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Black Diamond Zone LV Climbing Shoe


Zone LV Climbing Shoe

Black Diamond introduced the Zone LV climbing shoe into their line for climbers who got psyched in the entry-level Momentum and now want to take their climbing to the next level. Using the Black Diamond aggressive last, the semi-aggressive nature of the Zone helps direct power to the toe box for precision control on small edges. That, combined with a fitted heel and rubber on the the upper make all footwork more controlled—like locking in that heel- or toe-hook on an overhanging sequence.

The Zone fits nicely between the Black Diamond Shadow and Focus as an all-around climbing shoe. Where the Shadow lacks a midsole and the Focus remains stiff, the Zone offers a medium midsole for moderate tension from heel-to-toe. This means enough structure for steeper projects or longer multi-pitch routes. Even though you're likely to heat up halfway through that multi, the knit upper offers breathability to keep your feet cooler than they would be in rubber or suede. The low volume nature of the Zone LV fits narrower feet for optimal performance.

  • Moderately aggressive climbing shoe for pushing grades
  • Medium midsole provides tension for steep routes or problems
  • Knit upper promotes breathability for long days at the crag
  • Rubber vamp locks in toe-hooks
  • Extra-wide hook-and-loop top strap locks in heel for secure fit
  • LV: low-volume last for narrow feet
  • Item #BLD00Z4

Upper Material
downturned, narrow
Claimed Weight
(pair) 15.6oz
Recommended Use
bouldering, climbing training, sport climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Great shoe, Funky sizing

I've used it several times

These shoes are amazing for indoor and outdoor climbing. It takes some trying-on to find your size. I would recommend sizing up at least a full size from your normal climbing shoe. I normally wear an 8 and felt like I was going to bust through the top of the shoe. The rubber grips on even the tiniest edges outdoor and those tiny pebble holds in the gym. The knit upper is super durable and still very breathable. Take note that the LV does stand for low volume so this shoe will not be for you if you have wider feet.

>Rating: 4

Not for Beginners

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

I am new to climbing and wanted to give these shoes a try. They are pretty aggressive, so for me, I wasn't a huge fan. The heel fit a little odd on my foot because I have very small and narrow feet. The comfort of the shoe was pretty alright. If you're looking for a beginner shoe, I really like the Tarantulace Climbing Shoe.

>Rating: 3

Not my favorite BD shoe

I've used it several times

Im a big fan of the BD Momentum climbing shoe, so I was excited to demo these shoes to see how they worked. For the two weeks I climbed with these, I wasnt super impressed. The sizing is definitely weird, I highly recommend trying them on before ordering. I would recommend the Black Diamond Shadow Climbing Shoe over this shoe.

>Rating: 2

Sizing is a miss

BD seems to have some issues with getting sizes down. I knew BD shoes fit small, but when I bought a size 11 for my size 10 foot I thought it would fit rather well. Wrong. Still extremely tight at the toe box. So tight I could see the knuckles of my toes pushing the shoe’s material upward. Long story short I sent the shoes back and will likely divert from BD until the sizing is more reasonable. However, other than the obvious fit issues the shoes themselves seem to be very well crafted. Soles seem to be super tacky and the heel feels great. I wish the sizing wasn’t so janky so that I could actually try them. Fix the sizing and you’d have a 4 star shoe.

>Rating: 4

moderate but comfy

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

I am surprised how comfy these are for being slightly aggressive. These are my first BD shoe. I haven't tried these outside yet, but they performed great at the gym. You will ABSOLUTELY need to size up a full size, maybe even a size and a half. I think my La Sportivas are 7.5 and I had to get these in an 8.5. BD is still pretty new to the shoe game so the sizing is a bit all over the place.


Are these shoes sized in men's or women's sizing? Any tips on sizing? I have a low volume foot, men's size 11 street shoe.

Hey Matt, Great question and I'm sure there are more people that have similar thoughts. I did get the opportunity to try them on when BD released them and if I remember right I had to go up a half a size. I do have the shadows and went with my street shoe size and they're perfect. We have the Zone high and low volume in our gear closet. When the attendant gets in the office and opens it up, I will go try them on again and email you with my findings. Feel free to reach out to me at jrepman@backcountry.com if you have any other questions or concerns.