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Black Diamond Aspect Climbing Shoe

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    • Aluminum

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    24 Reviews

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    Trad is rad!

    Given that Black Diamond’s Salt Lake City warehouse is five hours away from Indian Creek and a few miles from Little Cottonwood Canyon, it only makes sense for BD's footwear designers to come up with something like the Aspect Climbing Shoe—it even looks like the quartz monzonite that makes up Little Cottonwood. This shoe is simply meant to jam sandstone splitters and stand on slabby granite. BD meticulously chose the upper’s leather from the finest European tanneries to ensure a plush feek in between a rock and another rock, and the leather wraps around the laces and breathable, knit tongue to reduce pinching while jamming. The stiff sole is composed of a uniquely molded NeoFriction Edge rubber that is long-lasting and reliably sticky for Yosemite’s test-piece slab routes littered all over Little Cottonwood Canyon.

    • Climbing shoe designed for slabs and cracks
    • Plush leather upper feels cozy when paired with splitters
    • NeoFriction Edge rubber molded onto the shoe for durable traction
    • Stiff sole enhances support
    • Flat last ensures day-long comfort for multi-pitches
    • Item #BLD00QP

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather [tongue] knit synthetic
    Lining
    microfiber
    Closure
    lace
    Midsole
    stiff
    Rubber
    NeoFriction Edge (4.3mm)
    Last
    flat
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    low
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great for beginners!

      Compared to the Momentum's, which i also enjoyed, these were much more comfortable. I personally felt like the laces gave a more even fit which contributed to the added comfort. The were secure and stable on the wall and overall a great feeling shoe.

      So Far So Good

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've recently started hitting the climbing wall again after a 6-year hiatus. I've borrowed/rented about 3 to 4 different B.D. models so far to try and find the right pair to buy and these might be the ones! The Aspects aren't too wild as far as aggressiveness, I think they're a solid intermediate shoe that a beginner could enjoy and continue to improve their climbing skills on. I might still try a few different models before buying - but these are super comfortable and awesome.

      Comfortable shoe, great for jamming

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      They are comfortable, perfect for multi-pitch climbs or and jamming into cracks! I sized up to a half size from my street shoe and they fit me perfectly. Be warned they do run small. The sides of the shoes have ample protection so its a bit more comfortable when wedged into some wide cracks!

      Runs Small

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I went from the women's 9 to a men's 8 (half size up) and still felt these shoes were really small. My heel cup was almost cut while wearing them. Maybe with a good break in period these would work eventually but they were so painful I had to take them off before lowering. I think going up to a men's 8.5 would make the shoe a good, snug fit. Aside from fit, these shoes performed great on the slabby sandstone I climbed in Moab on them.

      First Time on Rock

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I'm not a big rock climber. Truth be told, I've climbed in the gym a few times, and this was my first time on a rock face in Moab at a spot called Wall Street and I had these shoes on a loan basis for the day.

      I've got to say that these shoes were great! I climbed in them for about 4 hours and did 6 or 7 different routes. The toe really gripped onto the rock face, and although they were a little tight, I found them really comfortable.

      While I'm not expert in this field, I was really happy with the shoes and I'm actually in the process of buying a pair for myself because I was so pleased with them.

      Solid shoes!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      If you're looking for blended comfort & performance for outdoor slab and cracks, these are a great option. These shoes seem to achieve a good balance of support and comfort with the stiff sole but superrr comfy suede upper. I'm still looking for the perfect slab/multi-pitch shoe, but these are a sure contender!

      Awesome!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I typically wear a size 9 in sneakers and an 8.5 or 8 in sandals and these fit true to size at size 9 - without socks. They are nice and snug without being overly tight. I did not have to size up in these and find in some other black diamonds I would have to size up by half or full size. The laces make it a little more timely to take on and off but worth it for the comfort.

      So so soft

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love these shoes, exactly what I was needing. Have a great fit and the feel is even better. The micro fiber liner is heaven. They have a sleek design and I can't stop wearing them. Took them out on such granite and held up real well.

      Not For a Short Heel

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I really liked these shoes when I demo'd them and wanted them to work. While they fit my slightly wider than average fore foot, the heel of the shoe came up too high on my Achilles tendon. There was a lot of movement in my heel even with everything being very snug and perfect fitting elsewhere. I will say, I do have shorts heels in general compared to the average person so if you don't, these will likely be a great fit. I only used them once so I cannot attest to longevity.

      Give them time. They are that great!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      "The aspects are a good beginner shoe. They fit true to size. I usually wear men's 10.5. So a 10.5 fit with my toes really jammed, if you like that then perfect. But I think I could go up a size for more comfort and still have my toe curled. My only negative about the shoe is the rubber took a few climbs to really start gripping. But it eventually did. And I didn't want to take them off!"

      First Shoes!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      For my first pair of climbing shoes, they are prefect. From what I have heard, they are not as aggressive as some, but this works really well for my tender baby climbing feet! I have done some indoor bouldering in them and they have been a great start! I am looking forward into getting into more climbing so I can finally understand what the heck climbers are talking about!

      First Shoes!

      I have only demoed them inside

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I have only used them in the gym so far. They are comfortable, perfect for multi-pitch climbs or in the gym if you don't want to take your shoes off after every climb. I sized up a half size from my street shoe and they worked great for me. For a tighter fit- go street size, if you like a more comfortable fit go 1/2 size up.

      They Do The Job

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used these once or twice when bouldering, and I felt OK in them. They aren't bad shoes, but I also didn't feel that "wow" factor that I've felt in other shoes I've owned and tried in the past. I use TC Pros as my main workhorse in the intermountain west, and it could be that coming from TCs, few shoes will live up to the expectations I have developed. These Aspect shoes do feel well made, so that is a good thing to point out. Overall, a fine shoe that will get you up the rock, but I think there are better options out there for trad shoes.

      Comparable.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The aspects are a great shoe, they've held up well in the gym and a little bit into the ourdoor season as well. The toe box isn't exactly high volume, but it's not narrow either. They're not aggressive so they're comfortable to leave on between climbs or when you're belaying which is a pretty big pro for indoor shoes. Overall, not my go-to since I need something wide, but a really dope shoe in the end.

      Not convinced yet

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I bought these shoes specificially for a climbing trip in Joshua Tree I took back in February. I never felt confident enough wearing these shoes to really test them as much as I would like. Every time I'd try a route in them I was slipping. Now that I'm home I keep forgetting I have them, I do want to like these shoes, and I haven't put the time in them to really know them yet. On the plus side they are some of the comfiest climbing shoes I've worn, that knit tounge feels so nice. It took me a while to find a size that worked for me, I wear a size 8 street shoe and ended up buying a size 8. Hopefully after some breaking in these shoes will do the job.

      Great shoes!

        These have treated me really well! I'm new to climbing, but from what my friends say, I started with a great pair! My feet don't cramp as much as I thought they would, plus the laces are nice to fit the form of my feet.

        Solid shoe.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I am coming from using the Moccasyms and Nexxos, so used to the most flexible shoe around, and one of the most aggressive. These are a little stiffer than the Mocc's, no where near as aggressive as the Nexxos, but a good middle ground leaning towards the Mocc's. They fit pretty close to size, maybe half down? The rubber seems to slip a bit more often than I'm used to with my Mocc's and Nexxo's but I imagine (read hope) that once the rubber gets more worn it'll grip better. Once the shoes are on, and laced up, no way in hell are they coming off. I have never had lace up shoes, so this is the first time I've felt incredibly secure while heel hooking. They edge well (except for the occasional slip at the front of the toe, sides seem to not have this problem) and smear even better (not sure how that works). I toe drag a lot so we'll see how long they hold up as it's only been four months of climbing three times a week. I'll update in a couple months when I have used them a little bit more in the gym. (Currently 8/31)

        Great Fit - On The 2nd Try

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        For reference: Beginning climber, left foot is 10.5 high arch, right foot is 11.0 flat arch. Ordered a pair of these in 11.0, following other reviews; was able to get the left shoe on but the pain was unbeareable. Could not get the right shoe on. Sent them back and, luckily, skipped a half size and ordered a 12.0. The fit seems perfecto now, super snug with a certain amount of toe curl but nothing extreme. The overall construction seems very good and I like the stiff sole, it's confidence inspiring. For a newbie seeking something a notch or two above beginner shoes, these seem like a choice not to overlook.

        Multi Pitch & Cracks Beware!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These shoes have performed extremely well for me within the realm they are intended for. The stiff mid sole and good rubber allow for precise edging on vertical and less than vertical climbs and they smear very well. They also excel when jammed into a crack as one would hope for a shoe that is touted as a crack and trad shoe. I have worn them for hours on end and they have been as comfortable as one could hope. This is not a shoe i would recommend for new climbers as it does have limitations. I would also not recommend it to climbers looking for a do it all or especially over vertical performance shoe. These are a shoe that are best as a part of a shoe quiver to be used in the correct situation on the right style of climb. Sizing was true for me to all the BD shoes i have tried so far. I went with a 9.5 and my street shoe size is between 9.5 and 10. If you are looking for a trad or crack shoe this may be the shoe for you! They definitely have been for me!

        Multi Pitch & Cracks Beware!

        Too stiff and not well made

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These shoes are too stiff and the rubber is not that sticky. If you're climbing somewhat overhung routes with slopers or pockets, a lot of times the shoes end up slipping off the holds. Also, both me and my roommate got these, and both pairs developed holes in them after some use. The "molded" rubber technology seems to leave bubbles in the rubber which later develop into holes. I personally love the Black Diamond brand and these shoes have been somewhat of a disappointment for me. They're probably decent shoes for a beginner but not for you if you're climbing 5.11 and beyond unless all you need is edging.

        I haven't used them much for crack climbing. About vertical / less than vertical I would say if you have clear edges that you can place the shoe nicely, they hold well. But the more rounded and slopery the placements get, they start to slide off. I think the shoe and the rubber are a bit too stiff to cover the holds and get a nice contact area with the rock.