Tenaya Iati Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Tenaya Iati Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 85 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.1 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 40

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Very comfortable.
  • The adjustable straps over the laces allow for a lot of stability.
  • Very sensitive and sticks well in small holds.
  • The sock liner offers extra comfort.

Expert Reviews

  • Offers a study velcro closure system.
  • Comfortable and easy to wear.
  • Grips really well.
  • Breathable.
  • Makes up for a less aggressive toe with a stiffer insole.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Lower durability.
  • Reviews are mixed on their smearing ability.
  • Does not offer a lot of support for edging.

Expert Reviews

  • The heel is a bit shallow.
  • The softness of the shoe requires a strong foot for best use.


The Tenaya Iati Climbing Shoe is a moderately downturned shoe loved for its comfort out of the box and the stability that its unique lacing system offers. The Iati offers sticky rubber and stability in small holds, but does not excel at smearing or edging. It is comfortable, breathable, and a great option for those looking for an all-around shoe that can be worn for hours and forms well to the foot.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.