More comfort for the multi-pitches.
Climbing a single pitch in a pair of uncomfortable shoes is barely manageable as is; try climbing multi-pitches in the same pair. The amount of pain multiples at the top of each pitch. Instead, opt for something comfier like Boreal's Joker Plus Climbing Shoe. It wraps cushy EVA from your ankle to the bottom of your heel for a snug, secure fit, and it adds the shock absorption necessary for you to stay comfy whether you're climbing crack, traversing ledges, or standing upright while the leader hang-dogs through a single pitch.
For performance, the Joker Plus styles a flat profile—for comfort, obviously—and moderate asymmetry for a touch of aggression needed for cruxy pitches, whether they involve edging, smearing, or jamming. Boreal's Zenith rubber used on this shoe balances between reliable friction and long-lasting durability, because this is a pair of shoes you'll want to wear for seasons.
- Boreal's comfiest climbing shoe for multi-pitches and training
- Flat profile with moderate asymmetry for a touch of aggression
- Zenith Quattro rubber balances between traction and longevity
- Cushioned heel ensures a snug fit and shock absorption
- 3D mesh and PU Air Net lining assures long-lasting comfort
- Expect very little stretch out of this leather, microfiber upper
- Item #BRF0015
- Q & A
If you can, get the former Joker Plus...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9 uk
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 137lbs
I've being using Joker Plus for more than 4 years...and I think it is one of the best shoes ))) Having said that, the new one is not an improvement.
You can't tighten the velcros for more precision... and it is way less breathable.
product change...wrong direction
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 160lbs
I bought these to replace my old Joker pluses (the old red version). I bought them specifically because they had a fit I like. The older model was non aggressive, had a loose heel cup and had lots of cushioning high in the heel where the shoe covered my achilles tendon. Various aggressive shoes, when worn for long periods of time, were giving me a tendonitis pain in the achilles region due to the tension of the rubber heel strap (that strap of rubber that runs from the midsole of the foot up and around the achilles tendon) pressing aggressively on my tendon for long periods of time (8+ pitch climbs). The new model has gone away from the very comfy heel set-up of the older model and replaced it with one of these achilles vice grips. The old red version had a generously padded heel that felt like a hammock made of bubble wrap. The new version feels like cheese cloth draped over a rusty bear trap. At least the padding in the new version can soak up some of the blood that will come from my ruptured achilles tendon. I can only speculate that Boreal changed the heel in response to multiple reviews saying that the shoe was lousy at heel hooking. Congratulations Boreal you have fixed that very inconsequential problem and ruined the entire shoe.
It is true that the older model does not heel hook as well as something more aggressive but that was not the point of this product. I thought this was supposed to be a more relaxed, less aggressive, wear all day shoe...which it was before the remodel. Now Boreal has taken the discomfort of a very aggressive shoe and paired it with the performance of an entry level shoe. At least when they used to be comfortable I could forgive the performance issues. I suppose I should rejoice knowing that I can now crush that single cruxy heel hook move late in the day...assuming I haven't amputated my feet before lunch.