Engineered with sending in mind.
Known for its commitment to the climbing community, Black Diamond brings years of engineering expertise to its Women's Momentum Climbing Shoes—flexible, comfortable, and durable shoes for the crag and rigorous gym training sessions. The Momentums were built with a slim, women-specific shape, a lower volume fit, and petite heel cup to keep these shoes snug as you send. A breathable and supportive Engineered Knit Technology upper helps these shoes stand out from the crowd while providing some much-needed ventilation in stuffy gyms. The shoe's flexible construction comfortably moves with your feet on the wall and won't stretch out after you've put these shoes through their paces. With a conscientious and effective rubber design, the soles raw rubber is molded in precisely layered strips to optimize durability and grip so you can stick to tiny chips and smear with ease.
- Neutral climbing shoe for vertical training and day-long comfort
- Women-specific last with snug heel offers a secure, snug fit
- Knit upper is breathable, stretchy, and retains shape after wear
- Durable rubber designed for mastering precise footwork sequences
- Soft midsole with added sensitivity for comfort during training sessions
- Hook-and-loop closure for easy on and off between climbs
- Item #BLD00QT
- Q & A
Solid Beginner Shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
When I heard that Black Diamond was launching a line of their own climbing shoes, I was immediately interested. They have a long standing reputation in the climbing industry and I was curious to see how their shoes would perform.
I've been rock climbing for about 4 years now and am a huge fan/supporter of Black Diamond's gear -- in particular their trad gear and sport harnesses. As far as shoes go I am basically a die hard La Sportiva fan (their shoes just fit my feet and my feet love their shoes!) but I definitely wanted to give Black Diamond's shoes a try.
BD's shoes are manufactured by Butora, another long standing climbing shoe company. I own a pair of Butoras myself and am very pleased with their performance.
While most companies use a leather upper for their shoes, Black Diamond's shoes are designed with an Engineered Knit Technology synthetic upper with the purpose of preserving the shape of the shoe as it gets broken in. It also eliminates the inevitable stink that all shoes will develop over time. I think this is a really unique and innovative design and plays up the tradition of using leather uppers.
That being said, I found the Momentums to be rather stiff -- I would attribute the stiffness to the mesh knit upper as it does not have as much flex as leather does. Black Diamond intended for these to fit true to your street shoe, but I went half a size up from my street shoe/dress shoe and I still found them to be rather tight and stiff compared to other moderate shoes I've used in the past.
After some breaking in my feet got used to the new technology and I would suggest these to new climbers that are looking for a moderate intro shoe that won't fall apart after 6 months of regular use.
Fit: My street shoe size is a 6.5 most of the time. I wear the Momentums in a size 7 but considered even a 7.5 at first.
This is overall a solid beginner shoe. It wouldn't be my go to pick for most climbing, but it is good for what it's designed for, which is entry level casual climbing.
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Trad and Routes
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm bouldering in this photo of me is, but I would quickly get these for easy sport and trad. I would size differently though. For long trad days, get your shoe size. If you want a more aggressive fit for single pitch sport, or gym climbing. go down 1/2 a size.
I think the fabric is going to be a gamechanger, for summer climbing, especially trad. Breathability in shoes is much needed, in the climbing world. So, I'll be excited to try these in warmer temps.
There isn't a break in period with these, which is awesome.
The edging and rubber is great. But, I don't yet know how it will wear, over time.