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Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe

$139.95

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    Zone Climbing Shoe

    The Zone Climbing Shoe is one of Black Diamond's aggressive, softer options for face climbing steep or dead vertical routes. Its moderate downturn works with a soft flex to provide precision on technical lines, as well as the ability to grip steeper terrain better. Black Diamond's Fuse rubber is molded onto the shoe—as opposed to cutting rubber from a sheet—to reduce peeling off overtime. Not just engineered for superior grip on overhangs, the Zone also promotes exceptional breathability with Black Diamond's Engineered Knit Technology that also stretches in key areas to ensure a snug fit. The upper is secured with two beefy hook-and-loop straps, one of which is wider for better security.
    • Black Diamond's aggressive climbing shoe for edging and hooking
    • Moderate downturn ideal for vertical and steeper face climbs
    • Engineered Knit Technology upper stretches and breathes
    • Fuse rubber sole engineered for superior grip
    • Soft flex increases sensitivity for more technical lines
    • Item #BLD00Z3

    Upper Material
    synthetic
    Closure
    hook-and-loop
    Midsole
    soft
    Last
    downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    high
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    >Rating: 1

    Would not recommend

    Bought these 2 months ago and have been climbing with them quite frequently (4-5 times per week). The rubber hasn't lasted very long and is already starting to fade, not surprising given the fact that it had a lot less to begin with compared to other shoes I've had in the past. The stitching/material in and around the toe box have been like sand paper and constantly irritate the tops of my toes. So much so that I have had blisters and needed to tape my toes (seriously). The heel doesn't really fit well (air pocket), unless you really tighten the straps, and the rubber is sub par and does not fair well for smearing. For the given price, these shoes under perform compared to others on the market, thus, Id recommend buying another shoe if your looking for something similar.

    >Rating: 4

    Just Okay

    After seeing these, I was excited to check them out. After checking them out in the gym for a few hours I decided that they probably aren't the best option for me. The fit just didn't work for my feet and I wasn't too stoked on the rubber. They were decent for edging, but just not tacky enough for me. Had they worked for my feet, they probably would have performed a little better.

    >Rating: 3

    Not quite what I expected

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    I bought these shoes probably a month ago. When I got them, I was surprised that the rubber stripes on the synthetic part are not real rubber or if they are, they are not sticky at all which makes these shoes not ideal for toe hooks. Also, a spot right where the knuckle of my big toe on both shoes touches is starting to wear out a bit after only a month or so which is concerning. I like a lot of other things about this shoe however. Minus toe hooking it performs well for an intermediate shoe but I fear it may not last super long even if I get it resoled when the rubber on the toe gives way.

    >Rating: 3

    Decent Gym Shoe

    The Zone, I found to be good enough to climb around in. I wasn't particularly impressed with its comfort or fit the same way I have been with other shoes. The edges are nice for being able to accurately place your toe where you want on edges, and with the bit of downturn, you can keep that toe locked on while on an overhung problem. I used these shoes specifically for bouldering and didn't take them out on any sport routes. While the toebox was wide and let my toes breathe, the heel wasn't very snug. I found that even with the proper fit, my heel had too much playtime while climbing. The fact that the shoe has the synthetic upper that won't stretch, the two flaps that meet half-way weren't as comfortable when you need to get a bit of a tighter fit with that upper strap. I think that the pricepoint matches the ability of these shoes, in that I wasn't upset with the cost for the performance that I was able to get out of these shoes. The did their job when I worked an overhung problem in little cottonwood, and the sole seemed to do a solid job at gripping onto the cold granite in october/november. Overall a solid purchase for a moderate shoe that will spend most of its life inside the gym.

    >Rating: 4

    Good for edging and precise footwork

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    A great option for wide-footed climbers looking for a durable, responsive shoe for subtle edges and the gym. My foot is quite wide and I found the toe box on these to fit me well, although I do agree that the sizing is a bit larger than the rest of BD's shoes. I wear a US size 9, men's, and had to size down to a M7.5 in these to get a comfortable fit. The knit upper was comfortable and helped keep odor minimal although I did find myself wishing there was some rubber on the toe patch to help with toe hooks. The heel cup was better for heel hooking, although felt a little large for my heel. Overall, these shoes felt like great choice for someone looking for a step up from their first pair of shoes and wanting to break into the world of aggressive shoes, while still retaining a comfortable fit.

    >Rating: 5

    Great shoe, not for me...

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    I bought these shoes as my first almost aggressive shoe... Great shoes, very sticky, but the sizing is not for people with narrow feet... If you want a pair of black diamond zones but have a narrow foot, make sure to get the Zone LVs... Besides the sizing, fantastic shoe.

    >Rating: 3

    Does the job

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

    This a a good climbing shoe for someone thinking about trying something a little more aggressive but the structure did not match my foot shape for a little while in to the climb the soles of my feet started to burn. I would try them out around in a climbing gym before trying a actual rock wall in all the elements first. Runs small like most black diamond shoes.

    >Rating: 4

    Lots of pain, good amount of gain

    After using these regularly for weeks they still feel fairly uncomfortable, kind of painful in fact. The performance I get out of them is fantastic, I just don't think I can handle a shoe this aggressive. I also went up a full size. It's a well constructed shoe with lots of potential, I just can't keep it on for long.

    >Rating: 3

    Solid Shoe. Not for Me

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    This is a solid shoe. It is very aggressive. I was blown away with the sort of holds I was able to throw my toes onto and feel fully confident in the hold. I was able to boulder and sport climb at levels I often struggle with because they really do give an added level of aggression with the toe. However, I tried these in my street size and a full size up and was not able to break them in. I have pretty wide toe splay but a narrow foot through my arch and heel. The street size was perfect for my foot, but even when I sized up the toe pain was a level beyond what's typical for breaking in shoes - even after a number of days climbing in them and trying to get them to start breaking in. Overall, I liked the performance of this shoe. It is not ideal for my foot type, but that doesn't mean it isn't for you!

    I'm convinced the sizes on these shoes are Womens sizes; so a man wearing an 11SS would need a 12.5 in BD shoes.

    >Rating: 5

    Perfecto!

    This is a great rock climbing shoe overall. I definitely like wearing these indoors. Have tried them outdoor and maybe the fact that I was near a waterfall made them hard to use. Definitely would recommend for beginner climbers!

    >Rating: 4

    Stiff and Hard

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

    I wear size 10.5 street shoe and went with the size 10 in these and they fit well, however they had a little bit of dead space in the heels that I wasnt able to get rid of in switching sizes. I'm sure it takes time to break them in but they felt very stiff and walking around in them sure made my feet ache. Absolute monsters at edging, but I could only wear them for a good 3 minutes until I had to take them off. Work the shoe, don't let it work you!

    >Rating: 4

    Aggressive Bouldering and Gym Shoe

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Sweet debut from BD. I'm excited to see more evolve now that they are jumping into the climbing shoe industry. They climb very aggressively, and I feel they are perfect for bouldering at the gym. I will note, due to the construction, I wouldn't use them frequently outside. Do also note they run VERY small, at least by a full size.

    >Rating: 4

    Awesome Sport / Bouldering shoe

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

    I have only used these shoes inside so far. They are a more aggressive version of the Momentum. They perform well on steep sport routes and boulder problems. I would go true to size or size up a half size if you like a more comfortable fit from the get-go.

    >Rating: 4

    Very stiff and agressive

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

    The description is definitely right in saying that they are BD's aggressive shoe. I found them very stiff, and had to size up from what I wear in the Momentums. If I were more agressive on boulders and short sport walls, I'd definitely put more time in on these shoes, but the truth is they are just too much for me. Definitely a goodshoe for advanced climbers looking to up their game. Pros: Aggressive downturn Sharp Edge Easy to take off quickly Cons; Very stiff when fresh, hard to get good wall feel

    >Rating: 4

    Stiff and Sensitive

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

    When these dropped on the BD site I was stoked out of my mind! I used the Momentum's and the Aspects before so I was ready for whatever they threw at me next. Boy was it a curve-ball. These things are stiff! I was walking on the pads on the sides of my feet. I could edge really well and feel whatever I was trying to project with ease, but I had to take them off after each problem. Another thing I should mention is the dead space. I'm not against velcro but if you're going to do it, please make it adjustable for a wide range. I put these on and cinched them down as best as I could but there was still dead space around my heel, and the top of my foot. It needs a tad more work but then these will be excellent!