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Gear Review

5 5

Best Long-Route Shoe

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

I'm not a big fan of calling anything the best, but these shoes are just that. As long as they fit your feet, they will be the go-to choice for nearly everything. With the exception of sport climbing and bouldering, they're on my feet for almost every pitch. I've used them to climb thousands of feet of Yosemite granite without ever taking them off at belays, and I've used them to send ultra-tech 5.12 face climbing. Even with a comfortable fit, their stiffness lets you edge on seriously tiny features, the lining keeps them from stretching too much, and the high ankle is a life saver in the wideness. Fit is king, so look elsewhere if these don't fit. But if they do, buy them. You won't be sorry. I even went so far as to get two pairs so I can rotate them through the resole process and never be without.