Gear Review: Tenaya Tanta Lace. A Price-Point All-Arounder

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The first thing I noticed about the new lace-up version of Tenaya’s price-point all-arounder, the Tanta, was that they were comfy out of the box. I was able to immediately stand, edge, toe down, and jam (the shoes’ strongest suit) on the vertical to slightly overhanging granite of Boulder Canyon, Colorado. The laces were highly adjustable, and the soft microfiber upper and cotton lining made for a cozy fit. This comfort makes the Tanta Lace ideal for all-day wear or traditional multi-pitch routes, with their varied terrain. My main issue was that the shoes weren’t super sensitive on small holds (the 2D PLT 10 midsole is stiff), plus the 4mm sole felt thicker than its advertised depth—and the compound could be stickier for smearing. Still, it’s rare to get true comfort in an all-day shoe—especially one with a mild asymmetry and mild downturn—and the Tanta delivered, pitch after pitch, without pinching, hot spots, or cramping. For climbers breaking into 5.10 and above both indoors and out, these shoes are a great option.