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How to Buy Rock Climbing Shoes

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Sport Climbing

Sport climbing can involve everything from technical slabs to brutally steep overhangs. As such, a rock climbing shoe that will be best suited to all-around sport climbing will have a flat to moderately downturned profile shape, a balance of stiffness and sensitivity, and will fit snugly. Shop Sport Climbing Shoes
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Trad Climbing

The best climbing shoe for traditional climbing will depend on the specific type of routes you plan to climb. Desert crack climbers often prefer a sensitive slipper with a narrow shape to fit cracks, while big-wall and multi-pitch climbers often prefer a shoe with a flatter and more natural shape and more comfort for all-day use. Shop Trad Climbing Shoes
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Bouldering

The hardest moves in rock climbing happen at the boulders. Because of the focus on technical difficulty, a bouldering shoe often has an aggressive downturned shape, high asymmetric curvature, a sensitive feel, and are sized tight for enhanced performance. Shop Bouldering Climbing Shoes
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