CityROCK Gear Shop Steps Up With La Sportiva

CityROCK is excited to announce the arrival of our first shipment of La Sportiva shoes!  We used to buy them from Outward Ventures, but have now managed to negotiate a deal where we buy directly from the La Sportiva factory in Italy, making our logistics, stockholding, etc. much more reliable.

As well as the all time favourites, it also includes new stock of hiking boots and approach shoes.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, La Sportiva began back in 1928 in the Dolomites, Northern Italy.  Narciso Delladio started his business by manufacturing boots and clogs for farmers and lumberjacks. In World War II, he helped to provide Italy’s soldiers with custom mountaineering boots. In the 1950s, he began to make ski boots and first introduced the brand name of La Sportiva.

La Sportiva is also the brand of choice for many world renowned climbers such as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who did the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite last year, which was recently repeated by Adam Ondra in a record time of one month, in La Sportiva shoes obviously.

Emily Harrington, Alex Honnold and Paige Claasen are also amongst La Sportiva’s athletes.

Some of the new arrivals include the La SportivaTX2.  A super lightweight approach shoe which is ideal for clipping on to a harness or to throwing in a pack. With uber sticky Vibram Mega Grip rubber, it makes it an ideal choice for fast approaches and multi pitch climbs, and has been rated by as one of the top 5 approach shoes of 2016.

The TX4 mens’ is a more rugged version of the TX2. A versatile, all-leather approach shoe built for durability and performance in every condition imaginable.

Want to go completely off the trail? Check out the super light Core GTX.  A highly breathable, fully waterproof ankle boot, designed for moving fast on all types of terrain.

Our climbing shoe range, covers the whole spectrum from trad and multipitch comfort to all round performance as well as bouldering precision.

One of our very own local climbers, Chris Barker did a review earlier this year on the Futura and Genius, featurig La Sprotiva’s ‘no edge’ technology also available from CityROCK.
See Mountain Mail Order’s website for more information or visit our CityROCK gear shops in Cape Town and Johannesburg:

The shipment has arrived!

The shipment has arrived!


Mens TX 2 approach shoe R2680

Mens TX 2 approach shoe R2680

Ladies TX 2 approach shoe R2680

Ladies TX 2 approach shoe R2680

Mens TX 4 approach shoe R2900

Mens TX 4 approach shoe R2900

Unisex Core GTX hiking boot R3595

Unisex Core GTX hiking boot R3595









25 Responses to CityROCK Gear Shop Steps Up With La Sportiva

  1. Cuan Dec 5, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Woohoo, better pricing now that there’s no middle man! 🙂
    Can we hope…?

  2. Jasperb Dec 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Great news!! so the price on your shoes will go down then? as you are cutting out the middleman?

  3. Patrick Dec 6, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    Ho ho ho. Nope. We’ll keep the middleman’s cut for ourselves thank you very much. A few years ago a top of the range ankle boot was around R 1500.00 Now it’s three grand for some tekkies (five hundred bucks less than the minimum wage). Same story at Cape Union Mart and Due South. How on earth they do the volumes is beyond me. If my income had doubled I would say ok maybe. I think it’s crazy and ridiculous but hey, if you’ve got the moola, good luck to you.

    • Grant Dec 6, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Yea the price of those new shoes are insane! R3000! Its just not feasible to buy anything here in SA.

      I was very fortunate to get my Genius brought over by a friend from France. Bought them for R1600, even when the Euro was well over R15.

  4. CityROCK Dec 6, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Hi guys, unfortunately we have to pay high import duties and taxes in South Africa with most things.

    Despite this, we have been able to significantly drop the prices on various La Sportiva shoe models such as the boulder X which was priced at R3000, now we’ve got it at R2685 😉

    On the plus side, La Sportivas are the kind of shoes which are going to last a long time.

    • Cuan Dec 7, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      hmmm….40% import duties on clothing (incl.) shoes on a pair of shoes costing 85 GBP (1500 ZAR).
      Add 40% import duty then 14% VAT…comes to 2400 ZAR then I guess there’s a little handling fee by customs…so I guess your price is OK, but can still be had cheaper (in the case of the Boulder X example) bringing into RSA oneself and paying SARS directly.
      I thought people in RSA offset the cost of clothing import duties by putting some of the import duties onto the other climbing gear that comes in at a lower duty.
      Seems I was told wrongly.

      • Jodi you are such a great Mom! You are teaching them such a valuable lesson by example and it’s clearly working Maybe one day they’ll run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with you!! That is such a great girl power race!!

  5. Straat boemmie Dec 6, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    I think the drop in price is because nobody bought those ugly shoes.

    Maybe if it was at a reasonable price people would look past the price and take it on its value as a approach shoe…. who buys those ridiculously expensive approach shoes?

    If you are going to buy approach shoes buy straight from adidas and get somewhat of your money’s worth.

    Thanks for supporting local CitySMUCKS

    I will keep on patching my tent, resoling my shoes and buying from locals.

    Please stop advertising.

    • HenkG Dec 7, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Hey boemmie, “if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. No way you can compare this to what you buy at your local sport retailer. And who cares what they look like, what matters is that they don’t slip when it matters.

      • Straat boemmie Dec 7, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

        Adidas bought 5.10

        That means stealth rubber bro.

        Those shoes you are so desperately defending make use of Vibram rubber.

        Vibram rubber is available around the world, a privately owned company that makes soles for not only La-Sportiva but also the shoes you can buy at your local shop for a fraction of the price.(Merrell, Scarpa, New-Balance are just a few that use vibram rubber in-order to not “slip when it matters” )

        Please educate yourself before you reply again.

        Having a variatie will ensure on saving a lot of that cold hard cash that can be used to wipe your arse or impress your bros at the gym, but don’t let me tell you how to spend your money.

        Wat se jy Henk?
        Ek hoop vir jou part dat jy nie al kla jou geld gemors het nie.

        • henkg Dec 7, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

          Man ek dink jy is te common om my oor education aan te spreek, en common genoeg om in tjeepies rond te loop.

          • straat boemmie Dec 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

            “And who cares what they look like, what matters is that they don’t slip when it matters.”

            Jy sal maar moet gom op jou voete smeer.

            Daai La-Sportivas gan jou nie uit die gat uit help nie.

  6. a fellow climber Dec 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    so i punched the numbers on this as i have a bit of a logistics background, I picked the la sportiva tx2 ladies as an example and considering that the Spanish site was recently mentioned in the forums i used their pricing as a gauge.

    so now i am going figure out how much it would cost to land 100kgs worth of these shoes in South Africa.

    here are the numbers i used.
    – Price – R1629.95
    – City Rock price – R2680.00

    Weight and Dimensions
    – according to la sportiva the net weight of every shoe is 560grams (size 46)
    – lets make the shipment weight a nice round 100 kg
    – 100/0.560 = 178 pairs of shoes (+- 7 pairs of each size)

    Shipping from Milan to Johannesburg

    – 2.30 EUR pkg Freight
    – 1.00 EUR pkg fuel surcharge
    – 0.18 pkg Security
    – Customs duty 6403.19.0000 coming from eu 20%

    so lets see if I can make this clear and precise (I think I failed maths in Highschool)

    cost plus duty of shipment

    R1629.95 x 178 = R290131.1 (Net price of goods)
    R290131.10 + 20% = R348157.32 (added duty, you dont pay duty on shipping costs)

    Now to work out the shipping costs

    100 x 2.30eu =230eur
    100 x 1.00eur = 100eur
    100 x 0.18 eur = 18eur
    230 + 100 + 18 = 348eur
    eur to zar 14.50

    348eur x 14.50 = R5046.00

    airport fees and service fees for south african side

    +- R1000.00 (this is a purposely high number to make up any small shortfall I may not of accounted for)

    Now to add it all up and then show price per shoe

    R348157.32 + R5046.00 + R1000.00 = R354203.32 (total cost shipping +cost of goods +duty)

    R354203.32 / 178 = R1989.91
    now add in the vat

    R1989.91 + 14% = R2268.50

    Final Price


    City rock’s convenience fee = R411.50

    so all in all I thought it would be much worse than it actually is, I personally think that they could stand to make a little less money per item and therefore they could have a more competitive price.

    a fellow climber

    p.s some things i might of left off due to lack of information
    – landside charges in italy (delivery to the airport from the factory)
    – weight of the packaging

  7. Patrick Dec 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    The question is … how much is trekkinn’s markup? It is then priced into a fellow climbers calcs. So we don’t know for sure what CR take out of the deal. Fact is that in the past four years the Rand has taken an absolute hammering. Be that as it may, capital must be used to set up a gear shop, salaries must be paid to staff, an investment must be made in stock, the retailer must make a profit and of course the idiots in parliament need their R150k salaries and their Benzes so these shoes do the.rounds before they wnd up on our feet. Most vendors need a GP of 100% to be viable so I don’t think retailers are to blame. Blame the big turkey. In any event I can’t afford them so I bought a pair of Adidas for half the price. They work fine. When I’m rich one day I’ll buy a La Sportiva walking frame.

    • a fellow climber Dec 8, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      The fact is that it is their right to try to charge as much as they can but it is also the customers right to find the best deal.
      City Rock has to compete with trekkinn or they stand to lose the business of the informed shopper.
      And in terms of overheads, I would think that the overheads at trekkinn are similar, websites like that still have to pay for stockers, web administration, etc never mind the fact that they are based in Europe and therefore pay higher salaries, higher rentals and so on

      • Patrick Dec 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

        Shoes are a little different from other gear. I never buy a pair of shoes without trying them on. Personally I would pay R 411.50 Including VAT for the opportunity to try on the shoes and to have the convenience of walking into the shop and walking out with new shoes without having to go through the import hoo haa and the anxious wait for my shoes to be delivered. To me, going into a store and using their facilities and stock to make a decision about model and size, then going off and buying them cheaper online is a bit like trying to do a private deal with one of the dancers at the Lollipop Lounge. Mildly sleazy.

        • a fellow climber Dec 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

          the R411 rand convenience fee is after the vat has been included.
          the price is 1989.91 before vat

          and yes I do agree with you mostly but than the prices should be cheaper on

  8. David Wade Dec 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    It is not possible to successfully run a business with less that 25% markup after all costs. Lower markups do not cover the risks involved in running a business and holding stock. If you are going to mark goods up less you had might as well just invest in a good company like Alan Gray or Coronation and receive about 20% ROI without doing any work. There are many companies importing gear – if you are not happy with the price, just buy from someone else. Its a free economy with competition, so you are not forced to buy from City Rock. These guys at City Rock are very professional and have very good service (in my experience) That comes at a cost. I had a problem with a pair of LaSportive Futuras and City Rock organized me a new replacement pair within less than a week – Im impressed.

    • A fellow climber Dec 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      HI David

      Tl;DR do whats best for you, but at least be informed

      if you think that trekkinn is only making 25% mark up then you have no idea of the costs involved with running a company in europe, just about every expense is higher than South Africa but yet they are still able to ship the goods to South Africa cheaper than i can buy them at City Rock.

      and also this is what i said further up

      “The fact is that it is their right to try to charge as much as they can but it is also the customers right to find the best deal.
      City Rock has to compete with trekkinn or they stand to lose the business of the informed shopper.”

      i do like city rock’s professional approach and i do find their service top notch, i have purchased many items from them and train there quite often so its not like i have a bone to pick i am just calling like it is.

      an informed consumer creates better retailers, we live in a globalized world and South Africa is fast becoming a part of it. We can purchase anything we want from anywhere in the world and South African retailers must compete if they want to survive and this isn’t just the case in the outdoor industry, this greed is rife in all sectors of the south African economy.

      an example of this would be something like the South African wine industry (a bit of an aside but still relevant) for years South African wine makers have been complaining that they cannot pay their workers a living wage, they also refuse to sell mid-range wines with corks (claiming its too expensive and bottle tops are just as good) all because they claim there is not enough GP to go around. The European wine producers on the other hand are paying much higher wages, taxes and property costs + paying for shipping costs but yet i can walk into a checkers and buy a wine of equal or better quality with a cork for less than a South African bottle, why is this?

      anyway I’m not sure if m really getting my point across i would just like to fell like I’m getting good value for the money i spend and i would prefer to spend that money at a South African company.

      so back to you David, if you think you are getting the best deal at City Rock i never said don’t buy from them, you cannot beat the convenience factor and if that is worth 10%-20% (it is also with in threshold on certain select items eg. shoes) then by all means shop there but you can fault people for trying to get a better deal with their hard earned money.

      a Fellow Climber

      • A fellow climber Dec 9, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

        oops sorry quick edit on the last paragraph

        so back to you David, if you think you are getting the best deal at City Rock i never said don’t buy from them, you cannot beat the convenience factor and if that is worth 10%-20% (it is also within my threshold on certain select items eg. shoes) then by all means shop there but you cant fault people for trying to get a better deal with their hard earned money.

      • Henkg Dec 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

        The comparison with the wine industry is really not a good one. Farmers in Europe are heavily subsidised, highly mechanised, protected markets etc. Farmers in SA have to deal with a hostile government, unskilled labour and little market protection. The playing field is not level, we are bullied and our polititions bought into unfavourable trade agreements

        I have bought some buchu oil from locals at source in the Cederberg for R60/10 mil. Only to find you can land itfrom China at R45. Buchu is indigenous and probably originates from SA. Think about what your world will look like once all is sourced from abroad and the local store closes shop.

        Globalisation is killing the small entrepreneur, concentrating power in the hands of few. The Yanks have realised this and voted Trump, the Brits fingered Europe, and the Italians said enough is enough.

        • a fellow climber Dec 12, 2016 at 11:34 am #

          so i guess you don’t think that the government subsidies that go to the cheap labor in South Africa count? social grants, free housing, free health care? and i guess you have never heard of the protectionist tariffs that SARS places on imported wine? and you have also never heard of the numerous nonreciprocal free trade agreements that South Africa has with developed nations?
          eg. agoa

          and i promise you that no Trump, Farage, Malema or any other supposed populist leader is going to stop the creep of globalization so you better get used to it.

          • Die Gestewelde Kat Dec 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

            @ a Fellow Climber. If you think the Govt in any way subsidises labour your are quite mistaken I’m afraid. The people that don’t work get subsidised. Agri subsidies in SA is pretty much non existent.

    • Jacques Dec 19, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      David, you sound like someone who are actually in the game too, finally someone! And that 25% makes you scrape by. Imagine your roof leaks, or any of a thousand other problems arise, and you have to pay that – there goes your money. FFS, support local – its better for everyone.

      • Andrewiri Mar 12, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

        It’s a global economy and free market. I personally think it’s a good idea to get the most out of my hard earned ZAR and therefore will always seek the best deal. I have bought many a climbing shoe from overseas with no issue. It’s great for city rock that there are lots of people prepared to pay for convenience. Good luck to them.

        Supporting local at a premium is generally only good for city rock and bad for you and getting the most out of your rands.

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