An incredibly comfortable lace-up shoe for all-around climbing.
- Unlined leather upper will stretch about a half size
- 1.1mm LaspoFlex at the midsole uses a super-lightweight, super-thin synthetic laminate for stiffness and increased edging performance
- Vibram XS Edge keeps you stuck to the tinniest holds, won't creep when you're smearing, and is resistant to deformation on super-sharp edges
- Perforated midfoot and Dry-Best lining in the tongue and arch wick moisture
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I'm new to climbing and bought these as my first pair of shoes. I originally wanted the Mythos but we didn't have my size. I feel like these are a great (cheaper) alternative to the Mythos. You lose the lacing around your heel and add in a bit of synthetic material. However, the addition of synthetics on top makes the shoe a bit more abrasion resistant and will allow me to not destroy them so quickly with my poor climbing technique. All in all, I'm very happy with these shoes even with my lack of comparison. They are great for most anyone, but especially beginner to intermediates.
These were my second pair of climbing shoes and the laceup fit was fairly comfortable... if you can call a climbing shoe comfortable. They really fit my narrow feet like a glove. For sport climbing I prefer to have a pair of shoes I don't have to rip off every time I get off the wall, and these really hit the sweet spot of good performance without constantly aching feet. This is not an aggressively shaped shoe, and I think it becomes apparent once you are getting past about 5.10c or maybe a V4. I found myself wanting something with a bit more control on the toe. Durability is pretty good.
These shoes are awesome for just about every type of climbing. Yes, they aren't ultra aggressive, but they're surprisingly technical for a shoe so comfortable (and cheap!).
The site lists the rubber as Vibram XS Grip, but the Nagos have the XS Edge. The XS Edge rubber is a little less sensitive and sticky, but more durable. Thus, these are great for beginner/intermediate climbers, or anyone looking to get some good mileage out of a pair of shoes (5mm of rubber is a lot to burn through).
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These shoes are an excellent beginner/intermediate shoe, and are pretty comfortable as far as climbing shoes go. For sizing: I am usually a US size 11.5 to 12 street shoe, and sized down to a 43.5 (to allow for stretching), but be aware that all feet are different. The rubber isn't the stickiest, but it's already showing signs that it will wear less quickly than some of the stickier rubber soles I've had in the past. Like other reviews have said, they do give you red feet, but color bleeding is to be expected from most un-lined leather climbing shoes and is not a reflection of quality. These shoes are well worth the redness (and the lobster-red feet are very effective for scaring off would-be climbers from your favorite routes at the climbing gym)
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
They fit me well when they were new, but stretched more than I expected. If I'd gotten a size smaller, I'm not sure I could have even put them on when they were new though. The red dye also kept making my feet red, even after 2 months, climbing 3 or 4 times a week.
- Gender: Male
Just to start off, I will admit that when I originally purchased a pair, they were a half size too big (because they stretch). Now that I have a little more experience, I wear a more aggressive and smaller shoe, especially for bouldering. Don't get me wrong, this shoe is very comfortable! I still wear them when I am spending hours in the gym or I am doing a long climb.
- Gender: Male
I tried on a few climbing shoes including the Evolv Defy Lace and 5.10 Coyote Lace. Nago?s seemed to have the best fit and were the most true to size for me. I also liked the Vibram soles, as I like many others have had great success with the Vibram?s durability and grip in all conditions. The Nago kicks have performed great in the gym and outside bouldering. Nago?s do lose a star as like other reviews have said, they stain your feet red for a day or two everytime I wear them.
Overall, I'd recommend this shoe for most uses (not high-end steep bouldering), subject to a few warnings (below).
I bought these for use on long alpine climbs on slabs and faces and was pleasantly surprised by their performance on overhangs at the gym. Most shoes slip off my heel when I hook (even for tight fits), but this one holds on better than I expected. Even though they stretched out quite a bit, they still do the job and allow me to climb anything from slab to slight overhangs at my limit.
They are very comfortable and I can stay in them for hours at a time.
Be aware that :
-They can get quite hot in the sun.
- They shed a lot of colour onto the skin. Expect your foot to come out red like a lobster. If you climb frequently it may not even come completely off between sessions (but I had two other red shoes in the past which behaved similarly, so I've come to expect that).
As for durability, I find La Sportiva rubber in general is not the most durable on the market (but I stick with this brand because it fits me better). I've used them pretty intensively outdoors (limestone most weekends, + a few trips to granite) and 3 times a week indoors, for slightly less than 3 months and they probably have at least another month in them, if not more.
I've had two pairs of these the first pair the toe split only after a month, and the second pair are going great. These shoes stretch a lot. I wear a size 9 street shoe and got a 7 and they were super tight at first but they broke in great. These shoes will die your feet red, but that's not a biggie. These shoes are great for beginners. They are fairly sticky and good flexibility. I would recommend these to any beginner climber.
I just started out climbing and this is the first pair of shoes I've bought. They are really comfortable and great for climbing. The soles stick well and the are quite flexible.
These were my first pair of climbing shoes. I learned to climb in my school's gym, and was thrilled to not have to borrow shoes anymore. I went several sizes smaller than my normal shoes (I'm a size 11 for sneakers, but got an 8.5 for these), so they're very snug but not to the point of being painful. They also tend to stretch a bit after you wear them a bunch, so I'd definitely air on the side of smaller as opposed to larger.
Ive been climbing sport and trad throughout the front range of Colorado in these shoes for about 9 months now. Great shoes and pretty comfortable. After breaking them in a bit they have been great.
Only issue with the shoe is after climbing in the heat for a while my feet sweat in them a lot and causes the red color from the leather to run onto my foot. When I finish a day of climbing, my feet are dyed bright red from the shoes. I have overly sweaty feet so this may contribute but my feet will stay red for about a day or two. The red coloring will wash away with one or two showers.
Has anyone else experienced this problem with these shoes?
Bought these as a first time shoe and they worked out very well. Comfortable with a good fit. I also used them on some trad climbs and worked fairly well there
These are my first pair of climbing shoes. I am learning my way around the gym before hitting up the rocks, and these fit the bill as a first times shoe. I was nervous about buying a shoe online as I hear about what size to get. I am normally an 11-11.5 in my running shoes and I bought these in 10.5. They are definitely tight, but I think they will give and once I am on the wall, the shoe doesn't bother me in the least. Standing around on belay I just loosen the laces and they ease up enough that it doesn't bother my arches. Some people are annoyed because the red leather bleeds when you sweat, but this didn't bother me at all. They are sticky and let my post on the smallest nubs on the wall, the only thing holding me back so far is myself. Not these bad boys.
These were my first climbing shoes, and I now use them for warming up and traversing. They preformed well when I first bought them but once there edge was gone I had to either resole or upgrade to a new shoe... I upgraded. But not to say the Nagos wren't good, they were, and still are. I tend to smear, and use blunt force when I cmilb in these now. My new shoes are the Anansazi Arrowhead and they edge like no other. This led me into the world of teqnique and precision. Now when I climb i don't allways go for the biggest foot holds I see like I had to with these.
I recomend this shoe to beginners, or people looking for a very casual, laid back piece of footwear, that isn't forced onto very difficult routes.
Hope it helps!
I bought these as my first climbing shoe because they were affordable and received good all around reviews. I do a lot of bouldering, indoor and outdoor, and some indoor top-rope as well and these guys get the job done very well. They smear and edge well when precision footwork is important when I'm on the wall, and perform well with hooks and clings while bouldering. I usually wear somewhere in the 9-10 street shoe range and went for the 42(9) in these, I maybe could have pushed for the 8.5 since they stretch out a little, but I never had a chance to try on an 8.5. The laces help with getting them super tight when I need it, and I've never felt any discomfort while wearing them. I would absolutely recommend these as an awesome beginner shoe. Especially for someone who hasn't exactly decided what type of climbing they want to embrace, these guys will get through it all. Beware of the red dye.
I wear a size US 9.5 street shoe, 41.5 Nago. I've been climbing on these shoes for two seasons, and they are still going, but definitely starting to show their age. The rubber is sticky enough, yet this shoe will last you a bit. I've used them on cracks in the Dak's, the slabby Flatirons, some moderate boulders in Smuggs, and steeper 10's in Rumney. This shoe is most at home on long multipitch routes. Psyched!