Different from the 2008 model
Same great edginess and grip, no ridge for heel-hooking, but I didn't find it that useful on the 2008 model anywya. I bought this shoe to replace my 2008 version (had them resoled twice)- these have been my favorite climbing shoes. Smith climbing, bouldering, gym climbing, I love them for everything but smearing.
However, even though I bought the exact same size as my previous pair (which took about 3 weeks to break in and are still quite snug), they arrived too big by perhaps a full size. Both were size 42s, but the new version is already too big for me.
Definitely need to try these on in a store before buying on line- inconsistent sizing between the two models.