Gear Review

4 5

A good beginner shoe...

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...but I feel like I've outgrown it fast. They seem decent outdoors, and the XS rubber feels really sticky to me on granite--I love smearing with these outdoors. However, they really have been hampering me from hitting tiny edges in the gym, and I find myself slipping off footholds far too often with these.

They've been very durable and comfortable beginner shoes, but after a few months of climbing (basically once I hit 5.10b indoors) I feel like I've outgrown them.

I wish I had gotten half a size smaller, they definitely stretched over the months I've been wearing them, which is another issue with performance.

Overall I'd definitely buy them again as a first shoe and I'll still use them outdoors, but I'm looking for something a little stickier (like Stealth C4 rubber) for the gym.