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A technical approach shoe that handles scrambling and edging with ease.

When you need more technical footwear than your canvas shoes or sneakers for the approach, turn to the Patagonia Men's Cragmaster Shoe. Its die-cut climbing rubber on the outsole and protective toe and heel lend superb ground-feel and friction on rock.
  • Waterproof leather upper and breathable mesh lining provide comfort and protection
  • Protective rubber toe and heel for rocky scrambles
  • Nylon injection-molded arch shank gives you solid arch support and a natural forefoot flex
  • A 15%-recycled EVA footbed and insole, and Vibram IdroGrip New Boulder climbing rubber outsole deliver you stellar grip
  • Toe-to-toe lacing system provides a custom, secure fit
  • Outsole is thin to provide grip and tactile sensation, and will wear faster
  • Not recommended for casual, everyday wear
  • Can be resoled through a local cobbler

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4 5

a classic approach shoe that climbs too

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've owned a lot of approach shoes ever since 5/10 and Sportiva started that niche of technical shoe. The original Guide Tennie was my favorite and a close second was Nike Air Cinder Cone (back when ACG actually meant something). My main criterion are comfort, durability, shock absorption, and climbing/edging ability. The Cragmaster ranks well in all of the above. Mine are a few years old and have held up well but approaching resole time. I'm surprised by the other reports of poor durability. maybe the quality has gone down in the production recently? The rubber sole is super sticky but does wear down if you use them hard. Because they are all leather, they get HOT. I would like to see more breathability. I have a low volume foot and use an aftermarket insole for a snug fit and better arch support.

5 5

Simple. Durable. Functional.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing the Cragmasters for over a year as my primary approach shoe, and I love them. I haven't experienced any of the durability issues that other reviewers mentioned - mine are still holding up great, although they'll be ready for a resole in another six months or so.
This shoe is what I wish every approach shoe was - a clean and simple, comfortable leather upper with a burly rand and a dot rubber sole. So many approach shoes seem way overbuilt.
I'll wear a trail runner for non-technical or high-mileage approaches, but when talus hopping, scrambling and slabby walk-offs are on the menu, these are the jam. For training scrambles around SLC like the West Slabs or the South Ridge of Superior, where youre rock hopping, doing some easy climbing and light trail running all in the same session, these things work great. Would highly recommend them.

2 5

Poor Craftsmanship

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Used these approach shoes for the summer of 2012 throughout Colorado conducting Forest Inventory. Typical day was 5-10 miles, 1500-3000 vertical feet without trails. Was using Asolo hiking boots, but wanted something more maneuverable with some weight savings for sunny days. Within the first week of use the glue on the toe cap started to come loose. Caught in one rain storm, hiked out from high alpine, and the leather was basically done after that. I would highly recommend the Scarpa Crux over this shoe. I have put them in the same conditions and they are still ticking-and good looking enough to wear out on the town. Pataguchi, you've come to disappoint me with nearly all your products over the last 3-5 years.

2 5

Poor build quality

I've had these for about six months now, and the left heel hoop tore out, and now the sole is delaminating on the right shoe. My last pair of approach shoes were fiveten Camp 4's, and those lasted for two years (and a NOLS semester) before any serious falling apart. These cragmasters have lasted one quarter of the time, and the Vibram rubber is wearing markedly faster than the fiveten stealth on my other shoes. Fit is nice, and they're comfortable, but I would not recommend them.

3 5

eh these are so so

Ive always worn La Sportiva boulder X's as my approach shoe and have never been able to break those things down, but these were on sale and they looked awesome so I thought I would try them out. lets just say they are not worth $155! they dont even compare to the boulder x when it comes to comfort. they just feel hard to me, not much cushion at all. I think they are built well though, I dont know maybe I just need more time to break them in?

3 5

wraps your feet up snug

Love these shoes so far. i wear a 12 in pretty much all shoes and these are certainly no exception. very true to fit. i haven't done a ton of climbing in them so far but the grip and feel on them so far seems stellar.

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i have a follow-up for this review. the sole on both shoes has started to come apart near the heels. the rest of the shoe isn't worn at all, nor is the tread. i will likely be sending these back to Patagonia before too long for a repair. we'll see how that goes.

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Did Patagonia agree to repair the shoes?

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Johan - I actually still haven't talked to them yet. I was gone for a few months and haven't gotten around to it yet. I have no doubt they will though. Patagonia is real good about standing by their products.