03.04.12

      This shoe is the best slipper on the market. It's comfortable to wear for a long time, yet it has an aggressive toe and heel. The sole is a bit soft, and the leather on top is a bit loose and stretches over time, as well as losing it's color to chalk. Despite this, my pythons are the only shoes I want for indoor bouldering-- they work miracles when I have no feet, I can even get my toe in a bolt hole.

    • Robyn - Robyn Raboutou, CO
      05.07.11

      Great shoe, love the heal and sharp toe. This shoe runs big so I suggest ordering one size smaller. Enjoy!

    • Dan - Boulder, CO
      04.06.11

      La Sportiva’s new high-performance slipper, the Python, is an upgrade of the venerable Cobra (an eleven-year-old classic). The feel, fit, and construction of the two shoes are radically different. The Python, like the Cobra, is unlined and still has the PD 75 asymmetric shape. However, the changes to the Python include a cross band construction under the sole, which keeps the shoe in a permanently down-turned shape; an external heel cup; extra rubber on the forefoot area; stiffer leather in the toe box, and a single Velcro strap at the top of the shoe. The extra toe rubber aids in technical toe hooks and bicycle moves, while the external heel cup and tension strap improve heel hooking.
      After several weeks of hard bouldering and sport climbing on plastic, granite and sandstone, I can say the Python is different, but not better than the Cobra in terms of performance. The Python’s stiffer leather in the toe box does not adapt to the foot like the custom molded fit of the Cobra, which may be the ultimate feature of a slipper. Having the Python’s extra toe rubber is nice for certain moves though (deep toe hooks). The Python’s extra rubber on the heel is better for technical heel hooks, but lacks the sensitivity of the Cobra’s softer heel. The downturn of the Python due to the cross band construction holds the shape of the shoe better; however, when sized properly, the Cobra is down-turned after the shoe is pulled onto your foot. It just won’t stay in the down-turned position when sitting on the shelf. The Cobra is a much more sensitive and precise shoe, while the Python feels more “constructed” like the Solution, with slightly better edging capabilities due to the stiffer toe box. Both shoes have the same .8 mm midsole.
      I was surprised that the two shoes although seemingly related, climb quite differently. The Python actually climbs more like a Solution than the Cobra. Both are performers. For modern competition climbing on plastic, replete with scumming and other trickery – I would give the Python the edge. For steep outside sport climbing on rock, the power and precision of the Cobra cannot be beat.

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